Columnists
Meet the minds who make Artbound great. Our columnists span the 11 counties of Southern and Central California. They are authors, writers, artists, curators, rebels, dreamers, musicians, academics, poets and more. The common thread? Love of art and the words to make it come to life.
Serigrafia: Constructing the Chicana/o Imaginary
The printwork on view in the traveling exhibition "Serigrafía" demonstrates the fluidity of Chicana/o identity since the initial Chicano manifesto of 1969.
The Video Sculptures of Peter Sarkisian
The exhibition "Sarkisian & Sarkisian" features multimedia sculptures that tie together the work of Peter Sarkisian with that of his father, painter Paul Sarkisian.
reFRAME: The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company
Unusual Suspects brings people together from youth prisons, treatment centers, and L.A.'s most underserved schools and communities to implement theatre projects.
A Little Riot: Matthew McMilon's Re-Presentation of Gender Identity
Matthew McMilon's body of work explores not only aspects specific to McMilon's own life experiences but re-examines queer identity entirely.
My Father's Charreria, My Rodeo
After his father's death, a belt buckle became the most significant object linking Romeo Guzmán to his father's past as a rodeo rider and Mexican migrant.
Can Opera Become a Sustainable Art Form?
An op-ed on the sustainability of opera as an art form.
Recuerdos: Borderland Dreams
Collected experiences of the liminal space that defines the boundary between the United States and Mexico are represented in the form of snow globes.
Hacienda Heights Art + Film Lab: A Travelogue from the LACMA9 Outpost
The LACMA9 Art+Film Lab, a traveling film and video workshop, cinema, and oral history project, sets up shop in Hacienda Heights.
Good Design Is for Everyone: The Evolution of Low-Income Housing in L.A.
What would it mean for L.A. to become known for a successful and sustainable network of beautiful housing projects for its most vulnerable citizens?
The Future of the Unfinished Obelisk
Artist Michael Parker will be engaging with the public over the next six months with a series of programs at "The Unfinished" site along the L.A. River.
Paradise Lost: The Portal in California City
German artist Dennis Rudolph erected The Portal -- a gateway to Heaven or Hell -- in California City, the lost paradise of Los Angeles' future.
Jazzman John Ellis On Writing in L.A.
Saxophonist and composer John Ellis has spent his residency at 18th Street Arts Center by composing 30 new pieces of work.
A Brief History of Public Art and the L.A. River
"The Unfinished" is the latest in a vibrant line of public art projects that have played a major role in reimagining and redesigning the L.A. River.
The Unfinished: The Meaning of the Obelisk
The Unfinished obelisk in Aswan raises questions about hierarchy and failed power structures in Egypt 2,500 years ago.
Morrie Markoff: Emerging Art of a Centenarian
At age 100, Morrie Markoff has his first gallery exhibition at the Red Pipe Gallery in L.A.'s Chinatown.
The Unfinished: The Recumbant Site
"The Unfinished" will remake an Egyptian archaeological site, with tools, materials and labor available along the Los Angeles River.
Postcards From the Future: Utopian North, Dystopian South
Writers and filmmakers have been exploring the future of California for decades, approaching Northern and Southern California in utopian/dystopian contexts.
The Unfinished: An Obelisk Along the L.A. River
The Unfinished, an urban site-specific sculpture along the L.A. River by Michael Parker, questions how a public action in the form of a temporary monument functions in 2014.
Leadbelly: Community Curation and Narration at William Grant Still Arts Center
The William Grant Still Arts Center strives to nurture and proliferate the arts in its West Adams neighborhood, once a hub of African American musicians, actors, and artists.
Moby On Apocalypse and 'Innocents'
"Innocents" is a reflection of Moby's distorted love for his recently newfound Hollywood Hills home, and the predatory beauty lurking just outside the door.
Homer's Odyssey Performed in a Honda Odyssey
"Odyssey Odyssey" is a performance adapted from a segment in Homer's "The Odyssey," that takes place in a Honda Odyssey driving the freeways of Los Angeles.
Zine Season Blooms in Los Angeles
L.A. Zine Fest is organized by a collective of zine-enthusiasts dedicated to promoting zine culture throughout Los Angeles.
A Brief History of Los Angeles' Tallest Buildings
In conjunction with artist Kamau Patton's helicopter performance art, Machine Project compiles a history of the tallest buildings throughout the history of Los Angeles.
Carmina Escobar's Massagem Sonora
At the Korean Friendship Bell in San Pedro artist Carmina Escobar led "Massagem Sonora," a performance exploring the personal geography of the body.
The Curatorial Arts of Yael Lipschutz
Yael Lipschutz is organizing a body of research around the intersection of art and technology for her residency at 18th Street Arts Center.
Under a Spell: The Witchcraft of Elena Bajo
Elena Bajo's exhibition, "With Entheogenic Intent," investigates the "sculptural anarchive" of suppressed political histories, extending her research to California's geopolitical context.
Sara Roberts' Clump and Whistle
