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Los Angeles, Calif. – August 31, 2022 – KCET, Southern California's flagship PBS station and home for award-winning public media programming, announced today the return of the KCET Original Emmy® award-winning arts and culture series ARTBOUND. The thirteenth season of the documentary series kicks off with an examination of Love & Rockets, celebrating their 40th anniversary this year, and one of the first comic book series in the alternative movement of the 1980s. Additional episodes of ARTBOUND from the new season include a look at the Pasadena-based Marcel Duchamp retrospective of 1963, the impact of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), the influence of Asian American pop culture magazine Giant Robot, the life of renowned artist Rubén Ortiz Torres and an exploration of contemporary artists in “Arte Cósmico.” The new season of ARTBOUND will premiere with two back-to-back episodes starting with the documentary “Love & Rockets: The Great American Comic Book” on Wed., Oct. 5 at 9 p.m. PT on KCET followed by “Duchamp Comes to Pasadena” on Wed., Oct. 5 at 10:01 p.m. PT 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 that achieved worldwide recognition. Featuring interviews with Margaret Cho, Takashi Murakami and Daniel Wu among others. Directed by Dylan Robertson and Dennis Nishi. Produced by Radiant Features.