A sanctuary is defined as a sanctified or holy place, and place of refuge or safety, and a reserve for nature. A sanctuary city is a municipality that will not implement new federal directives to prosecute undocumented citizens. In this seminar, we will begin by conducting two concurrent investigations to inform new critical perspectives on, and visions for, Los Angeles as a sanctuary city. First, we will discuss the history of, and contemporary definitions of sanctuary cities in the United States; second, how political, social and ecological aspects of Los Angeles are represented in landscape imagery. We will conduct analysis of historic and contemporary visions for, and interpretations of, the city of Los Angeles, media coverage of the Sanctuary City concept, and visit cultural institutions to become familiar with frameworks for curating and exhibition.