Cultural Politics
Behind-the-scenes of galleries and museums, a lot happens to get artwork from an artist studio to the gallery wall. Arts administrators and curators negotiate the complexities of bringing artwork to the public. Whether it is through public awareness campaigns or partnerships with governmental organizations, or battles over ownership, this space explores what happens behind closed doors in the art industry. We explore funding bubbles and cultural deserts, and investigate who gets access to art, and why.
The New Life of the San Diego Art Institute
The New Life of the San Diego Art Institute
The San Diego Art Institute is shifting. Led by new director Ginger Shulick Porcella, the organization is moving away from juried and artist member solo exhibitions.
How Social Media Inspired New Corridos About El Chapo's Escape
How Social Media Inspired New Corridos About El Chapo's Escape
Memes, songs and videos, made by everyday people, have become a kind of digital folk art that satirize the absurdity of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's second escape. The details of his prison break and the political context shaped by social media posts provide a critical perspective on the "War on Drugs" that is distant from political rhetoric.
The Spirit of North Shore
The Spirit of North Shore
Residents of the resource-starved North Shore community on the Salton Sea hope a new plan for renewal and social practice art will promise a more sustainable future.
Soldadera: The Unraveling of a Kevlar Dress
Soldadera: The Unraveling of a Kevlar Dress
Made out of bulletproof Kevlar, Nao Bustamante's re-imagined Soldadera dresses protect the female body against violence.
USC's First Year MFA Class Drops Out In Protest
USC's First Year MFA Class Drops Out In Protest
The entire first year MFA class at USC's Roski School for Art and Design has dropped out in protest of alleged mistreatment of students and faculty.
Alma Ruiz: Former MOCA Curator Discusses Three Decades at the Institution
Alma Ruiz: Former MOCA Curator Discusses Three Decades at the Institution
Alma Ruiz, the former Senior Curator at MOCA, discusses her three decade tenure at the arts institution and what lies ahead for her future.
Alien She: Spotlighting the History and Influence of Riot Grrrl
Alien She: Spotlighting the History and Influence of Riot Grrrl
"Alien She" is a traveling exhibition, currently at the Orange County Museum of Art, that explores the history and influence of Riot Grrrl.
99 Problems: Minimum Wage Proposal Divides Los Angeles Actors
99 Problems: Minimum Wage Proposal Divides Los Angeles Actors
Actors and theater community stakeholders are debating a AEA union proposal concerning new minimum wage salary agreements for 99-seat theaters.
Going Nuclear: Artists and Activists Take On Diablo Canyon
Going Nuclear: Artists and Activists Take On Diablo Canyon
The Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant is the focus of a new art exhibit pairing editorial cartoons with heavily redacted communications between government bodies that regulate it.
The Border Again: A Tijuana and Los Angeles Cultural Exchange
The Border Again: A Tijuana and Los Angeles Cultural Exchange
The new group show "The Border Again" explores Tijuana's complicated relationship with Los Angeles and the U.S.
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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.

icon, Visual Arts discipline

Visual Arts

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


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