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.
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.
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.
Gem-O-Rama: Mojave Playa Interventions, Part II
Gem-O-Rama: Mojave Playa Interventions, Part II
The Mojave Project explores the eclectic desert communities of the Mojave Desert.
Alma Allen's Subtractive Practice
Alma Allen's Subtractive Practice
The first major solo exhibition for Alma Allen features the self-taught sculptor's large-scale biomorphic sculptures, which were recently featured in the 2014 Whitney Biennial.
Experiments in Desert Utopic Living
Experiments in Desert Utopic Living
A new found interest by artist groups has brought attention to bygone Mojave desert "utopias" Llano del Rio and Lanfair Valley.
Land Speeding at El Mirage: Mojave Playa Interventions P.3
Land Speeding at El Mirage: Mojave Playa Interventions P.3
Since the 1920s, gearheads and hot rodders have flocked to the flat alkali playas of the western Mojave Desert, setting land speed records that continue to be pushed today.
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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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