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Thank You for Coming: Building Community with Art and Food

 
Thank You for Coming is a new restaurant that is also an artist residency space, a scattered mix of young adults have come in for dinner. The people behind the counter look a bit stressed, working hard to cook and serve tonight's meal following a long day of shopping and preparation. On tonight's menu are ginger fried rice with a fried egg on top, kale and tomato soup with white beans, choice of ginger verbena or rose petal tea, and for dessert, either a white "fecundity" cake or a spicy chocolate coconut pudding.
 
TYFC seems to represent the latest incarnation of the longstanding affair between art and food, seen throughout the spectrum of art history in frescoes, still-life paintings, performance art, and social practice works depicting or utilizing food. But in reality, it is grounded in a more grassroots nexus that casually but passionately encompasses the worlds of sustainable farming, cooperative living, community-based activism, and yes, fine art and design. It's a fertile mix of influences that feels like it might be on the verge of birthing something new.
 
The place is operated by a large extended network of artists, gardeners, teachers, scientists, designers, and others, who all anonymously contribute their time and their various skills.

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The Watts Towers Arts Center

The Watts Towers Arts Center was founded by artists and educators in the 1960s and has been a beacon of art and culture in the community for decades. This episode features the work of artists including Noah Purifoy, John Outterbridge, Betye Saar, Charles White and Mark Steven Greenfield.

  • 2020-10-25T10:00:00-07:00
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Light & Space

In a world filled with noise, distractions and chaos, a number of artists seek to push the boundaries of perception and experience. The Light and Space movement of the 1960s explored minimalism with a uniquely Californian spin — with a keen attention to the interaction of light and space. Crucially, the materials these artists relied on to create these perceptual experiences emerged from the postwar aerospace industry and its advances.

  • 2020-10-28T14:01:56-07:00
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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.

  • 2020-11-04T13:00:00-08:00
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The New West Coast Sound: An L.A. Jazz Legacy

Growing up amongst jazz legends within the deep musical traditions of Leimert Park, drummer Mekala Session and his peers grapple with how to preserve this rich legacy—striving to carry forward the tenets that took root in the work of Horace Tapscott and his Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra. This is the story of Los Angeles’ emerging generation of community-focused black musicians.This episode of Artbound was produced in partnership with dublab and Storyform.

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CURRENT:LA FOOD

In October of 2019 the city of Los Angeles through the Department of Cultural Affairs and the Institute of Contemporary Art organized a city-wide exhibition of public art and events based around the theme of food. Each artist interpreted a different aspect or issue surrounding food or food systems in the city from climate change, to food access, civic engagement to waste and recycling. Activating public parks throughout the city, artists created works to spark conversation about what it means to live in Los Angeles and how to work together for a sustainable and hopeful future.

  • 2020-11-18T13:00:00-08:00
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