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Artbound Season 9 (Trailer)

Watch a preview of "Artbound," our Emmy® award-winning arts and culture series that examines the lives, works and creative processes of arts and culture innovators making an impact in Southern California and beyond. A new season premieres March 6, 9 p.m. ET/PT on KCET and Link TV (DirecTV 375 and DISH Network 9410). Episodes will also be streaming online following its broadcast on kcet.org/artbound and linktv.org/artbound, as well as on Amazon, YouTube, Roku and Apple TV.

The latest season of "Artbound" continues to unearth the stories of the region with the following episodes: 

“That Far Corner: Frank Lloyd Wright in Los Angeles” (March 6) investigates the celebrated architect's time in Southern California during the 1910s and early 1920s. Writer/director Christopher Hawthorne, architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times, explores the five pre Columbian-inspired houses the legendary architect built in Los Angeles in that period. The documentary also delves into the critic's provocative theory that these designs were a means of artistic catharsis for Wright, who was recovering from a violent, tragic episode in his life.

“Desert X” (March 13) surveys the vast, strange and often contradictory desert landscape during the inaugural Desert X, an exhibition of public art installations situated at sites across the California Desert. Installations featured include Will Boone's "Monument," an underground bunker located off Ramon Road in Rancho Mirage, Sherin Guirguis’s "One I Call" at Whitewater Preserve, Claudia Comte’s "Curves and Zig Zags" and Phillip K. Smith III's "The Circle of Land and Sky" in Palm Desert. The biennial returns to the desert 2019.

“Electric Earth: The Art of Doug Aitken” (March 20) profiles prominent artist Doug Aitken who for more than 20 years has shifted the perception and location of images and narratives. The artist's works were recently exhibited at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.

“Variedades: Olvera Street” (March 27) will look at Los Angeles’ Olvera Street. The episode is part-history lesson and part-immersion in the birthplace of Los Angeles. Emmy® award-winning journalist, author and musician Rubén Martínez, explores the sometimes-violent, 200-year struggle for the political and symbolic control of the city as told in “Variedades” form – an interdisciplinary performance style that brings together music, spoken word, theater, comedy and the visual arts, loosely based on the Mexican vaudeville shows of early 20th century Los Angeles.

“La Raza” (April 3) tells the story of a group of young activists during the late 1960s and 1970s, who used used creative tools like writing and photography as a means for community organizing, providing a platform for the Chicano Movement in the form of the bilingual newspaper/magazine La Raza. An exhibition of La Raza is currently on display at the Autry Museum of the American West.

“No Trespassing: A Survey of Environmental Art” (April 10) illuminates how artists have been inspired by the the natural beauty of California — from 19th-century plein air painting of pastoral valleys and coasts to early 20th-century photography of the wilderness (embodied famously in the work of Ansel Adams). Today, as artists continue to engage with California’s environment, they echo and critique earlier art practices that represent nature in “The Golden State” in a particular way. Featuring artists Richard Misrach and Hillary Mushkin. 

“Artist and Mother” (April 17) profiles four contemporary artists who are shattering the cliche that you can't be both a good artist and a good mother. Kenyatta Hinkle, Andrea Chung, Rebecca Campbell and Tanya Aguiñiga are defying the odds and finding inspiring ways to make motherhood a part of their artwork. This episode explores the work, practice, career and intersecting identities of artist and mother. 

“The Art of Basketweaving” (April 24) explores how Native peoples across the country are revitalizing basketry traditions, thanks in large part to the work of the California Indian Basketweavers Association (CIBA). Their skill and wisdom highlight the artistic quality and value of these baskets, which are on par with other fine art.

“Carlos in Wonderland” (May 1) is an intimate untold story of the legendary painter Carlos Almaraz. A special 90-minute episode, it chronicles the life of an extraordinary artist and his impact on the Chicano Art Movement around the globe. LACMA unveiled “Playing with Fire: Paintings by Carlos Almaraz,” the first major retrospective by Carlos Almaraz in fall/winter of 2017.

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MOCA - The Art of Our Time

Artbound collaborates with the Museum of Contemporary Art to feature videos from their channel MOCAtv. The series showcases exhibitions, historical segments, artist documentaries, and original video art pieces created in collaboration with artists, musicians and fashion designers. The episode also features interviews with Museum Director Philippe Vergne, and leading curators.

Art and Protest

"Artbound" explores art created amidst social upheaval, including the life and work of Noah Purifoy whose practice was radically transformed by the Watts Riots; the emergence of Chicano printmaking in response to the Chicano Moratorium; Andrea Bowers and Noe Gaytan whose work engages with the contemporary struggle for raising the minimum wage and unionization of adjuncts in higher education; and Michael Maltzan's design of Star Apartments which addresses the issue of homelessness in Downtown Los Angeles.

That Far Corner: Frank Lloyd Wright In Los Angeles

During his time spent in Southern California in the late 1910s and early 1920s, Frank Lloyd Wright accelerated the search for L.A.'s authentic architecture that was suitable to the city's culture and landscape. Writer/Director Chris Hawthorne, architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times, explores the houses the legendary architect built in Los Angeles. The documentary also delves into the critic's provocative theory that these homes were also a means of artistic catharsis for Wright, who was recovering from a violent tragic episode in his life.

Desert X

The vast, strange, sometimes contradictory world of the urban desert and its people are explored in 11 public art exhibits and their respective locations scattered throughout Coachella Valley. Art includes Will Boone’s “Monument,” an underground bunker off Ramon Road in Rancho Mirage and Phillip K. Smith III’s “Circle of Land and Sky” in Palm Desert. Desert X is a site-specific biennial exhibition that first took place in the spring of 2017 where artists from different parts of the world were invited to create work in response to the unique conditions of the Coachella Valley

Electric Earth: The Art of Doug Aitken

This episode profiles prominent artist Doug Aitken who for more than 20 years has shifted the perception and location of images and narratives. His multichannel video installations, sculptures, photographs, publications, happenings and architectural works demonstrate the nature and structure of our ever-mobile, ever-changing, image-based contemporary condition. In his newest piece, “Underwater Pavilions,” he creates a conversation with the viewer to become fully present and immersed in the sea.