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.
Around the Counties: Mapping San Diego County Arts with Kinsee Morlan
Around the Counties: Mapping San Diego County Arts with Kinsee Morlan
Kinsee Morlan discusses the podcast project she is working on. The columnist recommends four weekend cultural events.
Grace Towers, a Drag Queen Packing Something Extra
Grace Towers, a Drag Queen Packing Something Extra
San Diego drag queen Grace Towers has championed the art of drag and elevated it to new levels of self-expression.
Hybrid Sights and Border Sounds: Gary
Hybrid Sights and Border Sounds: Gary "GANAS" Garay
Multi-disciplinary artist, Gary "GANAS" Garay navigates the border landscape in his paintings, sculptures and mixed-media installations.
Peter Sprague: An Extraordinaire From the Land of Extraordinary Guitarists
Peter Sprague: An Extraordinaire From the Land of Extraordinary Guitarists
In Southern California, Sprague is a guitarist extraordinaire. He's played on some 200 albums and produced over 100 in his home studio, called SpragueLand, in Encinitas.
Colectivo Intransigente: The Voice of Poetic Politics in Tijuana
Colectivo Intransigente: The Voice of Poetic Politics in Tijuana
Tijuana-based Colectivo Intransigente is a poetry/performance troupe that believes speech can catalyze change.
Indian Realism: Catherine Nelson-Rodriguez's Art of Endurance
Indian Realism: Catherine Nelson-Rodriguez's Art of Endurance
American Indian Catherine Nelson-Rodriguez is an artist from the trenches. Persevering through tremendous physical and emotional hardship, she paints without pretense of the pain in her heart and her mind.
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Architecture/ Design

California becomes an international export by redefining the concept of city and home.

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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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