Radical reorientation: Rural life, politics, and a pandemic in Joshua Tree

Contributed by Mary Addison Hackett / “How’s everyone doing?” is the occasional check-in I see posted among artist friends who haven’t completely jumped the Facebook ship. In a group devoted to issues relevant to online and F2F teaching during the pandemic, the check-ins are more dire. Artists are on edge, frustrated, and in some cases, … read more… “Radical reorientation: Rural life, politics, and a pandemic in Joshua Tree”

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The Desert is Not Barren, 2: John Plowman and Bernard Leibov at BoxoPROJECTS

Contributed by Mary Addison Hackett / Ask anyone here what initially brought them to the desert and almost everyone will say, “I love the desert,” followed by a brief declaration of prolific love for the community of people they met upon arrival. That’s the standard order. We come for the landscape and stay for the community. But sometimes the … read more… “The Desert is Not Barren, 2: John Plowman and Bernard Leibov at BoxoPROJECTS”

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The Desert is Not Barren, Part 1

Contributed by Mary Addison Hackett / When I first moved to the desert, my intention was to be close enough to the Los Angeles art scene without having to deal with traffic, high rents, and apparently in my absence, a dearth of parking. I’ve been to LA exactly three times in the last calendar year. Writing … read more… “The Desert is Not Barren, Part 1”

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