Laguna Art Museum | Orange County | Museums | General
The Laguna Art Museum is in Laguna Beach, just off PCH and near the ocean, making it one of the best-located museums in Orange County. Just based on three stellar exhibitions during the past year that couldn't be more different from one another—the sublime "Noguchi: California Legacy," the revelatory "Best Kept Secret: UCI and the Development of Contemporary Art in Southern California, 1964-1971" and the brilliant "Victor Hugo Zayas: Mi Obra"—we're glad to high-five the Laguna Art Museum. This is one of the most eclectic exhibit venues in Southern California, and its shows are almost always worth a visit. Recently, it has presented career retrospectives of underrated Pop artist Wayne Thiebaud, loco local boy Shag and hippie-graphics great Rick Griffin. But the just-concluded exhibit "In the Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz Factor" went to a whole new level. It was an exhibit that'll be written about in textbooks decades from now, when today's wild, kooky art-world outsiders have become the establishment for a new generation of angry loners to rail against.

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