We at Art21 invite you to participate in Access ’12 by hosting a free screening of Art in the Twenty-First Century during the months of April and May, 2012 (later dates are also possible).
Access ’12 is a global campaign providing access to contemporary art and artists through hundreds of free public screenings and events celebrating the premiere of Season Six of Art in the Twenty-First Century. Access ‘12 events are hosted at museums, libraries, universities, community-based organizations, art spaces, and even coffee shops worldwide. Previous Access partners have even hosted an event at a a research center in Antarctica! Whether you plan a conversation with local artists, a panel discussion, a community-based art project, or just a screening party, join Art21’s Access ’12 to broaden and inspire a diverse exchange of ideas and perspectives.
Season Six profiles fourteen artists from five continents in four, one-hour thematic episodes: Change; Balance; History; and Boundaries. The artists include Marina Abramović, Ai Weiwei, David Altmejd, assume vivid astro focus, Lynda Benglis, Rackstraw Downes, El Anatsui, Mary Reid Kelley, Glenn Ligon, Robert Mangold, Catherine Opie, Sarah Sze, and Tabaimo. You can view a trailer for Season Six here.
Hosting an event is easy. Access partners receive a free screening tool kit, which includes a DVD screener, a screening guide, a customizable press release to publicize the event, announcement postcards, and more. Every venue is welcome!
Season Five’s Access ’09 was a great success, with 447 screening events taking place in all 50 states and 25 countries. As one of our partners commented, “This event couldn’t have gone better if we’d tried. We were all a bit nervous about what to expect, since it was a first-time event and much of our community was not familiar with Art21. However, the turnout beat our wildest expectations… the place was packed!”