Afrofuturism

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. Through a close reading of works by five Southern California artists engaged with problems of representation, the episode will walk through their artistic and creative processes as well as discuss inspirations.

The episode features in-depth interviews with artists that include novelist Tisa Bryant, musician/producer Delroy Edwards, restaurateur Nes Abegaze, film programmer Erin Christovale and visual artist Nicole Miller.

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Electric Earth: The Art of Doug Aitken

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 his newest piece, “Underwater Pavilions,” he creates a conversation with the viewer to become fully present and immersed in the sea.

  • 2018-05-27T10:00:00-07:00
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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.

  • 2018-05-29T14:00:00-07:00
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La Raza

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.

  • 2018-06-05T14:00:00-07:00
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  • 2018-06-06T20:00:00-07:00
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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.

  • 2018-06-12T14:00:00-07:00
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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.

  • 2018-06-19T14:00:00-07:00
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Desert X

The vast, strange, sometimes contradictory world of the urban desert and its people are explored in 11 public art exhibits and their respective locations scattered throughout Coachella Valley. Art includes Will Boone’s “Monument,” an underground bunker off Ramon Road in Rancho Mirage and Phillip K. Smith III’s “Circle of Land and Sky” in Palm Desert. Desert X is a site-specific biennial exhibition that first took place in the spring of 2017 where artists from different parts of the world were invited to create work in response to the unique conditions of the Coachella Valley

  • 2018-06-26T14:00:00-07:00
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