24-Hour Magic at OCMA

The Orange County Museum of Art opened its new home in October. Take a visual journey of its opening celebration.
Photograph by Jeffrey Rovner

The Orange County Museum of Art opened its new Costa Mesa home in October with a 24-hour celebration for the community. More than 10,000 visitors joined the party, which started at 5 p.m. on Saturday and continued overnight until 5 p.m. Sunday. People waited three hours or more to get in. Wondering what the fuss was about? Take a visual journey of the experience.

Photograph Courtesy of OCMA
  1. The Pacific Chorale performed “Skyscape” on four levels at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Photograph Courtesy of OCMA

2. A drum line led the procession to open the museum at 5 p.m. Saturday. 

Photograph Courtesy of OCMA

3. The Orange County Youth Symphony performed “Pacific Gold” at 7 p.m. Saturday, in honor of the California Biennial opening exhibit.

Photograph by Jeffrey Rovner

4. A rooftop dance party lured revelers at 9 p.m. Saturday.

Photograph by Jeffrey Rovner

5. Hundreds of people waited for hours Saturday night in lines that snaked through the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza outside the museum.

Photograph by Jeffrey Rovner

6. Three DJs provided various beats for dancers during the silent disco at 11 p.m.

Photograph by Audrey Brown Gibbons

7. More than 200 people started their day with sunrise yoga at 6:30 a.m. on the terrace.

Photograph by Emily J. Davis

8. Sidecar, Fill Bakeshop, and Goodtown provided the treats for a 10 a.m. Donut Drop on Sunday.

Photograph by Emily J. Davis

9. Skylights throughout the building bring plenty of natural light to the museum’s galleries.

Photograph by Emily J. Davis

10. Students from Orange County School of the Arts presented “Inside Out,” a site-specific dance performance at 1 p.m.

Photograph by Emily J. Davis

11. Two-time Latin Grammy-winning Yamila Guerra Cuban Latin Band kept the party going at 2 p.m.

Photograph by Andrew Hart

12. Gospel Voices of OC Youth Choir sang below Sanford Biggers’ “Of Many Waters” sculpture.

Photograph by Emily J. Davis

13. The art is the part of this bonanza that you can continue to enjoy. Museum admission is free.