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
Jael Hoffmann: High Desert Sculptor of Internal Landscapes
The desert sculptures of Jael Hoffman represent the artist's philosophy on an internal tension between the true and projected self.
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: The Hundred Names of the Desert Wind
High & Dry: The Hundred Names of the Desert Wind
There are many names people in the desert lands around the world have for their constant companion: the wind.
High & Dry: Caretaking the Ghosts of Cerro Gordo
High & Dry: Caretaking the Ghosts of Cerro Gordo
In Cerro Gordo, a deserted mining camp in the Sierra Nevadas that dates back to the mid 1870's, the howling spirits of the past continue to haunt the living.
Jael Hoffmann: High Desert Sculptor of Internal Landscapes
Jael Hoffmann: High Desert Sculptor of Internal Landscapes
The desert sculptures of Jael Hoffman represent the artist's philosophy on an internal tension between the true and projected self.
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.
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