Art:21 Preview – Catherine Sullivan

From the forthcoming Art:21–Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 4.

Premieres on PBS Sunday, November 18, 2007, at 10:00 p.m. ET. (Check your local PBS station for details)

Catherine Sullivan‘s anxiety-inducing films and live performances reveal the degree to which everyday gestures and emotional states are scripted and performed, probing the border between innate and learned behavior. Sullivan’s appropriation of classic Hollywood filming styles, period costumes, and contemporary spaces such as corporate offices draws the viewer’s attention away from traditional narratives and towards an examination of performance itself.

This segment is also currently on view at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis in tandem with the exhibition Catherine Sullivan: Triangle of Need.

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