Oceanside Museum Of Art’s Latest Exhibitions Explore Cultural Themes & Gender Roles Through Fashion

Beginning this weekend, take a step into the intersection of art and fashion with Oceanside Museum of Art’s brand-new exhibitions, Saki: Birds of a Different Feather and MartyO: Social Security.

Both artists selected for these exhibitions were co-winners of the Juror’s Choice Award at OMA’s virtual art fashion event in 2020, Night of the Living Art: An Art After Dark Extravaganza. These exhibitions explore cultural themes of gender roles, consent, reproductive rights, self-worth, and stigmatism of society from fitting in, in a beautiful, unconventional way.

Both exhibitions will be on display beginning October 30, 2020 through January 23, 2022.


In the animal kingdom, male birds are the ones to get “dolled up” to impress and prove themselves worthy to a mate. However, in the human world these roles are reversed, with women being the ones to steal the “fashion” show. Today’s modern woman is more than just a pretty dress; she is an educated professional breaking glass ceilings and living her best life while focusing on her mental health, and so much more.

This exhibition challenges the audience to look beyond traditional gender roles, encouraging the modern man to do more than just slip on a three-piece suit. Each creation reflects a different bird and how they relate to male roles in society from the Sugar Daddy to the Rockstar.


Examining the 20th century’s changes in women’s roles and cultural mores brought on by women’s suffrage in 1919, the Social Security Act in 1931, and the development of birth control in 1961, this exhibition presents artist MartyO’s
art quilts, sculptural assemblages, wearable art, and a tableau of embellished household items as pointed commentary on the stereotypic, disempowering and oppressive roles forced onto women by our society over the last century.

This exhibition also explores the creation of art as a means to healing from trauma, while allowing the audience to reflect on what social security means to them, and its price.

About Oceanside Museum of Art

Since 1997, OMA has served as an anchor and catalyst for change in North County San Diego by serving as the premier art venue along the cultural corridor between Los Angeles, San Diego and Tijuana. OMA’s exhibitions showcase artists’ works, presenting innovative and dynamic exhibitions of significant local and regional art. The museum’s galleries are redesigned for each exhibition, surprising visitors with a fresh, exciting visual transformation for every new installation.

For more information on Oceanside Museum of Art, visit here.

See you there, San Diego!

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