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
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.
Ryan Hester: PHREEdom and Frenzy
Through a vibrant fusion of loose painterly expressionism and charged icons, Ryan Hester's art works reiterate the heaving breath of racial and social angst in American culture and the violence that so often accompanies it.
Decomposing the Grid: Andrea Zittel's Designs for Artful Living
Andrea Zittel's "Wagon Stations," nestled in the rocky outcrops of Joshua Tree, are experimental structures designed as micro housing units for an individual human.
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.
Shari Elf: Maximum Creativity at Minimum Wage
Shari Elf: Maximum Creativity at Minimum Wage
Shari Elf,an artist, singer-songwriter, raw foods chef, community builder, self-healer and 'enforcer of goodness,' makes art from discarded and found objects.
An Excursion Into LA's Mojave Hinterland at the CLUI Desert Research Station
An Excursion Into LA's Mojave Hinterland at the CLUI Desert Research Station
The Desert Research Station located in Hinkley, Calif. focuses on the California desert.
Around the Counties: Navigating the San Bernardino County Landscape with Kim Stringfellow
Around the Counties: Navigating the San Bernardino County Landscape with Kim Stringfellow
This week's edition of Around the Counties features Kim Stringfellow. Get a closer look into the art scene of San Bernardino County.
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icon, Architecture/ Design discipline

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.

icon, Multi-Disciplinary discipline

Multi-Disciplinary

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

icon, Music discipline

Music

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

icon, Performance discipline

Performance

Staging the drama of California through dance, music and theater.

icon, Visual Arts discipline

Visual Arts

Breaking away from the European and New York vanguard, California reinvents the art world.


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