Tag Archives: Contemporary Art

Mel Chin’s Fundred Project Takes the Next Step

Mel Chin’s Fundred Project Takes the Next Step

Mel Chin discusses the evolution of the Fundred Project, an art initiative that has expanded nationwide to end lead poisoning. Along with the director of the program, Amanda Wiles, Chin explains what the project has accomplished, next steps, and provides some sage advice to artists inspired to engage with social and environmental issues.

The Intrinsic Openness of the Hive Mind

The Intrinsic Openness of the Hive Mind

Writer, artist and activist Avram Finkelstein describes the commodification of the Science=Death movement and the strength of collectivity.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Creating a Platform for New Voices

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Creating a Platform for New Voices

Art21 Educator and Educator in Residence, Marie Elcin, describes the impact of the social practice approach of artist Mel Chin.

Francis Alÿs: A Moment of Collective Complicity

Francis Alÿs: A Moment of Collective Complicity

Francis Alÿs discusses the unexpected circumstances during the production of his collaborative film Don’t Cross the Bridge Before You Get to the River (2008).

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Cultivating Collections

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Cultivating Collections

Choice-based Art21 Educator, Maureen Hergott explains how she uses collections in the classroom to inspire creativity in her students.

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New Video: Zanele Muholi Unplugs from the Studio

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New Video: Zanele Muholi Unplugs from the Studio

Zanele Muholi explains the impetus behind creating what they call “mobile studios” to photograph members of the LGBTI community in South Africa. Freed from the limitations of a single studio space, Muholi travels to the homes and community spaces shared by the people depicted in their photographs.

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Introducing the 2019-2020 Cohort of Art21 Educators

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Introducing the 2019-2020 Cohort of Art21 Educators

Art21 is proud to announce the twelve educators that will join the incoming ninth cohort of Art21 Educators.

Pictorial SpaceX

Pictorial SpaceX

Visual artist Caitlin Cherry connects her work to Donna Haraway’s 1985 essay, Cyborg Manifesto.

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Harnessing the Penchant for Play

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Harnessing the Penchant for Play

Art21 Educator, Maureen Hergott, provides a lesson that inspired young students to engage their imagination and construct artworks inspired by the human form.

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Fueled by the Classroom: Being an Artist and Educator

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Fueled by the Classroom: Being an Artist and Educator

Art21’s senior education advisor, Joe Fusaro, shares insight on synchronizes his art practice with being an arts educator.

A Tangible History of the American South

A Tangible History of the American South

Landscape has always been a foundational lens through which I interpret the world around me. As a product of the American South, I understood how landscape underscored my everyday experience and learned how natural materials hold a tangible history of lineage, labor, and land. My work reflects the role of landscape in the creation of Americana and how the natural environment is the central protagonist, not a backdrop, of everyday life.

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To Evoke Emotion

Teaching with Contemporary Art

To Evoke Emotion

Art21 Educator Dennis Greenwell shares an exercise that encouraged students to explore and embrace emotional reactions to artwork.

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Landscape and Inquiry

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Landscape and Inquiry

Art21 Educator Dennis Greenwell screened the “Extended Play” film “Julie Mehretu: Politicized Landscapes” and shares the inspiring classroom discussion and activity that ensued as a result.

Family Business

Family Business

Caribbean culture is such a large part of New York City but is still under-represented––Lucia Hierro recites her path to becoming an artist. From investigating the cultural histories not readily available in the ivy league arts education, to vindicating a career in the arts to her family, Hierro has always used imagery to bridge the gap.

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Agency in the Classroom: Who Makes the Decisions?

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Agency in the Classroom: Who Makes the Decisions?

“One of my big teaching objectives is to give as much control over decisions to my students as I can, ” says Art21 Educator Alisa Rodny of her approach in the classroom. In this article, Rodny shares anecdotes of two students who drew inspiration from their recent immigration from Cape Verde, using mixed media and mural art techniques in their creative expression.

Waiting To See What I Would Become

Waiting To See What I Would Become

Interviewed by Art 21 founder, Susan Sollins, South African artists William Kentridge discusses how his family history in politics and previous employment in the film industry influenced his animations.

Biography is Complicated

Biography is Complicated

Catherine Morris, Senior Curator for the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, surveys the career and contributions of contemporary artist, Judith Scott; a celebrated artist who also suffered from Down syndrome.

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Teaching as a Collaborator

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching as a Collaborator

Art21 Educator, Alisa Rodny, shares an assignment she developed where students ‘partner’ with an artist from the Art21 archive and collaborate on a piece using their style as model. A process that results in Rodny learning as much about her students as they are from the artists!

Letter from the Editor

How to Choose

Letter from the Editor

How to Choose

Art 21 Executive Director, Tina Kukielski introduces the Fall 2018 Issue, “Choice” and the release of Art21’s newest publication, “Being an Artist,” which features previously unpublished interviews across the three video series, and 18-year tenure in letting artists share their experience and process in their own words.

