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Art21 Educators 2011-2012: Christopher Tourre and Derek De Haan

Art21 Educators 2011-2012: Christopher Tourre and Derek De Haan

This week is the final installment of Art21 Educators introductions, featuring the eighth pair of extraordinary educators chosen to participate in the third year of the program. It’s hard to …

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Art21 Educators 2011-2012: Karen Melvin and Sue Carris

Art21 Educators 2011-2012: Karen Melvin and Sue Carris

Last week we featured Samantha Melvin and Kim Timmons from Burnet, Texas. This week, in the seventh installment of Art21 Educators introductions, allow us to introduce Karen Melvin and Sue …

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Art21 Educators 2011-2012: Samantha Melvin and Kim Timmons

Art21 Educators 2011-2012: Samantha Melvin and Kim Timmons

This week is the sixth installment of Art21 Educators introductions, featuring each of the eight pairs of educators who were chosen to participate in the third year of the program. …

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Art21 Educators 2011-2012: Todd Elkin and Teri Hu

Art21 Educators 2011-2012: Todd Elkin and Teri Hu

This week, we introduce the fifth pair of Art21 Educators, Todd Elkin and Teri Hu, hailing from the Bay Area in Northern California.  Last week, we featured Jeannine Bardo and …

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Art21 Educators 2011-2012: Jeannine Bardo and Mary Curry

Art21 Educators 2011-2012: Jeannine Bardo and Mary Curry

Last week, we featured Jethro Gillespie and James Rees from Utah. This week, in the fourth installment of Art21 Educators introductions, allow us to introduce Jeannine Bardo and Mary Curry. …

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Art21 Educators 2011-2012: Jethro Gillespie and James Rees

Art21 Educators 2011-2012: Jethro Gillespie and James Rees

This week is the third installment of introductions to the new cohort of Art21 Educators, featuring each of the eight pairs of educators. Last week, we featured Jack Watson and …

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Art21 Educators 2011-2012: Jack Watson and Holly Loranger

Art21 Educators 2011-2012: Jack Watson and Holly Loranger

This week, we continue our introductions to each of the eight pairs of educators who were chosen to participate in the third year of Art21 Educators. Last week we met …

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Art21 Selects 2011-2012 Art21 Educators

Art21 Selects 2011-2012 Art21 Educators

Art21 is thrilled to announce the new cohort of teachers participating in the 2011-2012 Art21 Educators Program. Applicants were required to submit not only a written narrative, but also a …

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The Fecund Culture Wars, or, How to Tie a Bowtie

The Fecund Culture Wars, or, How to Tie a Bowtie

Perhaps we took the Culture Wars theme of spring and nature a bit too far, but we hoped that it provided fertile ground for some healthy competition, and it did. …

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Soldier On. Culture Wars Returns this Wednesday!

Soldier On. Culture Wars Returns this Wednesday!

After March’s event —with over 120 participants spread across 26 teams— Jonathan Munar, Art21’s Web Manager and I are returning to host the next Culture Wars: A Night of Trivia …

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This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco…this is Culture Wars

This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco…this is Culture Wars

Art21 hosted the second installment of Culture Wars: A Night of Trivia with Art21 this past Wednesday, March 24. We were shocked to see over 120 participants gathered at the …

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The Dust Settles After the First Culture Wars

The Dust Settles After the First Culture Wars

On January 28, Art21 and 92YTribeca piloted a program called Culture Wars: A Night of Trivia with Art21. The night began with a music play list created by artist Mary …

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Join Us for Culture Wars!

Join Us for Culture Wars!

For those of you who will be in the New York metropolitan area this Thursday, we invite you to participate in a NEW trivia event inspired by contemporary art and …

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Announcing Art21 Educators 2010-2011

Announcing Art21 Educators 2010-2011

The Education staff at Art21 is launching the second year of Art21 Educators and we are now accepting applications. For those of you just hearing about this program, Art21 Educators …

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The Real Story: Laurie Simmons Interviews Art21 Executive Director Susan Sollins

The Real Story: Laurie Simmons Interviews Art21 Executive Director Susan Sollins

Season 4 artist Laurie Simmons recently sat down with Art21’s Executive Director Susan Sollins to uncover the story of how Art21 began and the experience of filming 86 of today’s …

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In Memoriam: Nancy Spero (1926-2009)

In Memoriam: Nancy Spero (1926-2009)

Nancy Spero. Art in the Twenty-First Century, production still, 2007. Season 4, Episode: Protest. © Art21, Inc. 2007. This morning, we at Art21 were sad to learn that Nancy Spero …

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Announcing Art21 Access ’09

Announcing Art21 Access ’09

Sign up for Art21’s Access ‘09 – an international screening initiative that will present your audiences with a sneak preview of a Season 5 of Art:21-Art in the 21st Century …

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Announcing Season Five of Art:21

Announcing Season Five of Art:21

We are pleased to announce Season Five of Art:21—Art in the Twenty-First Century, premiering in October 2009 on PBS, and available on iTunes (link opens in iTunes), Hulu, and other …

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Flash Points

W.A.G.E. LIVE!

