Vivian Maier, Outsider Photog - Off-Ramp for Jan. 7, 2012

Pacific Standard Time: Conceptual art at OCMA

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Julian Bermudez (L) and Zack Flores engage in a conceptual art piece at OCMA's State of Mind: New California Art circa 1970.

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Artist Al Ruppersberg with KPCC's John Rabe at OCMA, 2011.

KPCC's John Rabe with a cardboard cutout of Al Ruppersberg in the installation Al's Grand Hotel at OCMA, 2011.

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A conceptual art piece at OCMA's State of Mind: New California Art circa 1970.

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Off-Ramp host John Rabe. This photo is a piece of surreal conceptual art.

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This is not conceptual art. It's just a photo of Cara, the dog, in Oregon. However, does its inclusion in a series of photos of conceptual art make it conceptual art?


Conceptual art is as much, or more, about the process of experiencing (making, looking at, thinking about, documenting) art as the art object itself. And SoCal, not weighed down by the strictures and structures of the art establishment, was a hotbed of conceptual art. It's the focus of the Orange County Museum of Art's Pacific Standard Time entry, State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970. Off-Ramp host John Rabe talked with artist Al Ruppersberg, a surprise guest, and OCMA's co-curator, Karen Moss. (The exhibit closes January 22d, so go see it now!)


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