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.
The 'Incorruptible Flesh' of Ron Athey
The 'Incorruptible Flesh' of Ron Athey
The performance art of Ron Athey is rooted in the pageantry of charismatic preachers like The Foursquare Church's Aimee Semple. He performs "Incorruptible Flesh: Messianic Remains" on July 10th at Human Resources in L.A.
Locals Only: Meet the Bands of the Coachella Valley
Locals Only: Meet the Bands of the Coachella Valley
Five local bands from the Coachella Valley chat about their takes on the local music scenery, the desert as influence, and the Coachella Music Festival.
Venzha Christ and the Sounds of 'Area 51'
Venzha Christ and the Sounds of 'Area 51'
"Area 51: A Sound Installation" by Venzha Christ is a new site-specific, sound installation at UCR ARTSblock's Culver Center of the Arts.
Rob Roberge and 'The Cost of Living'
Rob Roberge and 'The Cost of Living'
In his new novel, Rob Roberge continues to mine all that is beautiful and painful in his life as a writer.
Tomahawks and Tipis: Native American Representations in Commercial Culture
Tomahawks and Tipis: Native American Representations in Commercial Culture
An exhibition rich in humor and optimism, "Where Are the Tipis? Changing Perceptions About Indians" dispels stereotypes long-used by the media.
Exploring the 'Golden Dream' of Riverside's Eastside
Exploring the 'Golden Dream' of Riverside's Eastside
Writer Susan Straight and photographer Doug McCulloh are telling the stories of residents of Riverside's diverse Eastside in a new exhibition opening at RAM on April 26th.
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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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