Isamu Noguchi’s California Scenario
Commissioned by Henry Segerstrom in 1979 and completed in 1982, Isamu Noguchi’s California Scenario is recognized as one of the country’s preeminent sculpture gardens and the most vital publicly accessible outdoor sculpture oasis in Southern California. Situated on 1.6 acres, the garden in its design symbolizes various geographical characteristics in California, incorporating indigenous plants and materials.
Six principal elements comprise California Scenario: “Forest Walk,” “Land Use,” “Desert Land,” “Water Source,” “Water Use” and “Energy Fountain.” However, the centerpiece of the garden is The Spirit of the Lima Bean, a sculpture of dramatic proportions, composed of 15 rust-colored granite rocks cut precisely to fit together. This sculpture was created in recognition of Henry Segerstrom’s friendship with Isamu Noguchi, and the Segerstrom family’s contribution to the agricultural heritage of Southern California.
Noguchi Garden in Costa Mesa is open free to the public from 8 AM to midnight.
Two Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Orange County Museum of Art
The Orange County Museum of Art is the premier visual arts organization in Orange County featuring critically acclaimed exhibitions that draw more than 40,000 visitors each year. With a mission to enrich the lives of the community through modern and contemporary art, OCMA is known for the California Biennial, featuring the state’s top emerging artists.
THE NEWPORT BEACH LOCATION IS CLOSED. A new and temporary space at South Coast Plaza Village will debut in October. More info: ocma.netVISIT WEBSITE
The Hammer Museum is part of the School of the Arts and Architecture at UCLA, and offers exhibitions and collections that span classic to contemporary art, as well as programs that spark meaningful encounters with art and ideas. Through a wide-ranging, international exhibition program and the biennial, Made in L.A., the Hammer highlights contemporary art since the 1960s, especially the work of emerging and under recognized artists. The exhibitions, permanent collections, and nearly 300 public programs annually—including film screenings, lectures, symposia, readings, music performances, and workshops for families—are all free to the public.
10899 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
Festival of Arts & Pageant of the Masters
California’s premier fine art show, Laguna Beach’s summertime Festival of Arts is an open-air gallery that features over 140 top local artists in a wide variety of media such as paintings, photography, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, glass and more. Pageant of the Masters is a truly unforgettable experience featuring “living pictures” – incredibly faithful art re-creations of classical and contemporary works with real people posing to look like their counterparts in the original pieces.
650 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Laguna Art Museum
Laguna Art Museum is proud to continue the tradition of the Laguna Beach Art Association, founded in 1918 by the early California artists who discovered the town and fostered a vibrant arts community. The gallery that the association built in 1929 is part of today’s Laguna Art Museum.
Laguna Art Museum is a destination for anyone interested in California art. Unlike any other museum in the state, it collects California art and only California art, and ranges across all periods and styles, nineteenth-century to present-day. Its collection, exhibitions, publications, and educational programs are all dedicated to developing the public appreciation of California art.
307 Cliff Drive
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Founded in 1935, by the City of Santa Ana through a bequest from Charles and Ada Bowers, the Bowers Museum is one of California’s finest and Orange County’s largest museums. In the past 15 years, the museum has produced more than 50 special exhibitions, more than 24, exhibition catalogues and increased its facility size to 93,000-plus square feet. The Bowers Museum is celebrated for bringing national and international treasures to Southern California.
200 N. Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706
The world renowned J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center in Los Angeles houses European paintings, drawings, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, decorative arts and European and American photographs. The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa in Malibu houses approximately 44,000 works of art from the Museum’s extensive collection Greek, Roman and Etruscan antiquities. The Getty’s courses, demonstrations, lectures, performances, talks and tours are popular among museum-goers.
Image ©2003 J. Paul Getty Trust
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049
250 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
The Broad is a new contemporary art museum founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles which opened in September of 2015. The museum is home to the 2,000 works of art in the Broad collection, which is among the most prominent holdings of postwar and contemporary art worldwide, and has launched an active program of rotating temporary exhibitions and innovative audience engagement. The 120,000-square-foot, $140-million building features two floors of gallery space and is the headquarters of The Broad Art Foundation’s worldwide lending library, which has actively loaned collection works to museums around the world since 1984.
221 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012