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From the Executive Director: Finding Love in Art and Art Making

No matter who you are or what you do—young or old, artist, educator, essential worker or not—the key to living through this uncertain time is to build on the familiar. Keeping to a routine that mirrors the old one will make this deeply unfamiliar time feel not so jarring.

One group suffering the break in continuity is the student-teacher dyad. The emotional and social support that teachers give to their students cannot be easily transported online. We feel for both sides—and the parents who are caught in the middle like never before.

The pandemic has been a catalyst for learning across all domains, from mask making to recipe hunting, to the more obvious forms of remote learning happening in the socially-distanced, home-school classroom. A shift normally many years in the making has taken place overnight; education has been transformed.

At Art21, we feel fortunate to have a front row seat to this unparalleled change. We are continually inspired to see how teachers, parents, and students alike have been innovating, turning regular family meals into Art21 viewing parties, encouraging drawing as a thoughtful, meditative, and curative mode, and for one teacher, finding the love in art.

Tina Kukielski
Executive Director and Chief Curator
April 29, 2020

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Screening Room: Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg

To coincide with today’s premiere of Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg Share Their Feelings, we are pleased to launch a special screening room—on view for one week only through May 5.

In collaboration with artists Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, the latest release from our celebrated Extended Play series is presented alongside four full films from One Last Trip to The Underworld, the pair’s 2019 exhibition at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York City.

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Tools for Teaching: Jordan Casteel

This week, we introduced the first in a series of special Educators’ Guides designed to accompany films from our Extended Play and New York Close Up series.

The inaugural guide accompanies our films featuring Jordan Casteel.

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#Art21GreatestHits: Mary Heilmann in “Fantasy”

Our latest #Art21GreatestHits staff pick features Mary Heilmann‘s segment from our “Fantasy” episode, as selected by Lolita Fierro, Associate Director, Major Gifts and Special Events.

“Every time I’ve watched this segment, I feel like I sat down with a longtime friend, transparent about her creative process and hypnotizing with her brushstrokes,” says Lolita. “She says that art has a power to transport us ‘in a soulful, rich way.'”

Read more about this week’s #Art21GreatestHits pick on Instagram.

Join us for #GivingTuesdayNow

Thank you for being part of the Art21 community. Your support inspires students and lifelong learners to discover the world through the eyes of artists.

Please join us on Tuesday, May 5, for #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving and unity. If you are able at this time, please consider supporting Art21. Your support, in any amount, keeps our films and educational materials free of charge and accessible to audiences worldwide. Thank you.

On view: Leonardo Drew at Pace Prints

Available through May 3, Pace Prints presents an online exhibition dedicated to Leonardo Drew’s papermaking work. The exhibition includes exclusive behind-the-scenes footage with the artist, alongside a film from Art21’s Extended Play series.

View the exhibition.