Frank Lloyd Wright, Doug Aitken, La Raza and More Highlighted in New Season of Arts and Culture Series ARTBOUND Returning to KCET and Link TV March 6

JP Shields

9 New Episodes Focus on Demographically Diverse Issues

Expressed Through Art and Innovators

Making an Impact in California and Beyond

artbound returning March 6
(Images from upcoming ARTBOUND episodes L to R include: Desert X 2017 installation view, Claudia Comte Curves and Zig Zags, courtesy Desert X, photo by Lance Gerber. A portrait of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Underwater Pavilions from artist Doug Aitken. Images courtesy of KCETLink unless otherwise noted.).


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Burbank, Calif. – Feb. 6, 2017 - KCETLink Media Group, a leading national independent nonprofit public broadcast and digital network, has announced the return of Emmy® award-winning arts and culture series ARTBOUND. The series examines the lives, works and creative processes of arts and culture innovators making an impact in Southern California and beyond. KCET, the nation's largest independent public television station, and Link TV nationwide (DirecTV 375 and DISH Network 9410) will premiere the series on Tues., Mar. 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Each episode 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.

Many episodes this season are produced in association with Southern California’s most admired arts and culture institutions including LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), The Autry Museum of the American West and MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles).

This season of ARTBOUND will be telecast as follows (subject to change*):


“That Far Corner: Frank Lloyd Wright in Los Angeles” - Tues., Mar. 6 at 9 p.m.

During his time in Southern California in the 1910s and early 1920s, Frank Lloyd Wright accelerated the search for an authentic L.A. architecture that might be experimental but also responsive to the city's history, culture and landscape. Writer/Director Christopher Hawthorne, architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times, explores the five Maya-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” – Tues, Mar 13 at 9pm.

Taking the vast, strange and often contradictory desert landscape as its canvas, the inaugural Desert X, curated by Artistic Director Neville Wakefield, explored the familiar and the unknown through 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. Desert X is a site-specific, contemporary art biennial that first took place in the spring of 2017. Sixteen artists from different parts of the world were invited to create new works in response to the unique conditions of the Coachella Valley.  There will be two screenings of the episode available to the public:

Palm Springs Premiere

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262

2:30pm Doors

3pm Screening (55min)

4pm Q&A

4:15-5pm Reception

Reserve your seats here

Free Admission


Los Angeles Premiere

Monday, March 12, 2018

Neuehouse Hollywood, 6121 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028

6:30pm Doors

7pm Screening (55min)

8pm Q&A with Desert X Co-Curators Amanda Hunt and Matthew Schum

8:30pm Event Ends

Reserve your seats here

Free Admission


“Electric Earth: The Art of Doug Aitken” – Tues., Mar. 20 at 9 p.m.

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 “Underwater Pavilions,” he creates a conversation with the viewer to become fully present and immersed in the sea. The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA recently housed the exhibit “Doug Aitken: Electric Earth”. Aitken has shown that the aforementioned works were impressive jumping off points to his newer work in different and dramatic locations on the West Coast that include “Mirage” in Palm Springs as a part of the inaugural Desert X.


“Variedades: Olvera Street” – Tues., Mar. 27 at 9 p.m.

This look at Los Angeles’ Olvera Street is part-history lesson and part-immersion in stereotype of 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” an interdisciplinary per­for­mance se­ries 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” – Tues., Apr. 3 at 9 p.m.

In East Los Angeles during the late 1960s and 1970s, a group of young activists 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. In the process, the young activists became artists themselves and articulated a visual language that shed light on the daily life, concerns and struggles of the Mexican-American experience in Southern California and provided a voice to the Chicano Rights Movement. The archive of nearly 25,000 images defined pivotal moments, key players, and the symbols of Chicano activism. The exhibit at the Autry Museum of the American West is currently on display.


“No Trespassing: A Survey of Environmental Art” – Tues., Apr. 10 at 9 p.m.

Throughout its history, the natural beauty of California has inspired artists from around the world 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) and the birth of the light and space movement in the 1960s. 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” – Tues., Apr. 17 at 9 p.m.

Motherhood in art is rooted in history. Four contemporary artists are shattering the cliché that you can't be both a good artist and a good mother. Kenyatta A.C. 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” – Tues., Apr. 24 at 9 p.m.

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. Now Native peoples across the country are revitalizing basketry traditions and the country looks to California as a leader in basket weaving revitalization. There has been a revival in traditional basket weaving, thanks to the work of the California Indian Basketweavers Association (CIBA), which was founded in 1992 under the slogan “keeping the tradition alive.” This episode was made in partnership with CIBA and the Autry Museum of the American West  where many of the baskets featured in the documentary are on display in the “California Continued” exhibition.


“Carlos in Wonderland” – Tues., May 1 at 9 p.m. (special 90 minute episode)

This is the intimate untold story of the legendary painter Carlos Almaraz. It chronicles the life of an extraordinary artist and his impact on the Chicano Art Movement around the globe. One of the most influential Los Angeles artists of the 1970s and 1980s, Almaraz began his career with political works for farm workers and co-founded the important artist collective Los Four. Although he saw himself as a cultural activist, Almaraz straddled multiple—and often contradictory—identities that drew from divergent cultures. As a result, his art became less political in focus and more personal, psychological, and dreamlike as this artist/activist/husband/father evolved artistically. 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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ARTBOUND is supported in part by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the California Arts Council and other generous institutional funders.


The critically acclaimed weekly television series and online destination ARTBOUND captures the spirit of the burgeoning arts and culture community in Southern and Central California and explores how it's shaping California as the creative capital of the world. The series explores and illuminates the cultural issues of our times, providing critical in-depth analysis of how arts and culture affect society. The series and the online stories that are found at kcet.org/artbound and linktv.org/artbound are the result of cultural tastemakers throughout the region and collaborations with LA’s top cultural institutions. Since its inception in 2012, the series has earned high industry praise including several Emmy® Awards, LA Press Club awards, two Golden Mike awards and a National Entertainment Journalism award, among others. ASCAP has recognized ARTBOUND with the prestigious ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor / Virgil Thomson Multimedia Award for outstanding music.



KCETLink Media Group is a national independent, nonprofit, digital and broadcast network that provides high-quality, culturally diverse programming designed to engage the public in innovative, entertaining and transformative ways. With a commitment to independent perspectives, smart global entertainment, local communities, and opportunities for engagement and social action, KCETLink depicts people and the world through a lens unavailable elsewhere in U.S. media. A viewer-supported 501(c)(3) organization, KCETLink content is distributed nationally via satellite on Link TV DIRECTV channel 375 and DISH Network channel 9410 and on KCET in Southern and Central California via broadcast and cable, as well as through various digital delivery systems. For additional information about KCET and Link TV productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org or linktv.org. Select programming from KCET and Link TV is also available for streaming on Amazon Video, Apple TV and Roku platforms.

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