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Art in the Twenty-First Century is a PBS program that first aired in 2001. The television series is also referred to by the title Art: 21. Art in the Twenty-First Century has aired eight seasons. It also has a sister program entitled Art in the Twentieth Century. Each episode of the eight seasons of Art in the Twenty-First Century explored a different theme art. The first season involves such themes as place, identity, spirituality, and consumption. Each episode is hosted by a new artist, and then has a number of interviews with different artists. Each artist attempts to offer a different view of the topic.

Art in the Twenty-First Century has won a huge number of awards over the years, including the George Foster Peabody Award, Silver Hugo from the 44th Hugo Television Awards, Gold Remi from the 41st WorldFest Independent Film Festival, and the Platinum Best in Show from the Aurora Awards.

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7 Seasons, 30 Episodes
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Art in the Twenty-First Century Full Episode Guide

  • Three artists mix genres and merge aesthetic to tell beautiful stories.

  • A look at artists inspired by life experiences and family heritage. Included: Wolfgang Laib, who connects the ephemeral and eternal; Tania Bruguera, who explores art, activism and social change; and Abraham Cruzvillegas, who focuses on transformation.

  • Elliott Hundley, Arlene Shechet and Trevor Paglen are featured. Hundley creates collages that both reveal and hide their meanings; Shechet's ceramic work obscures its nature behind surface effects; and Paglen documents the American surveillance state.

  • From PBS - Can acts of engagement and exploration be works of art in themselves? Leonardo Drew, Thomas Hirschhorn and Graciela Iturbide use their practices as tools for personal and intellectual discovery, simultaneously documenting and producing new realities in the process.

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