Laura Aguilar, Nature Self-Portrait #2 , 1996 | Courtesy of the artist and the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center. © Laura Aguilar No Tresspassing AB s9

How Boyle Heights is Fighting the Forces of Change

In the decades after World War II, the Boyle Heights section of East Los Angeles, just across the river from the skyscrapers of downtown and once a center of Jewish culture in L.A., was forcibly cut off from the rest of the city by a tangle of freeways. In certain ways, that isolation proved to be a source of strength for Boyle Heights, which developed a fiercely independent identity by the 1970s as an enclave for Spanish-speaking immigrants and as a center of Mexican-American culture, in particular. In recent years, the neighborhood has been a settled district, home to more second and third generation immigrant families than to newcomers — mirroring trends across a city that has moved squarely into a post-immigration and even post-growth phase of its development.

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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.

  • 2018-05-26T15:00:00-07:00
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  • 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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  • 2018-05-30T20:00:00-07:00
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  • 2018-05-31T13:00:00-07:00
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  • 2018-06-02T15:00:00-07:00
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  • 2018-06-03T10:00:00-07:00
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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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  • 2018-06-07T13:00:00-07:00
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  • 2018-06-09T15:00:00-07:00
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  • 2018-06-10T10:00:00-07:00
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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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  • 2018-06-13T20:00:00-07:00
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  • 2018-06-14T13:00:00-07:00
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  • 2018-06-16T15:00:00-07:00
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  • 2018-06-17T10:00:00-07:00
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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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  • 2018-06-21T13:00:00-07:00
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  • 2018-06-23T15:00:00-07:00
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  • 2018-06-24T10:00:00-07:00
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