Transformative Currents

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 planetary and local.
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 contemporary 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 and volatile state, Transformative Currents unites art, science, and Indigenous knowledge systems to raise awareness and improve coastal conditions. In addition to the Oceanside exhibition, there will be two satellite installations at the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) in Costa Mesa and the Crystal Cove Conservancy in Newport Beach.


Pictured: Isabel Beavers, The Luxuriant Garden (Above); Paul Rosero Contreras, Dark Paradise 2 (Below).

Events and Programs

Join us for exciting events and programs themed and celebrated around Transformative Currents exhibition.

Exhibition opens - August 17, 2024

Exhibition Celebration - October 5, 2024

PST regional Weekend OC/South Bay/North SD  - November 2 and 3, 2024

PST regional Weekend San Diego - November 23 and 24, 2024

Exhibition closes - January 5, 2025

Transformative Currents is among more than 50 exhibitions and programs presented as part of Pacific Standard Time. Returning in September 2024 with its latest edition, PST ART: Art & Science Collide, this landmark regional event explores the intersections of art and science, both past and present. PST ART is a Getty initiative. For more information about PST ART: Art & Science Collide, please visit:

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