Inyo
With a landscape dominated by nature's extremes -- the tallest mountain in the continental U.S., Mount Whitney, at the edge of Sequoia National Park and Death Valley National Park, home to the lowest point in North America -- Inyo County contains all the elements that made the West a tourist attraction at the turn of the 20th Century. It has been the subject of inquiry for many visual artists and photographers seeking to define and understand the West: High peaks, vast valleys and deserts, spectacular waterfalls. It is also the reason why Inyo County has been the historic homeland of a handful of Native American communities who have embraced the landscape for generations.

Allured by the sculptural outdoors, immigrants from the east and the south moved west, creating an urban population explosion in Southern California. As Los Angeles grew, water from the Owens River was diverted to its aqueduct and the valley was purchased by the DWP, changing the environmental balance of the area forever. Today, multi-disciplinary artists such as Lauren Bon (to name a few) are mining the valley in search of creative answers to this shift.
Highlights
High & Dry: A Collaboration Surveying the American Desert
A partnership of writing and photography, "High & Dry" surveyes the legacy of human enterprise in the California desert.
Aqueduct Futures: Revisioning the Los Angeles Aqueduct Infrastructure
"Aqueduct Futures," a public exhibit that was on display at L.A. City Hall, addressed the future of the L.A. Aqueduct.
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.
Reyner Banham Loves the Mojave
Reyner Banham Loves the Mojave
British architectural historian/critic Reyner Banham had a thing about deserts --specifically those of the American Southwest and, in particular, the Mojave Desert.
Water Extremes: Too Little; Too Much; Too Slow; Too Fast
Water Extremes: Too Little; Too Much; Too Slow; Too Fast
From stampeding thunderstorms and epic flash floods to virga, the rain that never falls to earth, some remarkable tales of desert precipitation.
High & Dry: A Collaboration Surveying the American Desert
High & Dry: A Collaboration Surveying the American Desert
A partnership of writing and photography, "High & Dry" surveyes the legacy of human enterprise in the California desert.
Artbound Special: One Hundred Mules Walking the L.A. Aqueduct
Artbound Special: One Hundred Mules Walking the L.A. Aqueduct
Artbound presents an hour-long special following Lauren Bon and the Metabolic Studio's "One Hundred Mules Walking the L.A. Aqueduct."
Artbound Special: One Hundred Mules Walking the L.A. Aqueduct Airs Thursday, May 8 at 9 PM
Artbound Special: One Hundred Mules Walking the L.A. Aqueduct Airs Thursday, May 8 at 9 PM
The special episode "One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct" airs Thursday, May 8 at 9 PM on KCET-TV.
Aqueduct Futures: Revisioning the Los Angeles Aqueduct Infrastructure
Aqueduct Futures: Revisioning the Los Angeles Aqueduct Infrastructure
"Aqueduct Futures," a public exhibit that was on display at L.A. City Hall, addressed the future of the L.A. Aqueduct.
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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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At the shadow of the entertainment industry, video artists and underground filmmakers take a stand.

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


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