Mirage at Desert X by Doug Aitken | Still from shoot

The Future of Housing in L.A.

The modern single family home is where the advertising campaign for the Second L.A. was created and transmitted, thanks to a series of famous advertisements by the architectural photographer Julius Shulman. Those photographs suggested the forward-looking, deeply glamorous optimism of postwar Los Angeles, epitomized by the hillside modernist house with a pool — and, of course, a view to die for. But what does that dream look like now? These homes were meant as prototypes for a new generation of middle-class housing — big on architectural character but modest in size and price. Today, they are rented out for parties, film shoots and product launches. What you can see from their living rooms is not the expanse and promise of Second L.A. but a landscape of conflict in the flats of Hollywood, ground zero for debates about growth, density and development.

John Lautner’s Sheats-Goldstein house has been pledged by its owner to the L.A. County Museum of Art, to become a kind of hyper-modern house museum. There’s the palpable sense that L.A.’s architectural experimentation at the level of the individual building — especially the single-family house — has passed into history, is something to be protected by a museum, to be looked at as if under glass.

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Artesanos / Artisans

The highly skilled labor of artisans migrating from Mexico and Latin America are the backbone of high-end design and retail in Los Angeles, producing some of the most exquisite furniture, textiles, and design goods. But they represent a creative force that seems invisible to the city. Artbound uncovers their stories and their role in making Los Angeles and Southern California the creative capital of the world.

  • 2018-02-25T09:00:00-08:00
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  • 2018-03-03T14:00:00-08:00
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Art and Protest

"Artbound" explores art created amidst social upheaval, including the life and work of Noah Purifoy whose practice was radically transformed by the Watts Riots; the emergence of Chicano printmaking in response to the Chicano Moratorium; Andrea Bowers and Noe Gaytan whose work engages with the contemporary struggle for raising the minimum wage and unionization of adjuncts in higher education; and Michael Maltzan's design of Star Apartments which addresses the issue of homelessness in Downtown Los Angeles.

  • 2018-02-28T19:00:00-08:00
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Fallujah: Art, Healing, and PTSD

USMC Sergeant Christian Ellis was a machine gunner in Iraq, whose platoon was ambushed, leaving him with a broken back and only one of a few survivors. Ellis returned home to join millions of Americans who struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder. Ellis inspired the first opera about the Iraq war with a score composed by Tobin Stokes, a libretto by Iraqi-American Heather Raffo, and produced by the Long Beach Opera. This documentary explores how the experience of war is transformed into a work of art.

  • 2018-03-04T09:00:00-08:00
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That Far Corner: Frank Lloyd Wright In Los Angeles

During his time spent in Southern California in the late 1910s and early 1920s, Frank Lloyd Wright accelerated the search for L.A.'s authentic architecture that was suitable to the city's culture and landscape. Writer/Director Chris Hawthorne, architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times, explores the houses the legendary architect built in Los Angeles. The documentary also delves into the critic's provocative theory that these homes were also a means of artistic catharsis for Wright, who was recovering from a violent tragic episode in his life.

  • 2018-03-06T13:00:00-08:00
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  • 2018-03-10T14:00:00-08:00
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  • 2018-03-11T10:00:00-07:00
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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

  • 2018-03-13T14:00:00-07:00
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  • 2018-03-15T13:00:00-07:00
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  • 2018-03-17T15:00:00-07:00
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  • 2018-03-18T10:00:00-07:00
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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.

  • 2018-03-20T14:00:00-07:00
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  • 2018-03-21T20:00:00-07:00
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  • 2018-03-22T13:00:00-07:00
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  • 2018-03-24T15:00:00-07:00
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