Architecture/ Design
Architecture and Design
California architecture began with indigenous dwellings, mobile and sustainable camps that could change with the seasons. As Spanish settlers brought Continental structures and influences, permanent dwellings and churches speckled the landscape. The Missions gleaned influence from Spain’s haciendas, whose tilework, atria and fountains, originated in the medinas of North Africa. As California shifted hands from Spain to Mexico to the U.S., a polygot style emerged, encompassing Victorian flourishes, Craftsman handiwork, and Mexican rancho aesthetic. Then Modernism exploded. Light-filled boxes landed by the ocean, in the deserts, and atop our mountains. Indoor-outdoor spaces and swimming pools became accoutrements to the suburban experience. Googie diners and drive-ins brought atomic age futurism to strip-malls and subdivisions. Streamline-moderne stranded ship-like buildings in neighborhoods. Design moved in tandem with architecture, marrying form and function in objects that defied expectations of traditionalists. In California, novelty, and sometimes kitch, can drive innovation, and push intangible ideas into the third dimension as a plan and a blueprint becomes the skeleton and skin of structures.
Peter Shire: Teapots, Public Art, and a Life in Design
Peter Shire: Teapots, Public Art, and a Life in Design
A new exhibition at L.A.'s A + D Museum surveys three decades of architectural work by Peter Shire.
Making LA: Wilshire Boulevard Temple
Making LA: Wilshire Boulevard Temple
The recently renovated Wilshire Temple, known as the "Temple of the Stars," has been home to L.A.'s oldest congregation since 1929.
Jael Hoffmann: High Desert Sculptor of Internal Landscapes
Jael Hoffmann: High Desert Sculptor of Internal Landscapes
The desert sculptures of Jael Hoffman represent the artist's philosophy on an internal tension between the true and projected self.
The Marvelous Marble of Elizabeth Turk
The Marvelous Marble of Elizabeth Turk
A pioneer in marble arts for 20 years, Elizabeth Turk has helped marble come back with a vengeance into the contemporary art scene.
The Wedge: Cal Poly Students Redesign the Cabin
The Wedge: Cal Poly Students Redesign the Cabin
At Cal Poly Pomona, students designed prototypes for affordable cabins to increase the popularity of camping in state parks, which have seen a decline in visitors and funding.
Machine Project Takes Over the Gamble House
Machine Project Takes Over the Gamble House
"The Machine Project's Field Guide to the Gamble House" features over 50 artworks, performances, workshops, and interventions, scattered throughout the iconic home.
Competing Utopias: Modern Design on Both Sides of the Iron Curtain
Competing Utopias: Modern Design on Both Sides of the Iron Curtain
The installation "Competing Utopias" at the Neutra VDL House in Silverlake illustrates two forks of a Cold War history.
Heather Flood's Punk Architecture
Heather Flood's Punk Architecture
"Punk'd," a new experimental installation by artist Heather Flood, references punk culture and the woven patterns of tartans, which have been used to identify a person's lineage.
Bethlehem Baptist Church: A Schindler Saved
Bethlehem Baptist Church: A Schindler Saved
The Bethlehem Baptist Church, an African American congregation, is the only church designed by celebrated architect Rudolph Schindler.
No Further West: The Design of Los Angeles Union Station
No Further West: The Design of Los Angeles Union Station
A new exhibition at L.A.'s Central Library features the architectural drawings, sketches and blueprints that expressed the calculated vision of Union Station.
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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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