Thursday, March 25, 2021

Oceanside Museum of Art Celebrates 4 new exhibitions

Matt Devine's sculpture Offshore in from of OMA with Director Maria Mingalone

by Patricia Frischer 

We checked out the Oceanside Museum of Art at a Virtual Exhibition Celebration produced in partnership with Oceanside Community Television (KOCT) to explore fresh artwork recently installed at the museum. We heard directly from artists and curators behind the exhibitions. You can get a taste to help prepare for visiting when the galleries reopens on April 1 or to connect from afar. The program will highlight four newly installed exhibitions at OMA and we have made a very small selection of images from all the shows on view.  

OMA director Maria Mingalone

OMA Artist Alliance members at SD Botanic Gardens


Amanda Kachadoorian: Botanical Hybridity of San Diego's Multicultural History This local artist from Chula Vista researched native flora and then invents hybrid plants: part real and part surreal.


Kevin Vincent: Material Memory,  Vincent's mediums are wood and rope. He changes the historical trauma connotation of rope from a Black American’s perspective and tries to treat it as a life giving material. 


Inspired: Selections From OMA Staff, Manuelita Brown, Trinh Mai, Michael Massenburg, Quinton McCurine, Carole Choucair Oueijan, Gustavo Rimada, Katie Ruiz, and Kurosh YahyaiEach work in this section has a few words by the staff that choose the artist. 

Trinh Mai

Carole Choucair Oueijan

Gustavo Rimada

Katie Ruiz

Michael Massenburg

Kurosh Yahyai.

Manuelita Brown
Manuelita Brown is also included below in the TWA: NOW exhibition (see details below)

Twenty Women Artists: NOW.  This last exhibition curated by Alessandra Moctezuma features artwork by Maite Benito AgahniaManuelita BrownDiana CareyRin ColabucciBronle CrosbySusan DarnallEllen DieterTheresa Vandenberg DoncheKaori FukuyamaJulia C R GrayDiane HallKathleen Kane-MurrellKathy McChesneyLori MitchellGillian MossAlison Haley PaulJulia San Román-NaughtonChristine SchwimmerGail Titus, and Brenda York who make up the TWA artists collective. Much of this work was made during the pandemic and reflects many of the traumas of the last year including the fires and the protest of the killing of George Floyd, but also the hope for a better future.  

Manuelita Brown

Curator Alessandra Moctezuma and Julia Grey with Julia's sculptures


Watch the video presentation to see more of the artwork in these four shows and to installation views. 

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