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.
Art from Office Supplies? The Émigré Experience of Peter Meller
Art from Office Supplies? The Émigré Experience of Peter Meller
Artist Peter Meller represents a fascinating and nearly lost chapter in the epic story of the European intelligentsia who moved to Southern California to escape Nazism and World War II.
Acerbic Art: Mark Bryan's Fantastical (and Political) Worlds
Acerbic Art: Mark Bryan's Fantastical (and Political) Worlds
San Luis Obispo artist Mark Bryan puts politics in the forefront, pairing his satirical subject matter with sly, seductive humor.
The Space Between: Gina Osterloh's
The Space Between: Gina Osterloh's "Shadow" Residency at LACE
Gina Osterloh explores the wavering line between figure and ground during her residency at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE).
Indian Realism: Catherine Nelson-Rodriguez's Art of Endurance
Indian Realism: Catherine Nelson-Rodriguez's Art of Endurance
American Indian Catherine Nelson-Rodriguez is an artist from the trenches. Persevering through tremendous physical and emotional hardship, she paints without pretense of the pain in her heart and her mind.
Resurrection Machines of Ancient Egypt in San Bernardino and of Ancient Cinema in Hollywood
Resurrection Machines of Ancient Egypt in San Bernardino and of Ancient Cinema in Hollywood
Tyler Stallings explores the remnants and culture of ancient Egypt at CSUSB's Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art and the influence of Egyptomania in Los Angeles.
This Is Slick: A Conversation with Graffiti Writer/Clothing Designer Slick
This Is Slick: A Conversation with Graffiti Writer/Clothing Designer Slick
L.A. graffiti writer/street clothing designer Slick talks about working with Ice Cube, Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. and Pharcyde, and why his iconic "L.A. Hands" don't belong to a certain mouse from Anaheim.
The Sound and Vision of Jack Goldstein
The Sound and Vision of Jack Goldstein
"Jack Goldstein X 10,000", on display now at OCMA, features the paintings, films, writing, and installations of an artist who expressed his creativity in whichever material or medium fit his expression best.
Brawls and All: The Richard White Way
Brawls and All: The Richard White Way
Ceramic artist Richard White's work comes in all shapes and sizes, from pottery to performing fired-in-place exhibits. Always an innovator, Richard continues to mine the creative process for inspiration.
Elle-jé Freeheart: Outsider Artist/Inside Job
Elle-jé Freeheart: Outsider Artist/Inside Job
Elle-jé Freeheart, an aesthetician, inventor, business woman, massage therapist, book illustrator, sculptor, painter and poet, is engaged in a life-long commitment to being a "deliberate creator" of her own reality.
Chasing 'The Yellow Line:' Simon Rouby's Highway Art
Chasing 'The Yellow Line:' Simon Rouby's Highway Art
For his new project "YELLOW LINE," French filmmaker Simon Rouby tagged along with hulking freeway striping machines, placing canvases underneath these snail-paced trucks, creating art from the yellow paint meant for the road.
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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.

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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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