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Artbound

Día de Los Muertos / Day of the Dead

Día de los Muertos has been adapted for centuries from its pre-colonial roots to the popular depictions in mass media today. Inspired by rich Oaxacan traditions, it was brought to East Los Angeles in the 1970s as a way to enrich and reclaim Chicano identity through a small celebration at Self Help Graphics and Art. Since then, the celebration has grown in proportions with renditions enacted in communities all around the world. In contrast to all the glamorous fanfare Dia de los Muertos now receives, Artbound offers a more intimate look at this ritual through the story of artist Ofelia Esparza, who continues the tradition of building altars to remember the dead. Journey with her as she travels back to Mexico in search of her ancestral roots.

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57:08
Artbound

The Watts Towers Arts Center

The Watts Towers Arts Center was born out of the resilience of 1960s Black L.A.
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52:45
Artbound

S11 E3: CURRENT:LA FOOD

Artists created works to spark conversation about L.A. and sustainable futures.
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Episode
55:57
Artbound

S11 E2: The New West Coast Sound - An L.A. Jazz Legacy

Drummer Mekala Session and other artists carry forward Los Angeles’ rich jazz legacy.
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56:43
Artbound

S11 E1: Light & Space

Robert Irwin, Larry Bell and Helen Pashgian explore perception, material and experience.
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Episode
54:08
Artbound

S10 E5: Jeffrey Deitch's Los Angeles

A behind-the-scenes look at the contemporary art world through the eyes of a legendary art dealer and curator, Jeffrey Deitch.
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52:51
Artbound

S10 E4: How Sweet The Sound - Gospel In Los Angeles

Gospel music would not be what it is today if not for the impact left by Los Angeles in the late 60’s and early 70’s, a time defined by political movements across the country.
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Episode
54:58
Artbound

S10 E2: Heath Ceramics - The Making of a California Classic

"Artbound" looks at the dinnerware of Heath Ceramics and a design that has stood the test of time since the company began in the late 1940’s.
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Episode
56:05
Artbound

S10 E1: Masters of Modern Design - The Art of the Japanese American Experience

From the typeface of “The Godfather” book cover to the Noguchi table, the influence of Japanese American artists and designers in postwar American art and design is unparalleled. Learn how the World War II incarceration affected their lives and creations.
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Episode
56:06
Artbound

Masters of Modern Design

Japanese American influence in postwar American art and design is unparalleled.
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Episode
56:34
Artbound

S9 E8: The Art of Basket Weaving

Native American basketry has long been viewed as a community craft, yet the artistic quality and value of these baskets are on par with other fine art.
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