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"Friends & Strangers"Descriptive Audio

November 22, 2023

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The artists in “Friends & Strangers” are connectors, building upon and supporting the existing groups they participate in and searching for ways to create ever more inclusive forms of community. Featuring Linda Goode Bryant, Miranda July, Christine Sun Kim, and Cannupa Hanska Luger, this hour follows the four artists as they identify collaborators, advocate for themselves and others, and work to create a world where we are made stronger together. In their practices, these artists build institutions that become networks for new and unorthodox ideas, generate participatory artworks that connect us across differences, and make the underserved and underrepresented visible to our wider society. Their works call out to like-minded individuals and provide gathering sites, enunciate grievances and confront structural inequalities, and demonstrate new and expansive models of coming together. Seeking connection within their immediate circles and across vast differences, these artists have sought to bring together friends and strangers through their practices and demonstrate that a different and less isolated world is possible.

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Executive Producer: Tina Kukielski. Series Producer: Nick Ravich. Director: Chiemi Karasawa. Producer: Danielle Varga. Editors: Mary Ann Toman, Lynn True. Archival Producer: Leah Ford. Associate Producer: Andrea Chung. Assistant Curator: Jurrell Lewis. Cinematography: Sam Cullman, Daud Sani, Shaandiin Tome, David Yim. Design & Animation: Ryan Carl, Nikita Iziev. Composer: Andrew Orkin.

Additional Photography: Bennett Cerf, Nick Curran, Gabe Fermin, Luke Fitch, Luke Geissbuhler, Giacomo Gex, LeRoy Grafe, Connie Huang, Bernard Hunt, Clark Ivers, Jane Macedo Yang, Carla Mejia, Karen Rodriguez, Rafael Salazar Moreno, Jeb Stewart, Katie Wise, Michael Workman, Darlene Joanna Young. Assistant Camera: Isa Fernandez, Forrest Goodluck, Bailey Lica, Colin Morris. Location Sound: Jedd Dumaguina, Genna Edwards, Jae Kim, Robert La Rosa, Jonathan Lau, Tarcisio Longobardi, Steve Lopez, Shane Lovero, Fiona McBain, Eric Perez, Luiza Sá-Davis, William Sarokin, Brian Whitlock. ASL Interpretation: Rebecca De Santis, Denise Kahler-Braaten, Beth Staehle. Advising Producer: Ian Forster.

Additional Art21 Staff: Lauren Barnett, Hannah DeGarmo, Lolita Fierro, Joe Fusaro, Molaundo Jones, Emma Nordin, Anna Pruett, Jessica Svenson, Noor Tamari, Nora Wimmer.

Production Assistants: Kelsey Bland, Danica Drezner, Emily Joe, Asia Jones. Video Post-Production Services: Cut + Measure. Video Post-Production Producer: Alex Laviola. Colorist: Chris Ramey. Online & Conform: David Gauff. Additional Video Editors: Addison Post, Adam Varca. Additional Animation: Andy Cahill. Audio Post-Production Services: Konsonant Post. Re-Recording Mixer: Gisela Fullà-Silvestre. Sound Editor: Ben Kruse. Assistant Editors: Ellen Askey, Stephanie Cen, Michelle Hanks. Additional Research: Susan Thompson.

Station Relations: De Shields Associates. Legal Counsel: Franklin Weinrib Rudell + Vassallo.

Interns: Stephanie Ades, Sekou Cherif, Yeon Cho, Michaela Esteban, Emma Flood, Amber He, Emma Kanne, Carina Martinez, Renee Rienecker, James Santiago, Dani Wieder.

Artwork Courtesy: Linda Goode Bryant; Cannupa Hanska Luger; Miranda July; Christine Sun Kim; François Ghebaly Gallery; Garth Greenan Gallery; JTT Gallery; Willie Birch, “Woman Feeding Child” (1983), part of the “Solid State Series;” Elizabeth Catlett, © 2023 Mora-Catlett Family / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY; Valerie Maynard, © 2023 Estate of Valerie J. Maynard / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Betye Saar, “Fragments” (1976) / Courtesy of the Artist and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles.

Archival Materials: African American Performance Art Archive, American Museum of Folk Art, Adam Avila, Baltimore Museum of Art, BAM Hamm Archives, Aubree Bernier-Clarke, Dawoud Bey, Sydney Blum, Dwight Carter, Charles White Archives, Barbara Chase-Riboud, Coreen Simpson Photography, Justin Deegan, Krista DiBernardo-Williams, Austin Donohue, Meg Eginton, Estate of Houston Conwill, Film4, Robert Gerhardt, David Hammons, Hatch Billops Collection, Hauser & Wirth, Palmer Hayden, IFC Films, Jane Comfort and Company, Dr. Kellie Jones, Philip Mallory Jones, Kinolibrary, The Kitchen, George Klass, LA Modern, Lawrence D., “Butch” Morris Estate, Lorna Simpson Studio, Mark Liflander, Jeff Morgan, The Museum of Modern Art, Senga Nengudi, NewsHour Productions LLC, NYS Office of General Services, Sara Nović, Harmon Outlaw, Herb Perr, Pond5, Rago/Wright, Mallica “Kapo” Reynolds, Ryan Lee Gallery, Sean Kelly, New York, The Studio Museum in Harlem Archives, Susan Inglett Gallery, Russ Thompson, United States Air Force Band, Universal Studios Licensing LLC, VAGA/ARS, Doug Vann, Ventureland, Hrag Vartanian, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Wendy Ward Elhers, Faythe Weaver, Kathy Elkwoman Whitman, Rob Wilson, John Wronn.

Special Thanks: The Art21 Board of Trustees, Archie Bray Foundation, Dominic Banghart, Jay Benedicto, Matthew Betlej, Susan Block, Helsa Borinstein, Laura Coxson, Ramon Ariel De Los Santos, Larkin Donley, The Drawing Center, Ginger Dunnill, Michelle Elligott, Goethe-Institut London, Maren Hassinger, Janet Olivia Henry, Jacques Hipplewith, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Niki Hunt, Marielle Ingram, Hitomi Iwasaki, Keith Jackson, Sydney Krantz, DJ Kurs, LA Phil, T Lax, Elizabeth Litvitskiy, ‘io Kahoku Luger, Tsesa Tsoki Luger, Roux Mader, Thomas Mader, Lyndon McCray, Media Mavens, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Meg Montgoris, Sam Nichols, Jared Michael Nickerson, Ocatillo, Hugh O’Rouke, Cole Palatini, Grace Park, Ryan Pattie, Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University, Project EATS, Queens Museum, Tom Ragan, REDCAT Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, Allie Rice, Roscoe, Rebecca Schear, Mohammad Shaikh, Somerset House, Francine Stern, The Studio at WESST, Albuquerque, Natasha Sweeten, Dr. Christopher Tester, Yezica Tutic, Gan Uyeda, Steven Young Lee, Nick West, Randy Williams.

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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