Flash Points

W.A.G.E. LIVE!

After reading Trong Gia Nyugen’s great interview with activist group Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.), I become really interested in their work. I started to poke around the …

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

A Live Feed: Art21 Tweets Mark Bradford

Teaching with Contemporary Art

A Live Feed: Art21 Tweets Mark Bradford

Art21 is presenting at the National Art Education Association’s convention in Minneapolis. We are working with Mark Bradford at this year’s convention on a couple presentations as well as shooting …

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

Art21 Educators 2009-2010 – Apply Now!

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Art21 Educators 2009-2010 – Apply Now!

Art21 Educators: Contemporary Art in Contemporary Classrooms 2009-2010 Are you interested in contemporary art? Are you a K-12 art and/or media teacher? Do you teach in Los Angeles, Chicago, or …

Open for Babble, ArtBabble is Live!

Open for Babble, ArtBabble is Live!

Art-Bab-ble [ahrt-bab-uhl] noun; verb (used without object) -bled, -bling 1. free flowing conversation, about art, for anyone. 2. a place where everyone is invited to join an open, ongoing discussion …

Art21 at NAEA: An Interview with Mark Bradford

Art21 at NAEA: An Interview with Mark Bradford

In anticipation of Mark Bradford‘s Artist Keynote at the NAEA Convention this month, Art21 spoke to the Season 4 artist about his thoughts on art education, access, and the job …

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Art21 at NAEA 2009

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Art21 at NAEA 2009

Art21 @ NAEA Convention, Minneapolis April 18 & 19, 2009 Once again Art21 is bringing contemporary art to this year’s National Art Education Association Annual Convention. Season Four artist Mark …

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Flash Points

Art and Politics: An Introduction

Flash Points

Art and Politics: An Introduction

FLASH POINTS is a regular conversational series that focuses on issues relevant to the state of the art world at large, contemporary art education, and issues artists face today. You …

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Art21 Professional Development at MoMA

Art21 Professional Development at MoMA

On Saturday, January 24 Art21 is partnering with the Museum of Modern Art to offer a full day professional development workshops titled Teaching with Objects and Film: Focus on Contemporary …

Art21 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Art21 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Art21 is collaborating with the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) on a public program series titled Art:21 at SAAM. The film series presents episodes from the award winning television program …

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Flash Points

Teaching with controversial subject matter

Flash Points

Teaching with controversial subject matter

On the topic of art and controversy, I thought I’d share a teaching-related story of my own. Previously to working at Art21, I was an associate educator at the New …

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Flash Points

Sweet Jesus! Shock, awe, and the mundane

Flash Points

Sweet Jesus! Shock, awe, and the mundane

As readers’ comments suggest in the introductory post of Flash Points, contemporary art that engages religion is a hotbed for controversy. James Horn remarks, “I have seen pictures which have …

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All the News We Hope to Print

All the News We Hope to Print

Living in the afterglow or wake (depending on your political leanings) of the 2008 presidential election, we are left to wonder where this talk of hope and change might lead …

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[St.] Raymond Pettibon[e]: 1978-1986

[St.] Raymond Pettibon[e]: 1978-1986

Yesterday, the New York Times published a review of the exhibition [St.] Raymond Pettibon[e]: 1978-1986 at Specific Object in Chelsea. The review and the press release sparked my interest though …

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Vija Celmins Wins the Roswitha Haftmann Prize

Vija Celmins Wins the Roswitha Haftmann Prize

Art21 artist Vija Celmins (Season 2) is the third woman to receive the Roswitha Haftmann Prize, first awarded in 2001. This prize is hailed as the most valuable award in …

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New Guest Blogger: Emily Liebert

New Guest Blogger: Emily Liebert

Join me in welcoming Emily Liebert, our next guest blogger. At the moment, Emily is getting her PhD in art history at Columbia where she studies American art of the …

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Sound and Vision: A Night with Barry McGee, Japanther, and PAPER RAD

Sound and Vision: A Night with Barry McGee, Japanther, and PAPER RAD

A full roster of public programs accompany Life on Mars, the Carnegie International 2008. On Thursday, July 24th Douglas Fogle, curator of the 55th Carnegie International, will host a conversation …

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New Guest Blogger: Amy Mackie of the New Museum

New Guest Blogger: Amy Mackie of the New Museum

Many thanks to Laurel Ptak for her interesting posts and The Best of the Web recommendations. You can continue to follow Laurel’s blog at iheartphotograph. Next we welcome Amy Mackie …

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Louise Bourgeois—Songs Remembered

Louise Bourgeois—Songs Remembered

In anticipation of Art21 (Season 1) artist Louise Bourgeois‘ full-career retrospective, the Guggenheim Museum in New York presents a free concert on Saturday evening, June 21 titled Louise Bourgeois—Songs Remembered. …