Art21 at the Movies

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Art21 at the Movies showcases film premieres and artist-curated screenings that merge the worlds of film and contemporary art.

The inaugural event took place in NYC on September 13 at Metrograph and September 15 at SVA Theatre. Art21 at the Movies offers attendees an opportunity to develop a deeper connection to the artists and filmmakers of Art21 productions, as well as several other award-winning filmmakers. Check out video recaps from both nights of Art21 at the Movies below.


Opening Night of Art21 at the Movies at Metrograph kicked off with a red carpet hour to welcome artists, filmmakers, trustees, and Art21 supporters. The night featured the premiere of a never-before-seen Art21 digital film alongside the premiere screening of “Friends and Strangers,” the third and final episode of Season 11 of Art in the Twenty-First Century featuring Linda Goode Bryant, Miranda July, Christine Sun Kim, and Cannupa Hanska Luger. “Friends and Strangers” filmmaker Chiemi Karasawa graced the event along with artists Linda Goode Bryant, Miranda July, and Cannupa Hanska Luger. Opening Night also featured the premiere of Esteban Cabeza de Baca’s Time Travels,” a New York Close Up episode directed by César Martínez. The evening culminated with an afterparty energized by DJ Jennifly, refreshments, cocktails, and photo ops with artists and filmmakers.


The second night of Art21 at the Movies at SVA Theatre featured the 3D film premiere of Westermann: Memorial to the Idea of Man If He Was an Idea,” followed by a conversation with Trenton Doyle Hancock and Aaron Curry; an hour of films curated by Miranda July; a second screening of “Friends & Strangers;” and a collection of films that pay homage to art and artists.

Art21 at the Movies’ Premiere Committee includes the Art21 Board of Trustees, Garth Greenan Gallery, Agnes Gund, and Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.