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From Chicano Rock to Myths of the American West: An Episode Guide to 'Artbound' Season 12

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Mark your calendars for a kaleidoscopic tour of the Southland's arts and culture scene with the twelfth season of "Artbound." New episodes premiere Wednesdays at 9 p.m. starting October 13.

Con Safos

Wed., Oct. 13 at 9 p.m.

A man in sunglasses sings on stage with three women backing him up.
Ruben Funkahuatl Guevara performs at Club Lingerie in Hollywood, November 2, 1984. | Gary Leonard. Courtesy of Ruben Funkahuatl Guevara

A pioneer of Chicano rock 'n' roll, "Con Safos" ("With Respect") is a tribute to Rubén Funkahuatl Guevara who recounts his youthful experiences in Santa Monica during the 1940s which prepared him for early success in the music world. The film spans his time as lead singer of the Frank Zappa-inspired band Ruben and the Jets, his collaborations with Cheech and Chong, his crossover into the Chicano art world of the 1960s and 1970s, and his unique influence on Mexican American culture. Directed by Michael Vargas and Moni Vargas. Produced by Friends We Love, Inc.

Life Centered: The Helen Jean Taylor Story

Wed., Oct. 20 at 9 p.m.

Renowned ceramicist and educator Helen Jean Taylor, featured in ARTBOUND Season 12. Courtesy of KCET.
Renowned ceramicist and educator Helen Jean Taylor. | Courtesy of KCET

Renowned ceramicist and educator Helen Jean Taylor has not only crafted timeless artworks inspired by colors found in home gardens, but also helped her students improve their mental health through the art of throwing clay. Directed by Oscar® nominated filmmaker Don Hahn. Produced by Stone Circle Pictures, Inc.

Sweet Land: The Making of a Myth

Wed., Oct. 27 at 9 p.m.

Sweet Land is an eye-opening pageant that disrupts the dominant narrative of American identity, featured in ARTBOUND Season 12. Courtesy of The Industry.
A performance of "Sweet Land," an eye-opening opera by The Industry. | Courtesy of The Industry

The making of The Industry's groundbreaking site-specific opera Sweet Land, named Best Opera of 2020 by the Music Critics Association of North America. An eye-opening pageant that disrupts the dominant narrative of American identity, Sweet Land was a highly collaborative creation produced by The Industry, the Los Angeles-based experimental company founded by MacArthur Fellow Yuval Sharon. Sweet Land took place February 29 - March 8, 2020 before being forced to shut down due to COVID-19. Directed by Jonathan Stein. Produced by The Industry.

Desert X 2021

Wed., Nov. 3 at 9 p.m. on KCET

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Nicolas Galanin's "Indianland" is activated by a performance. | Lance Gerber

The desert is both a place and an idea. The recurring site-specific, international art exhibition Desert X 2021 explored the histories and realities of the people who live there and the political, social and cultural contexts that shape their stories. Following widespread lockdowns, Desert X 2021 was one of the first safe, outdoor art experiences in the region, and it was free and open to all. Curated by artistic director Neville Wakefield with César García-Alvarez, the exhibition included newly commissioned works by 12 participating artists from eight countries. Directed by Dylan Robertson. Produced by Desert X with presenting sponsor Richard Mille.

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Imagined Wests

Wed., Nov. 10 at 9 p.m.

Southern California’s Autry Museum of the American West is working to recontextualize a large mural, featured in ARTBOUND Season 12. Courtesy of The Autry.
A detail of a mural at the Autry Museum of the American West. | Courtesy of The Autry

Southern California's Autry Museum of the American West is working to recontextualize a large mural, dating from the Disney Imagineers-designed museum's opening in the 1980s. The mural depicts a widely accepted mythology of the West, which prioritizes white settler colonialism at the expense of other perspectives including those of Native Americans, Black settlers, Asian Americans and women. Discussions around civic memory and the renovation of a long-term gallery spark a larger conversation about this piece and its role in the museum. Produced in partnership with the Autry Museum of the American West. Directed by Anna Rau and Corbett Jones. Produced by The Range.

LGBTQ Nightlife (Mustache Mondays)

Wed., Nov. 17 at 9 p.m.

For a generation of multicultural Queer artists like Ms. Boogie (pictured), LGBTQ Night Clubs were a haven for seeking communion and solidarity. Courtesy of Urs Mann.
Queer artists are finding a haven for creativity and solidarity in LGBTQ night clubs. | Courtesy of Urs Mann

For a generation of multicultural Queer artists, gay nightclubs were a haven for seeking communion and solidarity. This film examines the history of these spaces and how they shaped the Queer cultural fabric unique to Southern California. One particular event, "Mustache Mondays" was a weekly destination for over a decade and became a seminal event for the Queer art community in the early 2000s. Directed by Marianne Amelinckx. Produced by The Ladies Room Agency.

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