Season 13 “Artbound” centers on a variety of art movements, art forms, and innovators that have shaped the Southern California art landscape – from a decades-long comic book series inspired by the scene California punk to an indie Asian pop culture magazine born out of Sawtelle. Check out this season’s full lineup and learn more about each episode below.
Love & Rockets: The Great American Comic
Wednesday, October 5 at 9 p.m. on KCET
Love and Rockets stunned the alternative comics scene and garnered a global fan base by pushing the boundaries of storytelling through graphic art. Originally published by the Hernandez brothers, Love and Rockets has been praised for its diversity and nuance. Its storylines have continued over the past 40 years, its characters aging and its situations developing in real time. Made and produced by Dignicraft.
Duchamp arrives in Pasadena
Wednesday, October 5 at 10:01 p.m. on KCET
In 1963, Marcel Duchamp, considered by many to be the father of conceptual art, was photographed in a museum playing chess against a naked model. This documentary tells the story behind this iconic image and reveals how Duchamp agreed to hold his very first career retrospective in Los Angeles at a time when the city was considered an artistic wasteland. Opening night would become a defining moment for generations of artists who would go on to revolutionize the world of contemporary art. Directed by David Grabias. Produced by Artifact Studios, Inc.
Wednesday, October 12 at 9 p.m. on KCET
This documentary follows renowned artists Rafa Esparza, Beatriz Cortez, Patrick Martinez, Guadalupe Rosales, Gabriella Sanchez and Gabriela Ruiz working in Los Angeles exhibiting both locally and globally. These artists have taken center stage at international art fairs and museums, catalyzing conversations about their place in American art history. Directed by Antonio Diaz. Made with Hector Pacheco at Life & Thyme.
A new deal for Los Angeles
Wednesday, October 19 at 9 p.m. on KCET
When Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Works Progress Administration (WPA) to provide opportunities for millions of unemployed Americans recovering from the Great Depression, no one imagined how far-reaching its impact would be. From critical infrastructure to works of visual art, more than 140 projects have been completed by the WPA in Los Angeles. However, the WPA also gave Americans a lesser-known legacy of musical, dramatic, and literary works. This film explores the importance of art in infrastructure in the era of the WPA and looks at state-funded arts programs across the city to ask the question: what would a new WPA look like today? ? Directed by Anna Rau and Corbett Jones. Produced by The Range.
Giant Robot: Asian Pop Culture and Beyond
Wednesday, October 26 at 9 p.m. on KCET
Founded in 1994, Giant Robot was a bimonthly magazine covering Asian popular culture and soon featured Asian American artists such as David Choe and James Jean. This episode shows how Giant Robot created an appetite for Asian and Asian American pop culture, exploring Sawtelle Avenue as a Japanese-American enclave and ultimately creating a lasting legacy of Asian American artists who gained worldwide recognition. . With interviews with Margaret Cho, Takashi Murakami and Daniel Wu among others. Directed by Dylan Robertson and Dennis Nishi. Produced by Radiant Features.
A story by Ruben Ortiz Torres
Wednesday, November 2 at 9 p.m. on KCET
Since the early 1980s, artist Rubén Ortiz Torres has worked as a photographer, painter, sculptor, writer, filmmaker and videographer. Often associated with the development of a specifically Mexican form of postmodernism, the life of Ortiz Torres is a collage that explores the social and aesthetic transformations linked to intercultural exchanges and globalization. This episode examines how its past and present inform an uncertain socio-economic future. Directed by Michael Vargas and Moni Vargas. Produced by Friends We Love, Inc.