Art21 News Roundup: Minerva Cuevas Bridges the Border

The redesigned has a whole section dedicated to News, so instead of posting about every film release here on the magazine, we’re bringing you monthly roundups of all Art21 news.

In this inaugural post, you can find information about an upcoming event we’re hosting at the Kitchen, and two new Art21 films that premiered in March. For up-to-date Art21 news, check out the new News section of, sign up for our newsletter, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Art21 Events: Film Premiere & Talk with Artist Raúl de Nieves & Curator Mia Locks

Artist Raúl de Nieves and curator Mia Locks install beginning & the end neither & the otherwise betwixt & between the end is the beginning & the end (2016) at the 2017 Whitney Biennial. Production still from an upcoming film in the Art21 digital series, New York Close Up. © Art21, Inc. 2017.

Join Art21 on April 20 for the premiere of the latest film in our New York Close Up digital series! The film documents artist Raúl de Nieves and his recent commission for this year’s Whitney Biennial.

The morning premiere will be followed by a conversation between Raúl and Whitney Biennial co-curator, Mia Locks, moderated by Art21’s Executive Director and Chief Curator, Tina Kukielski.

More infoGet tickets.

New Films Featuring Jamian Juliano-Villani & Minerva Cuevas

Production still from the series Art21 New York Close Up. © Art21, Inc. 2017.

Jamian Juliano-Villani’s Field Work

Premiered March 17, as part of the Art21 digital series New York Close Up

Artist Jamian Juliano-Villani scours Manhattan in search of inspiration for the unpredictable imagery that fills her paintings, first prowling the Strand Bookstore and later touring Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Times Square. “I think anyone that is an artist is constantly feeling the guilt of [the pretensions of art-making],” says the artist, “so that’s why I like these other weird elements of life.”

Watch the film.

Production still from the series Art21 Exclusive. © Art21, Inc. 2017.

Minerva Cuevas: Bridging Borders

Premiered March 24, as part of the Art21 digital series Exclusive

Minerva Cuevas considers the implications of President Trump’s proposed border wall, and reflects on her 2010 work Crossing of the Rio Bravo, in which the artist painted a bridge across a riverbed that divides Mexico and the United States. “Books and projects can be important, but they won’t be a solution,” says Cuevas. “The problems or the crisis in the world is generated by everybody. So it has to be also a massive reaction.”

Watch the film.