Month: December 2016

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A Boom Interview: Mike Davis in conversation with Jennifer Wolch and Dana Cuff

Mike Davis Editor’s Note: Chronicler of the California dark side and LA’s underbelly, proclaiming a troubling, menacing reality beneath the […]

Berkeley—The City and its People by Romare Bearden. © Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

Relocating Romare Bearden’s Berkeley: Capturing Berkeley’s Colorful Diversity

Lauren Kroiz In 1972, the black artist and writer Romare Bearden traveled from his home in New York to spend […]

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Outselling the Beatles in 1966: LA’s forgotten musical genius

Peter Cole As music critics release “best of 2016” lists, who can name the most popular musician in America fifty […]

Front of temple looking at one of the faces of Tlaloc, Mexican god of rain and harvest.

Monumental Hydraulics: Diego Rivera’s Lerma Waterworks and the Water Temples of San Francisco

Rafael Tiffany Susan Moffat The water pouring readily out of our private faucets is a modern production that belies the […]

Consuelo Flores’s altar created for Self Help Graphics’ exhibition ‘‘The 43: From Ayotzinapa to Ferguson.’’

The 43: Remembering Ayotzinapa

Maricela Becerra Lucy Seena K. Lin Gus Wendel Tragedy does strange things to our conception of proximity. Sometimes we can […]

A performance of Hopscotch.

Practicing the Future: Exercises in Immanent Speculation

Jonathan Crisman Los Angeles is a city made from an assemblage of speculative practices. Spain colonized the region, surmising it […]

Photograph of Karen Tei Yamashita by Mary Uyematsu Kao.

A Boom Interview: In conversation with Jonathan Crisman and Jason S. Sexton

A Boom Interview In conversation with Jonathan Crisman and Jason S. Sexton Karen Tei Yamashita Editor’s note: Karen Tei Yamashita […]

Porciuncula, an installation on the LA River made of balloons filled with the river’s fragrance: ‘‘grass, ocean air, desiccated concrete, industrial zoning,
railyards, soda cans, wild animals.’’ By LA-BOR (Jia Gu and Jonathan Crisman), 2015. Photograph by Monica Nouwens.

Urban Humanities and the Creative Practitioner

Dana Cuff Jennifer Wolch The flow of the Los Angeles River, ever-precarious and never navigable, attracted settlement along its shifting […]