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
Colectivo Martes: Home and Horizontality
Colectivo Martes produces work and organizes exhibitions calling attention to issues affecting women that are largely absent from the cultural discourse in Mexico.
From Baja to Beijing: TJ in China's Intercontinental Connection
TJ in China Project Space connects Baja artists looking to become more connected with the international art world limelight.
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.
The Allure and Abhorrence of San Diego's Master-Planned Communities
The Allure and Abhorrence of San Diego's Master-Planned Communities
Amanda Dahlgren set out to photograph a few of the most ostentatious homes that had fallen victim to the rapidly bursting housing bubble. Through her work, Dahlgren explores the morphing American Dream and asks whether huge McMansion-style homes are necessary.
Desert Folk: The Life and Songs of Joel Rafael
Desert Folk: The Life and Songs of Joel Rafael
Woody Guthrie, father of American folk music, is dead. Joel Rafael, 62, a folkie from Valley Center in north San Diego County, labors to keep his music alive.
Home Venues in San Diego County: How to Make Friends and Influence Culture
Home Venues in San Diego County: How to Make Friends and Influence Culture
In recent years, San Diego has seen an efflorescence of private homes re-imagined as galleries, music venues, and experimental project spaces.
Tijuana's Anti-Revolucion
Tijuana's Anti-Revolucion
Instead of a heart, Tijuana has the Avenida Revolucion, an adult playground for tourists. A group of artists and cultural activists are now reimagining the role of the infamous street.
Stages of Learning: Theater and Language in San Diego Schools
Stages of Learning: Theater and Language in San Diego Schools
Elementary schools in "the Southeast" area of San Diego have implemented innovative arts integration programs that have begun to energize schools in neighborhoods that were once left behind.
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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.

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.

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Visual Arts

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


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