Art 21 News: Diana Thater Creates a Sympathetic Link (Oct 31)

October 26, 2016
IMAGE: Diana Thater. Installation view of The Sympathetic Imagination at LACMA in Los Angeles, 2015. Production still from the ART21 Exclusive episode Diana Thater: Delphine. © ART21, Inc. 2016. 
It seems like Season 8 premiered yesterday--hard to believe it's been more than a month since our documentaries on artists in four great North American cities were broadcast around the country. Since the premiere, we've taken the season on the road, hosting events with featured artists in Chicago and Vancouver, and inviting you to host your own screenings through the ART21 Screening Society
Artist and cartoonist Chris Ware joined us for not one but two events in Chicago--one at Theaster Gates's Rebuild Foundation and the other a panel discussion at the Art Institute--where he thanked ART21 for choosing Chicago, "and for doing such a dignified, approachable and warmly human job of it." If you still haven't seen the episodes, watch them online or find a screening near you.
Tina Kukielski
Executive Director, ART21
October 26, 2016
In this issue of ART21 News:
New Videos Featuring Nick Cave and Diana Thater
From the series, ART21 Exclusive
Artist Nick Cave discusses the experiences that force him to confront his identity as a black man--including being racially profiled by police--and how they fuel his impulse to create. Cave explains that in these moments he gets quiet and avoids lashing out in rage. 
"And if I do, lashing out for me is creating this," he says in reference to his intricately constructed Soundsuits. "The Soundsuits hide gender, race, class and they force you to look at the work without judgment."
Premiered on October 7, 2016
From the series, ART21 Exclusive
Artist Diana Thater discusses her interest in improving the lives of both humans and animals through art and activism. Speaking from the site of the former Los Angeles Zoo, Thater describes her activism as being focused on "anti-captivity." 
In Thater's multi-channel video installation Delphine (1999) "you can see a dolphin spinning underwater and you can almost feel it." Thater hopes Delphine generates a sympathetic response from the viewer and creates a new way to communicate between species. "My life as an artist is a different one," says Thater. "The politics are much more subtle."
Premiered on October 21, 2016
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"It's just beautiful, smart footage of art and artists, no two of whom are alike even in their conceptions of what art is." 
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Season 8 Resources and Reviews
All four episodes of Art in the Twenty-First Century Season Eight are available to stream online
Want more? Go behind-the-scenes on the ART21 Magazine, bring the season into the classroom with our 62-page Educators' Guide, or host your own free screening through the ART21 Screening Society. The final deadline to register to host a screening is November 15
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Highlights from the ART21 Magazine
Jesse Chun. Landscape #10, 2014. Archival Pigment Print, 35 x 65 in. Courtesy of the artist and Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York. © Jesse Chun.
From the September / October "Place Part I" issue: 
A new group exhibition brings art to the inside of the abandoned Los Angeles Metropolitan Medical Center in an "absorbing example of collective, experiential art."
Hannah Harris Green and Morgan Green, "Human Condition: Limbo in an Abandoned Hospital" | October 3, 2016
Jacquelyn Gleisner explores Jesse Chun's On Paper series, which transforms immigration paperwork and passports into poetry and landscapes, searching for a place of belonging that extends beyond geography. 
"Places within Us," New Kids on the Block column | October 12, 2016
Writer Claudia Arozqueta offers an important, insightful critique of the "Mexican moment," outlining the cultural landscape of Mexico City and carefully framing it within crucial societal contexts. 
 "Mexico City's Artsphere" | October 19, 2016

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From Season 2 of ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century
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