Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Episodes 1 & 2 of PBS Series Art: 21 on Wednesday Night

Carrie Mae Weems. Mourning, 2008. Archival pigment print, 61 x 51 inches. © Carrie Mae Weems, courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

The first two episodes of the PBS series, "Art: 21" will be screened this Wednesday night, November 4th at Gallery 211 (211 S. 1st St.). The screening will begin at 7 pm and each episode is about an hour long. This program is co-hosted by the UW Art Department and UW Art Museum and is free and open to the public.

"Art: 21" explores art in the twenty-first century and focuses on specific artists and themes in each episode. The different artists' inspirations, creative processes and ideas are discussed in each episode, contributing to a diverse discussion of art in the twenty-first century.

Episodes 1 and 2 are based around the themes of Compassion and Fantasy. Compassion features artists whose works explore the possibility of understanding and reconciling past and present, while exposing injustice and expressing tolerance for others. Artist Carrie Mae Weems, her work pictured above, is one of the artists featured in episode 1.

Fantasy presents four artists whose works or personal stories transport viewers to imaginary worlds and altered states of consciousness. With works that seem at times hallucinatory, irreverent, and sublime, each of these artists pursues a vision first held in the mind’s eye.
Episode 3 will be screened on Wednesday, November 11 and episode 4 will be shown on Wednesday, November 18. Screenings are at Gallery 211 and begin at 7 pm.
For more information, call the art department at 307.766.3269 or the art museum at 307.766.6622.

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