The arts have always been a reflection of the current environment. This year has been a tumultuous one and it has left this country examining its values and what it cherishes most. This year's top stories have revolved around inclusivity and a willingness to explore beyond the usual borders. Click on the links below to read about the stories that make Los Angeles and its environs a hotbed of creativity and experimentation.
Boulevards have the practical function of ordering commerce and traffic, but they are also displays of a city’s identity where culture, in its flow, is publicly shaped and performed.
Photographer Harry Gamboa Jr.'s exhibit at the Autry features nearly 100 portraits of Chicanos he believes represent the evolution of the term among Mexican-American men.
In the first half of the 20th century, black women were largely relegated to playing mammy and jezebel roles. A new exhibition reveals how as early as 100 years ago, independent black filmmakers presented complex portrayals of women of color.
Through Rubén Ortiz-Torres' own work over the past three decades, the artist has grappled with and celebrated themes of hybridity, identity and cultural transmission that weave through many of the exhibitions now on view during Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.
Thousands of Haitian refugee families continue to be stranded in Tijuana, a city far from where they hoped would be their final destination. Since their arrival, photojournalist Omar Martínez has been documenting their Mexican lives.
The U.S.-Mexico border has been the site of bold art actions, exhibitions and performances that have tackled themes like immigration, human rights and binational policies.
Recent productions set in Los Angeles continue to highlight the distance between the Hollywood imagination and the people living here.
Fifty years ago, Alain Leroy Locke Senior High School became the first new high school built in the central city in a half a century. Its music program would soon put the school on the map.
From subway stations to libraries, hospitals, college campuses and places of worship, a recently published map recognizes African-American architectural achievements.
Butler remains an essential literary presence even in her absence, her work not simply growing in esteem but taking on new coloring and resonance with each passing year.
Utilizing photography, and self-made zines as their primary method of distribution, this ensemble of artists are bringing to "light the beauty, struggle and dignity of" the Latinx community.
Desolation Center: The Desert Music Festival That Influenced Lollapalooza, Coachella and Burning Man
Here on the West Coast, it seems like gigantic festivals have always been associated with the desert. But who was the first promoter to stake a claim out in the great, wide open, and how did others follow suit?
Top Image: Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Mirrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, 2013 | Courtesy of David Zwirner, N.Y. © Yayoi Kusama