Imperial
Although agribusiness, migration and labor are the main narrative of Imperial - El Centro/Mexicali being one of the main ports of entry for daily Mexican laborers working on the fields - border politics often rears its ugly face. Here the Minutemen, Coyotes and drug lords clash for control of the region, leaving residents, migrants and workers to fend for themselves.

Not far from there, however, the Blue Angels’ squadron trains doing aerial-pirouettes above the Salton Sea; an area of deep environmental decay that continues to inspire artists and writers today. In and around the Salton Sea area, a band of outcasts have set shop, creating outsider art in places like Salvation Mountain, Slab City and Bombay Beach.
Highlights
Eye on the Street: The Visual Language of Daniel Gibson
L.A.-based artist's Daniel Gibson's artwork continues to be influenced by his upbringing in the remote deserts of Imperial Valley.
Covet: The Elias Fontes Art Collection
Alonso Elias has collected emblematic work from seminal artists of the Tijuana movement.
Leonard Knight and Salvation Mountain
People made pilgrimages from all other the globe to view Salvation Mountain, and more importantly, visit with its creator, Leonard Knight, who died this month at 82.
Norteño Meets Punk on Juan Cirerol's 12-String Guitar
Norteño Meets Punk on Juan Cirerol's 12-String Guitar
Juan Cicerol's music is a bewitching collage of styles and subcultures influenced, a violent clash of regional Mexican music and punk attitude found only in border regions like Mexicali.
Mexicali Rose: Cultivating Art Across the Border
Mexicali Rose: Cultivating Art Across the Border
Mexicali Rose is a creative space exhibiting the work of Mexicali artists, visual art, film initiatives and live musical performances.
The Juanita Salazar Lowe Gallery: A New Home for Student and Community Art in Imperial Valley
The Juanita Salazar Lowe Gallery: A New Home for Student and Community Art in Imperial Valley
The Juanita Salazar Lowe Gallery opened at Imperial Valley College in 2009. Currently on view is, "Mexicali Aqui," an exhibition featuring work by 33 artists from Mexicali, Baja California.
All For Art and Art For All: the Imperial Valley Artist Collective
All For Art and Art For All: the Imperial Valley Artist Collective
Three Imperial Valley artists have created the Imperial Valley County Artists Collective to encourage collaboration and participation between artists.
Around the Counties: Commuting between the Imperial County and Mexicali with Amy Sanchez-Arteaga
Around the Counties: Commuting between the Imperial County and Mexicali with Amy Sanchez-Arteaga
Columnist Amy Sanchez-Arteaga examines the small art scene in Imperial County and shares her experiences in Mexicali, Baja California.
Lessons from the Slab: Slab Sand Cloud Grid, New Works by Sam Kronick and Hermione Spriggs
Lessons from the Slab: Slab Sand Cloud Grid, New Works by Sam Kronick and Hermione Spriggs
Amy Sanchez investigates the project "Slab Sand Cloud Grid," which brings together a set of objects and interventions produced collaboratively in and about one of Southern California's most notoriously off-the-grid communities: Slab City.
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Architecture/ Design

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

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Community Arts

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

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Cultural Politics

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

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Film & Media Arts

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

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Literature

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

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Multi-Disciplinary

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

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Music

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

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Performance

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

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Visual Arts

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


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