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.
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.
Sacred Bones Brings Brooklyn to the Desert
Sacred Bones Brings Brooklyn to the Desert
Artbound caught up with Taylor Brode of Brooklyn label Sacred Bones to discuss their five year anniversary show in Pioneertown and what role Joshua Tree plays in their imaginations.
Poetic Travels with Jenifer Palmer Lacy
Poetic Travels with Jenifer Palmer Lacy
Multi-disciplinary artist Jenifer Palmer Lacy specializes in capturing the stark geography of the Southwest in her work.
San Bernardino Weekender: Art Crawls, Americana and a Group Exhibition
San Bernardino Weekender: Art Crawls, Americana and a Group Exhibition
Here's a look at San Bernardino weekend arts and culture events.
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.
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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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Noir, sunshine and dystopia create a multi-ethnic narrative that is read, watched and admired around the globe.

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Multi-hyphenate works that combine disciplines, remix dogmas, and reinvent the wheel.

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

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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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