A color photograph of ocean vegetation.

Transformative Currents: Art and Action in the Pacific Ocean

Sep
7
2024
Jan
19
2025

Transformative Currents examines the historical causes and ongoing effects of the cultural and environmental devastation of the Pacific Ocean, and harnesses art’s potential to enact positive ecological change, both local and planetary. Covering nearly one-third of the Earth’s surface, the Pacific Ocean is home to thousands of interconnected peoples, species, and ecosystems—all under threat from climate change, industrial pollution, and overfishing. Works in diverse media by 21 artists and collaborative teams are organized around the theme of ocean currents, which traverse the Pacific and suggest fluidity, interconnectivity, and collective responsibility. Each project addresses a specific issue affecting the coastal environment. Together, they highlight the interdependency of resources and the impact of local actions on global problems. At a time when the health of the Pacific Ocean is in a fragile state, Transformative Currents unites art, science, and Indigenous knowledge systems to raise awareness and improve oceanic conditions.

Transformative Currents: Art and Action in the Pacific Ocean Higher Ed Curricular Resource

"Dark Paradise – Chapter 2 – On restoration and future," 2023, Paul Rosero Contreras. 4k video – 5.1 surround system. Paul Rosero Contreras, 2023. © Paul Rosero Contreras, Dos Islas Studio / USFQ, 2023 – 2024.

Oceanside Museum of Art

704 Pier View Way,

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FRI:11am-8pm
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MON-TUE:CLOSED

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Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA)

3333 Avenue of the Arts,

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THU-SAT: 10am-8pm
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Crystal Cove Conservancy at Crystal Cove State Park

Crystal Cove Newport Coast,

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Locations

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Sep
7
2024
Jan
5
2025
Oceanside Museum of Art.
704 Pier View Way,

WED-THU:11am-5pm
FRI:11am-8pm
SAT-SUN:11am-5pm
MON-TUE:CLOSED

Sep
6
2024
Jan
5
2025
OCMA Building. Photo by Jasmine Parks.
3333 Avenue of the Arts,

TUE-WED: 10am-6pm
THU-SAT: 10am-8pm
SUN: 10am-6pm
MON: CLOSED

Sep
21
2024
Jan
19
2025
Crystal Cove Conservancy.
Crystal Cove Newport Coast,

MON-SUN: 10AM-6PM

Sep
7
2024
Jan
5
2025
Oceanside Museum of Art.
704 Pier View Way,

WED-THU:11am-5pm
FRI:11am-8pm
SAT-SUN:11am-5pm
MON-TUE:CLOSED

Sep
6
2024
Jan
5
2025
OCMA Building. Photo by Jasmine Parks.
3333 Avenue of the Arts,

TUE-WED: 10am-6pm
THU-SAT: 10am-8pm
SUN: 10am-6pm
MON: CLOSED

Sep
21
2024
Jan
19
2025
Crystal Cove Conservancy.
Crystal Cove Newport Coast,

MON-SUN: 10AM-6PM