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.
Eternal Retirement Home for Artists To Be Built On Salton Sea Property: WTF, LOLZ
Eternal Retirement Home for Artists To Be Built On Salton Sea Property: WTF, LOLZ
The Eternal Telethon is an online, artist-run telethon whose goal is to raise funds to build a convalescent home for retired artists located at the Salton Sea.
Art Along a Desert Highway
Art Along a Desert Highway
Hwy 62 Art Tours has evolved into a major arts happening in Southern California and it includes performances by the desert circus fantasy group Zircon Wish.
Furst World Order: Peace in the Desert
Furst World Order: Peace in the Desert
At the Pagan Fancy Dress Ball and Benefit, the artists, musicians, eccentrics and oddballs who populate the close-knit community of Joshua Tree are building their own renaissance, high in the desert.
MilTree: Healing Military Veterans Through the Arts
MilTree: Healing Military Veterans Through the Arts
MilTree, a new and quickly growing arts-based outreach organization based in the Morongo Basin, aims to show a display of support for veterans of wars who live in the high desert area.
Secession in the Desert: How Walking through a Mock Iraqi City Led to Aridtopia
Secession in the Desert: How Walking through a Mock Iraqi City Led to Aridtopia
Tyler Stallings tours a fabricated Iraqi City on the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, CA.
Around the Counties: Wandering the High Desert with Ted Quinn
Around the Counties: Wandering the High Desert with Ted Quinn
Columnist Ted Quinn gives a run down of his favorite art spaces in San Bernardino County.
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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.

icon, Film & Media Arts discipline

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.

icon, Music discipline

Music

A dialogue between cultures, the music of our state serves up the California dream like no other artform.

icon, Performance discipline

Performance

Staging the drama of California through dance, music and theater.

icon, Visual Arts discipline

Visual Arts

Breaking away from the European and New York vanguard, California reinvents the art world.


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