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NEIGHBORS

NEIGHBORS takes viewers to and from the U.S. and Mexico once again, exploring how aesthetics cross over from one country to another in a living and on-going cultural exchange.

GERARDO MONTERRUBIO. PHOTO: DENISE KANG
GERARDO MONTERRUBIO. PHOTO: DENISE KANG

Ceramic artist Gerardo Monterrubio, whose work is inspired by his Mexican childhood and contemporary expressions of graffiti, prison drawings, and murals.

CARLOMAGNO PEDRO MARTINEZ. PHOTO: DENISE KANG
CARLOMAGNO PEDRO MARTINEZ. PHOTO: DENISE KANG

San Bartolo Coyotepec world-renowned ceramic artist Carlomagno Pedro Martínez creates figures of Zapotec characters and stories.

MAGDALENA PEDRO MARTINEZ. PHOTO: Mark Markley
MAGDALENA PEDRO MARTINEZ. PHOTO: Mark Markley

Carlomagno's sister, Magdalena Pedro Martínez creates black clay female figures dressed in traditional indigenous attire to preserve her indigenuous culture.

JAIME GUERRERO AT The Corning Museum of Glass. PHOTO: Denise Kang
JAIME GUERRERO AT The Corning Museum of Glass. PHOTO: Denise Kang

Los Angeles glass artist Jaime Guerrero, who creates life-size glass sculptures that represent children at the border. We film him at his studio in L.A. and at the state-of-the-art facilities at The Corning Museum of Glass in New York.

EDUARDO HERRERA, WINGS FOR A TURTLE NECKLACE. PHOTO: DENISE KANG
EDUARDO HERRERA, WINGS FOR A TURTLE NECKLACE, 2013. PHOTO: DENISE KANG

Miguel Angel Ortiz Miranda, Carmen Tapia, Cristina Romo, and Eduardo Herrera, - a new generation of jewelry designers in the city of Taxco, who are carrying on the art of silversmithing in modern ways. In the 1930s, Taxco became a center for jewelry production in Mexico through the entrepreneurship of American architect and designer William Spratling. We learn how one American could influence design and change the lives of thousands of people on both sides of the border.

JUDY BACA. PHOTO: Denise Kang
JUDY BACA IN HER STUDIO. PHOTO: Denise Kang

Artist and muralist Judy Baca created the “Great Wall of Los Angeles” to tell untold stories and to carry on the traditions begun by Mexican maestro muralists Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros and José Clemente Orozco.


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Artist and muralist Judy Baca on her Robert F. Kennedy Community School murals

John M. Valadez and Barbara Carrasco on David Alfaro Siqueiros' mural "América Tropical."

Ceramic artist Gerardo Monterrubio on his piece, "Serrano Street."

Ceramic artist Gerardo Monterrubio on his piece "Juquila."

Ceramic artist Gerardo Monterrubio on his work inspired by his grandparents.

Glass artist Jaime Guerrero on his Mesoamerican series.

Artist and muralist Judy Baca on "La Memoria de Nuestra Tierra: California 1996."

Ceramic artist Carlomagno Pedro Martínez sculpts and assembles a skeleton figure

Ceramic artist Gerardo Monterrubio on his piece "Puño de Tierra."

Carlos Rogel, Project Manager at SPARC, on Judy Baca's "Migration of the Golden People."