Clump is an experiment in group/crowd behavior, a participatory performance based on a simple rule set but without fixed outcome or direction.
Binding Desire: Unfolding Artists Books
"Binding Desire: Unfolding Artists Books" is a group exhibition featuring the works of Otis students, faculty, and known figures in the art world.
Investigating Steubenville: Andrea Bowers' #sweetjane
The exhibition "#sweetjane" includes new work by L.A.-based artist Andrea Bowers that examines the notorious crimes of young men in Steubenville, Ohio.
The War on Both Sides: Ostrich Skin
L.A. artist Rafa Esparza investigates ideas about memory, identity, kinship, and place through his performance art.
The War on Both Sides: The War Against Pain
When and how did these painful times of violence begin? Not just yesterday with drug trafficking. The story is ages old.
Kenneth Anger on the Resurrection of "Lucifer Rising"
Filmmaker Kenneth Anger discusses rediscovering a long lost version of his psychedelic film "Lucifer Rising."
La Guerra de Los Dos Lados: 10 Días Mexicanos
¿Es posible traducir la cultura de la violencia en un sitio estético para la sanación?
Market Makeover: Euclid Market Transformation
Euclid Market in Boyle Heights will have its grand reopening on Saturday, December 14.
David Lewandowski and the Art of Absurdity
David Lewandowski has created motion graphics for the films "Tron: Legacy," "Oblivion," and directed music videos for bands like Flying Lotus.
Cliff Hengst's Semi-Fictionalized, Drag Double-Decker Bus Tour
Artist Cliff Hengst embarked from The Beverly Hilton to perform "It's Not Right But It's OK," perhaps the first ever historic autobiographical semi-fictionalized disembodied drag double decker bus tour.
Leigh McCloskey: Deciphering the Hieroglyphs of the Human Soul
Leigh J. McCloskey's work "Hieroglyph of the Human Soul" has over 12 years swelled with meticulously laid acrylics in finely detailed strokes of cosmic colors.
Love on San Pedro: A Photographic Journey From Skid Row to the Stage
A photo essay captures a day in the life of actor Olusheyi Banjo, offering a glimpse into a community rendered invisible and largely ignored by much of the broader culture of L.A.
Welcome to the Field Guide to L.A. Architecture
Artbound will be chronicling the collective creation of the Machine Project "Field Guide to L.A. Architecture" by featuring a diverse offering of essays, interviews, and the artists' videos.
Love on San Pedro: A Cardboard Ecology
The symbolic and physical properties of cardboard play a significant role in the set design of "Love on San Pedro."
Lawrence Schiller and the Echoes of the 20th Century
The photography exhibit "Lawrence Schiller: A Life in Photojournalism" features dozens of luminous subjects from the middle of the 20th Century.
A Brief Encounter with Mike Kelley
Maxwell Williams reflects on the last days of Mike Kelley and the artist's exhibition at MOCA.
Love on San Pedro: Playwright James McManus on Hunger
The playwright behind "Love on San Pedro" explains the inspiration and process behind penning the community collaborative play.
Finding Space in the Inferno: Observations on Calvino's 'Invisible Cities'
Union Station is an ideal place to realize the opera "Invisible Cities," an adaptation of Italo Calvino's book about relationships between built environments and social and economic life.
A Cinematic Gem in the Inland Empire
A unique venue for experimental, independent, and foreign films; Culver Center of the Arts' screening room is a cinematic oasis within the Inland Empire.
A Road Trip Along the Aqueduct in 1915
In 1915, just two years after the L.A. Aqueduct opened, Julius Goodwin Oliver and William Henry Frick packed up their Ford Model T and drove north from Hollywood to see where their water came from.
Invisible Cities: Composing an Opera for Headphones
In composing the music for "Invisible Cities," Christopher Cerrone created many levels of orchestral detail that would evoke the elaborate and fantastical places that Calvino imagines.
Pivot: Reconceiving Water Scarcity as Design Opportunity
Water scarcity presents a profound challenge and opportunity for designers of the built environment. "Where is it? Let's reuse it" recognizes that maximizing recovery and reuse of rain and stormwater will be central for any city seeking to buffer the effects of climate change.
Love On San Pedro: Skid Row Community Members Working Toward Change
Meet four individuals who are working towards positive change in the Skid Row community.
Altadena Art + Film: A Travelogue from the LACMA9 Outpost
The LACMA9 Art +Film Lab continues operating its oral-history recording sessions in Altadena, CA.
Control Room: Art Space Pioneers in Downtown L.A.
L.A. art space Control Room is facing the bleak reality of a forced closure in the face of shifting demographics downtown.
Love on San Pedro: Skid Row Theater and the 'Invisible' Los Angeles
Now in its rehearsal stages, "Love on San Pedro" is a community production about Skid Row featuring performers from Skid Row.
Invisible Cities: The Science of a Silent Opera
The sound designer behind "Invisible Cities" explains the challenges of getting wireless technology to deliver the extraordinary sonic experience that befits the unconventional opera.
Bringing Healthy Food Alternatives to Boyle Heights
Poor diet and lack of physical activity in Boyle Heights are made possible by barriers to health in the L.A. neighborhood.
Valerie P. Cohen's Summer Watercolor Journal: Mono Craters and June Lake
Excerpts from a summer journal in the Eastern Sierras, featuring the watercolors of Valerie P. Cohen.
Invisible Cities: The Dematerialization of the Opera
The possibilities opened up by wireless headphones are endless. The use of wireless technology in "Invisible Cities" creates a new operatic experience -- and maybe even expands the definition of opera.
Job Piston: Fossilizing the Ephemeral
Artist and photographer Job Piston talks about his unique chemical portraiture process and print installation, currently on view at the California Museum of Photography in Riverside.
There It Is. Take It: 100 Years of the Los Angeles Aqueduct
William Mulholland gave L.A. water and a motto to live by. David Ulin ruminates on the lifeblood of California.
Metralleta de Oro: Bringing the Bling to Cumbia
The trio of young Mexican American DJs Metralleta de Oro specialize in Sonidero, an extremely rhythmic sub-genre of the Mexican, Central and South American cumbia genre notable for its thumping repetitive bass lines.
Hiromi Takizawa's ULTRAVIOLET Illuminations
Hiromi Takizawa's "ULTRAVIOLET: Light Installation" explores the role of light in architectural and environmental spaces.
Dana Yahalomi: Art, Politics, and Affairs of the State
Public Movement is a Tel Aviv-based 'performative research body' that aims to use the infrastructure of the art world to create social impact and new politicized civic bodies.
Prometheus Bound: Upstart Gods, Politics, and Morality at the Beginning of Time
The story of Prometheus' stubborn, irrational resistance to tyranny and his allegiance with the weak and unfortunate reach across time.
Blurry by Design: Public Matters on Social Enterprise
Public Matters encourages productive outcomes from the meeting of two sets of otherwise contrary institutional logics: that of the market and of the social movement.
The Cuban Exiles of Echo Park
Sculptor Sergio López-Mesa and composer Aurelio de la Vega, both prominent Cuban exiles, built distinguished careers in L.A. Their artistic contributions are memorialized throughout the city.
LACMA9: Nicole Miller's 'Believing Is Seeing'
Nicole Miller's video artwork featuring Redlands community members is the first in an evolving series of works titled "Believing is Seeing."
Macbeth: Hope Rises Out of the Bloody Madness
Independent Shakespeare Co.'s multi-faceted Master Carpenter Todd Pate conjures up a different path for Macbeth and for himself.
PHOTOS: 100 Mules Moving Through the Sierra Mountains
On Friday, Oct. 18, 100 mules began a 27-day journey that will take them 240 miles from the heart of the Owens Valley to Los Angeles.
Rafa Esparza Transforms Audiences into Communities
Rafa Esparza's performance art is deeply intimate and political; it merges with his audience to form a community response to violence against people of color.
Queens of Noise: The Runaways
An excerpt from Evelyn McDonnell's new book "Queens of Noise," a biography on the band The Runaways.
Witness to a Hanging: California's Haunted Trees
When a man dies hanging from a tree, is that tree an accessory to the act or a witness? The multiple second lives of the frontier "hang tree" reveal something unsettling about the Golden State.
Animalistic Shock: The Blood, Awe, and Broken Expectations of 'Macbeth'
Independent Shakespeare Co. presents a behind the scenes look into the presentation of the amoral Witches.
Nurturing the Arts in Los Angeles
Los Angeles has solidified its place as an incubator for arts and culture, but how can it maintain its creative fuel into the future?
100 Mules Walking: The End of the Road
Lauren Bon and the Metabolic Studio team finished their 240 miles journey at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.
Monterey Park Art + Film Lab: A Travelogue from the LACMA9 Outpost
The LACMA9 Art+Film Lab, a traveling film and video workshop, cinema, and oral history project, sets up shop in Monterey Park.
Sharpies, Nightmares, and the 'Radical Transparency' of Independent Shakespeare Co.
Artistic Director Melissa Chalsma divulges the inspiration and unintended effects of an interactive art piece created for Macbeth: The Nightmare Floor.
I Was a Teenage Avocado
Lilybeth Hernandez has worn avocado costumes in parades and participated in "veggie fashion shows," all to promote public health and fight food deserts across East L.A.
The Fire of Flamenco: El Cid Turns 50
Silverlake's El Cid is celebrating its 50 years of Flamenco dinner shows after decades of many transformations and traditions
A Familiar Dark: Luis Galindo Takes on Macbeth
Actor Luis Galindo discusses the challenges of playing the title role of Macbeth in this summer's Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.
The Aesthetics of Ikea-fying Los Angeles
Neighborhood change is incremental until it isn't. In a city as diffuse as Los Angeles, it can be hard to spot, unless you know the signposts to look for.
Beyond 3-D Fashion and the Ace Hotel: The Future Couture of Michael Schmidt
Designer Michael Schmidt, who has designed elaborate tour costumes for Lady Gaga and Rhianna, debuted the world's first fully articulated 3D printed dress.
From Gangs to Art: The Salvation of Fabian Debora
