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From the Executive Director: Introducing Our Next Wave of 2019 Films

I hope you had a moment to pause and reflect after the end of our first wave of new films early last month…because we’re back with a brand new batch of films starting today!

As with our first set of 2019 film premieres, we are proud to deliver five new films in this second wave across our Extended Play and New York Close Up series. You can watch the first film in full right now.

Sculptor Jes Fan leads off the series with a powerful proposition: “How can we be certain that the binary can satisfy us?” Fan’s introspective inquisitions set the tone for this wave of programming. Collectively, these five new films demonstrate a diversity in practice and a diversity in culture amongst artists working today. We are proud to continue in our tradition, over two decades in the making, of capturing the current social climate through the stories of today’s greatest artists.

Following today’s premiere, we will bring you a new film every other Wednesday through July. Save the dates for upcoming new releases featuring Zanele Muholi (May 29), Dan Herschlein (June 12), Luchita Hurtado (June 26), and Olafur Eliasson (July 10).

One more note: In last month’s dispatch, I asked for your vote at this year’s Webby Awards. While we did not come away with an award for our Extended Play series, we still feel incredibly honored to be recognized amongst the exceptional storytelling of our peers in the Documentary category. Thank you all for voting, and thank you especially for watching. I hope that you will come away inspired by the stories of the artists coming in this wave of premieres.

Tina Kukielski
Executive Director and Chief Curator
May 15, 2019

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Watch these films, then visit the shows

Spring exhibition season brings plenty of opportunities to visit work by Art21 featured artists. In our weekly collaboration with artnet News, we’ve gathered some highlights for you to bookmark, including: Nancy Spero‘s first major posthumous museum survey, currently on view at MoMA PS1; the largest showing of Mark Dion‘s architectural “folly” works, recently opened at the Storm King Art Center; and Martin Puryear‘s extraordinary installation in the U.S. Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale.

And for more Art21 dispatches from Venice, see our recent Instagram posts.

A monthly email for educators

Calling all educators: we have a monthly email just for you. Earlier this year, in addition to my own monthly newsletter (i.e. the one that you are reading right now), we introduced a newsletter penned by our manager of education initiatives, Emma Nordin. We’ve had such positive response to the emails, so I want to be sure that you know they exist!

Each month, Emma shares the latest happenings around the Art21 education community, including strategies for teaching with contemporary art.

It’s a must read. The May edition is just around the corner, so be sure to subscribe to our Education email list.

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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.