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What happens when collecting becomes more than a hobby? A new series of short documentary films, in partnership with USC Libraries, profiles four "L.A. as Subject" collectors who have obsessively focused on a narrow slice of Southern California history. Featuring Carol Wells, Founder of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics; David Boule, private collector and author of "The Orange and the Dream of California"; Joseph Hawkins, Director of the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries; and Ernest Marquez, private collector and author of "Santa Monica Beach: A Collector's Pictorial History."
Artbound explores the paintings of Marc Trujillo who brings the techniques of the Dutch Masters to the subject of commercial architecture and fast-food in Southern California; Kim Stringfellow’ s Mojave Project discovering the eclectic desert communities of the Mojave Desert; Dave Lefner’s colored wood block prints of neon signs in Los Angeles; and the subculture of Brazilian cholos who emulate lowrider culture from East Los Angeles. Also featuring a performance by Nick Waterhouse.
USMC Sergeant Christian Ellis was a machine gunner in Iraq, whose platoon was ambushed, leaving him with a broken back and only one of a few survivors. Ellis returned home to join millions of Americans who struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder. Ellis inspired the first opera about the Iraq war with a score composed by Tobin Stokes, a libretto by Iraqi-American Heather Raffo, and produced by the Long Beach Opera. This documentary explores how the experience of war is transformed into a work of art.
Artbound explores arts along the U.S.-Mexico border. Featuring Mexicali Rose, an artist organization in Mexicali, where locals are encouraged to create art to galvanize community involvement; Drones as art, where multiple projects re-appropriating military drones play with the idea of surveillance and mobility; Paul Turounet’s photographs of undocumented border-crossers printed on galvanized metal; Tijuana’s vibrant reemergent gallery scene; and Manuel Paul Lopez’s animated poem 1984. Also featuring a musical performance by Rodrigo Amarante.
A new framework for black diasporic art production is taking shape in contemporary Los Angeles. The season seven premiere of "Artbound" explores "Mundane Afrofuturism," an hour-long special that proposes a new theory of the black aesthetic of the 21st century. Created in collaboration with the award winning creative studio Ways and Means, along with artist and filmmaker Martine Syms, the episode explores the tension between conventional, segregated channels of media distribution and the black imagination.
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.
Nimrod is left alone in the house after his family has returned to their routine. Haim visits him and tries to make him talk about the time he spent as a prisoner of war, and reveals some details he hasn’t told him yet.