San Diego
Like much of Southern California, San Diego County embodies the social, political and artistic extremes of the region. San Diego is a military area, a border town, a retirement community, an occupied territory and a vacation destination all in one. These sub-cultures produce and provide distinct ecosytems for the area’s residents, generating narratives that often contradict and collide with each other. The art community has responded to these contradictions for generations, ignoring them in some case as an act of political defiance, and in others, embracing them in their totality. The area’s physical and imaginary line has become a laboratory for experimentation as artists explore the militarized territory of the border.
Highlights
Scents Memory: Brian Goeltzenleuchter's Multifaceted Practice
Multidisciplinary artist Brian Goeltzenleuchter's work with scent reaches back to 1998. His current collaborative project "Olfactory Memoirs" has him conducting workshops which delve with childhood memories associated with smells.
Book Project Connects Deported Mexican Parents With Their Children
Community project "Cuentos Para Dormir" ("Bedtime Stories") by Sophia Sobko is connecting children and their deported parents through literature.
Scavenger Harmony: Alejandro Zacarías Deconstructs Tijuana
Forever respectful and indebted to his environment and city, to its streets and its liberty, Alejandro Zacarías pays homage to the hodgepodge mecca that is Tijuana by borrowing from its stories in order to create.
After Sushi: Finding an Heir to San Diego's Cultural Space
After Sushi: Finding an Heir to San Diego's Cultural Space
San Diego city officials approved a developer's request to end a loan agreement that required a prime commercial space in the East Village be rented to an arts organization at a significantly reduced price through 2027.
Robin Bright: The Exquisite Elegance of Minimalist Objects
Robin Bright: The Exquisite Elegance of Minimalist Objects
Robin Bright has long been making pieces for the wall that aren't quite paintings, but not quite full-blown sculptures either. In February, a retrospective at the Oceanside Museum of Art will showcase the 81-year-old artist's body of work.
Brian Eno's 'Music for Airports' Arrives at San Diego International
Brian Eno's 'Music for Airports' Arrives at San Diego International
Brian Eno's genre-defying, 1978 album "Ambient 1: Music for Airports" is intended to be heard as a calming respite to the bustling environment of a busy airport. Bang on a Can All-Stars recently performed the album live at the San Diego International Airport.
Wayne Thiebaud: California's Pop Art Icon Who Wasn't Pop
Wayne Thiebaud: California's Pop Art Icon Who Wasn't Pop
Only a tiny number of American painters have enjoyed such a sustained interest in their work as Wayne Thiebaud has. The 94-year-old artist's paintings, drawings and prints of cakes, pies and gumball machines are icons of U.S. art.
San Diego Public Library's Innovative Arts Program
San Diego Public Library's Innovative Arts Program
Visitors to the San Diego Public Library can experience more than books. A large-scale visual arts program brings guest curated art exhibitions to its central location and many branches.
Scents Memory: Brian Goeltzenleuchter's Multifaceted Practice
Scents Memory: Brian Goeltzenleuchter's Multifaceted Practice
Multidisciplinary artist Brian Goeltzenleuchter's work with scent reaches back to 1998. His current collaborative project "Olfactory Memoirs" has him conducting workshops which delve with childhood memories associated with smells.
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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.

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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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