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.
Eileen Doktorski: The Art of Redemption
Sculptor Eileen Doktorski believes in the healing properties of art. Often dark, her sprawling installations comment on domestic violence and wastefulness.
U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera on Poetry, Progress and his California Roots
Juan Felipe Herrera officially takes over his duties as the nation's first Mexican-American poet laureate this month. He recently shared his thoughts with Artbound about his upbringing, his creative process and his new position as U.S. poet laureate.
The Spirit of North Shore
Residents of the resource-starved North Shore community on the Salton Sea hope a new plan for renewal and social practice art will promise a more sustainable future.
Desert Deployment: Southern California's World War II Desert Training Center
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.
Artbound Episode: Steel Modern
Artbound Episode: Steel Modern
This episode of Artbound, "Steel Modern," explores the architectural past and present in Southern California.
Zoe Crosher's Fantasy Manifests Destiny
Zoe Crosher's Fantasy Manifests Destiny
For the Manifest Destiny Billboard Project, artists create billboards along Interstate I-10 that address the history and mythology of territorial expansion from east to west.
Becoming Wordless for a Moment
Becoming Wordless for a Moment
In his fictional desert community Aridtopia, Tyler Stallings imagines the best ways to repurpose the backyard pool.
Monomania L.A.: David Boulé and the California Orange
Monomania L.A.: David Boulé and the California Orange
David Boulé has assembled perhaps the largest single collection of materials related to the production and promotion of California oranges.
North Shore: The Ambulant Poetry Project
North Shore: The Ambulant Poetry Project
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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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