Fabian Debora paints like many latter-day Chicano artists, employing visual irony to address wider themes only tangentially related to traditional barrio concerns.
MOCAtv: The Art of Punk
MOCAtv and curator Bryan Ray Turcotte present "The Art of Punk" about the stories of inspiration and creation of such iconic punk symbols and sleeves from the Punk Scene.
Frederick Fisher: L.A.'s Maverick Architect
Frederick Fisher takes a practical approach to architecture, a restraint that belies his early years working alongside Frank Gehry's expanding architectural vocabulary and flourishing fame.
Geographies of Detention, Inside and from Afar
The California Museum of Photography's exhibition, "Geographies of Detention: From Guantánamo to the Golden Gulag," merges art and activism, exposing the realities of U.S. prison systems through visual form.
Thawing New Opera in Long Beach
Long Beach Opera mounts works even avid opera fans probably haven't seen, and often in locations no one else would peg as an opera venue.
Raymond Chandler: The Master of Nasty
Raymond Chandler's brand of California noir is so down and so dark that it's positively inspiring and elevating.
Chicano Batman: Not Another Band from East L.A.
As the cultural map of music making continues shifting in East L.A., Chicano Batman has become the sound of local Latino music in the 21st century. The band performs in the KCET Studios.
An Ambassador of Sound: Sergio Mielniczenko's Brazilian Hour
Longtime radio host Sergio Mielniczenko talks about his 35 years on air and the future of Brazilian music.
Against the Elements: The Art and Science of Preserving the Watts Towers
Due to its unconventional construction, new scientific methods are being used to repair and stabilize the Watts Towers.
Koos Café: Orange County's All-Ages Musical Feast
Koos Café of Santa Ana was an all-ages unconventional music/art space, and all around safe-haven for Orange County youth.
Songs in the Key of Los Angeles: Coda
A recap of all of the performances from Songs in the Key of Los Angeles, bringing to life long-archived sheet music within the L.A. Public Library.
L.A. Dance Project Debuts at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel
The L.A. Dance Project, founded by Benjamin Millepied, take to the recently refurbished stage of the Theatre at the Ace Hotel for three nights beginning Feb. 20.
reFRAME: Valley Days and the Actors Fund Partners
Valley Days offers employment and training programs serving entertainment industry professionals in need of financial, career, and emotional guidance.
Honey Pies and Aquadettes: Stories That Stretch Forever
Filmmakers Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari are creating haunting portraits of California residents in a series of web videos called "California Is a Place."
Catching the Incurable Contagion: Black Los Angeles' Disco Queers
Disco music was a space of reconciliation for many black homosexuals who experienced the Christian church as a site of violence and alienation.
Hypertextualist Michael Joyce on Alexandra Grant, Hélène Cixous, and Carolyn Guyer
The writer meditates on Alexandra Grant's "Fôret Interieure/Interior Forest" and introduces an original work of fiction around the central theme of the exhibition, the "perfect other."
IndieCade 2013: The International Festival of Independent Games
Artbound plays Money Making Workshop (2012), a "get-your-hands-dirty re-imagining of Monopoly", created by renowned game artist Eddo Stern.
Notes from the Underground: the wulf.
the wulf. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting experimental music and arts in L.A.'s Arts District.
Camera Obscura: Photographing the Aqueduct
Nothing is as it seems in many images of the L.A. Aqueduct and its landscape. Take a look at a photographic history of the L.A. Aqueduct.
This Body is Not That: Sonic Frontiers with Jules Gimbrone
Jules Gimbrone believes that sound is the most radical of mediums.
The Ethics and Aesthetics of Place
Public Matters performs extended, life as art "residencies" in and with communities; they disrupt the participant-observer paradigm by becoming participant-stakeholders.
What Is The Invocation?
Obscura Society L.A., a secret society, will hold a social gathering and performance on March 28 where the audience is invited to participate in "The Invocation."
Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles Goes to London
The selection of ten members of the L.A. Phil's Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) for the Discover Dudamel Orchestra proves that that the social activism side of YOLA -- the part that says music has the power to transform lives -- is working.
The 'Incorruptible Flesh' of Ron Athey
The performance art of Ron Athey is rooted in the pageantry of charismatic preachers like The Foursquare Church's Aimee Semple. He performs "Incorruptible Flesh: Messianic Remains" on July 10th at Human Resources in L.A.
Connecting the Stars of Trisha Brown's Constellation
Four Trisha Brown site-specific performances, including "Man Walking" and "Roof Piece," were performed around Los Angeles this past weekend.
Trailer Parked: Heidi Duckler's Mobile Dance Piece 'At the Oasis'
Can you bring a work to an audience instead of an audience to the work? Using a 1961 Oasis trailer, Heidi Duckler is taking advantage of the sprawling seismic mobile climate of L.A. to connect private and public space through performance.
