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Getting Lost in the Arid Expanse with Diane Best

Diane Best's monumental and detailed landscapes convey a command of her medium without being overly fussy. They suggest an observant artist who is truly aware and in love with her surroundings. The works reference earlier American landscape painting traditions, including the Hudson River School with their similarly epic stylistic grandeur and execution. Her painting oeuvre also includes a more playful landscape illustration style that echo back to her training as an animation background painter in Hollywood. This body of work -- which has appeared on t-shirts promoting the local Joshua Tree Music Festival, t-shirt for the Desert Institute, Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce logo, advertising materials for the Mojave Desert Land Trust and more recently a large-scale scarlet red wall mural at Joshua Tree's gourmet pizza establishment, Pie for the People -- is presented in a quirky gestural rendering style celebrating the strange and wonderful emblematic Joshua Trees and surrounding rock formations.

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Jeffrey Deitch's Los Angeles

The charming, unusual and at times polarizing Jeffrey Deitch left Los Angeles in 2013 after a tumultuous run as the director of MOCA ending in his resignation. He makes his return with a new gallery opening with the first LA exhibit of renowned Chinese artist and activist, Ai Weiwei. A behind-the-scenes look at the contemporary art world through the eyes of a legendary art dealer and curator.

  • 2020-02-27T05:00:00-08:00
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  • 2020-03-22T10:00:00-07:00
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Día de Los Muertos / Day of the Dead

Día de los Muertos has been adapted for centuries from its pre-colonial roots to the popular depictions in mass media today. Inspired by rich Oaxacan traditions, it was brought to East Los Angeles in the 1970s as a way to enrich and reclaim Chicano identity through a small celebration at Self Help Graphics and Art. Since then, the celebration has grown in proportions with renditions enacted in communities all around the world.

  • 2020-03-01T11:00:00-08:00
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  • 2020-03-19T06:00:00-07:00
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No Trespassing: A Survey of Environmental Art

Throughout its history, the natural beauty of California has inspired artists from around the world from 19th-century plein air painting of pastoral valleys and coasts to early 20th-century photography of the wilderness (embodied famously in the work of Ansel Adams) and the birth of the light and space movement in the 1960s. Today, as artists continue to engage with California’s environment, they echo and critique earlier art practices that represent nature in “The Golden State” in a particular way. Featuring artists Richard Misrach, Laura Aguilar and Hillary Mushkin.

  • 2020-03-04T19:00:00-08:00
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Artist and Mother

This episode profiles four California artists who make motherhood a part of their art: Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Andrea Chung, Rebecca Campbell and Tanya Aguiñiga. There's a persisting assumption in contemporary art circles that you can't be a good artist and good mother both. But these artists are working to shatter this cliché, juggling demands of career and family and finding inspiring ways to explore the maternal in their art.

  • 2020-03-11T20:00:00-07:00
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The Art of Basket Weaving

Native American basketry has long been viewed as a community craft, yet the artistic quality and value of these baskets are on par with other fine art. Now Native peoples across the country are revitalizing basketry traditions and the country looks to California as a leader in basket weaving revitalization.

  • 2020-03-18T20:00:00-07:00
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