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.
The End of the World: Mojave Playa Interventions, Part I
The End of the World: Mojave Playa Interventions, Part I
Desert playas, considered to be the flattest naturally occurring geographic feature on Earth, offer unique physical features that continue to inspire the human imagination.
The King Clone Creosote
The King Clone Creosote
Considered to be among the planet's most ancient organisms, the King Clone Creosote may hold the key to understanding the desert and its secrets.
Emerald City of the Salts
Emerald City of the Salts
At 100 years old, the severely rural desert town of Trona, CA, is dying. It is a dystopian Emerald City on the shore of a dry lake 'at the end of the world.'
Reyner Banham Loves the Mojave
Reyner Banham Loves the Mojave
British architectural historian/critic Reyner Banham had a thing about deserts --specifically those of the American Southwest and, in particular, the Mojave Desert.
Tim Portlock: No Vacancies
Tim Portlock: No Vacancies
In Tim Portlock's latest project, the artist depicts the extreme economic decline of the city of San Bernardino using digitally generated illustrations.
High Desert Hideaway: Elmer Long's Bottle Tree Ranch
High Desert Hideaway: Elmer Long's Bottle Tree Ranch
A sea of nearly 200 welded metal trees, Elmer Long's Bottle Tree Ranch confronts the excess of consumer waste through a folk art.
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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.

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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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