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Weekly Watchlist: Emphasizing a Better Tomorrow

Raúl de Nieves emphasizes a better tomorrow

In his epic stained-glass mural for the 2017 Whitney Biennial, Raúl de Nieves captured a personal narrative of struggle and hope.

“I feel really happy that I could put so much emphasis on this idea of ‘a better tomorrow’ in my artwork,” said the artist of his installation.

“We don’t want to go back in time. We want to move forward.”

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15 films take the pulse of American culture

Julie Mehretu and Jason Moran in Mehretu’s Harlem studio, New York, 2017. Production still from the Extended Play film “Julie Mehretu: Politicized Landscapes.” © Art21, Inc. 2017.

Art is “inherently contradictory,” said Edgar Arceneaux. “Its nature is to ask new questions.” How are artists responding to the question of “What is America today?”

The artists in our America Now playlist respond to the dynamic nature of the United States and its parallels. Unpacking colonial histories, reinterpreting news pundits, and celebrating cultural diversity, their work helps paint a picture of a shared American experience.

Watch the full playlist.

Preview screening of a new film featuring Abigail DeVille

Join Art21, in partnership with Madison Square Park Conservancy, for a special online preview of a forthcoming Art21 film featuring Abigail DeVille’s current installation at Madison Square Park in New York City, Light of Freedom.

Following the screening, DeVille will be joined by artists Jessica Stockholder and Josiah McElheny, along with Art21 producer Ian Forster, to discuss documenting public art. Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Deputy Director and Chief Curator Brooke Kamin Rapaport will moderate the conversation.

The event takes place over Zoom on next Tuesday, January 19, at 11:00 a.m. ET. Admission is free, but advance registration is required.

Register now.

Upcoming workshops for educators

Join Art21 for two virtual teacher workshops being offered this month.

The third and final program of a series co-presented with SFMOMA takes place Saturday, January 23, at 1:00 p.m. ET. Exploring three different aspects of the question—”What is contemporary art?”—each workshop encourages educators to think and work like artists, using thematic, inquiry-driven processes and strategies. The upcoming installment examines artists who question and investigate intersections of identity and power. Registration is free, but space is limited.

In “The Concept of Care,” a special program taking place on Monday, January 25 at 7:00 p.m. ET, learn about contemporary artists grappling with the notion of care in both their process and product. Consider how their ideas, actions, and results can serve as inspiration for future student lessons and in your own life. Registration is free, but space is limited.

Visit our education calendar for a list of upcoming workshops for educators.

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