OCMA announces People’s Pottery Project tonight and two artist talks in June

Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) is announcing an exciting evening with the People’s Pottery Project tonight (Friday, May 25) at 6 p.m., and two upcoming artist talks in June.

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Celebrate the People’s Pottery Project, whose ceramics are featured in OCMA’s pop-up shop

Celebrate the People’s Pottery Project, whose ceramics are featured in OCMA’s pop-up shop. They will share their stories and mission to support formerly incarcerated women, trans and non-binary individuals through their collaborative studio. Join the conversation, grab a signature drink, enjoy music and bring your friends.

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Andrea Bowers’ “Femme Trans-Corporeal Fantasy (“Victory to the Goddess”), 2023. Acrylic on cardboard, 84 x 39 x 4 1/2 inches. Collection of Orange County Museum of Art.

On Sunday, June 9 at 3 p.m., OCMA collection artist Andrea Bowers, whose monumental cardboard painting Femme Trans-Corporeal Fantasy (Victory to the Goddess) (2023) was featured in OCMA’s 13 Women exhibition, will join OCMA CEO and Director Heidi Zuckerman in conversation. They will discuss empathy, joy as a means of resistance, and how art conveys socially relevant messages through its aesthetic power.

For more than 30 years, the Los Angeles-based artist Bowers has made art that activates. She works in a variety of mediums, from video to colored pencil to installation art, and explores pressing national and international issues. Her work combines an artistic practice with activism and advocacy, operating as chronicler of contemporary history.

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©Diedrick Brackens. Courtesy of the artist, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York and Various Small Fires, Los Angeles

Diedrick Brackens’ “the reasoning beast,” 2021. Woven cotton and acrylic yarn, 80 x 79 inches.

Then on Sunday, June 16, Heidi Zuckerman will speak with L.A.-based artist Diedrick Brackens. His work – the reasoning beast (2021) – is currently installed in OCMA’s Color is the First Revelation of the World exhibition.

Brackens is best known for his woven tapestries that explore allegory and narrative through the artist’s autobiography, broader themes of African American and queer identity, as well as American history. Brackens employs techniques from West African weaving, quilting from the American South and European tapestry-making to create both abstract and figurative works.

Orange County Museum of Art is located at 3333 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa. For more information, visit https://ocma.net.


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