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.
Tim Portlock's Chronicles of De-Industrialization
Tim Portlock's Chronicles of De-Industrialization
Tim Portlock uses a range of digital media platforms to investigate the social and economic impact of America's rapid de-industrialization.
Broken Mirrors: Robert Freeman's Jagged Interiors
Broken Mirrors: Robert Freeman's Jagged Interiors
Robert Freeman's art is a broken mirror reflecting both his idiosyncratic vision of the universe and his jagged interiors. In the Indian art world, he's big time.
Sea No Evil: Gary Baseman, Shepard Fairey, and More at Sea Shepherd Benefit
Sea No Evil: Gary Baseman, Shepard Fairey, and More at Sea Shepherd Benefit
Now in its sixth year,"Sea No Evil", showcasing internationally renowned artists including Gary Baseman and Shepard Fairey, returns to Riverside to benefit the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
Portrait Photography in the Age of Instagram
Portrait Photography in the Age of Instagram
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art's Karen Sinsheimer curates a big summer show called "Portrayal/Betrayal" comprised of portraits by photographers operating at the top of their games.
Muralist Eloy Torrez and His Hot Paint Time Machine
Muralist Eloy Torrez and His Hot Paint Time Machine
The work of painter Eloy Torrez, one of the best known of L.A.'s old-school muralists, will be featured in a new exhibition downtown called "Flashback to Now".
Art With An Agenda: An Exhibit Inspired by Kelly Thomas
Art With An Agenda: An Exhibit Inspired by Kelly Thomas
Can art heal a community? More than 50 Orange County artist displayed works inspired by the life and circumstances surrounding the death of Kelly Thomas.
How a 19th Century Painting Transformed California's Desert World
How a 19th Century Painting Transformed California's Desert World
In the late 19th century, Southern California's human and natural geography transformed as millions of new residents settled its semi-arid desert world, but artistic renditions of this region seldom get the attention of its northerly neighbors. But why is this the case?
The Unflinching Aperture of Arthur Tress
The Unflinching Aperture of Arthur Tress
A San Luis Obispo County resident for 20 years, Cambria-based photographer Arthur Tress is best known for the strikingly surreal works he created in the 1970s and '80s. But the glimpses of Bay Area life he captured during a stay in 1964 -- recently unearthed after decades in storage -- reveal a different side of the photographer.
From Wall Street to Salvation: Chris Potter's Painting Marathon
From Wall Street to Salvation: Chris Potter's Painting Marathon
Know anyone who traded a high finance job for plein air painting? Probably not. But in Santa Barbara, one man did just that. Chris Potter is an everyday painter who paints every day.
Perfect Documents: Mexican Pop Groups & High Society at the Border
Perfect Documents: Mexican Pop Groups & High Society at the Border
Photographer and Tijuana native Yvvone Venegas captures the tension between the authentic and the artificial that exists in places whose primary function is to entertain, mesmerize, and titillate - places like Disneyland, Las Vegas, and Tijuana.
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Architecture/ Design

California becomes an international export by redefining the concept of city and home.

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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.

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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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