Published in connection with an exhibition held at the San Jose Museum of Art.
An overview. Countering cultures: the California context / Susan Landauer -- Prologue. A personal view of the interaction of politics and art -- Introduction. Paths to engagement -- Against war and violence -- Countercultural trends -- On racism, discrimination, and identity politics -- Toward a sustainable earth
Introduction: dilemmas of professional culture -- The case for modern art as a distinct form of knowledge -- Modern art in a provincial nation -- Modern art and California's progressive legacies -- From an era of grand ambitions -- Becoming postmodern -- California assemblage: art as counterhistory -- Learning from the Watts Towers -- Contemporary art along the U.S.-Mexican border -- Conclusion: improvising from the margins