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
Endangered Boundary: Stefan Falke's 'La Frontera' Project
Photographer Stefan Falke's "La Frontera" humanizes the Mexico/U.S. border through his portraitures of artists working in border cities.
El Otro Lado de Luis G. Hernández
Luis G. Hernández's informed techniques aim to pull the spectator in for a more intimate discourse on identity, politics, and aesthetics.
Bajalta California
Michel Dear traces the evolution of the space between Mexico and the United States, a "third nation" with a shared identity, common history, and joint traditions.
Pink Helmet Posse: Future Skater Stars
Pink Helmet Posse: Future Skater Stars
The Orange County/San Diego-based, all-girl skate crew Pink Helmet Posse wants to change the way girls are treated in skateboarding.
Womanthology and the Comic Book Industry
Womanthology and the Comic Book Industry
The contributions of women to comic books are often ignored. "Womanthology" is part of a feminist movement emerging in the comic book world.
Art Becomes Pop Culture at Comic-Con
Art Becomes Pop Culture at Comic-Con
Art inhabits an unusual space at regional Comic-Cons. Certain genres of art -- from fantasy to pop surrealism to designer toys -- have long had a home at the convention.
Incendiary Traces: Artists, Surveillance and Patrol at the Border
Incendiary Traces: Artists, Surveillance and Patrol at the Border
Incendiary Traces visited the Mexico/U.S. Border to view the border from the perspective of U.S. Border Patrol agents.
Crossing the Line: A History of Medical Inspection at the Border
Crossing the Line: A History of Medical Inspection at the Border
In the early 1900s, medical inspection and photographic documentation ushered in a new set of surveillance procedures for state oversight at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Endangered Boundary: Stefan Falke's 'La Frontera' Project
Endangered Boundary: Stefan Falke's 'La Frontera' Project
Photographer Stefan Falke's "La Frontera" humanizes the Mexico/U.S. border through his portraitures of artists working in border cities.
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Community Arts

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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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Visual Arts

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


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