Picturing, Planting & Occupying Landscape

Even Our Palm Trees Are Cooler

By Janet Owen Driggs | July 3, 2012

Incendiary Traces examines the role that real estate and the railroad played in the advertisement of Southern California as a fertile tropical utopia in the late 1800s.

How a 19th Century Painting Transformed California's Desert World

By Susanna Newbury | June 19, 2012

In the late 19th century, Southern California's human and natural geography transformed as millions of new residents settled its semi-arid desert world, but artistic renditions of this region seldom get the attention of its northerly neighbors. But why is this the case?