California

Aztec goddess statue marks opening of ‘the Cheech’ museum of Chicano art

The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture in Riverside, California will house the collection of its patron, the actor and long-time champion of Chicano art

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Creative workers accounted for nearly one quarter of California’s economy in 2020, report finds

The latest edition of the annual Otis College Report on the Creative Economy makes the point that even as California’s arts sector bounces back, long-term support is needed to ensure it truly thrives

Light and much more Space: first look at the expanded Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

La Jolla museum is set to reopen after a $105m renovation and collection revamp, telling the story of contemporary art from a distinctively West Coast perspective

Artist-led campaign urges climate action across California

The initiative A Cool Million, launched by three artist-led collectives, features climate-themed public artworks and aims to preserve one million acres

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive staff grows with Christina Yang as new chief curator

The museum’s director Julie Rodrigues Widholm has made several senior-level hires in her first year

California man admits to selling over $1m in forged art, purportedly by Richard Hambleton and Barkley Hendricks

Jason Harrington pleaded guilty to selling phony paintings to at least 15 galleries and individuals between 2018 and 2020

Further cuts at SFMoMA end its film programme, art loan gallery and publishing platform

Seven staff will also lose their jobs as tightened budgets and low attendance impact operations

Return to La La Land: art is back in California

Plus, artists' album covers, and Grace Jones in the Work of the Week

After avoiding layoffs, Oakland Museum of California now plans job cuts of 15%

Staff will shrink from 126 to 106 as institution pursues an organisational makeover

As state restrictions drag on, pressure grows for more California museums to reopen

With lockdown lifted for nail salons and zoos, anger rises over arts institutions’ continued closure, estimated to cost the sector $22m a day

Desert X loses venue for Judy Chicago ‘smoke sculpture’

Following environmental concerns, The Living Desert garden and zoo has pulled out of a planned project with the artist this month

Smoke sculptures, word gardens and a ‘jackrabbit homestead’: Desert X announces artist projects for third edition

Judy Chicago, Oscar Murillo, Nicholas Galanin and others to present works in Southern California's first major art event since the pandemic shutdown last year

Getty hands out more than $5m in grants for 2024 Pacific Standard Time festival

The next iteration of the region-wide exhibition series will focus on art and science

Governors propose ambitious plans to bring the arts back to California and New York

Gavin Newsom and Andrew Cuomo have announced plans to support art institutions and artists hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic

Once greeted as a sensation, 1931 aluminum-clad house gets a boost for relocation at the Palm Springs Art Museum in California

$100,000 grant will advance an effort to reassemble and display Albert Frey and A. Lawrence Kocher’s Modernist Aluminaire House

California needs a plan to restart the arts

There is not a person in the arts who wants to open until it is safe to do so, but we cannot even prepare to start without state guidelines

Hallucinogenic flower inspired Native Californian rock art, archaeologists say

“Doses” of datura plant used in communal ceremonies have been found embedded in the ceiling of Pinwheel Cave

Provocative Marilyn Monroe sculpture to return to Palm Springs—and the arts community is not happy about it

A plan to install the kitsch work in front of the city’s art museum has raised complaints from the community, which has called Forever Marilyn “blatantly sexist”

California man is charged with illegally importing an ancient mosaic, possibly from Syria

Indictment says the paperwork misrepresented the work’s quality and value

Compound, a space for art and wellness, to open in Long Beach, California

The inaugural programming includes displays of work by Glenn Kaino and Tavares Strachan and free yoga, meditation, and gardening classes

Los Angeles police recover $800,000 worth of stolen lithographs by Scottish artist Benjamin Creme

Missing since 2012, around 1,300 prints have been returned to their rightful owner, who used to sell Creme's works

Art storage demands flare as California fires rage

Calls for emergency art storage are putting pressure on art shipment and insurance firms

Goethe-Institut Los Angeles examines architecture and design amid housing crisis

A symposium bringing together architects and scholars from around the world takes place as homelessness surges in the state of California

Experts fear California's gig economy law may hit culture workers

Independent curators and handlers could be affected but no major changes predicted in museum recruitment practices

Oakland’s ‘museum of the people’ launches $85m capital campaign

Renovation aims to reflect the demographic diversity of the birthplace of the Black Panthers

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Families express frustration over trial outcome in California's Ghost Ship fire

Acquittal for one man and deadlock on another on charges related to artists' compound shifts the focus to pending civil lawsuit

Main Museum’s mysterious closure serves as a cautionary tale about funding

Closure comes just weeks after three key staff members announced their departures