BORDERS

BORDERS explores the relationships and influences that Mexican and American craft artists have on each other. Artists, organizations and events featured include the Day of the Dead celebration, master altar builder Ofelia Esparza and Self Help Graphics & Art in Los Angeles; weaver J. Isaac Vásquez Garcia and family of Teotitlán del Valle, Mexico; American weaver Jim Bassler and potter Veralee Bassler; the colorful Guelaguetza parade in Los Angeles; and Chicago artist Kiff Slemmons who works with maestro Francisco Toledo at the Art Paper Workshop in Mexico. This episode confirms that art is without borders. It is a pathway for creativity and the connections that make us all human. PBS premiere September 29, 2017.

 
FEATURED IN THIS EPISODE:

Ofelia Esparza Vasquez Jim Bassler

Veralee Bassler Taller Arte Papel Francisco Toledo

Alejandro de Avila Blomberg Jim Bassler Self Help Graphics & Art Museo Textil

Taller Arte Papel

 

EDUCATION GUIDE: Día de los Muertos: Tradition and Translation

Ofelia Esparza
In this lesson, students will view Día de los Muertos observances in East Los Angeles and in Teotitlán del Valle, Mexico, and examine the artistic traditions and the translations within and between the celebrations. Students will look within their own communities and consider the varied ways that loved ones are memorialized. In studio work, students will choose a subject and create a memorial assemblage with that subject as the theme.

 

BORDERS explora las relaciones e influencias que los artesanos mexicanos y estadounidenses tienen entre sí. Artistas, organizaciones y eventos presentados incluyen la celebración del Día de los Muertos, la maestra constructora de altar Ofelia Esparza y ​​Self Help Graphics & Art en Los Ángeles; tejedor J. Isaac Vásquez García y familia de Teotitlán del Valle, México; tejedor estadounidense Jim Bassler y alfarera Veralee Bassler; el colorido desfile de Guelaguetza en Los Ángeles; y artista de Chicago Kiff Slemmons que trabaja con el maestro Francisco Toledo en el Taller de Arte de Papel en México. Este episodio confirma que el arte no tiene fronteras. Es un camino para la creatividad y las conexiones que nos hacen a todos humanos. Estrenó por PBS el 29 de Septiembre de 2017.

 

Executive Producer & Director CAROL SAUVION ∙ Executive Producer PATRICIA BISCHETTI ∙ Producer & Director ROSEY GUTHRIE ∙ Editor GILLIAN MCCARTHY ∙ Director of Photography SIDNEY LUBITSCH ∙ Music by LAURA KARPMAN ∙ Associate Producer DENISE KANG ∙ Senior Advisor JACOBA ATLAS ∙ Production Coordinator BEVERLY FELDMAN ∙ Production Controller JUDY J. HING ∙ Sound Recordists ANDRE RIVERA, ALAN BARKER, DEREK HANSON ∙ Assistant Camera ROBERT W. FAISON, DAVID JUNE, MICHAEL ASHE ∙ Gaffer MARK MARKLEY, PETER HORWITZ, TOM KLEDZINSKI, CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS ∙ Art Director ELIZABETH CLAFFEY ∙ Main Title Crew CAMERA CONTROL INC., KENNETH MARC, ALFREDO ROSADO, SIMON WAKLEY ∙ Assistant Editors ALEX DISHAL, TYLER WRIGHT ∙ Music Mixer NORA KROLL-ROSENBAUM ∙ Station Relations DE SHIELDS ASSOCIATES, INC. ∙ Colorist DEAN CHU ∙ Post Production Video LIGHT IRON ∙ Post Production Sound WILD WOODS ∙ Re-Recording Mixer JONATHAN IGLECIAS ∙ Archival Materials Courtesy of AGENCIA EL UNIVERSAL/ISMAEL GARCÍA/RCC (GDA VIA AP IMAGES), AMERICAN CRAFT COUNCIL LIBRARY & ARCHIVES, ARCHIVO DIGITAL MNA – FONDO FOTOGRÁFICO AHMNA, JIM AND VERALEE BASSLER, JUDITH BRONOWSKI, PHOTOGRAPHER TIMOTHY STREET-PORTER, © 2017 EAMES OFFICE, LLC, TRINE ELLITSGAARD, OFELIA ESPARZA, HORST P. HORST / CONDE NAST COLLECTION / GETTY IMAGES, GLOBAL IMAGEWORKS, LLC, MILLER HOUSE AND GARDEN, COLUMBUS, INDIANA. IMAGE COURTESY OF THE INDIANAPOLIS MUSEUM OF ART, GRACIELA ITURBIDE, RICHARD BOUDREAUX, COPYRIGHT 2002, LOS ANGELES TIMES. REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION., REED JOHNSON, COPYRIGHT 2003, LOS ANGELES TIMES. REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION., NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MEXICAN ART, CHICAGO, IL, SAM AND ALFREDA MALOOF FOUNDATION, SECRETARIA DE CULTURA.-INAH.-MEX; REPRODUCTION AUTHORIZED BY THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ANTHROPOLOGY AND HISTORY, SELF HELP GRAPHICS & ART, ROD SLEMMONS, MICHAEL TROPEA, DEPARTMENT OF SPECIAL COLLECTIONS, DAVIDSON LIBRARY, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA BARBARA, J. ISAAC VASQUEZ GARCIA ∙ Special Thanks RAQUEL AGUIÑAGA-MARTINEZ, ROSANNA ESPARZA AHRENS, BERENICE CASTELLANOS, DENISE ESPARZA, JEFFREY MEYER TURNTABLES, JOSÉ A. JARQUÍN, KATTEN MUCHIN ROSENMAN LLP, SANDRA AND WENCE MARTINEZ, CHRISTINE AND BRUCE METRO, JANE MILOSCH, SIMONE OLIVA, ORNAMENT MAGAZINE, ISAI PAZOS, STEVEN POSTER, NOAH REITMAN, RACHAEL REITMAN, REBECCA SIVE, KIFF SLEMMONS, ST. THOMAS THE APOSTLE SCHOOL ∙ IN MEMORY OF LLOYD COTSEN ∙ This program was produced by Craft in America, Inc. which is solely responsible for its content. © 2016 CRAFT IN AMERICA All Rights Reserved