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Weekly Watchlist: Capture the Moments That Words Can’t Describe

Elle Pérez considers the power of photography

The artist candidly explains that the raw, visceral, and emotionally authentic quality of their photographs is often mistaken for documentary; however, the photographs are carefully staged, despite their effortless quality.

“You can use photography to depict things that you actually cannot picture. It has so much to do with identity and how surfaces have the ability to contain the traces of an experience.”

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Playlist: En Route

Leonardo Drew with hands clasped, and mouth slightly open looking off to the right.

IMAGE: Production still from the Extended Play film, “Traveling & Making.” © Art21, Inc. 2014.

Inspiration can often be found in experiences outside of a studio, striking in moments of transit or tranquility. In these films, artists hit the road and create from a place of transition, finding ideas for their work in the people they meet and the places they visit. 

Leonardo Drew discusses the importance of travel in relation to his artwork, Jamian Juliano-Villani is in search of the unpredictable found imagery, and David Brooks explores New York City’s dynamic cultural landscape.

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Event: “Heidi Lau’s Spirit Vessels” Screening at Rooftop Films

Heid Lau sitting on a chair in front of three stained glass windows in her Green-Wood Cemetary studio, surrounding her in the background are various ceramic sculptures.

IMAGE: Production still from the New York Close Up film “Heidi Lau’s Spirit Vessels.” © Art21, Inc. 2022.

“Heidi Lau’s Spirit Vessels” will be screened as part of Rooftop Films’ annual Cemetery Shorts program on Friday, June 17th at the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY. Tickets available at rooftopfilms.com

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Virtual Teacher Workshop: ArtBreak

Diana Al-Hadid wearing a smock, arms raised holding up part of her installation "Suspended After Image"

IMAGE: Production still from the New York Close Up film “Diana Al-Hadid’s Suspended Reality.” © Art21, Inc. 2013.

Join Art21 for a virtual teacher workshop on Monday, June 20 at 6:00 PM E.T.  

Join us as we watch Diana Al-Hadid’s Art21 film, “Diana Al-Hadid’s Suspended Reality,” and consider a prompt from our new Educators’ Guide. We will then create art together during an #Art21ArtBreak.

The program is free and will take place via Zoom.

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Educators’ Guides

Azikiwe looking up at the ceiling of a neon cloud.

IMAGE: Production still from the Art21 New York Close Up film, “Azikiwe Mohammed is a Guy Who Makes Stuff.” © Art21, Inc. 2022.

Developed to accompany films from our Extended Play and New York Close Up series, this special collection of Educators’ Guides are available individually, by featured artist, as free downloadable resources.

Our latest Educators’ Guide features artist Azikiwe Mohammed.

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