Proyecto MercadoFRESCO: Enlightenment & a Giant Taco
Proyecto MercadoFRESCO is trying to shift the cultural perception of the corner store from public health blight to community resource.
Liminal Elements: A Shipping Container Becomes a Camera Obscura
The "Liminal Camera," housed in a traveling shipping container, is both a one-of-a-kind camera and serves as its own photo processing center and storage facility.
Playing Paint: The Video Art of Brian Bress
Brian Bress dismantles the distinctions between drawing, painting, video, and object through his fusion of language, image, the non-sequitur, and the meaningful.
Past to Present: Unforgetting L.A. Uses Wikipedia as an Activist Art Platform
Unforgetting L.A. is an an edit-a-thon that builds Wikipedia articles for artists, curators, and galleries of the past 30 years.
AgH2O: Silver, Water, and Pinhole Camera in a Silo
Lauren Bon's "Liminal Camera," comprised of a repurposed shipping container mounted on the back of a truck, captures the dessicated Owens Lake in large-scale photographs.
MOCAtv: Michael Smith
New York artist Michael Smith inserts his two recurring characters -- Mike and Baby Ikki -- into particular scenarios, either real or constructed, in ways that can be seen as responses to broader issues in contemporary society.
The Simulators
After participating in the Incendiary Traces visit to the 29 Palms Marine Base, writer David Buuck contributes an excerpt from a novel about role players in a military training scenario.
Satellite Space's Video Art Panopticon
Satellite Space offers a platform for artists to engage with a more theatrical environment that is the exact opposite of the typical white cube gallery space.
Rise: Love, Revolution, and the Black Panther Party
"Rise: Love. Revolution. The Black Panther Party" is a collection of works inspired by the Black Panther Party's legacy of marrying artwork with modern political consciousness.
Harem Girls and Camel Races: Middle Eastern Fantasies in the Deserts of Southern California
The towns in the eastern side of the Coachella Valley have long utilized romanticized portrayals of the Middle East to shape views of their own desert backyard.
Philanthropist David Bohnett on the Creative Economy of Southern California
How can creativity help save L.A.? Activist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur David Bohnett identifies the connection between arts & culture in L.A.
Battlefields of Santa Barbara
How does modern war mark the California landscape? A single day's photographic record produced on the Southern California coast offers one compelling answer.
The Journey to Border Monument Number 140
David Taylor set out to photograph each of the 276 obelisks installed by the International Boundary Commission following the Mexican/American War.
Breaking Sound Barriers with Fol Chen
Synthpop band, Fol Chen, performs experiments that involve inviting non-band members and non-musicians into their music-making process.
Covet: The Elias Fontes Art Collection
Alonso Elias has collected emblematic work from seminal artists of the Tijuana movement.
reFRAME: Watts Village Theater Company
The Watts Village Theater Company, the only arts organization that regularly produces live theater in Watts, speaks to the greater L.A. and U.S. community through themes shaped by the Watts experience.
Incendiary Traces: Drawing the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center
Incendiary Traces led a recent draw-in at the 29 Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center where participants used drawing as a tool for connecting the SoCal landscape to foreign battle zones.
Adam Silverman: A Feeling for Clay
Artist Adam Silverman discusses the inspiration behind his creation of new pots and sculptures that are currently on view at the Edward Cella Gallery through December 29.
Behind-the-Scenes of the Huntington Library Main Exhibition Hall's Renovation
The Huntington's Main Exhibition Hall re-opened recently to the public after its 17-month, $2.5 million renovation.
Pop-Life: Why Melrose Avenue is a Mecca for Graffiti Writers
Melrose Avenue has served as a center for local graffiti artists, including MEAR ONE, AXIS, DYTCH, and LYNK, since the 1980s.
Wangechi Mutu and Her Post Human Kenyan Mutants
Artist Wangechi Mutu's recent work is inspired by Kenyan folk tales and her reflection on the exile and alienation brought about by her unresolved visa status.
Fifteen Seconds of Fame: The Andy Warhol Polaroids
A selection of polaroids by Andy Warhol are on display at The Luckman Gallery. The exhibition emphasizes the labor involved in the production of the artist's work.
Contested Spaces: The Glendale Narrows
The Glendale Narrows, the three mile soft bottom stretch of the L.A. River, is subject to conflicting agendas from river advocates, private enterprise, and government agencies.
MOCA Raises $100 Million
After less than a year, the Museum of Contemporary Art met its goal of raising its endowment to $100 million. The museum has set out to raise another $50 million.
Colby Printing: Rainbow Posters on Every Corner
For more than half a century, the Colby Poster Printing Company located in the Pico-Union neighborhood has been churning out the posters seen across Southern California.
Big City Forum: Peter Zellner, Analia Saban, Adriana Cuellar and Marcel Sanchez-Prieto


