Art in the Twenty-First Century: Season Six Sneak Preview

Mar 30, 2012, 12:00 am

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Screenings on March 16, March 23, March 30, April 6; 7pm


209 East 23 Street, Room 502


Free and open to the public


In partnership with Art21, the MFA Fine Arts Department at SVA presents a sneak preview of the sixth season of Art in the Twenty-First Century, the only primetime national television series focused exclusively on contemporary art. Through in-depth profiles and interviews, the four-part series reveals the inspiration, vision and techniques behind the creative works of some of today’s most thought-provoking artists. The series is being screened at SVA over four consecutive Fridays in advance of the April 13 premiere on PBS.


March 16, 7pm: Episode 1: Change features artists who bear witness, through their work, to transformation – cultural, material and aesthetic – and actively engage communities as collaborators and subjects. Ai Weiwei, El Anatsui and Catherine Opie are featured.


March 23, 7pm: Episode 2: Boundaries presents artists who synthesize disparate aesthetic traditions, present taboo subject matter, discover innovative uses of media and explore the shape-shifting potential of the human figure. David Altmejd, assume vivid astro focus, former SVA faculty member Lynda Benglis (BFA Fine Arts Department) and Tabaimo are featured.


March 30, 7pm: In Episode 3: History, artists play with historical events, explore and expose commonly held assumptions about historic ‘truth,’ and create narratives based on personal experiences. Marina Abramovic, Glenn Ligon and Mary Reid Kelley are featured.


April 6, 7pm: In Episode 4: Balance, artists grapple with equilibrium and disequilibrium as they create highly structured works that challenge conventional notions of perception and representation. Rackstraw Downes, former SVA faculty member Robert Mangold and SVA alumnus Sarah Sze (MFA 2007 Fine Arts) are featured.


Free and open to the public