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Embracing an inherent empathy, the artists in this playlist utilize the human body through explorations of appearance, identity, and social concerns.

From Head to Toe

Since the earliest forms of creative expression, artists have employed the human body as muses, tools, and vessels for setting about their vision. From figurative representation to trials of endurance, artists have established the body to be a reliably protean material.

“The viewer has a body too,” said Janine Antoni, “and can empathize with what I’ve put myself through to make the artwork.” Embracing an inherent empathy, the artists in this playlist utilize the human body through explorations of appearance, identity, and social concerns.

by Art21March 22, 2021 17 videos • 2:35:21 total runtime

With voters in the United States expected to show up in record-breaking numbers for the general election, extended waits are anticipated in some districts across the country. Stay inspired with this playlist of Art21 films.

Plan Your Vote

With voters in the United States expected to show up in record-breaking numbers to vote in the general election, extended wait times are anticipated in districts across the country.

In partnership with PlanYourVote.org, we present a playlist of films to help fuel your energy and enthusiasm as you prepare to exercise your voting rights.

Whether enjoyed before heading to your polling site, on location as you wait to vote, or in celebration after casting your ballot, stay inspired with this playlist of artists—each of whom has contributed artwork on PlanYourVote.org.

by Art21November 2, 2020 8 videos • 1:34:07 total runtime

Art21 Educators alumnus Alex Mendez challenges students to carefully reconsider the power of words through a playlist of nine Art21 films.

Teaching with the Power of Words

Teaching with examples of contemporary artists who use text as part of their art requires dialogue and discussion about meaning and intent. Students often don’t see words as possible materials or subject matter for art. Showing students the different ways that some artists incorporate text into their work helps them to see the possibilities of doing something similar in their own art. To help students analyze what the artists are doing, I often ask two questions: How do these artists use text in their work? What role does text play in their work? I want students to discover how words can have power in the art that they make and to find the best way to show it.

Barbara Kruger and Jenny Holzer both use text as the major inspiration and primary source material for their work. The work of these artists requires that one read the message in the context that it is displayed. Both of these artists take great care in how words are displayed and focus on the messages that are presented. Showing students works by Holzer and Kruger helps them to see how working with meaning specifically through text can play out in the making of art. Students respond to these artists’ works because they can read and understand the literal meaning of the text and at the same time enjoy the creative ways that these artists relay their messages.

Teaching with the artists in this playlist has challenged some students to think about what art can be, and it has led to careful reconsideration about the power that words have in written form, in spoken form, and in the form of art.

Read how Alex teaches with this playlist in his classroom.

by Alex MendezAugust 26, 2020 9 videos • 1:43:09 total runtime

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