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
Chicano-Con Is San Diego's Latino-Focused Comic-Con
Comic-Con, the massive geek gathering, has separated itself from the residents of surrounding neighborhoods like Barrio Logan. With Chicano-Con, David Favela and his friends worked to create their own convention -- one that encompassed the rich Mexican/Chicano arts and culture found in their community.
Marianela de la Hoz: Disquieting Scenes of Haunting Beauty
San Diego-area figure painter Marianela de la Hoz's work has Mexican and Catholic roots with ruminations on pain and pleasure, depravity and mystery.
LA/LA Place + Practice: Local Sitings of Latin America
The LA/LA Place + Practice symposium at the San Diego Museum of Art and at the Getty Museum brought together Tijuana and L.A. activists, artists, curators, and scholars.
Reservation Punk: Raymond Lafferty's Search for Home
Reservation Punk: Raymond Lafferty's Search for Home
Kumeyaay Indian artist Raymond Lafferty's art is in many ways a search for home. Bucking conventions all his life, he often felt alienated as an Indian trying to figure out where he belonged with his own people.
Crossfader Playlist: Tijuana Makes Me Happy
Crossfader Playlist: Tijuana Makes Me Happy
"Crossfader Playlist" features a sampler of the blog posts, essays, and digital riffs of Tijuana writer Rafa Saavedra. The second installment of an excerpt from Josh Kun and Fiamma Montezemolo's upcoming anthology, Tijuana Dreaming: Art and Life at the Global Border.
Borderblaster: Transmission 3 'Civic Dialogue'
Borderblaster: Transmission 3 'Civic Dialogue'
Borderblaster's third transmission explores the different areas of cultural engagement in Tijuana with artist Elizabeth Chaney and literary advocate Rene Castillo.
Around the Counties: Browsing San Diego County Arts and Culture with Gordon Johnson
Around the Counties: Browsing San Diego County Arts and Culture with Gordon Johnson
Columnist Gordon Johnson talks arts and culture, shares details about his performance piece "Tears in my Beer" and lists several events taking place this weekend in San Diego County.
Crossfader Playlist: Living (through) Tijuana
Crossfader Playlist: Living (through) Tijuana
"Crossfader Playlist" features a sampler of the blog posts, essays, and digital riffs of Tijuana writer Rafa Saavedra. The first installment of an excerpt from Josh Kun and Fiamma Montezemolo's upcoming anthology, Tijuana Dreaming: Art and Life at the Global Border.
Borderblaster: Transmission 2
Borderblaster: Transmission 2 "Market Exchange"
Transmission 2 documents the history, evolution, and challenges facing vendors and shopowners at a market at the US/Mexico border that has served as the base of operations for cognate collective's projects.
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icon, Architecture/ Design discipline

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.

icon, Multi-Disciplinary discipline

Multi-Disciplinary

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

icon, Music discipline

Music

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

icon, Performance discipline

Performance

Staging the drama of California through dance, music and theater.

icon, Visual Arts discipline

Visual Arts

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


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