The PBS series Art in the Twenty-First Century is celebrating a milestone this year: As of now, they’ve featured 100 artists! To mark this grand occasion, Art21 is following up with some of the artists they’ve interviewed over the past decade, translating their films into multiple languages, and offering all of their video content for free to educators and organizations who want to host public screenings of the series. Imagine bringing world-renowned graffiti artist Barry McGee to your classroom for a virtual artist talk, or watching dynamic public artist Maya Lin at work in her studio — Art21 can make that happen through their free public screening program, Access 100 Artists. Visit the web site to discover the impressive list of artist videos to choose from and sign up to host your own event. Participants in Access 100 Artists can select any DVDs from Art21’s massive archive, and are encouraged to plan events in formal and informal contexts.
Art21’s compelling, documentary-style short films that are used by educators around the world to introduce students to the cultural importance of art and initiate dialogue about relevant issues. As executive producer Susan Sollins states, “As role models for creative thinking, these artists reveal alternative ways to consider and publicly address the important issues of our time, from technological innovation to environmental sustainability to globalization.” Art can be an engaging portal through which to view the challenges and successes of society on a global scale, and Art21 has countless resources for helping educators incorporate the study of contemporary art into their curricula. Check out the Art21 education page to learn more.
Check out a short Art21 clip of Barry McGee talking about the act of tagging: