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Five New Films for Fall 2021

In our final programming season of 2021, we are delighted to deliver five new films across our Extended Play and New York Close Up series.

Stream the first release of the new season today.

This season features five artists—Tanya Aguiñiga, John Akomfrah, Doreen Garner, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, and Salman Toor—who each find a place amongst familial and creative lineages.

Tune in for a new premiere every Wednesday through mid-November at 12:00 p.m. ET here at Art21.org and over on our YouTube channel.

And be sure to catch up with the previous twelve releases from our winter, spring, and summer seasons.

Fall 2021 Film Guide

Tune in: Wednesdays (October 20 and 27; November 3, 10, and 17) at 12:00 p.m. ET

Kameelah Janan Rasheed

From the New York Close Up series; Premieres today

A self-described “learner,” immersed in books since childhood, text-based artist Kameelah Janan Rasheed is uniquely fascinated with the written word and its power to both define and destabilize how we understand the world. From her book-filled studio in Brooklyn, New York, Rasheed reveals her expansive ideas and miniaturist process.

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Kameelah Janan Rasheed

October 20, 2021

Tanya Aguiñiga

From the Extended Play series; Premiered October 27

Challenging perceived hierarchies about art and craft, Tanya Aguñiga invokes a working-class approach while maintaining a high level of artistry. Shown at work in and around her studio in Los Angeles, California, Aguiñiga revisits the paths that place her work amongst a history of creative traditions.

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Tanya Aguiñiga

October 27, 2021

Doreen Garner

From the New York Close Up series; Premiered November 3

Journeying across Brooklyn, New York—from the Coney Island boardwalk to the meadows of Prospect Park—Doreen Garner navigates the different communities of her personal and working lives. Arriving at spiritual and social revelations during the pandemic-related lockdown, Garner meditates on a history of portrayals of the Black body, leading to a transformation on how the artist approaches corporeal imagery in her work.

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John Akomfrah

From the Extended Play series; Premiered November 10

Drawn to the redemptive power of sound and music, filmmaker John Akomfrah investigates the exchange between the sonic and visual components of his multichannel video installations. Speaking from his London studio, Akomfrah recalls his transformative encounters with music in both nightclub and classical settings.

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John Akomfrah

November 10, 2021

Salman Toor

From the New York Close Up series; Premiered November 17

Raised in a conservative environment in Pakistan, Salman Toor creates paintings that investigate extreme freedoms. Crouched on the floor of his Brooklyn, New York studio, Toor prepares work to be placed alongside paintings by Johannes Vermeer for a recent exhibition at the Frick Collection in Manhattan.

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