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Photos: The new Orange County Museum of Art opens its doors. Here’s a sneak peek

A skylight above the museum’s atrium illuminates the “sky bridges” that connect the galleries and other spaces on various levels of the building.

(Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)

Costa Mesa has a new neighbor: the Orange County Museum of Art, which unveils its new building to the public at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on October 1. 8th

The $94 million building, designed by Morphosis Architects under the direction of Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne has been at it for more than a decade. It features a grand open-air staircase, inspired by the steps at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, that will double as amphitheater seating for performances. There is a large-scale, site-specific sculpture by Sanford Biggers above the terrace, over 15,000 square feet of green space and nearly double the gallery space to display art.

Which is good, because the museum opens with five exhibits. including a survey of the work of 81-year-old New York-based sculptor Fred Eversley; a display of work by “13 pioneering women artists” in the OCMA collection that pays tribute to the museum’s 13 founding women: the institution was formed in 1962 as the Balboa Pavilion Gallery; and a resurrection of the museum’s long-running California Biennial.

But first, OCMA must finish construction. The Times took an exclusive photo tour of the space as the museum put the finishing touches on the building just weeks before it opened its doors.


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