Jeffrey Deitch at his desk | Still from "Artbound" Jeffrey Deitch's Los Angeles

Getting Lost in the Arid Expanse with Diane Best

Diane Best's monumental and detailed landscapes convey a command of her medium without being overly fussy. They suggest an observant artist who is truly aware and in love with her surroundings. The works reference earlier American landscape painting traditions, including the Hudson River School with their similarly epic stylistic grandeur and execution. Her painting oeuvre also includes a more playful landscape illustration style that echo back to her training as an animation background painter in Hollywood. This body of work -- which has appeared on t-shirts promoting the local Joshua Tree Music Festival, t-shirt for the Desert Institute, Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce logo, advertising materials for the Mojave Desert Land Trust and more recently a large-scale scarlet red wall mural at Joshua Tree's gourmet pizza establishment, Pie for the People -- is presented in a quirky gestural rendering style celebrating the strange and wonderful emblematic Joshua Trees and surrounding rock formations.

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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.

  • 2019-11-17T09:00:00-08:00
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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.

  • 2019-11-20T19:00:00-08:00
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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.

  • 2019-11-27T19:00:00-08:00
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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.

  • 2019-12-04T17:00:00-08:00
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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.

  • 2019-12-11T17:00:00-08:00
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