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
Gem-O-Rama: Mojave Playa Interventions, Part II
Rockhounding enthusiasts from around the world attend the annual Gem-O-Rama, a gem and mineral collecting extravaganza for the general public at Searles Dry Lake.
Pamela Littky: Documenting the Gateway to Death Valley
Pamela Littky photographed the townspeople and places of Baker, California and Beatty, Nevada, two towns that lay claim to the title "Gateway to Death Valley."
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.
LACMA9: Nicole Miller's 'Believing Is Seeing'
LACMA9: Nicole Miller's 'Believing Is Seeing'
Nicole Miller's video artwork featuring Redlands community members is the first in an evolving series of works titled "Believing is Seeing."
High Desert Test Sites: Free Range Art In Joshua Tree
High Desert Test Sites: Free Range Art In Joshua Tree
High Desert Test Sites is an experimental forum for merging contemporary art and life at large outside of preexisting cultural centers.
Getting Lost in the Arid Expanse with Diane Best
Getting Lost in the Arid Expanse with Diane Best
In her paintings and photographs, artist Diane Best illustrates timeless desert panoramic landscapes of the Mojave.
San Bernardino Art + Film Lab: A Travelogue from the LACMA9 Outpost
San Bernardino Art + Film Lab: A Travelogue from the LACMA9 Outpost
LACMA9 Art + Film Lab recounts the projects' five-week residence in Perris Hill Park, and the stories of community that unfolded.
Redlands Art+Film Lab: A Travelogue From the LACMA9 Film Outpost
Redlands Art+Film Lab: A Travelogue From the LACMA9 Film Outpost
LACMA's mobile educational initiative, the LACMA9 Art + Film Lab, reports on their first city run in Redlands.
LACMA9: A Nomadic Community Film School
LACMA9: A Nomadic Community Film School
LACMA's new educational initiative, the LACMA9 Art + Film Lab, is a traveling interactive installation/event and community space that will visit nine SoCal communities over a 16 month period.
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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.

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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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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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