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This companion volume to the exhibition Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity, 1900-2000, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art offers nineteen in-depth, illustrated essays on the making of California culture in the twentieth century. Written by an impressive array of art historians and scholars in the humanities, these essays look closely at the forces that have shaped fine art and popular culture in California. The contributors weave their subjects around themes central to the milestone exhibition: the California landscape, including both natural and built environments; the state's complex interaction with Latin America and Asia; and the dynamic relationship between the arts and popular conceptions of California. The essays implicitly offer responses to the key questions that inform the exhibition: Which California? and Whose California?
Divided into three broad categories -- historical background, art history and popular culture, and politics and identity -- these provocative essays cover topics such as counterculture architecture, the Watts Towers, border culture, gender issues, the role of schools in California art, auto tourism, Hollywood, music, Beat culture, politics, literature, photography, and much more. Accessibly written and intellectually engaging, the essays bring together many diverse yet interrelated aspects of the state's art and culture and sharpen our understanding of California in the twentieth century.
|Publisher:||University of California Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.13(d)|
About the Author
Stephanie Barron is Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and Vice President of Education and Public Programs at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Sheri Bernstein is Exhibition Associate. Ilene Susan Fort is Curator of American Art. Howard N. Fox is Curator of Contemporary Art. Michael Dear is Director of the University of Southern California's Southern California Studies Center and author most recently of The Postmodern Urban Condition (2000). Richard Rodriguez is author of Days of Obligation (1992) and Hunger of Memory (1982), and is a frequent contributor to Harper's, The New York Times,and The News Hour on PBS.
Table of Contents
|Preface and Acknowledgments||7|
|The World Met Itself in California|
|Carey McWilliams's California: The Light and the Dark||15|
|Altered State(s): California Art and the Inner World||31|
|Landscapes of Consumption: Auto Tourism and Visual Culture in California, 1920-1940||51|
|California Welcomes the World: International Expositions, 1894-1940, and the Selling of a State||69|
|Art School Sketches: Notes on the Central Role of Schools in California Art and Culture||85|
|We Had Come, Without Knowing it, to Our Inevitable Place|
|All about Eden||113|
|California through the Lens of Hollywood||129|
|Music, Migration, and Myth: The California Connection||153|
|On Location: The Placement (and Replacement) of California in 1930s Photography||171|
|Crooning Kings and Dancing Queens: San Francisco's Chinatown and the Forbidden City Theater||199|
|"Shocking 'Beat' Art Displayed": California Artists and the Beat Image||221|
|Alternative Shelter: Counterculture Architecture in Northern California||249|
|Dramworks: A Concept of Concept Art in California||273|
|A Place in the Sun: The Los Angeles Art World and the New Global Context||293|
|Here...where we Run out of Continent|
|Manzanar Inside and Out: Photo Documentation of the Japanese Wartime Incarceration||315|
|The Art of Political Engagement||339|
|From Beats to Borders: An Alternative History of Chicano Art in California||353|
|Picturing the Watts Towers: The Art and Politics of an Urban Landmark||373|
|Gold Fevers: Global L.A. and the Noir Imaginary||389|