School of Art Hosts Viewings of "Art21," Season Six


The NIU School of Art is pleased to host an exclusive sneak preview of the PBS series "Art21," season six.

"Art in the Twenty-First Century" season six includes profiles of 13 artists from five continents gathered into four, one-hour thematic episodes: Change, Balance, History and Boundaries. Spanning the globe from Nigeria to New York City, from Beijing to Brazil, the programs reveal the artists at work and speaking in their own words as they demonstrate the power of art to alter perception, challenge convention, and change how we see the world around us.

The screenings of ART 21/season six are free and open to the public. There will be a Tuesday and Wednesday viewing of each of the four episodes, with the screenings of episodes 3 and 4 combined. All previews will be shown in the Art Building (Arends Hall) room 103, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. on the following dates:

Tuesday, March 6 and Wednesday, March 7: Episode One - CHANGE
Catherine Opie, El Anatsui, Ai Weiwei
This episode features artists who bear witness, through their work, to transformation—cultural, material, and aesthetic—and actively engage communities as collaborators and subjects.

Tuesday, March 20 and Wednesday, March 21: Episode Two - BOUNDARIES
David Altmejd, tabaimo, assume vivid astro focus, Lynda Benglis
This episode presents artists who synthesize disparate aesthetic traditions, present taboo subject matter, discover innovative uses of media, and explore the shape-shifting potential of the human figure.

Tuesday, March 27 and Wednesday, March 28: Episodes Three and Four (combined viewing)
Episode Three - HISTORY
Glenn Ligon, Mary Reid Kelly, Marina Abramovic
In this episode, artists play with historical events, explore and expose commonly held assumptions about historic ‘truth’, and create narratives based on personal experiences.
Episode Four - BALANCE
Rackstraw Downes, Robert Mangold, Saraj Sze
Through sculpture, paintings, and installations, the artists in this hour grapple with equilibrium and disequilibrium as they create highly structured works that challenge conventional notions of perception and representation.

Please join us for this exclusive event!

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