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1. Art: 21 - art in the twenty-first century, season one: place, spirituality, identity, consumption   Publication: PBS 2003 . 220min.; color. , It is the only series on television to focus exclusively on contemporary visual art and artists in the United States, and it uses the medium of television to provide an experience of the visual arts that goes far beyond a gallery visit. Fascinating and intimate footage allows the viewer to observe the artists at work, watch their process as they transform inspiration into art, and hear their thoughts as they grapple with the physical and visual challenges of achieving their artistic visions. SEASON ONE: At the dawn of the 21st century, American artists are taking self-expression and the artistic process into uncharted territory. Today's artists are engaging the world and their audiences in vital and surprising new ways. They use an enormous variety of media and draw on sources ranging from pop culture and politics to ethnic heritage, classical models, and deeply personal life experiences. The artists featured in the series represent a cross-section of contemporary art practices and philosophies, and hail from different regions of the United States. Season One of Art:21—Art in the Twenty-First Century introduces 21 artists to a nationwide audience. Date: 2003 Availability: No items available:

2. Art: 21 - art in the twenty-first century, season two: stories, loss and desire, time, humor   Publication: PBS 2003 . 220 mins. ; color. , It is the only series on television to focus exclusively on contemporary visual art and artists in the United States, and it uses the medium of television to provide an experience of the visual arts that goes far beyond a gallery visit. Fascinating and intimate footage allows the viewer to observe the artists at work, watch their process as they transform inspiration into art, and hear their thoughts as they grapple with the physical and visual challenges of achieving their artistic visions. SEASON TWO: Contemporary art breaks out of the confines of museums and art galleries in Season Two of Art:21–Art in the Twenty-First Century. Shattering the myth of the artist as an isolated genius, this unique series introduces television audiences to 16 artists working in America today. Art:21 is the only series on television to focus exclusively on contemporary art, and it uses the medium to provide an experience of the visual arts that goes far beyond a gallery visit. Fascinating and intimate footage allows the viewer to observe the artists at work, watch their process as they transform inspiration into art, and hear their thoughts as they grapple with the physical and visual challenges of achieving their artistic visions. Date: 2003 Availability: No items available:

3. Art: 21 - art in the twenty-first century, season three   Publication: PBS 2005 . 220 min. ; color. , It is the only series on television to focus exclusively on contemporary visual art and artists in the United States, and it uses the medium of television to provide an experience of the visual arts that goes far beyond a gallery visit. Fascinating and intimate footage allows the viewer to observe the artists at work, watch their process as they transform inspiration into art, and hear their thoughts as they grapple with the physical and visual challenges of achieving their artistic visions. EPISODE THREE: What goes on inside the minds of today’s most dynamic visual artists? How do they make the leap between insight and finished object? What inspires artists to break through the barriers of convention to arrive at new ways of seeing? These and other intriguing questions are explored in Season Three of “Art:21—Art in the Twenty-First Century,” the only series on national public television to focus exclusively on contemporary art and the people who create it. Like the great biennial art exhibitions that regularly showcase current artistic activity, Art:21 returns to television every two years to profile working artists who build our living culture with each painting, sculpture, photograph or installation that they create. | This season, David Alan Grier, Isabella Rossellini, Sam Waterston and Grant Hill introduce the theme at the beginning of each hour. Date: 2005 Availability: No items available:

4. Art: 21 - art in the twenty-first century, season four   Publication: PBS 2005 . 220 min. ; color. , Through in-depth profiles and interviews, the four-part series will reveal the inspiration, vision and techniques behind the creative works of some of today's most accomplished contemporary artists. | Season 4 episodes of “Art:21–Art in the Twenty-First Century” include the themes of “Romance,” “Protest,” “Ecology,” and “Paradox.” | Romance featured artists: Laurie Simons, Lari Pittman, Judy Pfaff, Pierre huyghe | Proest featured artists: Nancy spero, An-My Le, Alfredo Jaar, Jenny Holzer | Ecology featured artists: Ursula von Rydingsvard, Inigo Manglano-Ovalle, Robert Adams, Mark Dion | Paradox featured artists: mark Bradford, Catherine Sullivan, Robert Tyman, Allora & Calzadilla Date: 2005 Availability: No items available:

5. Thomas Hart Benton   Publication: Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. 1996 . 86 min. ; color & b/w , Thomas Hart Benton: His paintings were burly. Energetic. And as uncompromising as the midwestern landscapes and laborers they celebrated. "Thomas Hart Benton" depicts a self-reliant America emerging from the Depression. Today his works hang in museums. During his life, Benton preferred to hang them in saloons, where ordinary people could appreciate them in congenial settings. A fierce defender of the aesthetics of realism, Benton took on the art establishment and railed against abstraction. His reputation suffered as his star rose, fell and rose once again. While Benton failed to stem the tide of modernism, his influence can be seen in the works of his master student, Jackson Pollack. Ken Burns uses long-lost footage, penetrating interviews and the magnificent art of Benton to tell the bittersweet story of an extraordinary American artist who became emblematic of the price all artists must pay to remain true to their talents and themselves. Date: 1996 Availability: No items available:

