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Close Encounters with Josephine Halvorson
In this 2012 New York Close Up film, Josephine Halvorson shares her extremely personal and contingent process of choosing a subject to paint.
“How do you make the conditions to have a really long uninterrupted time with something?” posits the artist.
“I would never spend twelve hours just standing in front of something. But I do because of painting. It’s the experience which feeds the painting, but it’s the painting which also feeds the experience.”
Close Encounters with Josephine Halvorson is among the twelve films included in Slow Unfolding Moments, a playlist of Art21 films featuring artists who find serenity in silence and ask us to press pause so we can find it too.
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Staff picks for things to watch, read, and hear
Watch: What We Do In the Shadows
Shared by Lolita Fierro, Associate Director, Major Gifts and Special Events; Now streaming on Hulu (with subscription)
Listen: Paul Simon’s Concert in the Park
Shared by Meghan Garven, Development and Administrative Coordinator; Available now on your streaming platform of choice
Watch: CBS Sunday Morning’s Moment In Nature
Distance learning tips from Art21 Educators
Educator Stacey Abramson, based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, leads a virtual field trip every Monday. Past digital tours include the Guggenheim and the British Museum.
#Art21GreatestHits: Louise Bourgeois in “Identity”
All of us at Art21 spend a lot of time going through our film library. Through our typical day-to-day encounters, each of us has established both personal and professional connections with the stories, practices, and intimate moments captured throughout our two decades of filmmaking.
We invited our staff to share some of their favorite moments.
Emma Nordin, Manager of Education Initiatives, selected the opening moments to our Louise Bourgeois segment, way back from our 2001 “Identity” episode. Adds Emma: “Her making the bobby pin out of a paperclip melts my heart.”
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