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.
Aridtopia's Loop Writing: A Desert Language
Aridtopia's Loop Writing: A Desert Language
Tyler Stallings' Aridtopia is a speculative, utopian community in the Mojave Desert.
Bullet Points: How Hip-Hop Handles the Gun
Bullet Points: How Hip-Hop Handles the Gun
Gun violence is ubiquitous in American life, but hip-hop seems singled out for critique in ways that the rest of popular culture often is not.
Harem Girls and Camel Races: Middle Eastern Fantasies in the Deserts of Southern California
Harem Girls and Camel Races: Middle Eastern Fantasies in the Deserts of Southern California
The towns in the eastern side of the Coachella Valley have long utilized romanticized portrayals of the Middle East to shape views of their own desert backyard.
How the Gun Market Was Won
How the Gun Market Was Won
Frances Anderton examines the role of guns in American culture since Samuel Colt pioneered the assembly line production of firearms in the early 19th century.
How Arts and Culture Voters Can Change Los Angeles
How Arts and Culture Voters Can Change Los Angeles
Arts for LA presents a nonpartisan candidate survey which seeks to initiate public dialogue about the role arts and culture play in building communities.
Considering Whiteness As Ideology and Not Biology
Considering Whiteness As Ideology and Not Biology
Tyler Stallings revisits the 2003 exhibition, "Whiteness, A Wayward Construction," in light of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Tracing the U.S. / Mexico Border Wall
Tracing the U.S. / Mexico Border Wall
Artists, art historians, and students gathered to draw the most southwestern edge of the U.S./Mexico border as part of a continued investigation by Incendiary Traces.
Kent Anderson Butler Reconciles Art and Religion
Kent Anderson Butler Reconciles Art and Religion
Pomona-based video artist Kent Anderson Butler is open about his Christianity and has found a unique path that allows him to keep-the-faith towards both his religious convictions and towards the contemporary art world's secular persuasions.
A Brief History of Border Walls
A Brief History of Border Walls
Incendiary Traces lists historical and contemporary border walls to provide some global and historical context for understanding Southern California's contested US/Mexico border.
Occupy the Mind: Pedagogy, 'Capitalocentrism' and the Arts Fantasy
Occupy the Mind: Pedagogy, 'Capitalocentrism' and the Arts Fantasy
SOC(i)AL: Art + People investigates the precarity of workers in our current economy, the relationship of the university to activism, manifestations of art in politics, and the future of Occupy.
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icon, Architecture/ Design discipline

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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