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This opulent and expansive volume, published in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's monumental exhibition Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity,1900-2000, charts the dynamic relationship between the arts and popular conceptions of California. Displaying a dazzling array of fine art and material culture, Made in California challenges us to reexamine the ways in which the state has been portrayed and imagined. Unusually inclusive, visually intriguing, and beautifully produced, this volume is a delight throughoutand#151;both in image and in textand#151;and will appeal to anyone who has lived in, visited, or imagined California.

Drawn from the exhibition, which gathers more than 1,200 artworks and pieces of ephemera from many public and private collections, Made in California is an image-driven look at the past century, featuring more than 400 works in a range of media, from painting, sculpture, prints, drawings, and photographs to furniture, fashion, and film. The book also includes more than 150 cultural artifacts such as tourist brochures, posters, labor union tracts, personal letters, and government reports that convey the richness and complexity of twentieth-century California. Arranged provocatively by theme, these objects take us on a visual tour of a state that was promoted as a bountiful paradise early in the century; as a glamour capital by Hollywood in the 1920s and 1930s; as a suburban utopia in the late '40s and '50s; as a haven for counterculture in the '60s and '70s, and as a multicultural frontier in the '80s and '90s. The book's exploration of how these themes were reflected and contested in California's visual culture deepens our understanding of the state's artistic traditions as well as its fascinating history.

The volume is divided into five twenty-year sections, each including a narrative essay discussing the history of that era and highlighting topics particularly relevant to its visual culture. Two overarching themes emerge that have been crucial for how we imagine and understand California: first, the landscape, including both the natural and built environment, and second, the multifaceted relationships California has had with Latin America and Asia.

Geographer Michael Dear has contributed a sweeping overview of the social history of California that examines the vibrant and sometimes turbulent conditions out of which the culture emerged. Essayist Richard Rodriguez closes the volume with a uniquely personal meditation on the Golden State.

Synopsis:

This expansive volume--published in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's exhibition, "Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity, 1900-2000"--features a series of essays charting the dynamic relationship between the arts and popular conceptions of California over the past 100 years. 389 color & 162 duotone illustrations.

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

Contributors:

Blake Allmendinger

John P. Bowles

Margaret Crawford

Ilene Susan Fort

Howard N. Fox

Karin Higa

Paul J. Karlstrom

Norman M. Klein

Anthony W. Lee

George Lipsitz

Chon A. Noriega

John Ott

Carolyn Peter

Dana Polan

Sarah Schrank

Peter Selz

Kevin Starr

Sally Stein

Tim B. Wride

Lynn Zelevansky

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520227651
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Rodriguez, Richard
Author:
Fort, Ilene Susan
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Fox, Howard
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Dear, Michael
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Rodriguez, Richard
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Fox, Howard N.
Author:
Bernstein, Sheri
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Los Angeles
Subject:
California
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
History - American
Subject:
Arts, American
Subject:
Arts, Modern
Subject:
Subjects & Themes - General
Subject:
American
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
104-493
Publication Date:
20001131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
365 color images, 177 b/w images
Pages:
351
Dimensions:
12 x 9.5 x 1.25 in 70 oz

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