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Weekly Watchlist: Embrace Creative Dialogue

Liu Xiaodong paints people from daily life

Best known for his live, en plein air process, Liu Xiaodong discusses his humble origins as a boy raised in rural China, which inspired him to depict real and relatable people.

“Reality is always so black and white. Especially in politics, which leaves no room for a middle ground,” says the artist in our “Beijing” episode. “But for artists, we’re always looking for a different path.”

Teaching with Contemporary Art: Learning to Stumble

Photo by Ariana Mygatt.

Art21 Educator Ariana Mygatt explores how learning to stumble might get us somewhere worth going.

“Contemporary artists make excellent role models to look to when trying to figure out how to create something from the unknown,” says Ariana Mygatt. “Instead of turning the lights on for our students, what if we help them get comfortable with the feeling of stumbling through the dark?”

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Photo by Ariana Mygatt.

Playlist: Call & Response

IMAGE: Ann Hamilton at her installation at the Park Avenue Armory in New York, NY. Production still from the Extended Play film, “the event of a thread.” © Art21, Inc. 2013.

Imbuing their process with a collaborative energy, the artists in this playlist embrace antiphony by introducing a creative dialogue.

Examine the connection between text and textiles with Ann Hamilton, create and complete tasks with Oliver Herring, and reframe “The Magic Flute” with William Kentridge in our “Call & Response” playlist.

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Event: Artist Talk with Richard Misrach

IMAGE: Richard Misrach in the American Southwest. Production still from the Art in the Twenty-First Century episode “Borderlands.” © Art21, Inc. 2020.

Join Art21 for a virtual public program on Monday, May 16 at 2:00 PM E.T.  

Following a screening of a new Art21 film, Richard Misrach will be joined by his wife, Myriam Misrach, and the film’s directors, Ava Wiland and Rafael Salazar Moreno, for a conversation and Q&A.

The program is free and will take place via Zoom.

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