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
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.
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.
Vital Signs: Revitalizing the Pulse of San Bernardino
Vital Signs: Revitalizing the Pulse of San Bernardino
The exhibition "Vital Signs" explores the vibrant melding of Hispanic and Anglo-American cultures indigenous to San Bernardino County.
A Little Riot: Matthew McMilon's Re-Presentation of Gender Identity
A Little Riot: Matthew McMilon's Re-Presentation of Gender Identity
Matthew McMilon's body of work explores not only aspects specific to McMilon's own life experiences but re-examines queer identity entirely.
Spectacular Subdivision: The Art of Home
Spectacular Subdivision: The Art of Home
What does housing mean to artists in relation to their practice? Forty artists addressed the topic in Spectacular Subdivision, a group of site-specific artist projects in the desert.
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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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