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Liz Magor: “Studios should be issued by the government as health-mandated items”

Art21 Extended Play

Liz Magor: “Studios should be issued by the government as health-mandated items”

In today’s Art21 “Exclusive,” Liz Magor describes her Vancouver studio as a place for pleasure as well as productivity while working on a cast sculpture of a paper bag.

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Brian Jungen: Printing Two Perspectives

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Brian Jungen: Printing Two Perspectives

In a new Art21 “Exclusive,” artist Brian Jungen creates two-sided prints from archival newspaper clippings, revealing the lens of otherness through which Native people are frequently viewed.

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Matt Roche & Jaimie Warren’s Big Extended Whoop Dee Doo Family

Art21 New York Close Up

Matt Roche & Jaimie Warren’s Big Extended Whoop Dee Doo Family

The dedicated crew behind Whoop Dee Doo discuss the artistic and emotional pull of their uniquely collaborative community art project.

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Do Ho Suh Memorializes His New York Apartment

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Do Ho Suh Memorializes His New York Apartment

In a new Art21 “Exclusive,” Do Ho Suh rubs every surface in his NYC apartment with colored pencil, creating a three-dimensional drawing of the space that was his home and studio for 18 years.

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Why Contemporary Art? Art21 & The Value of Inspiration

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Why Contemporary Art? Art21 & The Value of Inspiration

This Giving Tuesday, four Art21 Educators share how Art21’s films and programs have opened their students’ eyes to new possibilities.

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Diana Thater’s Animal Activism

Art21 Extended Play

Diana Thater’s Animal Activism

In a new ART21 “Exclusive” episode, Diana Thater discusses her interest in improving the lives of both humans and animals through art and activism.

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Daniel Gordon Looks Back

Art21 New York Close Up

Daniel Gordon Looks Back

Photographer Daniel Gordon reflects on his decade-long commitment to intensive practice and artistic invention in a new film from the ART21 “New York Close Up” series.

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Carrie Mae Weems Commemorates Black Lives

Art21 Extended Play

Carrie Mae Weems Commemorates Black Lives

In a new ART21 “Exclusive,” Carrie Mae Weems stages a performance that honors the deaths of black men in the U.S.

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Richard Tuttle Makes Tools for Life

Art21 Extended Play

Richard Tuttle Makes Tools for Life

Richard Tuttle reflects on the conceptual, thematic, and stylistic threads from his 26 New York gallery exhibitions in a new ART21 “Exclusive” episode.

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Behind the Scenes of Season 8: Vancouver

Deep Focus: Inside Art21 Films

Behind the Scenes of Season 8: Vancouver

Go behind the scenes of “Art in the Twenty-First Century” Season 8, as the ART21 production crew films Brian Jungen and Liz Magor in Vancouver.

Art21 Extended Play

Eleanor Antin Plays with Politics

Art21 Extended Play

Eleanor Antin Plays with Politics

Eleanor Antin discusses her use of paper dolls to create politically charged sculptures and videos in a new episode of ART21 “Exclusive.”

Art21 Extended Play

The Making of Martin Puryear’s “Big Bling”

Art21 Extended Play

The Making of Martin Puryear’s “Big Bling”

Today’s ART21 “Exclusive” follows Martin Puryear’s monumental public sculpture “Big Bling” as it’s created and installed in Madison Square Park.

Art21 New York Close Up

Bryan Zanisnik & Eric Winkler’s Animated Conversation

Art21 New York Close Up

Bryan Zanisnik & Eric Winkler’s Animated Conversation

Stories from Bryan Zanisnik’s life as an artist are transformed into animated comics by his friend Eric Winkler in a special new film from the ART21 “New York Close Up” series.

Art21 Extended Play

Sarah Sze’s Experimental Site

Art21 Extended Play

Sarah Sze’s Experimental Site

Today’s ART21 Exclusive features Sarah Sze discussing her sculpture “Measuring Stick,” which explores the “measurement of time and space through the moving image.”

Art21 Extended Play

Sarah Sze’s Desire for Tactility

Art21 Extended Play

Sarah Sze’s Desire for Tactility

Today’s ART21 Exclusive features Sarah Sze expressing her desire to have a tactile relationship with materials in a world saturated with digital imagery.

Art21 Extended Play

Abraham Cruzvillegas: Self-Constructing Identity

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Abraham Cruzvillegas: Self-Constructing Identity

In today’s ART21 Exclusive, Mexican artist Abraham Cruzvillegas discusses his personal and artistic relationship to the concept of autoconstrucción.

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Marela Zacarías’s Great Expectations

Art21 New York Close Up

Marela Zacarías’s Great Expectations

Artist Marela Zacarías completes a large-scale project while anticipating the arrival of her first child in a new film from the ART21 “New York Close Up” series.