Orange County residents are fortunate to have a wide variety of museums to enjoy. In the coming months, many of these institutions will host exhibits that should not be missed.
First Americans: Tribal Art From North America
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706
Date: July 22, 2017 – September 17, 2017
This exhibit has made its journey around the world, and will be coming to the esteemed Bowers Museum from the end of July to mid-September. On view will be artwork that is characteristic of the native people from the Arctic North, the Northwest Coast, the Southwest, the Great Plains and California. Exhibit pieces include Navajo First Phase Chief ‘s blanket, an early Hopi katsina doll, and from Baja, California, a rare Seri feathered kilt.
2017 California Pacific Triennial
Orange County Museum of Art
850 San Clemente Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Date: May 6, 2017 – September 3, 2017
The Orange County Museum of Art demonstrates the intersection of art and design in this innovative exhibition. “2017 California – Pacific Triennial” opens in May of 2017 and is curated by the museums senior curator Cassandra Coblentz. The interesting and thought provoking exhibit looks at how history is recorded and preserved, the idea of home and being displaced, and the effect that economics and power have on construction.
Phil Dike: At the Edge Of The Sea
Laguna Art Museum
307 Cliff Drive
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Dates: June 25, 2017 – September 24, 2017
The “Phil Dike: At The Edge Of The Sea” exhibit at The Laguna Art Museum puts on display many of Phil Dike’s paintings. With an esteemed and respected past in which he studied at the Chouinard School of Art in Los Angeles from 1924 to 1927, and studied at the Art Students League, as well as under many artists, Dike ultimately made his mark when he came to Newport Beach. Since that time in the 1940’s, Dike painted in oil and watercolor, and visitors will get to see these magnificent pieces. There will also be a full-color book highlighting the versatile California artist.
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Very Eric Carle
2500 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Dates: January 28, 2017 – May 14, 2017
Through May 14, visitors to Santa Ana’s exciting Discovery Cube can check out a new exhibit honoring famous children’s author Eric Carle. Organized by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, the event focuses on Carle’s popular picture books, like the ever-popular “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” Designed with children eight years and younger in mind, the exhibit showcases the special insects from Carle’s books, and allows children to compose a symphony, create a butterfly using light and crawl through tall grass. They will also have a chance to spin their own web or test their flexibility while meandering through another one.
Along El Camino Real
The Irvine Museum
18881 Von Karmen Ave.
Irvine, CA 92618
Date: January 28 – May 18, 2017
The Irvine Museum Collection at the University of California, Irvine presents “Along El Camino Real,” an exhibit which looks at the rich history of California missions. The outposts were connected by El Camino Real, which in modern day is similar to the 101 Freeway. The first mission, which was founded in San Diego in 1769, made way for many more in the next 50 plus years. This exhibit looks at art and etchings by Henry Chapman Ford. The oldest paintings on display are “Chinatown, Los Angeles,” and “Mission San Juan Capistrano” which give an incredible look into the past.