In conjunction with the exhibition "Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie," Big City Forum presents an event that examines how we respond to public space.
Crossfader Playlist: Tijuana Youth
"Crossfader Playlist" features a sampler of the blog posts, essays, and digital riffs of Tijuana writer Rafa Saavedra. The fourth installment of an excerpt from Josh Kun and Fiamma Montezemolo's upcoming anthology, Tijuana Dreaming: Art and Life at the Global Border.
Inside Orange County's Indie Art Collections
Despite OCMA's credentials, many have been hesitant to hear the region's voice in the modern and contemporary art conversation. The museum wants to change that with its 50th anniversary capstone showcase.
reFRAME L.A. County: Stories From Our Communities
"We Are Talking Pyramids", a public art project, gave young artists the opportunity to work with leaders in many contemporary art fields, opening up their worlds to art forms they had never before encountered.
Los Angeles: Camouflage and Contestation
Art historian Jason Weems examines three mid-century constructions understood as staples of the California landscape: Disneyland, Lakewood, and the aerospace industry.
Can Schools Provide Arts Education on a Tight Budget?
In the face of budget cuts to arts education in the LAUSD, Abe Flores of Arts for L.A. argues that advocacy for arts education is advocacy for a complete 21st century education.
Collaging Cultural Identity in the Fabric Art of Sumi Foley
Sumi Foley's textile mosaics and delicate collages speak of a reconstructed connection to her homeland, her grandmother, and traditions of Japanese beauty and femininity.
Architectural Drawings Reveal Roots of 'California Modern'
Ruth Wallach examines hand-drawn sketches of mid-20th century Modern architecture in Southern California, an art form preserved in the archives of the Helen Topping Architecture and Fine Arts Library at USC.
Concord Art Space: The Precarity of the Poets Next Door
Now-shuttered Cypress Park art space, Concord, leaves behind a legacy as a space driven by art, ideas, and a deeper understanding of the world and ourselves.
A Conversation on Transnational Identity and the Subtleties of Being Seen
Artists Michelle Dizon and Gina Osterloh both create works based on their Filipino heritage. Artbound explores the nexus of their art, in this poetic rumination on identity, environment, and water.
San Luis Obispo's Micro-Libraries and Art-Object Books
Artists and librarians in San Luis Obispo experiment with traditional methods of reading, lending, and publishing of books.
The Last Gun of Tiburcio Vasquez
Georgia Jeffries tells the story behind a family heirloom: a handsome weapon that was once in the possession of Tiburcio Vasquez, an infamous California bandito.
Olga Garay-English Announces Departure From LA Department of Cultural Affairs
Olga Garay-English, executive director of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, announced this week that she will be stepping down from her post in January.
Wonderful Chaotic Shapes of Collaboration: Alexandra Grant and Chiara Giovando
Artists Chiara Giovando and Alexandra Grant discuss collaboration, temporary works, and the economics and ethics of participatory art projects.
David Weidman: My SoCal Art History
To trace the trajectory of Southern California art, Artbound is creating a collective timeline comprised of the decisive events that shaped artists' creative development. Today we talk to Los Angeles artist David Weidman.
Johnston Island Saturday Night
Artist Steve Rowell assembles a video piece documenting Johnston Island's past. Located 800 miles west of Hawaii, the site was transformed after numerous high altitude nuclear test launches during the 1960s and 70s.
An Origami Moment: Mathematics Meets Paper Folding in Los Angeles
Los Angeles is currently home to a rare constellation of origami projects; one could say that we are experiencing an "origami moment."
Contested Ground: Razabilly Boogie and the Latino Rockabilly Scene
A brief history of rockabilly in Los Angeles, a full-fledged regional phenomenon with thousands of aficionados ranging from casual observers to diehard fanatics -- and many are Latinos.
From Time to Time: Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre Engages Audiences Across California
The Duck Truck has provided a venue to direct arts engagement for over 520 young people in Inglewood, Boyle Heights, and Culver City.
Cristian "SMEAR" Gheorghiu: My SoCal Art History
To trace the trajectory of Southern California art, Artbound is creating a collective timeline comprised of the decisive events that shaped artists' creative development. Today, we talk to Los Angeles artist Cristian "SMEAR" Gheorghiu.
Mexican Muralism Meets High Modernism in L.A.
Muralism's modern approach to form exemplified the connection between avant-garde art and radical politics in depression-era Los Angeles.
Galleries Are Man's World and Micol Hebron is Keeping Score
Almost 70% of artists represented by commercial galleries in New York and L.A. are men. Micol Hebron illustrates this imbalanced male-to-female ratio in a collaborative art project.
Sandow Birk: My SoCal Art History
To trace the trajectory of Southern California art, Artbound is creating a collective timeline comprised of the decisive events that shaped artists' creative development. Today we talk to Los Angeles artist Sandow Birk.
Astral Oriented Art Installations Expand 'Knowledges' at Mt. Wilson Observatory
The Mt. Wilson observatory will host an experimental art show with photographs, two-dimensional art, and performances and concerts all exploring the relation between man and the universe.
Drawing a Line: Encounters with the U.S.-Mexico Border
Susanna Newbury examines the history of the U.S./Mexico border and its geopolitical importance to the United States.
Iraqi Jewish Angeleno Folk Songs
