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Palm Court Arts Complex

Palm Court Arts Complex

The Palm Court Arts Complex is home to the Great Park Gallery and the Great Park Artists Studios. This new civic space also features Hangar 244, a 10,000 square foot event center; a shaded outdoor performance plaza enhanced by 54 Canary Islands date palms; and the Great Park’s first site-specific permanent public art installation.

Visitors will discover that the Marine Corps Air Station El Toro’s World War II-era atmosphere and architecture have been preserved by means of adaptive reuse of existing buildings, a strategy that aligns with the Park’s ecological values. The Palm Court’s re-purposed military structures now form a cultural campus supporting the development of a fresh approach to establishing an interdisciplinary, public arts program.

Yesterday’s Future

Exhibition: June 6-September 20, 2015
Opening Reception: Sunday, June 7, 1-3 p.m.

Yesterday’s Future is a contemporary exhibition that considers the future of innovation and design while celebrating the past. Using the influence of William L. Pereira and his modernist master plans for the City of Irvine and University of California, Irvine, the exhibition features artists Jonathan Anderson, Deborah Aschheim, Ed Bopp, Bryan Cantley, Jennifer Celio and Betsy Lin Seder.

About William Pereira

William Pereira was a visionary architect who helped shape mid-century Modernist architecture in California and beyond. At the time of his death in 1985, Pereira was credited with more than 400 projects, including the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco, the Geisel Library at the University of California, San Diego and the Theme Building at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

About the Guest Curator

Grace Kook-Anderson is a curator of contemporary art. At Laguna Art Museum, she worked with Lita Albuquerque on a site-specific commission for the museum’s second Art & Nature event and curated Best Kept Secret: UCI and the Development of Contemporary Art in Southern California, 1964–1971, in conjunction with the Getty Museum’s Pacific Standard Time initiative.

Great Park Gallery Hours
Thursdays & Fridays: noon–4 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Free admission

Image: Multiplicity Machines, Bryan Cantley, 2014


The Living Room

The Living Room is an installation space that provides a community gathering place for engaging, intimate conversations with local artists set among a collection of nostalgic mural art and décor. Exhibition décor, curated by Yevgeniya Mikhailik, features artwork by Orange County artists Jennie Cotterill and Chantal deFelice.

Join us the first Sunday of every month from 1–2 p.m. for The Living Room Talks featuring artisans, entrepreneurs and raconteurs sharing their inspiring stories of collaboration.

Great Park Gallery Hours
Thursdays & Fridays: noon–4 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Free admission

Image: The Living Room, Megan Clarke, 2015


Orange County Art Book Collection

The Orange County Art Book Collection is a curated library of books documenting the history of Orange County art and exhibitions. This installation is produced in conjunction with The Living Room at the Orange County Great Park.

The Orange County Art Book Collection was made possible by generous contributions from Andrea Harris McGee, Dana Jazayeri, Grand Central Art Center, Huntington Beach Art Center, Jane Bauman, Laguna Art Museum, Orange County Museum of Art, and The Irvine Museum.

Great Park Gallery Hours
Thursdays & Fridays: noon–4 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays: 10 a.m. –4 p.m.
Free admission

Image: Orange County Art Book Collection, Yvegeniya Mikhailik, 2014


Orange County Zine Library

The Orange County Zine Library & Reading Room is an exhibition curated by L.A. Zine Fest in collaboration with popular zine festivals in Brooklyn, Houston, Scranton, and San Francisco. The library features more than 200 zines from across the country.

A zine is a small circulation, self-published work of original and/or appropriated texts and images usually reproduced via Do-It-Yourself culture and tools including a photocopier, printing press, or just paper and pen. Artists often use zines to share their own work, thoughts, and ideas with their peers.

Great Park Gallery Hours
Thursdays & Fridays: noon–4 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays: 10 a.m. –4 p.m.
Free admission

Image: Orange County Zine Library, Yumi Sakugawa, 2014


Find out more by visiting our upcoming events page, signing up for email updates (on the right), or by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

Yesterday’s Future: Lecture Series

In conjunction with the Yesterday’s Future exhibition, the Yesterday’s Future Lecture Series explores mapping, spatial design, architecture, urbanism and cultivating a sense of place in a community through conversations with guest artists, architects and historians.

Saturday, August 8, 1-3 p.m., Great Park Artists Studios

Bryan Cantley, Architect
Bryan Cantley is the spatial orchestrator of Form:uLA Dimension Laboratory, an experimental design studio. Cantley is also Professor of Design Theory at California State University, Fullerton. Free admission.

Saturday, September 19, 1-3 p.m., Great Park Artists Studios

Alan Hess, Architect and Historian
Alan Hess has written 19 books on modern architecture and urbanism in the mid-20th century. He is currently researching the architecture of Irvine, California, one of the nation’s largest master-planned communities of the 1960s and 1970s. Free admission.

Image: Surface Bores, Bryan Cantley, 2013


The Living Room Talks

The Living Room is an installation space that provides a community gathering place for engaging, intimate conversations with local artists set among a collection of nostalgic mural art and décor. Exhibition décor, curated by Yevgeniya Mikhailik, features artwork by Orange County artists Jennie Cotterill and Chantal deFelice.

Join us the first Sunday of every month from 1–2 p.m. for The Living Room Talks featuring artisans, entrepreneurs and raconteurs sharing their inspiring stories of collaboration.

Sunday, August 2, 1-2 p.m., Great Park Gallery

Rob Brown, Artist
Rob Brown is an Orange County based artist who has exhibited throughout California, Washington, Nevada, and internationally. His awards include an Artist Residency at the Nevada Museum of Art, Sierra Arts Foundation Annual Endowment Grant and Max Gatov Graduate Studies Merit Scholarship. He currently teaches Printmaking at Cal State University, Long Beach, where he also heads the Black Dolphin Print Shop. Brown received his MFA from Cal State University, Long Beach.

Great Park Gallery Hours
Thursdays & Fridays: noon–4 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Free admission

Image: The Living Room, Jennie Cotterill and Yvegeniya Mikhailik, 2013


The Art Lab: Creation Stations

Play, create, and explore at self-directed Creativity Stations in the Great Park Artists Studios. Families with children of all ages are welcome.

Great Park Artists Studios Hours
Saturdays & Sundays: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Free admission

Image: The Art Lab, Megan Clarke, 2015


OC Writers: Read & Critique

A monthly gathering in the Great Park Gallery, on the first Friday of each month, dedicated to providing writers with space and time to write, learn and network.

Each gathering will include time for writers to meet and talk with other writers, as well as ask questions pertaining to the writing and publishing field. Hosted by DeAnna Cameron.

First Friday, noon-2 p.m., Great Park Gallery

Writers should bring their own manuscripts-in-progress to work on in this welcoming and supportive environment, which includes electrical outlets and wifi for laptop and tablet users.

Image: Read & Critique, Yvegeniya Mikhailik, 2014


Find out more by visiting our upcoming events page, signing up for email updates (on the right), or by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

Need more info? Contact the Visitors Center at (866) 829-3829 (toll-free) or send an email.