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.
Animal Charm's Underground Film and Sculpture
Animal Charm's Underground Film and Sculpture
Video-centric artist collaborative Animal Charm discusses their work and "Hot Shot Tuscan II," their latest exhibition at China Art Objects in Culver City.
Tim Portlock: No Vacancies
Tim Portlock: No Vacancies
In Tim Portlock's latest project, the artist depicts the extreme economic decline of the city of San Bernardino using digitally generated illustrations.
LACMA9: Compton Art + Film Lab
LACMA9: Compton Art + Film Lab
The LACMA9 Art+Film Lab, a traveling film and video workshop, cinema, and oral history project, sets up shop in Compton.
The Body and the Camera: Adrià Julià on Rocky Ascending
The Body and the Camera: Adrià Julià on Rocky Ascending
L.A.-based artist Adrià Julià's short films, sculptures, prints, and choreographic studies attempt to pull the embodied experiences of filmmaking into his own practice.
Cosmic American Music: Iconic Images of California's Country Music Tradition
Cosmic American Music: Iconic Images of California's Country Music Tradition
Photography exhibition "Country: Portraits of an American Sound" spans the history of modern country music, featuring images of icons Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, and more.
Documenting Change: The Evolution of Grace Lee
Documenting Change: The Evolution of Grace Lee
Grace Lee's new documentary traces the ideological evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, a Chinese American activist who was once a leading intellectual of black nationalism.
The Antelope Valley Film Trilogy: Close Up with Mike Ott and Atsuko Okatsuka
The Antelope Valley Film Trilogy: Close Up with Mike Ott and Atsuko Okatsuka
Director Mike Ott and collaborative partner Atsuko Okatsuka's new film "Lake Los Angeles" is the third film in their trilogy set in the Antelope Valley.
Shades of L.A.: 20 Years of Illuminating Diversity Through Photography
Shades of L.A.: 20 Years of Illuminating Diversity Through Photography
The L.A. Library's Shades of L.A. photo archive contains more than 10,000 photographs drawn from family albums from communities across Greater Los Angeles.
EZTV: Three Decades of Video Antics
EZTV: Three Decades of Video Antics
Video collective EZTV attracted artists and video-makers whose work wouldn't or couldn't be made in either the film industry or the traditional art world.
Persistence of Visionaries: German Director Peter Sempel Comes to L.A.
Persistence of Visionaries: German Director Peter Sempel Comes to L.A.
Sempelfest covers more than three decades of German director Peter Sempel's "personal portraits" of some of the most challenging musicians and artists.
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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.

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Visual Arts

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


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