Regine Basha examines the role of dissonance in Iraqi Jewish folk songs and its validation of her otherness in a culture where she is often misunderstood.
Performance Crafting: The Political Act of Weaving
Tanya Aguiñiga explores "performance crafting," bringing the intimate activity of plein air weaving into the public, thus activating spaces and encouraging contemplation of people's interaction with natural and urban environments.
My (Almost) Conversation With Gabriel García Márquez
Rubén Martínez recalls his near conversation with Gabriel García Márquez, who died this week at age 87.
The Poetry Bomb: A Weapon of Mass Discussion
S.A. Griffin's got a bomb...but it's not filled with what you would expect. Take a tour with "The Poetry Bomb" as his 'disruption' bursts in Venice.
Experimental Apples of Jessica Rath
L.A. based artist Jessica Rath speaks about what the fruit has to teach us about current food debates, diversity, and our relationship to nature and art.
Cardboard Crafting: Ana Serrano's Paper Worlds
Artist Ana Serrano constructs cardboard-made sculptures inspired by Latino pop culture, and the beauty found in the day-to-day built environment of L.A.
Dissecting Oppression: The Evocative Work of Leander Djønne
18th Street Arts Center Artist in Residence Leander Djønne's work reflects his interest in the socio-economic power struggles that occur in industrial cities.
Hot Stuff: L.A.'s Cross-Cultural Condiments
"L.A. Heat" brings together 30 L.A.-based artists to explore the city's culinary and artsitic innovation with artworks inspired by red hot condiments.
Incubators: Machine Project
We talk to Mark Allen of Machine Project for the first iteration of our new column "Incubators," which seeks to illuminate the interconnected ecosystem of artistic production often obscured by the high visibility of commercial galleries and large museums.
Postcards from Tijuana: The Cultural Constellation and New Sounds in Bordertown
Tijuana has quietly become an epicenter of avant-garde music in Mexico, with some of the world's most influential music makers eyeing what's happening there.
Synergy of Music, People, and Place: The Ojai Music Festival
Since its inception in 1947, the Ojai Music Festival took its place among the pantheon of international festivals for its artistic firsts performed by musical mavericks.
The Rise of the Independents: Upstart SoCal Music Fests
Large music festivals like Coachella have inspired a growth in independent festivals in L.A. to offer alternative options for underground music and art aficionados.
The Polymath Designer, the Salon Keeper, and The Illustrator
San Luis Obispo shelters a small enclave of artists and architects who have collaborated on designing their homes for artistic expression and production.
Everything is Illuminated: Extra-Illustrated Books at The Huntington
The Huntington Library's extra-illustrated books are treasure troves of art, their pages filled with original watercolors, prints, and illustrations from as early as the 18th century.
Cleon Peterson at the End of the World
Cleon Peterson's shadowy figures mete out violence in images that could just as well depict justice as they do barbarity.
Sharon Zorn-Katz's Little Prints from Perris
Sharon Zorn-Katz's prints at the Riverside Art Museum capture her family's stories through her art.
It's a Drone!
In downtown San Diego, a series of recycled and modified steel containers create a temporary structure where art and public culture is presented, produced and embodied. Military drones become muses for local artists.
Preserving the Legacy of Alvin Ailey Dance Theater
Robert Battle, artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, is devoted to creating a platform for the work of emerging artists and acclaimed choreographers.
Joshua Tree Debuts Indigenous Film Festival
The Joshua Tree Indigenous Film Festival will screen nine indigenous-themed films during the weekend of November 15-17 focusing on desert and inland Southern California indigenous culture.
Michael Trigilio and Messages to the Future
What part of human existence should we preserve for future generations? San Diego multimedia artist Michael Trigilio captures the folly of sending messages to the future.
Flipping Krisels: Historic Preservation for Fun and Profit
In Palm Springs, the financing of preservation projects is still borne primarily by private investors - individuals wise enough to see how an investment in integrity can also turn a profit.
A New Institution: Hollywood Fringe Festival
The Hollywood Fringe is an annual, open-access, community-derived event celebrating freedom of expression and collaboration in the performing arts.
Helen Pashgian Considers Light and Its Absence
"Helen Pashgian: Light Invisible" features the first large-scale sculptural installation by the pioneer of the Light and Space movement.
SOC(i)AL: Art + People
SOCAL SOCIAL: Art + People is a free, public series of roundtable discussions and weekend events that explores socially engaged art in Southern California from East to West.
The Riverside Legacy: California Plein Air Paintings Past and Present
In a new exhibition at the the Riverside Art Museum, featured works tell the history of plein air in Riverside and other parts of the Inland region.
Waitress Anthropologist Candacy Taylor Goes Beyond 'the Counter'
San Francisco photojournalist Candacy Taylor followed her interest in the social dynamics of traditional female work roles to Twentynine Palms and never looked back. Salons and diners are her subjects of choice.
Incendiary Traces: Drawing the National Security Landscape
Incendiary Traces reflects on the project to date -- its origins, its varied forms, and its developing focus through these investigations.
Stages of Learning: Theater and Language in San Diego Schools
Elementary schools in "the Southeast" area of San Diego have implemented innovative arts integration programs that have begun to energize schools in neighborhoods that were once left behind.
Bug Art: Volkswagen Beetles Get the Tricked-Out Treatment
