Literature
Southern California is the mythmaking capital of the world and writers fuel this mythos machine. In Los Angeles’ dilapidated motels and seedy bars, Charles Bukowski found beauty; Joan Didion uncovered emotional vacuity in empty Los Feliz mansions , and Phillip K. Dick delivered futuristic dystopias from Orange County. The hardboiled noir novels of Walter Mosley and James Ellroy reveal the darkness of the soul. Twenty six letters. Ten punctuation marks. Infinite possibilities.
Ingenious, Imaginative World: Dr. Seuss' San Diego Life
Ingenious, Imaginative World: Dr. Seuss' San Diego Life
A new exhibition highlights the largely unseen artwork of Theodor Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, much of which was inspired by his San Diego surroundings.
Artbound Episode: Charles Bukowski's Odes to Los Angeles
Artbound Episode: Charles Bukowski's Odes to Los Angeles
Artbound presents a KCET flashback episode: "Bukowski Reads Bukowski."
The Works of Lewis Carroll Live On at USC's Special Collections
The Works of Lewis Carroll Live On at USC's Special Collections
The Lewis Carroll Collection in the Special Collections department of USC Libraries houses an exhaustive archive of the famed author's works and their adaptations.
Inside the Clark Library's Immense Oscar Wilde Collection
Inside the Clark Library's Immense Oscar Wilde Collection
An exhaustive archive of literary hero and icon of LGBT rights Oscar Wilde is growing at UCLA's William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.
The Michael Jacksons: Photographer Lorena Turner Documents Impersonator Culture
The Michael Jacksons: Photographer Lorena Turner Documents Impersonator Culture
Lorena Turner photographed a selection of Michael Jackson impersonators for her book about Jackson's influence on American popular culture.
Writers with Drinks: Reza Aslan's Raucous Literary Salon at DBA
Writers with Drinks: Reza Aslan's Raucous Literary Salon at DBA
Reza Aslan, host of "The Writer's Room," talks about the literary community in Los Angeles and his new literary salon series in West Hollywood.
Summer Writing Project: The Next Great Storytellers
Summer Writing Project: The Next Great Storytellers
A new program seeks to rebrand libraries, long viewed as places of information consumption, as sites of creation.
By the Numbers: California in World Literature
By the Numbers: California in World Literature
The word "California" was tracked through millions of books published across nine languages and several centuries to decipher its representation in world literature.
Zine Season Blooms in Los Angeles
Zine Season Blooms in Los Angeles
L.A. Zine Fest is organized by a collective of zine-enthusiasts dedicated to promoting zine culture throughout Los Angeles.
San Luis Obispo's Micro-Libraries and Art-Object Books
San Luis Obispo's Micro-Libraries and Art-Object Books
Artists and librarians in San Luis Obispo experiment with traditional methods of reading, lending, and publishing of books.
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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.

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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.

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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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