KCET’s Artbound Returns With a Look at Notable California Artists

First up, Light & Space.

KCET Original Emmy® award-winning arts and culture series Artbound will return for an 11th season, kicking off with an examination of the art world’s light and space movement and features notable artists Robert Irwin, Larry Bell and Helen Pashgian. Upcoming episodes from the new season include The Watts Towers Arts Center as the creative hub of a community, a citywide public art triennial around the topic of food and a new west coast sound that has been created in the tradition of jazz. Artbound examines the lives, works and creative processes of arts and culture innovators making an impact in Southern California and beyond. The new season will premiere on Wed., Sept. 30 at 9 p.m. PT on KCET and will subsequently air Fri., Oct. 2 on PBS SoCal at 8 p.m. PT and Tues., Oct. 6 on Link TV (DirecTV channel 375 / Dish Network channel 9410) at 10 p.m. ET/PT

The new season of Artbound will be included in a robust Wednesday night of programming for KCET designed to highlight the resilience of the arts community. Under the theme “Create Wednesday,” the schedule will also feature popular Arts and Culture programs that have previously aired on KCET and PBS that include In Concert at the Hollywood Bowl and student film showcase Fine Cut, as well as America’s preeminent performing arts television series from PBS, Great Performances. The lineup also includes the new local weekly series Southland Sessions, which celebrates the creativity and spirit of Los Angeles’ arts and culture communities by featuring a diverse spectrum of content from a variety of prominent voices from Southern California for up-close, virtual “sessions.”

Following the broadcast, each episode will stream at will stream at kcet.org/artbound and on the free KCET app (available on Roku and Apple TV), the PBS Video app (available on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV, the App Store and Google Play), as well as on YouTube.

Here’s what to expect:

Light & Space

“Light & Space”

Wed., Sept. 30 at 9 p.m.

A look into the art works of Robert Irwin, Larry Bell and Helen Pashgian and their exploration of perception, material, and experience in the Light and Space movement.

The New West Coast Sound: An L.A. Jazz Legacy

“The New West Coast Sound: An L.A. Jazz Legacy”

Wed., Oct. 7 at 9 p.m. 

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.



Wed., Oct. 14 at 9 p.m. 

In October of 2019, through the Department of Cultural Affairs and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles hosted a citywide public art triennial around the topic of food. 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.

The Watts Towers Art Center

“The Watts Towers Arts Center”

Wed., Oct. 21 at 9 p.m. 

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.


For more, visit www.kcet.org/artbound

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