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.
Beautyful Ones: The Mixed Media Paintings of Njideka Akunyili Crosby
Beautyful Ones: The Mixed Media Paintings of Njideka Akunyili Crosby
The intricate, mixed media paintings of Njideka Akunyili Crosby portray domestic scenes and daily life with references to the composition of Dutch Golden Age artworks. In her large-scale compositions, female figures hold strong gazes that challenge the viewer to engage.
Sandow Birk: Re-contextualizing the California Experience
Sandow Birk: Re-contextualizing the California Experience
Talk to artist Sandow Birk and you'll find out that his devotion to surfing has not only compelled him to roam the world looking for the perfect wave. His extensive travels provide a foundation for his socially infused artwork.
Wayne Thiebaud: California's Pop Art Icon Who Wasn't Pop
Wayne Thiebaud: California's Pop Art Icon Who Wasn't Pop
Only a tiny number of American painters have enjoyed such a sustained interest in their work as Wayne Thiebaud has. The 94-year-old artist's paintings, drawings and prints of cakes, pies and gumball machines are icons of U.S. art.
Layered Landscapes: Sara J. Frantz Goes on an Architectural Road Trip
Layered Landscapes: Sara J. Frantz Goes on an Architectural Road Trip
Sara J. Frantz's graphic gouache and graphite drawings explore the tension between manmade structures and the natural landscapes that surround them.
Frohawk Two Feathers: Afrofuturism and the Colonial Imaginary
Frohawk Two Feathers: Afrofuturism and the Colonial Imaginary
Los Angeles-based artist Frohawk Two Feathers rewrites history by mixing fact and fiction. The multi-disciplinarian imbues the past with the present, as he plays with themes of Afrofuturism and the colonial imaginary.
A Life in Velvet: Visiting the Velveteria Museum
A Life in Velvet: Visiting the Velveteria Museum
Chinatown's Velveteria is one of the only velvet painting museums in the world. With it's establishment, co-founders Caren Anderson and Carl Baldwin are on a mission to revive "the greatest art in the history of man."
Atascadero Woodturner Barry Lundgren Goes With the Grain
Atascadero Woodturner Barry Lundgren Goes With the Grain
A commercial sea urchin diver by trade, and fine craft artist and photographer by choice, Barry Lundgren transforms simple blocks of wood -- black acacia, olive, oak, walnut and more -- into salad bowls, burial urns and other elegant vessels.
How a South Bay High School Gained a Priceless Collection of California Impressionists
How a South Bay High School Gained a Priceless Collection of California Impressionists
Discover Gardena High School's extensive collection of California Impressionists paintings. A selection of the works are on view in the Autry's exhibition "California Impressionism: The Gardena High School Collection."
Alexandra Manukyan: Putting the Fundamentals of Art to Work
Alexandra Manukyan: Putting the Fundamentals of Art to Work
Painter and teacher Alexandra Manukyan's work centers on the human form. Generally done in oil, her images are always depicted in delicate detail featuring figures with arched backs or slouched shoulders.
The Chicana/o Printmakers of 'Estampas de la Raza'
The Chicana/o Printmakers of 'Estampas de la Raza'
Prints from the late Richard Duardo, Lalo Alcaraz, Jaime GERMS Zacarias, and more Chicano artists will be on display at the Vincent Price Museum in East L.A.
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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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