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
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
Matthew McMilon's body of work explores not only aspects specific to McMilon's own life experiences but re-examines queer identity entirely.
Of Earth and Domes: Hesperia's Cal-Earth Sustainable Architecture
The California Institute of Earth Architecture hopes their Superadobe construction technique may be applied to more traditional contemporary homes found throughout SoCal suburbs.
Local Colors: House of the Moon, Part III
Local Colors: House of the Moon, Part III
This weeks' excerpt of Rubén Martínez's upcoming release, DESERT AMERICA, the new desert denizens learn about their new home and the complex social geography set amid the iconic vistas. The more the newcomers explore the Mojave, the more they came to realize there were many deserts within the desert.
Bob's Crystal Cave
Bob's Crystal Cave
Enter the Crystal Cave. Inhale the musty air, the scent of glue and dreams. Revel in the tiny sea of gold light illuminating a sea of turquoise and pink chrysacolla stones. Welcome to Bob's Cave, a hidden desert treasure.
Sex, Drugs, and Drying Out in the Desert: House of the Moon, Part II
Sex, Drugs, and Drying Out in the Desert: House of the Moon, Part II
We continue deeper into our desert journey, which describes the gradual gathering of personalities on a quest for spirit and art in the Mojave. It is a trip from the city to the country... from Hollywood to the High Desert... from one imaginary to another.
Mystical Mojave Wild Kingdom Circus Extravaganza
Mystical Mojave Wild Kingdom Circus Extravaganza
At dusk, local performers and participants will emerge from beneath the shadows of thick Joshua Trees to converge and celebrate the wild, wonderful world of a grassroots, locally-created, regionally-inclusive, do-it-yourself collaborative arts and sustainability event.
House of the Moon
House of the Moon
Rubén Martínez tells the origin story of the thriving Joshua Tree art colony--profiling desert artist pioneers Fred Drake and Ted Quinn. The first installment of an excerpt from Martínez's new book, DESERT AMERICA.
Breaking Bad with Jesse Wiedel
Breaking Bad with Jesse Wiedel
Step into the world of Jesse Wiedel and experience a wonderfully weird assortment of trailer trash, methamphetamine addicts, lot lizards, country music hacks, red necks, outlaw bikers, Vikings and more.
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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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