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.
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.
Engaged and Inspired: DEHSART
Engaged and Inspired: DEHSART
Visual artists Larissa Nickel and Karyl Newman turn illegally dumped trash into whimsical recycled sculptures, encouraging their community to rethink their conceptions about waste.
Assembly Required: The Transformative Art of Noah Purifoy
Assembly Required: The Transformative Art of Noah Purifoy
Noah Purifoy spent the final years of his life in Joshua Tree creating the monumental "Outdoor Desert Art Museum of Assemblage Sculpture" made from tons of discarded materials.
Inland Empire Artists Capture the Sense of 'Being Here'
Inland Empire Artists Capture the Sense of 'Being Here'
In the new exhibition "Being Here," Inland Empire artists are able to express their emotive inspiration about this underrepresented land just east of L.A.
Aridtopia's Loop Writing: A Desert Language
Aridtopia's Loop Writing: A Desert Language
Tyler Stallings' Aridtopia is a speculative, utopian community in the Mojave 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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