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.
Can Opera Become a Sustainable Art Form?
Can Opera Become a Sustainable Art Form?
An op-ed on the sustainability of opera as an art form.
Recuerdos: Borderland Dreams
Recuerdos: Borderland Dreams
Collected experiences of the liminal space that defines the boundary between the United States and Mexico are represented in the form of snow globes.
Dialogue in Transit: Evolution of a Line
Dialogue in Transit: Evolution of a Line
In the conference, "Dialogue in Transit: Evolution of a Line, " researchers and artists from San Diego and Tijuana reflected on the evolution of the U.S./Mexico border.
Fault Metaphors: Reflecting Art from Tijuana
Fault Metaphors: Reflecting Art from Tijuana
What knowledge can be produced when confronting the failure of metaphor? In the exhibition "Fault Metaphors," the works of Tijuana artists analyze what happens when this process is unsuccessful.
Architect Peter Zellner's Tijuana Experiment
Architect Peter Zellner's Tijuana Experiment
Peter Zellner's homes appeal to a younger generation of homeowners -- the same hip Tijuaneros who are driving the city's resurgent food and art scene.
Nathan Mabry: Wit and Consternation in Contemporary Sculpture
Nathan Mabry: Wit and Consternation in Contemporary Sculpture
Sculptor Nathan Mabry reimagines a familiar form of public art, the heroic monument, in a way that is startlingly inventive and very funny.
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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.

icon, Music discipline

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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