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.
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.
From the Center of the Margin: Contemporary Art Galleries in Downtown Tijuana
From the Center of the Margin: Contemporary Art Galleries in Downtown Tijuana
Artists and musicians are reinvigorating Tijuana's historic tourist district by opening small independent, largely self-funded art galleries and spaces.
Tidal Waves and Quiet: The Heavy Dynamics of Sleep Lady
Tidal Waves and Quiet: The Heavy Dynamics of Sleep Lady
Sleep Lady guitarist Michael Hayden exlains how the musical environment of San Diego cultivates his band and why instrumental can often say more than music with words.
From Mexican to American: Louis Hock's Decades of Documenting Immigrant Life
From Mexican to American: Louis Hock's Decades of Documenting Immigrant Life
Louis Hock documented the experiences of his Los Analos neighbors, undocumented Mexican working class immigrant families, by filming the day-to-day lives of four families.
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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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