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Artbound Season 10 (Trailer)

Now on its tenth season, "Artbound" is an Emmy® award-winning arts and culture series that examines the lives, works and creative processes of arts and culture innovators making an impact in Southern California and beyond. A new season premieres March 6, 9 p.m. ET/PT on KCET. The series will subsequently air Fri., May 17 on PBS SoCal at 8 p.m. and Tues., May 21 on Link TV via DirecTV (channel 375) / Dish Network (channel 9410) at 10 pm ET/PT. Each episode will also be streaming online following its broadcast on kcet.org/artbound, pbssocal.org/artbound and linktv.org/artbound as well as on Amazon, YouTube, Roku, Apple TV and the free PBS App. 

Masters of Modern Design: The Art of the Japanese American Experience– Wed., May 15 at 9 p.m. on KCET

A look at the influence of Japanese American artists on modern design. From the iconic typeface of “The Godfather” book cover to Herman Miller’s Noguchi table, the influence of Japanese American artists and designers in postwar American art and design is unparalleled. While this second generation of Japanese American artists have been celebrated in various publications and exhibitions for their iconic work, less-discussed is how the WWII incarceration— a period of intense hardship and discrimination — has also had a powerful effect on the lives of artists such as Ruth Asawa, George Nakashima, Isamu Noguchi, S. Neil Fujita and Gyo Obata. Co-produced by the Japanese American National Museum Watase Media Arts Center.

Heath Ceramics: The Making of a California Classic” – Wed., May 22 at 9 p.m. on KCET

An exploration of the work of Edith Heath and the legacy of Heath Ceramics. ARTBOUND looks at the dinnerware of Heath Ceramics and a design that has stood the test of time since the company began in the late 1940’s. Through the writings of Edith Heath, the founder and designer of Heath Ceramics voiced by renowned chef Nancy Silverton, the film explores the groundbreaking work of a woman who created a classic of American design. Co-produced by Tilapia Films.

Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead” – Wed., May 29. at 9 p.m. on KCET

An exploration of the transformation of Día de los Muertos from it pre-colonial beginnings in Mexico to a worldwide holiday. Día de los Muertos has been adapted for centuries from its pre-colonial roots to the popular depictions in mass media today. Inspired by rich Oaxacan traditions, it was brought to East Los Angeles in the 1970’s as a way to enrich and reclaim Chicano identity through a small celebration at Self Help Graphics and Art. Since then, the celebration has grown in proportions with renditions enacted in communities all around the world. In contrast to all the glamorous fanfare Dia delos Muertos now receives, ARTBOUND offers a more intimate look at this ritual through the story of artist Ofelia Esparza, who continues the tradition of building altars to remember the dead. Journey with her as she travels back to Mexico in search of her ancestral roots. Co-produced by Dignicraft.

“How Sweet the Sound: Gospel in Los Angeles” – Wed., June 5 at 9 p.m. on KCET

This episode explores the history of gospel music in Los Angeles by looking at the 1960’s and 1970’s, when the west coast redefined the sound of gospel and broadcast it to the world. Gospel music would not be what it is today if not for the impact left by Los Angeles in the late 60’s and early 70’s, a time defined by political movements across the country. Notable artists like James Cleveland and Aretha Franklin were captured in live recordings of the church experience of South Central.  Hear the voices and sentiment of the people coming together to give birth to a new gospel sound and to elect LA’s first black mayor, Thomas Bradley. The episode was co-produced by Wrong Creative.  Dr. Daniel Walker is a producer and also founded the Gospel Music Archive at USC. The episode was produced in conjunction with the Heritage Music Foundation.

“Jeffrey Deitch’s Los Angeles” – Wed., June 12 at 9 p.m. on KCET

Get a glimpse of the inner workings of the contemporary art world as Jeffrey Deitch opens a new gallery in Los Angeles. The charming, unusual and at times polarizing Deitch left Los Angeles in 2013 after a tumultuous run as the director of MOCA ending in his resignation. He makes his return with a new gallery opening with the first LA exhibit of renowned Chinese artist and activist, Ai Weiwei. See the contemporary art world through the eyes of a legendary art dealer and curator Jeffrey Deitch. Directed by Alexandria Stapleton.

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How Sweet The Sound: Gospel In Los Angeles

Gospel music would not be what it is today if not for the impact left by Los Angeles in the late '60s and early '70s, a time defined by political movements across the country. Artists like James Cleveland and Aretha Franklin captured live recordings of the church experience of South Central and the voices and sentiment of the people coming together to give birth to a new gospel sound and the election of L.A.’ s first black mayor, Tom Bradley.

  • 2020-02-20T05:00:00-08:00
    KCET-HD

Masters of Modern Design: The Art of the Japanese American Experience

From the iconic typeface of “The Godfather” book cover to Herman Miller’s Noguchi table, the influence of Japanese American artists and designers in postwar American art and design is unparalleled. While this second generation of Japanese American artists have been celebrated in various publications and exhibitions with their iconic work, less-discussed is how the World War II incarceration — a period of intense discrimination and hardship — has also had a powerful effect on the lives of artists such as Ruth Asawa, George Nakashima, Isamu Noguchi, S. Neil Fujita and Gyo Obata.

  • 2020-02-23T09:00:00-08:00
    KCET-HD

Heath Ceramics: The Making of a California Classic

"Artbound" looks at the dinnerware of Heath Ceramics and a design that has stood the test of time since the company began in the late 1940’s. Through the writings of Edith Heath, the founder and designer of Heath Ceramics and voiced by renowned chef Nancy Silverton, this episode explores the groundbreaking work of a woman who created a classic of American design.

  • 2020-02-23T11:00:00-08:00
    KCETLINK

Variedades: Olvera Street

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.

  • 2020-02-26T19:00:00-08:00
    KCETLINK

Jeffrey Deitch's Los Angeles

The charming, unusual and at times polarizing Jeffrey Deitch left Los Angeles in 2013 after a tumultuous run as the director of MOCA ending in his resignation. He makes his return with a new gallery opening with the first LA exhibit of renowned Chinese artist and activist, Ai Weiwei. A behind-the-scenes look at the contemporary art world through the eyes of a legendary art dealer and curator.

  • 2020-02-27T05:00:00-08:00
    KCET-HD

Día de Los Muertos / Day of the Dead

Día de los Muertos has been adapted for centuries from its pre-colonial roots to the popular depictions in mass media today. Inspired by rich Oaxacan traditions, it was brought to East Los Angeles in the 1970s as a way to enrich and reclaim Chicano identity through a small celebration at Self Help Graphics and Art. Since then, the celebration has grown in proportions with renditions enacted in communities all around the world.

  • 2020-03-01T11:00:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2020-03-19T06:00:00-07:00
    KCET-HD

No Trespassing: A Survey of Environmental Art

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, Laura Aguilar and Hillary Mushkin.

  • 2020-03-04T19:00:00-08:00
    KCETLINK

Artist and Mother

This episode profiles four California artists who make motherhood a part of their art: Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Andrea Chung, Rebecca Campbell and Tanya Aguiñiga. There's a persisting assumption in contemporary art circles that you can't be a good artist and good mother both. But these artists are working to shatter this cliché, juggling demands of career and family and finding inspiring ways to explore the maternal in their art.

  • 2020-03-11T20:00:00-07:00
    KCETLINK

The Art of Basket Weaving

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.

  • 2020-03-18T20:00:00-07:00
    KCETLINK