2010 California Biennial

Oct 24, 2010 – Mar 13, 2011

The Orange County Museum of Art is pleased to present the 2010 California Biennial. The Biennial exhibitions are highly anticipated by art enthusiasts and the art world. In addition to approximately 150 works of art and installations on display, the museum will also serve as the site for approximately 30 programs and performances that will appeal to diverse interests and continue OCMA’s history of presenting new developments in contemporary art.

The only exhibition of its kind in California, the California Biennial brings together a large cross-section of the State’s most innovative contemporary visual artists. The Biennial continues the Orange County Museum of Art’s four-decade long history of presenting new developments in California art. In 2008, the museum presented works by more than 50 artists and, for the first time, incorporated off-site projects with collaborating venues from Tijuana to Northern California.

Earlier this year, Biennial curator Sarah Bancroft invited 45 artists and collaborative groups to participate in this year’s exhibition. Bancroft visited more than 100 studios throughout the state and discovered an extremely diverse array of practices that include painting and drawing, film and video, installation, performance and dance, photography, sculpture, and sound and text-based work. The artworks engage through politics, representation and abstraction, identity and social practice, humor and play, and performance and audience participation; all hallmarks of art in the 21st century.

The 2010 California Biennial promises to be similarly full of artists, energy, accomplishments, and surprises. A fully-illustrated catalogue published by the Orange County Museum of Art will accompany this exhibition.

2010 California Biennial Artists:
David Adey, Agitprop, Gil Blank, Nate Boyce, Luke Butler, Juan Capistran, Zoe Crosher, Brian Dick, Dru Donovan, Mari Eastman, Electronic Disturbance Theater/b.a.n.g. lab, Carlee Fernandez, Finishing School, Eve Fowler, Rebecca Goldfarb, Katy Grannan, Alexandra Grant, Sherin Guirguis, Drew Heitzler, Violet Hopkins, Alex Israel, Glenna Jennings, Barry MacGregor Johnston, Vishal Jugdeo, Stanya Kahn, Andy Kolar, Jennifer Locke, Los Angeles Urban Rangers, Tom Mueske, Tucker Nichols, Camilo Ontiveros, Nikki Pressley, Andy Ralph, Will Rogan, Paul Schiek, Taravat Talepasand, Wu Tsang, Zlatan Vukosavljevic, Nina Waisman, Flora Wiegmann, Allison Wiese, Lisa Williamson, David Wilson, Patrick Wilson, John Zurier.


For the 2010 California Biennial Agitprop will be doing a project/s as described on the label in the exhibition as so:

” “The Third Party”


Agitprop is a space in San Diego that re-imagines the form of the gallery as a site of localized, long term engagement with a certain neighborhood or community. Agitprop works with a variety of individuals, institutions, small businesses, artists, and other neighborhood entities in order to advance a distributed view of how (art) institutions can be integral to social, political and material conditions found within the physical proximity of the space in which those institutions exist. For the 2010 California Biennial, Agitprop will utilize its portion of the exhibition space as a “satellite office” in conjunction with a project based out of the Agitprop space itself called “The 2837 University”.  “The 2837 University” examines various spaces that function as sites of knowledge construction (which range from museums, libraries, coffee shops, galleries, street corners, shopping centers etc). Here at the Orange County Museum of Art Agitprop will center this exploration of knowledge construction around “The Third Party”; a mobile conversation cart.  “The Third Party” will be used to interview museum patrons and individuals sought out from the local community in order establish a participatory approach to gleaning information about significant local conditions.”

Video introduction that is part of the installation at the Orange County Museum of Art describing how “The Third Party” and “The 2837 University” will unfold over the course of the exhibition: