In lieu of in-person screenings, lately the Art21 team has been getting together on YouTube every Wednesday for a live weekly watch party. My toddler daughter eats lunch at this time so she joins us. Art21’s latest releases are the only videos she consumes. Last week, we watched Rachel Rossin play with large image-laden plexi, bending and twisting it like the way she alters and hacks software. Rossin has been breaking into computers since she was young. My daughter seemed amused and her face lit up when Rossin’s harpy avatar—half woman, half bird—floated into frame. Her ideas too complex for cognition in a young child’s mind, Rossin is nonetheless an inspiring role model for my daughter: adept at computers, real, gentle, playful, and driven.
The same is true of each of the four women in our recent string of film releases: Guan Xiao, Lynn Hershman Leeson, and Loie Hollowell all joined Rossin in our spring film season. That Art21 artists can be role models is a refrain we hear often, sung out by our educator community where the teacher-student-artist triad can be an effective system for self actualization. Knowing when an artist and their work will ignite a viewer or an audience is a special gift of perception that is part curation, part kismet. The more you do it, the more you become surprised by its unexpected transmissions.
Susan Sollins Executive Director and Chief Curator
May 12, 2021
Deepen your connection to Art21
Sarah Sze shows the spontaneous
Building intricate installations from the minutiae of everyday life, Sarah Sze embraces the unplanned moments of spontaneity encountered during the making process. Sze’s use of improvisation allows for viewers to trace her decision making process as they explore and investigate the artwork.
“Improvisation is crucial,” says the artist. “The spontaneous is always where it’s the most interesting.”
Upcoming workshop for educators
Join us next Wednesday, May 19, at 6:30 p.m. ET, for the latest installment of our new five-part professional development series exploring how artists use the five senses in their practice.
For “Sound On,” ponder the power of the human ear. See and hear how artists investigate the psychological and sculptural dimensions of sound through recordings of machines, musical instruments, their voices, along with reworked musical compositions and well-known pop music.
The program is free and will take place via Zoom.
Visit our education calendar for a list of upcoming workshops for educators.
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Watch: Snapped Ankles live on KEXP from 2019
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