6. World of art : Works in progress, program 1 & 2   Publication: Boston : WGBH 1997 . 30 minutes each program , Listening to the artists and observing them at work provides insight into the artworks themselves. The series penetrates the world of the contemporary artist - how the artist effectively tackles visual communication, solving problems they face in their work of art, why they do what they do, why they have chosen their particular medium. The series includes painting, photography, sculpture, video, and performance art. The artwork is exciting, reflective of its time (turn of the 21st century in the U.S.) As one performance artist says: "as performance artists we can always justify what we do as extreme esthetic behavior, and really speak the truth." At times it is provocative. 1. Lorna Simpson, photographer, explores the ambiguous terrain connecting words and images in large-scale landscapes silkscreened on felt. 2. Guillermo Gsmez-Peqa, Mexican performance artist, poet, journalist, and activist, calls attention to relations between the U.S. and Mexico. Date: 1997 Availability: No items available:

7. World of art : Works in progress, program 3 & 4   Publication: Boston : WGBH 1997 . 30 minutes each program , Listening to the artists and observing them at work provides insight into the artworks themselves. The series penetrates the world of the contemporary artist - how the artist effectively tackles visual communication, solving problems they face in their work of art, why they do what they do, why they have chosen their particular medium. The series includes painting, photography, sculpture, video, and performance art. The artwork is exciting, reflective of its time (turn of the 21st century in the U.S.) As one performance artist says: "as performance artists we can always justify what we do as extreme esthetic behavior, and really speak the truth." At times it is provocative. 3. Bill Viola, video artist, combines video and sound in intriguing ways, as seen in The Greeting, a piece created for the Venice Biennale. 4. Hung Liu, painter, comments on traditional Chinese society as she paints a series of works on the Last Emperor and his court. Date: 1997 Availability: No items available:

8. World of art : Works in progress, program 5 & 6   Publication: Boston : WGBH 1997 . 30 minutes each program , Listening to the artists and observing them at work provides insight into the artworks themselves. The series penetrates the world of the contemporary artist - how the artist effectively tackles visual communication, solving problems they face in their work of art, why they do what they do, why they have chosen their particular medium. The series includes painting, photography, sculpture, video, and performance art. The artwork is exciting, reflective of its time (turn of the 21st century in the U.S.) As one performance artist says: "as performance artists we can always justify what we do as extreme esthetic behavior, and really speak the truth." At times it is provocative. 5. Beverly Buchanan, photographer, sculptor, and painter, focuses on an important symbol of rural Southern culture: the shack. 6. June Wayne, printmaker and painter, reveals her interest in science and scientific discovery as she works on a new print in New York City. Date: 1997 Availability: No items available:

9. World of art : Works in progress, program 7 & 8   Publication: Boston : WGBH 1997 . 30 minutes each program , Listening to the artists and observing them at work provides insight into the artworks themselves. The series penetrates the world of the contemporary artist - how the artist effectively tackles visual communication, solving problems they face in their work of art, why they do what they do, why they have chosen their particular medium. The series includes painting, photography, sculpture, video, and performance art. The artwork is exciting, reflective of its time (turn of the 21st century in the U.S.) As one performance artist says: "as performance artists we can always justify what we do as extreme esthetic behavior, and really speak the truth." At times it is provocative. 7. Milton Resnick, died in 2004, one of the longest living members of the New York School of painters, also known as the Abstract Expressionists, creates five large oil paintings over eight months. 8. Judy Baca, painter and activist known for her mile-long mural in Los Angeles depicting Chicano history, works on two public art projects in Southern California. Date: 1997 Availability: No items available:

10. World of art : Works in progress, program 9 & 10   Publication: Boston : WGBH 1997 . 30 minutes each program , Listening to the artists and observing them at work provides insight into the artworks themselves. The series penetrates the world of the contemporary artist - how the artist effectively tackles visual communication, solving problems they face in their work of art, why they do what they do, why they have chosen their particular medium. The series includes painting, photography, sculpture, video, and performance art. The artwork is exciting, reflective of its time (turn of the 21st century in the U.S.) As one performance artist says: "as performance artists we can always justify what we do as extreme esthetic behavior, and really speak the truth." At times it is provocative. 9. Goat Island, a performance group that uses visual imagery, music, dance, and narrative, rehearses and performs a new piece on a U.K. tour. 10. Mierle Ukeles, artist-in-residence at the New York City Department of Sanitation, works on an installation at the Fresh Kills landfill. Date: 1997 Availability: No items available: