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Everyday IconsDescriptive Audio

May 10, 2023

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As our culture works to correct centuries-long exclusions and misrepresentations, the artists in “Everyday Icons” show us alternative paths toward a more complete picture of our world. Featuring Amy Sherald, Daniel Lind-Ramos, Rose B. Simpson, and Alex Da Corte, this hour explores artists who reflect on the aesthetics, traditions, and histories we encounter daily and whose work expands our visual vocabulary to reflect a changing society. In their practices, the often rigid boundaries of expectation are put aside in favor of new ideas, unorthodox approaches, and playful propositions. Their freedom and innovation give audiences permission to build new and unexpected worlds of their own and inspire more profound empathy, connection, and critical thought. Remixing and reimagining art histories, archetypes, monuments, pop cultures, and genres, these artists discover how we might see something new in the everyday. 

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Executive Producer: Tina Kukielski. Series Producer: Nick Ravich. Director & Producer: Ian Forster. Editor: Bryan Chang. Directors of Photography: Jarred Alterman, Gabriela Díaz Arp, LeRoy Grafe, Jia Li.

Assistant Curator: Jurrell Lewis. Associate Producer: Andrea Chung. Design & Animation: Ryan Carl, Nikita Iziev. Composer: Andrew Orkin. Additional Music: Chocolate Helicopter, Annie Clark, Austin Fisher. Additional Vidoe Editor: Addison Post. Additional Photography: Bria Granville, Sean Hanley, Allie Humenuk, Nate Ilardi, Andrew Kemp, Christopher Lerch, Jane Macedo Yang, John Marton, Simon Weyhe. Assistant Camera: Javier Castillo, Karla Claudio-Betancourt, Jason Drakeford, Trevor Edwards, Oscar Harrison, Christina Zuni. Location Sound: Jeffrey Archer, Carver Audain, Matthew Betlej, Jackson Derbish, Marco Diallo, Ana Fernández, Tatiana Monge, Sade Norton, Barbara Rivera, Sean Solowiej.

Video Post-Production Services: Cut + Measure. Video Post-Production Producer: Alex Laviola. Colorist: Chris Ramey. Video Post-Production Coordinator: Catherine DiRosa. Online & Conform: David Gauff. Additional Animation: Andy Cahill. Audio Post-Production Services: Konsonant Post. Re-Recording Mixer & Sound Editor: Gisela Fullà-Silvestre. Assistant Editors: Ellen Askey, Michelle Hanks. Audio Description: 3Play Media. Station Relations De Shields Associates. Legal Counsel: Withersworldwide. Additional Curatorial Research: Susan Thompson.

Additional Art21 Staff: Lauren Barnett, Hannah DeGarmo, Lolita Fierro, Joe Fusaro, Molaundo Jones, Emma Nordin, Anna Pruett, Jessica Svenson, Noor Tamari, Nora Wimmer. Interns: Stephanie Ades, Sekou Cherif, Yeon Cho, Michaela Esteban, Emma Flood, Renee Rienecker, James Santiago, Adam Varca, Dani Wieder.

Artwork Courtesy: Alex Da Corte, Daniel Lind-Ramos, Amy Sherald, Rose B. Simpson.

Hauser & Wirth; Jack Shainman Gallery; Jessica Silverman Gallery; Matthew Marks Gallery; Saide Coles HQ; Brancusi, © Succession Brancusi – All rights reserved (ARS) 2023; Duchamp, © Association Marcel Duchamp / ADAGP, Paris / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 2023; Hopper, © 2023 Heirs of Jesphine N. Hopper / Licensed byy Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY; Oldenburg, © The Museum of Modern Art / Licensed by SCALA / ArtResource, NY; Wyeth, © 2023 Andrew Wyeth / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Archival Materials: ABC News; Drury Bynum; CBS Sunday Morning; Chiaroscuro Gallery, Santa Fe; Columbus State University’s Bo Barlett Center; Addison Doty; Ben-Alex Dupris; Family of Breonna Taylor; Darrick Fields; Global ImageWorks LLC; Hans Hammarskold Heritage; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; National Gallery of Art; National Museum of African American History and Culture; Kate Russell; Tim Salaz; Shine Creative; Shuttershock; Speed Art Museum; Pete Souza; WNCN.

Special Thanks: The Art21 Board of Trustees, Bandelier National Monument, Jennifer Bindman, Danielle Brock, Carnegie Musuem of Art, Jorge Cepeda, The Columbus Museum, Americo Da Corte Jr., David Zwirner Gallery, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Fawn Douglas, Sydney Freeland, Haus der Kunst, Sasha Hecht, High Museum of Art, ICA Boston, Moselle Kleiner, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Maria Martinez, MASS MoCA, Cara Monroe, Tamika Palmer, Permaculture Flowering Institute, Karaj Pettis, Philadelphia Museum of Art, William Pym, Hector Quiñones Fuentes, Devin L. Roberts, Scott J. Ross, Sarasota Museum of Art, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Maartje Oldenburg, Geraldine Sherald, Rachel Smith Sepúlveda, Roxanne Swentzell, Shaandiin Tome, The Trustess / Field Farm, Whitney Museum of American Art.

Major underwriting for Season 11 of Art in the Twenty-First Century is provided by PBS, National Endowment for the Arts, Lambent Foundation, The Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Toby Devan Lewis, Robert Lehman Foundation, and Nion McEvoy & Leslie Berriman.

Series Creators: Susan Dowling and Susan Sollins.

©2023 Art21, Inc.

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