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.
Synergy: Art and Science Intersect in San Luis Obispo
Synergy: Art and Science Intersect in San Luis Obispo
A new exhibition at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art features work by a mathmatically inspired ceramicist and an artist whose multi-disciplinary work is informed by her psychology background.
Ricardo Breceda: Sorcerer of Sheet Metal
Ricardo Breceda: Sorcerer of Sheet Metal
Ricardo Breceda is a legend in Borrego Springs for his sea monster creation and other metal sculptor creatures.
El Otro Lado de Luis G. Hernández
El Otro Lado de Luis G. Hernández
Luis G. Hernández's informed techniques aim to pull the spectator in for a more intimate discourse on identity, politics, and aesthetics.
Taylor Negron: Art of the Everyman
Taylor Negron: Art of the Everyman
The paintings of Taylor Negron, best known as a film and stage actor, are on view in a solo exhibition at the Laemmle Royal's "Art in the Art House" series.
Shattering Expectations: The Glasswork of Alex Trimm
Shattering Expectations: The Glasswork of Alex Trimm
San Diego artist Alex Trimm's installation "Shatter" challenges traditional standards of beauty and highlight the dangers of pursuing unattainable standards.
The Inked and Bleeding Heart of 'Perseverance'
The Inked and Bleeding Heart of 'Perseverance'
The exhibit "Perseverance" gives insight into the history of Japanese tattooing while also exploring and mimicking the perfection of the Japanese tattoo composition.
Cardboard Crafting: Ana Serrano's Paper Worlds
Cardboard Crafting: Ana Serrano's Paper Worlds
Artist Ana Serrano constructs cardboard-made sculptures inspired by Latino pop culture, and the beauty found in the day-to-day built environment of L.A.
The Creative Cosmos of June Wayne
The Creative Cosmos of June Wayne
A new exhibition at the Pasadena Museum of California Art features the wide-ranging work of June Wayne, an artist strongly influenced by the cross-disciplinary thinkers of L.A.
Nathaniel Osollo and Collaboration X
Nathaniel Osollo and Collaboration X
Nathaniel Osollo's "ART Friends," statues that speak through cell phones, encourage the public to engage with his artwork in new technological ways.
On the Scene: California Landscape Paintings
On the Scene: California Landscape Paintings
California Scene Paintings from the 1920s-1970s are oil and watercolor paintings inspired by scenes of everyday life in California. Today these works are being rediscovered.
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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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