Film & Media Arts
For video artists and underground filmmakers, the shadow of Southern California’s outsized film industry provides the perfect environment to experiment. Kenneth Anger’s visual anarchy and Paul McCarthy’s grotesqueries tested audiences’ patience, earned critical acclaim, and urged viewers to contemplate the nature of art itself. Video, as a medium, toys with expectations of the audience. It appropriates the format of surveillance films and amateur home footage, revealing the intimacy and paranoia of watching and being watched. The media arts is a slice of life or a exploration of dreams, codifying the human experience into moving images.
Best of 2015: Photography
Best of 2015: Photography
A single photograph can carry immense power. Today, join us in looking back at 2015's most popular articles that observe photography collections.
Here's What Happens When ISIS Appropriates Your Artwork
Here's What Happens When ISIS Appropriates Your Artwork
Photographer Brian McCarty's WAR-TOYS artwork was appropriated by the propaganda arm of the Islamic State. His life has never been the same since.
'Pearls of the Planet: The Arctic' Reveals Life in Frozen North
'Pearls of the Planet: The Arctic' Reveals Life in Frozen North
"Pearls of the Planet" is a multi-tiered project by Explore.org. On the site, a live stream from cameras set up in far-flung locations around the globe allow viewers access to everything from pandas in Sichuan to bison in Saskatchewan.
Nicole Miller: Mirror Images and the Power to Create Reality
Nicole Miller: Mirror Images and the Power to Create Reality
As a visual artist working primarily in video, Nicole Miller often explores self-representation. She's not a documentarian, but her films sometimes reflect the lives of ordinary people.
Erin Christovale: Creating Narratives With Black Experimental Film
Erin Christovale: Creating Narratives With Black Experimental Film
Archivist and curator Erin Christovale addresses the artistic traditions of Black California, her "Black Radical Imagination" film project and the importance of claiming blackness today.
Jim McHugh's Portraits of Famous People and Familiar Places
Jim McHugh's Portraits of Famous People and Familiar Places
Portraiture is a major part of Jim McHugh's body of work. Throughout his decades-long career, the photographer has captured well-known artists, celebrities and iconic landmarks.
Night Shots: John Brian King's Photos of 1980s Los Angeles
Night Shots: John Brian King's Photos of 1980s Los Angeles
As a teen, photographer and filmmaker, John Brian King roamed the terminals of LAX -- and adjacent neighborhoods -- with a camera, snapping away at the people and landmarks he briefly encountered. His upcoming book "LAX: Photographs of Los Angeles 1980-84" is comprised of never-before-seen images that lived inside a storage box for 30 years.
North Shore: Youth of the Salton Sea Create a TV Show
North Shore: Youth of the Salton Sea Create a TV Show
In a week, the kids of North Shore who participated in the Media Makers arts workshop created TV program "The Salty Bottom Show" -- a testimony of the combined knowledge and value of their community.  
The Walk: Joseph Gordon-Levitt on Tightrope Walking and His Upcoming Role as Edward Snowden
The Walk: Joseph Gordon-Levitt on Tightrope Walking and His Upcoming Role as Edward Snowden
"The Walk" retells tightrope walker Philippe Petit's 1,350-feet-above-ground performance staged at the World Trade Center in 1974. Lead actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt spoke about personifying Petit, preparing for his role, and more at a recent edition of KCET's Cinema Series.
Sicario: Benicio Del Toro and Emily Blunt Discuss Drug Cartel Thriller
Sicario: Benicio Del Toro and Emily Blunt Discuss Drug Cartel Thriller
"Sicario" starring Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin is a tense exploration of the drug war. Blunt and Del Toro spoke about their participation in the action-filled drama at a recent edition of KCET's Cinema Series.
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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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