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New Season of “Art in the Twenty-First Century” Premieres this September

Last night, at a gala celebrating our 21st anniversary, we announced a new season of our Art in the Twenty-First Century television series, premiering this September on PBS. Continuing the thematic focus introduced in the previous season, the new season draws upon artists’ relationships with the places where they live and work: Berlin, Germany; Johannesburg, South Africa; and the San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA.

The new season—our ninth—is presented in three parts and reveals the stories of twelve innovators and, in a series first, a nonprofit art center.

Season 9 of Art in the Twenty-First Century premieres September 21, 2018 on PBS.

Full episodes and segments can be streamed right here on Art21.org, as well as on PBS.org and PBS streaming platforms.

Stay tuned for more updates about the new season—including first looks at the season’s featured artists—as we continue to celebrate our 21st anniversary throughout the year.

Episode Guide


Berlin has become a haven for artists from all over the world—a free zone where experimentation, individual expression, and international influences converge. From creating large-scale public projects to intimately personal ones, the artists in this hour demonstrate the diversity of practice and sensibilities in the German capital. The “Berlin” episode features Nathalie Djurberg & Hans BergOlafur EliassonHiwa K, and Susan Philipsz.


Since the dramatic fall of apartheid in 1994, Johannesburg has emerged as the artistic capital of sub-Saharan Africa. Collectively, the artists in this hour use their work to empower marginalized communities, reexamine history, and pursue their visions for South Africa’s future. The “Johannesburg” episode features David GoldblattNicholas HloboZanele Muholi, and Robin Rhode.

“San Francisco Bay Area”

The San Francisco Bay Area is a magnet for artists who are drawn to its experimental atmosphere, countercultural spirit, and history of innovation. The artists in this hour are united by their steadfastness and persistence in creating; their art serves as an essential expression of their experience of the world. The “San Francisco Bay Area” episode features Creative Growth Art CenterKaty GrannanLynn Hershman Leeson, and Stephanie Syjuco.