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Artbound Special: One Hundred Mules Walking the L.A. Aqueduct

Artbound travels with Lauren Bon and Metabolic Studio as they perform "One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct," a commemorative artist action to reconnect Los Angeles to its water supply by walking the entire 240-mile route of the Los Angeles Aqueduct with a team of 100 mules.

This hour-long documentary captures the epic 240-mile journey along the Los Angeles aqueduct, commemorating the centenary of its opening on Nov. 5, 2013. The patient, steadfast pace of 100 mules over the course of 20 days provides a moment of meditation on the nature of our watershed. Mules were used to haul the gigantic pipes into place and transport the materials for the miles of concrete channels that exported water from the Eastern Sierras to Los Angeles. The journey took place on Oct. 18, 2013, drawing the line between the Intake and the Cascades, the beginning and the end point of this engineered lifeline of the city of Los Angeles.

Featuring interviews with Michal Govan, President of LACMA, and Jonathan Parfrey, executive director of Climate Resolve, "One Hundred Mules" marks the second part of the trilogy series presented by Artbound and Metabolic Studio. The first installment showcased Metabolic Studio's "AgH2O" project, which connects the elements mined from the Owens Valley, silver and water, to the emergence of the film industry. The trilogy concludes with Metabolic Studio's most ambitious project, "Bending the River into the City," a piece of engineering proposed for a new century in which the L.A. River will be dammed, its concrete jacket punctured and its water lifted sixty feet from the river basin to the top of a sixty foot water wheel before it is treated and redistributed in the city's first community water bank.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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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 and Hillary Mushkin.

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Artist and Mother

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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.

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