Watch Season 8 of "Art in the Twenty-First Century" @ Art 21

September 29, 2016
IMAGE: Theaster Gates as featured in the Chicago hour of Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 8. © ART21, Inc. 2016.
September has been a busy month for ART21! Season 8 of Art in the Twenty-First Century premiered on PBS September 16th with the Chicago and Mexico City episodes, and the season finale aired last Friday with the Los Angeles and Vancouver hours. Seattle's The Stranger called the new season "the antidote" to trash TV: "It's just beautiful, smart footage of art," capturing the complexities of the artists "without getting in the way."
Meanwhile, the ART21 Magazine began its own investigation of place, welcoming Mexico City-based curator Chris Sharp as guest editor. We're also taking Season 8 on the road, with a sold-out screening in Vancouver and upcoming events with artist Chris Ware in Chicago. As Vancouver artist Brian Jungen said, "There's all different sorts of art worlds," and we've only just tapped the surface.
Tina Kukielski
Executive Director, ART21
September 29, 2016
In this issue of ART21 News:
Watch Season 8 of Art in the Twenty-First Century
Watch all four episodes of Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 8 online and through the PBS apps. And go behind-the-scenes with the ART21 Magazine's "Deep Focus" column. 
Chicago is a city rooted in industry and towering architecture, and artists in Chicago are disrupting urban experience through experimentation. Featuring artists Nick CaveChris WareBarbara Kasten, and Theaster Gates.
Premiered on September 16, 2016. 

Mexico City artists use the growing megalopolis as their canvas, presenting everyday materials as artworks and taking their art to the streets. Featuring artists Damián OrtegaPedro ReyesMinerva Cuevas, and Natalia Almada.
Premiered on September 16, 2016. 

Artists working in the shadow of the entertainment industry are more "under the radar," affording them the space and time to imagine. Featuring artists Diana ThaterLiz LarnerTala Madani, and Edgar Arceneaux.
Premiered on September 23, 2016. 

In small and tightly-knit Vancouver, artists reframe the world through a series of illusions, revealing how everyday images and historical events are not always what they seem. Featuring artists Liz MagorStan DouglasBrian Jungen, and Jeff Wall.
Premiered on September 23, 2016. 
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"One major function of art is to allow us to see things we think we know in a different way." 
Stan Douglas in the Art in the Twenty-First Century Season Eight episode, Vancouver
Highlights from the ART21 Magazine
Teresita Fernández. Fata Morgana, 2015. Installation view. Madision Square Park, New York 2015-2016. © Teresita Fernández. Photo: Elisabeth Bernstein. Courtesy of the artist, Lehmann Maupin and Anthony Meier Fine Arts.
From the September / October "Place Part I" issue: 
Writer and curator Chris Sharp introduces the new issue on place, explored with a focus on art and artists in Mexico City and Los Angeles. 
Letter from the Editor | September 8, 2016
LA-based writer Carol Cheh examines Exquisite Corpse, a 51-minute film by artist Kerry Tribe that explores the 51 miles of the Los Angeles River. 
"On the Concrete Banks of the L.A. River" | September 14, 2016
In an extended interview with Teresita Fernández, the artist discusses her work's relationship to notions of landscape and place.
 Lindsey Davis, "Unearthing Place" | September 21, 2016

Season 8 Guides and the ART21 Screening Society
Two Season 8 guides are available for free online. The 62-page Educators' Guide offers discussion questions and classroom activities for each artist segment. It also includes full-page images of artwork and a glossary of relevant terms. The Screening Guide includes episode synopses and event ideas to help facilitate community events.
If you're interested in hosting or attending a Season 8 screening, the ART21 Screening Societyprovides all the materials needed for organizations and individuals around the world to host screenings of Season 8 episodes. Find a screening near you, or host your own
Become a Member
ART21 has launched a new membership program to provide customized ways for you to engage with ART21. Invitations to season premieres and special access events, passes to major art fairs, and recognition on are just some of the offerings in this new program. Join today!

"I'm interested in you feeling the feel [your] full self in the presence of other kinds of selves."
Diana Thater in the Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 8 episode Los Angeles

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