The cultural ecology of Riverside County is as diverse as its geography. From the lavish golf courses in Rancho Mirage to the modern architectural oasis of Palm Spring, the conceptual artwork of the high deserts and the freak-folk of Joshua Tree, Riverside - mountain, desert and all - is a magnet for art and artists of all types. A place of retreat, abandon, homesteading and decadence, Riverside County encapsulates the cultural diversity of Southern California.
Desert Deployment: Southern California's World War II Desert Training Center
Thirty miles east of Indio, California in a largely uninhabited desert landscape, sits the largest military training ground in U.S. history, though you might not have heard of it.
North Shore: The Ambulant Poetry Project
Nuestro Lugar: North Shore is the first resident-designed, culture-driven, community development project in the rural, migrant community of North Shore, California. Over the course of a year, Artbound will chronicle Nuestro Lugar's various physical improvements, economic activity projects, and multi-faceted...
Nuestro Lugar: The One-Night Gallery
The One-Night Gallery brings together long-time residents of North Shore to transform the neighborhoods into a healthy community that can use its local assets to thrive.
Sea No Evil: Gary Baseman, Shepard Fairey, and More at Sea Shepherd Benefit
Sea No Evil: Gary Baseman, Shepard Fairey, and More at Sea Shepherd Benefit
Now in its sixth year,"Sea No Evil", showcasing internationally renowned artists including Gary Baseman and Shepard Fairey, returns to Riverside to benefit the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
Levitating the Archaic Mind with Michael Heizer's
Levitating the Archaic Mind with Michael Heizer's "Levitated Mass" at Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Tyler Stallings ruminates on the connections between the archaic and contemporary in Michael Heizer's project "Levitated Mass," which perhaps represents a desire to reconnect with the sacred: the planet itself.
Summer Twins: Riverside's Dreampop Girls
Summer Twins: Riverside's Dreampop Girls
Meet Chelsea and Justine Brown aka the Summer Twins who are creating harmonizing, dreamy tunes out of Riverside.
Around the Counties: Exploring Inland Empire Arts and Culture with Ruth Nolan
Around the Counties: Exploring Inland Empire Arts and Culture with Ruth Nolan
This week's edition of Around the Counties, explores the art scene in the Inland Empire and features columnist Ruth Nolan. Find out which art communities are emerging in the counties of San Bernardino and Riverside.
The Hidden History of the Kaufmann House
The Hidden History of the Kaufmann House
Arguably the most famous home in Palm Springs, the Kaufmann desert house is a masterpiece - a structure of unexcelled modernism and sophistication that continues to serve as a model of its type, style, and period.
The Idyll-Beast: The Imaginary (Idyll)Wild Child
The Idyll-Beast: The Imaginary (Idyll)Wild Child
Our species' past or future is about an hour's drive, due east from Riverside, in the mountain hamlet of Idyllwild. There, the Idyll-Beast is said to exist -- a creature akin to Bigfoot, or Sasquatch.
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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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Noir, sunshine and dystopia create a multi-ethnic narrative that is read, watched and admired around the globe.

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

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

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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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