Doug Aitken, from the collection of Fred and Moira Kamgar, Irvine

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“OC Collects” runs Oct. 7 through Dec. 30 at the Orange County Museum of Art, 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach, 949-759-1122, ocma.net

Aitken’s sculpture made of foam, wood, and mirrors is one of two Kamgar pieces included in “OC Collects,” an exhibit of modern and contemporary art gleaned from the holdings of more than a dozen local collectors. The show is part of OCMA’s 50th anniversary celebration.

The Kamgars purchased the piece last year at Art Basel Miami. Moira was drawn to the autobiographical nature of “1968”—the year the artist, who works primarily in video, was born—and because it marks a time of political and cultural evolution. And, she adds: “I’m a sucker for twinkly and sparkly media of every sort.”

Moira doesn’t think of herself as a collector: “That just sounds so much like a compulsion instead of a passion and a joy. When I do buy things, I try to buy only substantial contemporary works that represent a major current in that artist’s career.”

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This article originally appeared in the October 2012 issue.

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