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Playlist: Sacred Grounds
Find your indoor motivation through the studio processes and workday routines of the artists featured in our “Sacred Grounds” playlist.
“When I get up in the morning, I know exactly what I’m going to be doing—I’m going to be working,” says Leonardo Drew in one of the twelve films included.
Watch the full playlist.
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Watch and read from home: Sarah Sze
This week, artist Sarah Sze shares a balanced list of recommendations to watch and read.
Educated, Tara Westover
A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan
Feel Free, Zadie Smith
If This Is a Man, Primo Levi
Available now from your retailer of choice
Andrei Rublev, Andre Tarkovsky
The Gleaners and I, Agnes Varda
In the Mood for Love, Wong Kar-wai
Picnic at Hanging Rock, Peter Weir
La Jetée, Chris Marker
Streaming on The Criterion Channel (with subscription)
Around the Web
The Jungle Prince of Delhi, Ellen Barry, nytimes.com
View of the Trevi Fountain in Rome, skylinewebcams.com
Staff picks for things to watch, read, and hear
Built from a lifetime of beautiful footage taken in Bosnia, or Guantanamo Bay, or on her family ranch in Wyoming, second to the cinematography is what you hear filmmaker and DP Kirsten Johnson candidly say off camera, whispering to her team about setting up a shot, or talking to her mother before her death of Alzheimer’s.
Shared by Tina Kukielski, Executive Director and Chief Curator; Streaming on The Criterion Channel (with subscription)
Read: Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino
Jia Tolentino’s collection of essays on modern American life are both sharp in their criticism and relentlessly relatable. “Always Be Optimizing” and “The Story of a Generation in Seven Scams” will stay with me for a long time. I might never again look at a chopped salad in the same light.
Shared by Emma Nordin, Manager of Education Initiatives; Available now from your retailer of choice
Listen: Anak Ko by Jay Som
Anak Ko feels dreamy and slowly expansive, and its subtlety lends it to repeated listening.
Shared by Meghan Garven, Development and Administrative Coordinator; Available now from Polyvinyl Records and on your streaming platform of choice
Watch/Listen: Andrew Bird on Instagram
In the glorious sea of musicians taking to social media in the wake of tour cancellations, Andrew Bird’s voice and violin—and virtuoso whistling!—have given a much needed calm.
Shared by Jonathan Munar, Director of Digital; Follow @andrewbirdmusic on Instagram
Distance learning tips from Art21 Educators
Educator Jonathan Dueck, based in Winnipeg, Canada, keeps his high school students engaged through distance learning by asking them to complete a prompt day.
Jonathan shared one of his recent prompts with us:
Sister Corita Kent’s credo famously begins, “Rule 1: Find a place you trust and then try trusting it for a while.”
Where in your home do you feel the most comfortable? Go there and make a drawing of it. You choose the angle and framing.
Suggested Art21-featured artists to consider include Andrea Zittel and Liz Magor.
For more teaching resources, visit For Educators.
Art21 Educators is now accepting applications for the 2020–2021 cohort. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 3.
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