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.
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.
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.
About Natives, By Natives: Indian Country Playwrights
About Natives, By Natives: Indian Country Playwrights
Native Voices at the Autry puts the spotlight on American Indian playwrights, helping them transition their culturally-inspired works into full-scale productions.
Michael Trigilio and Messages to the Future
Michael Trigilio and Messages to the Future
What part of human existence should we preserve for future generations? San Diego multimedia artist Michael Trigilio captures the folly of sending messages to the future.
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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.

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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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Noir, sunshine and dystopia create a multi-ethnic narrative that is read, watched and admired around the globe.

icon, Multi-Disciplinary discipline


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

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

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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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