In conjunction with National Arts & Humanities Month, the Department of Art will screen season five of Art:21 – Art in the Twenty-First Century, the only prime time national television series that focuses exclusively on contemporary art. The Brown Bag Lunch screening will be followed by discussions led by University of Memphis faculty, graduate students, and guest artists.
The events are scheduled on September 29, October 8, October 15, and October 22, 2009 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Jones Hall room 214; screenings and discussions are free and open to the public.
The four new episode of the Peabody Award-winning series spans five continents and focuses on 14 of today’s most accomplished artists, such as Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman, John Baldessari, Carrie Mae Weems, and William Kentridge. The audience will observe the artists as they create works that reflect important and timely global issues, tackle complextopics, ask tough questions, and create works that delight, amaze, and sometimes unsettle audiences worldwide.
In addition to its PBS series and year-round series-based education and public programs efforts, Art21 has expanded its film production and educational efforts in recent years. Several new initiatives have been launched in the past year, including the premiere of the new short-format documentary series Art21–Exclusive on multiple online platforms and expansion of the Art21 Blog. New programs are in the works, including a feature film as well as Art21 Educators, an ongoing professional development program for teachers.