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.
Orange County's Indie Curators
Orange County's Indie Curators
The O.C. Triennial Art Fair is taking shape and a slow shift of inventive and edgy contemporary artwork has begun to flow behind the Orange Curtain. The county remains out of the international art spotlight, but some local curators may change that.
The Case of the Queens Museum of Art and Corona Plaza
The Case of the Queens Museum of Art and Corona Plaza
Sue Bell Yank sits down with Bill Kelley, Jr. and Prerana Reddy to speak about Queens as a vanguard for integrating socially-engaged art into a museum context, and as a case study for the changing role of the museum in civic life.
Report on an Incendiary Traces Draw-in at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Headquarters
Report on an Incendiary Traces Draw-in at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Headquarters
Incendiary Traces gathered at Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Headquarters to contemplate looking, drawing, recording, and representing landscape at the home of military "sight."
Forget Chinatown, Get the Real Story of California's Most Famous Water War
Forget Chinatown, Get the Real Story of California's Most Famous Water War
There It Is—Take It! is an audio tour through the Owens Valley examining the controversial social, political, and environmental history of the Los Angeles Aqueduct system.
Santa Barbara's Funk Zone Plays Itself
Santa Barbara's Funk Zone Plays Itself
"Focus on the Funk Zone," the one day public event that occurred on October 6, offered the city's artists multiple spaces in a burgeoning neighborhood to make and display their work.
Inside Orange County's Indie Art Collections
Inside Orange County's Indie Art Collections
Despite OCMA's credentials, many have been hesitant to hear the region's voice in the modern and contemporary art conversation. The museum wants to change that with its 50th anniversary capstone showcase.
Los Angeles: Camouflage and Contestation
Los Angeles: Camouflage and Contestation
Art historian Jason Weems examines three mid-century constructions understood as staples of the California landscape: Disneyland, Lakewood, and the aerospace industry.
Why Are Nonprofit Arts Groups Looking More and More Like Social Service Organizations?
Why Are Nonprofit Arts Groups Looking More and More Like Social Service Organizations?
Corbett Barklie suggests that the willingness of artists to cooperate with arts authorities has stifled their voice of disagreement and dissent, turning nonprofit arts into a society of Pollyannas.
Promise, Pitfalls and the Boyle Heights Arts District
Promise, Pitfalls and the Boyle Heights Arts District
The arts district and other revitalization holds much promise but does have hazards. Knowing the potential ill effects should continue to guide the process for a promising arts district.
Secession in the Desert: How Walking through a Mock Iraqi City Led to Aridtopia
Secession in the Desert: How Walking through a Mock Iraqi City Led to Aridtopia
Tyler Stallings tours a fabricated Iraqi City on the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, CA.
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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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