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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, housing a publicly-accessible artists-in-residence program. 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.

SPIRIT: Tae Soon Kim Exhibition in the Great Park Gallery

Tae Soon Kim’s artwork reveals the spirit of traditional Korean culture by transforming, through the technique of collage, handmade paper (Han-ji) and old damaged books, into clothing, furniture and books. Tae Soon Kim’s aesthetic is inspired by the traditions of her motherland that she experienced as a child. Through her work, the culture and wisdom of a time before Western influence is shared with the present generation. The exhibition presents 21 artworks from the late 1990s to the present.

Tae Soon Kim was born in Kyungnam, Republic of Korea. Her artwork has been widely exhibited in Korea and abroad and she has participated in several international art fairs. In 2013, The Spirit of Joseon (2006) was included in Looking East: Ruben’s Encounter with Asia at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

The SPIRIT exhibition runs from Saturday, July 12 through Sunday, October 12, 2014. Admission is free.

Exhibition Reception
Saturday, July 12, 4-6 p.m.
The reception is free and open to the public.

Great Park Gallery Hours
Thursdays & Fridays: noon–4 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays: 10 a.m. –4 p.m.
Admission is free.

Image caption:
Hwang Jin-I, 2008, Hanji and mixed media, 67 x 48 inches.

Zine Library and Reading Roo

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.

Admission is free.

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Great Park Artists Studios Hours:
Saturdays and Sundays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Legacy Project
The Legacy Project
The Legacy Project is dedicated to documenting and interpreting the former Marine Corps Air Station at El Toro, simultaneously honoring the history of the site and celebrating its transformation into the Orange County Great Park. This group of six photographers, assisted by legions of students and friends, have created over 200,000 images of El Toro in addition to shooting several videos. Their most notable work is the world’s largest photograph, The Great Picture, a 32-by-111-foot image of El Toro created in a former F-18 hangar.
Photo: Detail from Nature Prevails ©Mark Chamberlain

Check out some of the Great Park’s past Artists-in-Residence:


Jennifer Backhaus - October 2012 through March 2013

Andre Woodward - May - October 2012

Deborah Aschheim - November 2011 through May 2012

Amy Caterina - October 2011 through May 2012

Arts Happenings at the Great Park bring the community together to experience — and participate in — art in the Park. Programs are developed to cover a wide variety of media and interests, and include events developed in collaboration with Arts Orange County and our Artists-in-Residence.Check back soon for more information on upcoming Arts Happenings.

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