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Season 11 of "Art in the Twenty-First Century"Trailer

Season 11 of Art21’s long-running documentary series Art in the Twenty-First Century highlights some of the country’s most innovative artists as they go big and bold, responding to the challenge of our current moment with new paintings, sculptures, films, and performances that inspire and heal. 

The first episode of the season, “Everyday Icons,” premiers on PBS on Friday, April 7, 2023 (check local listings), featuring Amy Sherald, Rose B. Simpson, Alex Da Corte, and Daniel Lind-Ramos as they build new and exciting visual worlds and question the monuments and icons that came before. 

Over the course of three one-hour episodes, Season 11 offers stories of artists taking action, revealing little-known truths, creating new icons to honor, and finding new communities to serve. Working across the country from Philadelphia and Atlanta to New Mexico and Los Angeles, all the way to Puerto Rico, some of the most celebrated artists of our time share their creative processes and innermost thoughts alongside newer artists still finding their shape and power. Season Eleven features Amy Sherald and her beloved Michelle Obama portrait; acclaimed independent filmmaker, writer, and actress Miranda July staging an impromptu performance at a Los Angeles gas station; legendary art collective Guerrilla Girls guiding a mobile monument through New York City’s most august art institutions; and Hank Willis Thomas and the opening of his historical photography inspired Martin Luther King memorial on Boston Common. Produced in the series’ signature first-person storytelling style, the three episodes and twelve artists of Season 11 delight our senses with visually potent works and direct our minds towards some of the most pressing issues of our time: representation and visibility, indigeneity and heritage, technology and humanity, empathy and community.

The following two episodes of Season 11 will feature Cannupa Hanska Luger, Linda Goode Bryant, Miranda July, Christine Sun Kim, Anicka Yi, Guerrilla Girls, Tauba Auerbach, and Hank Willis Thomas.

Full episodes and segments can be streamed from,, and through PBS streaming platforms following each episode’s broadcast premiere.

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Amy Sherald

Amy Sherald was born in 1973 in Columbus, Georgia, and lives and works in New Jersey. Receiving her BA in painting from Clark Atlanta University in 1997, Sherald went on to receive her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2004. Reflecting the complexities of representation and identity, Sherald’s paintings challenge viewers to engage with her subjects in new and profound ways, calling attention to the universal stories told through her portraits.

Rose B. Simpson

Rose B. Simpson was born in 1983 in Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico, where she lives and works today. In 2007, the artist received her BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts and in 2011, she received her MFA in Ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design. Simpson’s work reflects on the multilayered history of her home in New Mexico and of the United States, exploring modes of empowerment and resilience that carry traditions into the future. Working across media, the artist finds new ways to connect past and present, express experience and identity, and contemplate freedom and strength.

Alex Da Corte

Alex Da Corte was born in Camden, New Jersey, in 1980 and lives and works in Philadelphia. The artist received his BFA from the University of the Arts in 2004, and an MFA from Yale University School of Art in 2010. Da Corte creates vibrant and immersive large-scale installations, including wall-based works, sculptures, and videos. Colorful and surreal, his work combines personal narrative, art-historical references, pop-culture characters, and the glossy aesthetics of commercial advertising to reveal the humor, absurdity, and psychological complexity of the images and stories that permeate our culture.

Daniel Lind-Ramos

Daniel Lind-Ramos was born in Loíza, Puerto Rico, in 1953, where he currently lives and works. He received his BA from the University of Puerto Rico in 1975 and his MA from New York University in 1979. Lind-Ramos makes his sculptural assemblages using everyday materials collected from scavenging the streets and beaches of his hometown or sourcing from his local community. The objects and materials that the artist incorporates in his work recall the layered histories of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, and the realities of life there today.