Harry Gamboa Jr.'s Photographic Excavation of Chicano Identity | Link TV
Harry Gamboa Jr.'s Photographic Excavation of Chicano Identity
When photographer Harry Gamboa Jr. began his portrait series, “Chicano Male Unbonded” in 1991, the word “Chicano” implied guns, drugs and all manner of dangerous things. “I started the car, turned on the radio and the first thing that went on was an announcement from the news that says to be on the lookout for a Chicano male; he’s dangerous,” recalls Gamboa Jr. in a video with KCET, which was also on view at the Autry Museum of the American West through August 2018, alongside an exhibition of his long-running project.
That initial statement inspired Gamboa Jr. to seek out Chicano males that went against this prevailing stereotype, men that were lauded in their fields. “What the series achieves is not to give you the correct definition of Chicano male, but to give you nearly one hundred answers to that,” says UCLA professor and curator Chon A. Noriega in the same short film.
Robert Irwin, Larry Bell and Helen Pashgian explore perception, material and experience.
Drummer Mekala Session and other artists carry forward Los Angeles’ rich jazz legacy.
Artists created works to spark conversation about L.A. and sustainable futures.
The Watts Towers Arts Center was born out of the resilience of 1960s Black L.A.
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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Season 11, Episode 4
The Watts Towers Arts Center was founded by artists and educators in the 1960s and has been a beacon of art and culture in the community for decades. This episode features the work of artists including Noah Purifoy, John Outterbridge, Betye Saar, Charles White and Mark Steven Greenfield.
Season 11, Episode 1
In a world filled with noise, distractions and chaos, a number of artists seek to push the boundaries of perception and experience. The Light and Space movement of the 1960s explored minimalism with a uniquely Californian spin — with a keen attention to the interaction of light and space. Crucially, the materials these artists relied on to create these perceptual experiences emerged from the postwar aerospace industry and its advances.
Season 11, Episode 2
Growing up amongst jazz legends within the deep musical traditions of Leimert Park, drummer Mekala Session and his peers grapple with how to preserve this rich legacy—striving to carry forward the tenets that took root in the work of Horace Tapscott and his Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra. This is the story of Los Angeles’ emerging generation of community-focused black musicians.This episode of Artbound was produced in partnership with dublab and Storyform.
Season 11, Episode 3
In October of 2019 the city of Los Angeles through the Department of Cultural Affairs and the Institute of Contemporary Art organized a city-wide exhibition of public art and events based around the theme of food. Each artist interpreted a different aspect or issue surrounding food or food systems in the city from climate change, to food access, civic engagement to waste and recycling. Activating public parks throughout the city, artists created works to spark conversation about what it means to live in Los Angeles and how to work together for a sustainable and hopeful future.
Prop 13, the campaign to slash property taxes, launched a tax revolt that continues today.KCET Original
The Watts Towers Arts Center was born out of the resilience of 1960s Black L.A.KCET Original
Highlights from the Annual Watts Towers Day of the Drum and Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festivals.KCET Original
"Purple" captures everyday Americans with opposing viewpoints in rural Wisconsin addressing their differences on privilege, work ethic, government, and the social safety net.KCET Original
A race against the coronavirus that Europe is losing; the WHO wants governments to speed up their response.KCET Original
In a powerful and moving journey, Indonesian correspondent Anne Barker follows Alis Sumiaputra and a group of Timor-born adults as they return to their country of birth to reunite with their families. For Alis, there is pain, guilt, joy and an awakening.
Three residents in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas find their lives upended by plans to build a US-Mexico border wall.
Mexico City is the largest city in the Western hemisphere but many still see this megalopolis as a village — or as a patchwork of many villages.
"Purple" captures everyday Americans with opposing viewpoints in rural Wisconsin addressing their differences on privilege, work ethic, government, and the social safety net.