The dozen owners of wacky Volkswagen bugs that are part of the sprawling VW Classic in Irvine this weekend probably wouldn't be there if not for Adolf Hitler. The world's most beloved car was shaped in no small fashion by one of the world's most atrocious human beings ever.
The Art of Katie Grinnan: Perception in a Changing Universe
Katie Grinnan is fascinated by sciences of consciousness. Her artwork has explored a potpourri of experiments in subjectivity, particularly her time-traveling projection "Mirage."
Picture Perfect: The Fine Eyes of Location Scouts
For location scout Greg Campeau, few other cities like Los Angeles offer built and natural landscapes that manage to be both deeply iconic and conveniently generic.
Dialogue in Transit: Evolution of a Line
In the conference, "Dialogue in Transit: Evolution of a Line, " researchers and artists from San Diego and Tijuana reflected on the evolution of the U.S./Mexico border.
How the Gun Market Was Won
Frances Anderton examines the role of guns in American culture since Samuel Colt pioneered the assembly line production of firearms in the early 19th century.
The Knife of the Artist: Painter Chris Baker and the Art of Imitation
Chris Baker transcribes large versions of classic paintings, employing a palette knife on a painting's wet surface to "activate" the image.
Geochoreographies: Carolina Caycedo Versus Social and Natural Erasure
"Be Dammed" is a multi-disciplinary project reflecting the artist's ongoing query into the development of mega-infrastructures over natural and social landscapes.
Reza Sepahdari's Prayers for Peace
Iranian-born Reza Sepahdari makes art in Temecula's wine country. He believes in the role of the artist as a messenger of peace.
Morgan Maassen's Color of Creativity and Texture of Ambition
Photographer and Santa Barbara native Morgan Maassen's career in the surf editorial world is on a meteoric rise.
Cannibalizing the Biennial: Mexicali's Binational Celebration
The 2013 MexiCali Biennial is an exhibition exploring the social and cultural makeup of immigrant communities in East L.A. and Mexicali.
Home Venues in San Diego County: How to Make Friends and Influence Culture
In recent years, San Diego has seen an efflorescence of private homes re-imagined as galleries, music venues, and experimental project spaces.
SLO Pano: Brian Lawler's Wide-Angled Landscapes
Brian Lawler's appreciation for unsullied landscapes is at the heart of his exhibition "SLO Pano," which runs Feb. 14 through March 30 at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art.
Sun Records: Hackstronomists Make Art From Solar Sound
Artists Mark Farina and Matthew Horne converted a radio telescope to absorb the sun's rays, transforming the waves into audible sounds, high-pitched blips to Yoko-esque wails to white noise like the ocean. It's sun music for desert lands.
Spectacular Subdivision: The Art of Home
What does housing mean to artists in relation to their practice? Forty artists addressed the topic in Spectacular Subdivision, a group of site-specific artist projects in the desert.
Brian C. Moss' Pictorial Messaging for the Future
Brian C. Moss' "Gas Giants and Black Seas, Sharp Shooters and Solar Wind," interrelates family history and scientific discoveries.
In These Boxes: Breaking the Cycle of Grief and Love
Artist and musician Dudley Saunders combines his music with images of the keepsakes of strangers in a performance at the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts on Feb. 8.
Beyond the Snail: The Art and Imagination of the Coachella Festival
At Coachella, L.A. artists continue to dominate the festival's art arena.
Where to L.A? A Brief Inquiry Into Our Museums' Community
Bill Kelley Jr., the curator in residence at 18th Street Arts Center, discusses the future of art institutions in Los Angeles.
ArtFinder: Southern California Museum and Gallery Shows in February
Across Southern California, new and continuing exhibitions showcase the diverse offerings of local art world luminaries and international artists as well.
The Enduring Mysteries of Zorthian Ranch
Nestled in the foothills of Altadena lies the infamous 48-acre art junkyard "Zorthian Ranch," built by Armenian Genocide survivor Jirayr Zorthian.
Cristian "Smear" Gheorghiu: My SoCal Art History
Artist Cristian "Smear" Gheorghiu shares several moments in the history of Southern California that have shaped his development as an artist.
Miwa Matreyek's Virtual Vertigo
Miwa Matreyek's work connects live performance with projected imagery, and in the process celebrates the fundamental magic of cinema.
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Architecture/ Design

California becomes an international export by redefining the concept of city and home.

icon, Community Arts discipline

Community Arts

Through workshops, education and placed based projects, art is the connective tissue of a community.

icon, Cultural Politics discipline

Cultural Politics

Funding bubbles, cultural deserts and the politics of access to the arts in the 21st century.

icon, Film & Media Arts discipline

Film & Media Arts

At the shadow of the entertainment industry, video artists and underground filmmakers take a stand.

icon, Literature discipline

Literature

Noir, sunshine and dystopia create a multi-ethnic narrative that is read, watched and admired around the globe.

icon, Multi-Disciplinary discipline

Multi-Disciplinary

Multi-hyphenate works that combine disciplines, remix dogmas, and reinvent the wheel.

icon, Music discipline

Music

A dialogue between cultures, the music of our state serves up the California dream like no other artform.

icon, Performance discipline

Performance

Staging the drama of California through dance, music and theater.

icon, Visual Arts discipline

Visual Arts

Breaking away from the European and New York vanguard, California reinvents the art world.


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