Visual Arts
From the urban typography of street graffiti to the Pop art provocations, California’s visual arts are as diverse as its population. Here, fine art meets multicultural folk traditions; digital design meets old world craftsmanship; and international styles merge with uniquely American ideas. It was here, after all, that oil painters captured idyllic images of the new American West in the 1890’s and the Culture Wars of the 1990’s made canvases and gallery walls into battlefields. Performance art considers the human body as a corporeal sculpture, canvas or a warzone, where ideas and ideals interact in the fles. Breaking from the European and New York old guard of art, California’s spirit of reinvention and exploration defines this state on the forever on the frontier.
Erotic Whimsy and the High Art of Letting Go: Life with Fred Gowland
Erotic Whimsy and the High Art of Letting Go: Life with Fred Gowland
A prolific painter and collected internationally, 72 year-old Fred Gowland is on a mission these days to explode everything he has ever learned about art.
Hell's Union: Motorcycle Club Cuts as American Folk Art
Hell's Union: Motorcycle Club Cuts as American Folk Art
A new exhibition at UCR ARTSblock features defunct motorcycle club vests and their colorful club patches that represent a unique form of American folk art.
Can Schools Provide Arts Education on a Tight Budget?
Can Schools Provide Arts Education on a Tight Budget?
In the face of budget cuts to arts education in the LAUSD, Abe Flores of Arts for L.A. argues that advocacy for arts education is advocacy for a complete 21st century education.
The Dancing Brush: The Calligraphic Abstractions of Seyburn Zorthian
The Dancing Brush: The Calligraphic Abstractions of Seyburn Zorthian
Seyburn Zorthian draws inspiration from Japanese Culture to create calligraphic abstractions that are dynamic visualizations of the energy created when cultures collide.
Consuelo Flores Brings the Dead to Life
Consuelo Flores Brings the Dead to Life
An expert on Day of the Dead history, Consuelo Flores builds altars to the deceased every year. But she contends that the tradition is about life, not death.
OrangeAID: A Grove of Riverside Art
OrangeAID: A Grove of Riverside Art
From Nov. 1-9, over one hundred 14-inch fiberglass oranges decorated by a diverse range of local artists will fill the downstairs galleries of the Riverside Art Museum.
Reservation Punk: Raymond Lafferty's Search for Home
Reservation Punk: Raymond Lafferty's Search for Home
Kumeyaay Indian artist Raymond Lafferty's art is in many ways a search for home. Bucking conventions all his life, he often felt alienated as an Indian trying to figure out where he belonged with his own people.
Colby Printing: Rainbow Posters on Every Corner
Colby Printing: Rainbow Posters on Every Corner
For more than half a century, the Colby Poster Printing Company located in the Pico-Union neighborhood has been churning out the posters seen across Southern California.
Urban Impressions: Barbara A. Thomason's 100 Not-So-Famous L.A. Views
Urban Impressions: Barbara A. Thomason's 100 Not-So-Famous L.A. Views
Barbara A. Thomason spent five years depicting the freeways, rivers, restaurants, street signs, buildings, neighborhoods and landscapes that are familiar and dear to the people who call L.A. home.
Otis Public Practice at 18th Street: What Can We Learn from dOCUMENTA (13)?
Otis Public Practice at 18th Street: What Can We Learn from dOCUMENTA (13)?
The Otis Public Practice program holds a discussion on the ground-breaking exhibition dOCUMENTA(13), the 100 day large-scale exhibition of contemporary art in Kassel, Germany that takes place every 5 years.
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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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