San Bernardino
The San Bernardino Valley creates a dramatic stage for the mountain ranges of the San Bernardino National Forest that are framed in the background. This natural beauty came as no surprise to early Tongva residents who identified a geological formation on the mountains side in the shape of an Arrowhead, directing them to hidden springs of fresh water. Like an early piece of land-art, San Bernardino County boasts two breathtaking artificial reservoirs on top of the mountain ranges - Big Bear and Lake Arrowhead - that accentuate the contradictions between the natural and the built environment with the cultural history of the area.
Highlights
Junk Dada: The Stories Behind Noah Purifoy's Joshua Tree Sculptures
The Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum of Assemblage Sculpture, open to the public, illustrates the artist's vision during the last 15 years of his life.
Gopherus Agassizii: A Cultural History of Tortoises
The desert tortoise, the state reptile for both Nevada and California, truly embodies the physicality and timelessness of the Mojave Desert but is also most negatively affected by our own human presence herein.
Zzyzx: Revisiting Doc Springer's Boulevard of Dreams
Open for 30 years, The Zzyzx Mineral Springs and Health Resort was the vision of radio evangelist and business man Curtis Howe Springer. The once popular desert destination was a place where guests could bask in sermons and sunshine, and restore with a special diet.
Art Along a Desert Highway
Art Along a Desert Highway
Hwy 62 Art Tours has evolved into a major arts happening in Southern California and it includes performances by the desert circus fantasy group Zircon Wish.
Furst World Order: Peace in the Desert
Furst World Order: Peace in the Desert
At the Pagan Fancy Dress Ball and Benefit, the artists, musicians, eccentrics and oddballs who populate the close-knit community of Joshua Tree are building their own renaissance, high in the desert.
MilTree: Healing Military Veterans Through the Arts
MilTree: Healing Military Veterans Through the Arts
MilTree, a new and quickly growing arts-based outreach organization based in the Morongo Basin, aims to show a display of support for veterans of wars who live in the high desert area.
Secession in the Desert: How Walking through a Mock Iraqi City Led to Aridtopia
Secession in the Desert: How Walking through a Mock Iraqi City Led to Aridtopia
Tyler Stallings tours a fabricated Iraqi City on the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, CA.
Around the Counties: Wandering the High Desert with Ted Quinn
Around the Counties: Wandering the High Desert with Ted Quinn
Columnist Ted Quinn gives a run down of his favorite art spaces in San Bernardino County.
Big Black and Bulwinkle at Harrison House
Big Black and Bulwinkle at Harrison House
Fifteen years after his last show of new work, Mark Bulwinkle's sculpture installations decorate the inside and out of Harrison House in Joshua Tree.
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Architecture/ Design

California becomes an international export by redefining the concept of city and home.

icon, Community Arts discipline

Community Arts

Through workshops, education and placed based projects, art is the connective tissue of a community.

icon, Cultural Politics discipline

Cultural Politics

Funding bubbles, cultural deserts and the politics of access to the arts in the 21st century.

icon, Film & Media Arts discipline

Film & Media Arts

At the shadow of the entertainment industry, video artists and underground filmmakers take a stand.

icon, Literature discipline

Literature

Noir, sunshine and dystopia create a multi-ethnic narrative that is read, watched and admired around the globe.

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Multi-Disciplinary

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

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Music

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

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Performance

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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