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.
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.
Noah Purifoy's Sophisticated Assemblage
Noah Purifoy's Sophisticated Assemblage
At LACMA, exhibition "Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada" traces an overall chronology of the assemblage artist life's work.
Machines for Training: Military Performance and Embodied Knowledge
Machines for Training: Military Performance and Embodied Knowledge
"Incendiary Traces" examines how military groups employ simulation, role-playing, and performance to deliver training required to operate in the extreme conditions of combat.
Packrats and Possum Trot: Artists and Collectors of the Desert
Packrats and Possum Trot: Artists and Collectors of the Desert
A closer look at the collection habits of humans and other species suggest that we are all purveyors and taxonomists of discarded refuse, inorganic or otherwise.
Decomposing the Grid: Andrea Zittel's Designs for Artful Living
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.
Ward Valley: An Extreme and Solemn Relationship
Ward Valley: An Extreme and Solemn Relationship
In the 1990s, California's Ward Valley became ground zero in the fight over nuclear waste, endangered species and sacred lands.
Artbound Episode: Steel Modern
Artbound Episode: Steel Modern
This episode of Artbound, "Steel Modern," explores the architectural past and present in Southern California.
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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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