Artbound is an Emmy-winning documentary series that delves into the art and culture of Southern and Central California. Through broadcast episodes and multimedia projects, Artbound brings to light the region’s rich cultural legacy and diversity. 

Stay tuned for new episodes coming 2018.

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Fallujah: Art, Healing, and PTSD

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.

  • 2017-09-23T15:00:00-07:00
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MOCA: Beyond The Museum Walls

Artbound explores the programming of the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, investigating new programming and curatorial approaches that are redefining what it means to be a 21st century museum. This episode features three new programs by The Underground Museum, Wolvesmouth, and Public Fiction.

  • 2017-09-24T10:00:00-07:00
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  • 2017-09-27T19:00:00-07:00
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  • 2017-09-30T15:00:00-07:00
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The Mundane Afrofuturist Manifesto

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.

  • 2017-09-27T20:00:00-07:00
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Hopscotch: An Opera for the 21st Century

Artbound explores the groundbreaking opera "Hopscotch," which unfolded in cars zigzagging throughout Los Angeles, telling a single story of a disappearance across time. Audiences experienced the work in both the intimacy of a car, where artists and audiences shared a confined space, and in a larger central hub, where all the journeys were live-streamed to create a dizzying panorama of life in Los Angeles.

  • 2017-10-01T10:00:00-07:00
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  • 2017-10-07T15:00:00-07:00
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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.

  • 2017-10-04T20:00:00-07:00
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Third L.A. with Architecture Critic Christopher Hawthorne

Architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne partners with Artbound for an episode that looks into the future of Los Angeles. "Third L.A. with Architecture Critic Christopher Hawthorne" examines the city's architecture, urban planning, transportation and changing demographics, giving us a glimpse of Los Angeles as a model of urban reinvention for the nation and the world.

  • 2017-10-08T10:00:00-07:00
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  • 2017-10-14T15:00:00-07:00
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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.

  • 2017-10-11T20:00:00-07:00
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Charles Lummis: Reimagining the American West

In this new season, Artbound travels back to pre-industrial Los Angeles to explore one of its key and most controversial figures -- Charles Lummis. A writer and editor of the L.A. Times, avid collector and preservationist, an Indian rights activist, and founder of L.A.’s first museum -- the Southwest Museum -- Lummis’ genius and idiosyncratic personality captured the ethos of an era and a region. See what other exciting episodes this new season will offer!

  • 2017-10-15T10:00:00-07:00
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  • 2017-10-18T18:30:00-07:00
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  • 2017-10-18T20:00:00-07:00
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