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From the Executive Director: Watch Over 250 Films From Our Renowned Film Series

As early adopters of online video, we launched our first digital series in 2008 with a film featuring Mark Bradford. Over ten years and 250 episodes later, that same series, Extended Play, is now nominated for a Webby Award. What an incredible honor it is to be recognized by one of the Web’s most trusted panel of experts—for a project that we truly believe played a large role in shaping and influencing the current state of video on contemporary art and artists.

So now we ask you to help us extend that recognition across the wider digital community: Please vote for Art21 at the Webby Awards and help us take home a People’s Voice Award. The polls close tomorrow!

The series just capped off our first wave of 2019 films with a feature on Creative Growth Art Center. In the past year alone, the series also featured a landmark commission by Alex Da Corte, a rare interview with Barbara Kruger, and the final on-screen interview with the great Jack Whitten.

If you’ve found joy or inspiration from any of the over 250 films in the series, we hope that we can count on your vote. Award-winning or not, we above all look forward to continue bringing you more great stories on contemporary artists through all of our film series.

Tina Kukielski
Executive Director and Chief Curator
April 17, 2019

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Catch up with our first wave of 2019 films

To kick off the year, we grouped five powerful stories into the first of multiple waves of new films to premiere this year.

In February’s newsletter, I introduced two young voices in our New York Close Up series—Kevin Beasley and Doreen Garner—who each draw from personal and historical African-American experiences to create ambitious and immersive works of art.

In March, photographers David Goldblatt and Elle Pérez (in films from the Extended Play and New York Close Up series, respectively) each demonstrated that great imagery can deliver compelling narratives, be they fact or fiction.

And this month from our Extended Play series, to close out our first wave of this year’s new films, I am proud to share a closer look at the annual fashion show put on by the incredible Creative Growth Art Center—an event activated by artists with developmental, mental, and physical disabilities.

Our next wave of new films will begin in May. Until then, all five films from our first wave are available now to watch in full today.

Vote for Art21 at the Webbys

Now that I’ve caught you up on our latest films, I’ll make one more plea to please consider giving us your support with a vote in this year’s Webby Awards. Get your vote in before the polls close on Thursday!

Both Extended Play and New York Close Up each make the most of an increasingly-present connectivity to the Web to deliver stories about contemporary artists all year round to audiences around the world.

New York Close Up was recognized with a Webby nomination in 2012; Extended Play earned that distinction in this year’s awards.

Please help us take home a People’s Voice Award at the Webbys by casting your vote for our Extended Play series.

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As a non-profit organization, we rely on the generosity of viewers like you to help us continue to produce engaging films and educational resources on contemporary artists and art. If you’ve felt inspired by Art21 films, please consider donating today. Your gift will ensure the stories, art, and ideas of the most innovative artists of our time continue to inspire audiences around the world. Thank you for supporting our work.