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In even the most challenging of times, art—in all its forms—serves as a critical cornerstone to our collective wellbeing.
Starting this week and continuing into the near future, our newsletter will switch from a biweekly to a weekly format. In addition to featuring new and classic films drawn from the over 60 hours that comprise our video library, we have invited artists and our own staff to reveal some of the media and activities keeping them at ease during these times.
We hope that you find joy, solace, and encouragement through these weekly digests. From all of us at Art21, we wish you the greatest of safety and inspiration, now and always.
Watch our latest film
Watch from home: Kara Walker
We reached out to the community of Art21-featured artists to learn about how they are adjusting to a more distanced way of living.
Stream on Kanopy with a library or university account
Staff picks for things to watch, read, and hear
Each week, we’ll share some picks shared by Art21 staff of things to watch, read, and hear from the comforts of your home.
Watching: American Ninja Warrior
Shared by Nick Ravich, Director of Video Programming and Production (self-admittedly “writing from his own private Mount Midoriyama”); Stream on NBC or Hulu (with subscription)
Reading: How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell
Shared by Lolita Fierro, Associate Director, Major Gifts and Special Events; Available now from your retailer of choice
Listening: Diamond Life by Sade
Shared by Danielle Brock, Assistant Curator; Available now on your streaming platform of choice
Playlist: Teaching with Love and Loss
Compiled by Art21 Educator alumnus, Ty Talbot:
For millennia, artists have explored notions of love and loss, and contemporary artists translate experiences of human connection through complex personal and social lenses. Exploring the emotional glue that binds the broken pieces of ourselves together, these artists investigate how intimacy and human bonds reveal the best of human nature, even in the face of heartbreak and change.
This playlist features several of the artists who I use as exemplars not just for making beautiful art but also for addressing love and loss through vulnerability, connection, and self-discovery. I tell my students repeatedly, “What you make is a direct manifestation of who you are.” The videos in this playlist show artists of all kinds manifesting themselves through expressions of love and loss.
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