Yesterday morning, upon hearing the news of Susan Rothenberg‘s passing, we took a pause to remember the work and wisdom of one of the most incredible artists of our time. More than 15 years ago, we had the great fortune of filming the artist’s fierce approach to painting, as well as more serene moments in and around the grounds of her New Mexico ranch.
While Rothenberg’s segment from the third season of our Art in the Twenty-First Century series is widely revered amongst our viewers, the artist’s words from a 2010 Extended Play episode capture the magnificent passion that she poured into her practice:
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Watch: Crip Camp
Crip Camp is a poignant and uplifting documentary about the activism around the disability rights movement, highlighting the importance of collective action when fighting for systemic change. The archival footage is tremendous but it’s the film’s thoughtful editing that really shines. The campers, some of which have trouble speaking, are given ample time to let their individual voices be heard.
Shared by Ian Forster, Producer; Now streaming on Netflix (with subscription)
Watch: Better Things
Shared by Lauren Barnett, Director of Development; Now streaming on Hulu (with subscription)
Listen: Ambient soundtracks
Shared by Danielle Brock, Assistant Curator; Dive is now available on your streaming platform of choice
#Art21GreatestHits—Carrie Mae Weems: “Grace Notes: Reflections for Now”
Selected by Art21 producer, Ian Forster, the latest #Art21GreatestHits staff pick is an episode from our Extended Play series featuring Carrie Mae Weems‘s performance, “Grace Notes: Reflections for Now”—staged in 2016 at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina, as a way to honor the nine churchgoers who were killed one year earlier at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
“The news surrounding Ahmaud Arbery’s recent murder in Georgia led me to revisit this episode,” says Ian. “What I always loved about this film was how it shows Carrie and her cast of singers, dancers, and poets truly care for one another as they perform the difficult task of bearing witness to appalling crimes while also commemorating the victims.”
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