BOOM Magazine
Boom: A Journal of California is a new, cross-disciplinary publication that explores the history, culture, arts, politics, and society of California. Published quarterly by University of California Press, this magazine-format, highly visual journal features scholars, independent writers, and community and civic activists engaging the most pressing issues of the day. Boom embrace answers in unusual formats, including photos, essays, documents, artwork, first-person accounts, and engaged scholarly essays.
There It Is. Take It: 100 Years of the Los Angeles Aqueduct
There It Is. Take It: 100 Years of the Los Angeles Aqueduct
William Mulholland gave L.A. water and a motto to live by. David Ulin ruminates on the lifeblood of California.
Witness to a Hanging: California's Haunted Trees
Witness to a Hanging: California's Haunted Trees
When a man dies hanging from a tree, is that tree an accessory to the act or a witness? The multiple second lives of the frontier "hang tree" reveal something unsettling about the Golden State.
Walking East of West L.A.: The Photography of Kevin McCollister
Walking East of West L.A.: The Photography of Kevin McCollister
Photographer Kevin McCollister captures the beauty of L.A.'s lonelier, hidden contours.
The Aesthetics of Ikea-fying Los Angeles
The Aesthetics of Ikea-fying Los Angeles
Neighborhood change is incremental until it isn't. In a city as diffuse as Los Angeles, it can be hard to spot, unless you know the signposts to look for.
From Gangs to Art: The Salvation of Fabian Debora
From Gangs to Art: The Salvation of Fabian Debora
Fabian Debora paints like many latter-day Chicano artists, employing visual irony to address wider themes only tangentially related to traditional barrio concerns.
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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.

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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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