The SCAD Museum of Art and the SCAD School of Fine Arts present two afternoons of film featuring episodes from a highly acclaimed PBS television series.
The series, from Art21, is titled "Art in the Twenty-First Century," and will be presented May 11 and May 18, 4-6:30 p.m., at the SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.
The screenings are free and open to the public.
Art21 is a nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging audiences with contemporary visual art, inspiring creative thinking, and educating a new generation about artists working today. The organization's film series explores contemporary art and ideas in the 21st century, with SCAD's doubleheaders highlighting several of today's most prominent contemporary artists.
Screenings include the following films, and will be followed by discussion and light refreshments:
Change: Ai Weiwei, El Anatsui, and Catherine Opie
How do artists respond to a world in flux? In what ways do artists act as agents of change, and what kinds of aesthetic choices do they make to express it? This episode features artists who bear witness, through their work, to transformation-cultural, material and aesthetic-and actively engage communities as collaborators and subjects.
Boundaries: David Altmejd, assume vivid astro focus, Lynda Benglis, Tabaimo
Who and what limits our freedom of expression? In what ways do cultural differences affect our understanding of art and other forms of communication? How do an artist's process and choice of medium affect our perception of his or her work? This episode features artists who synthesize disparate aesthetic traditions, present taboo subject matter, discover innovative uses of media, and explore the shape-shifting potential of the human figure.
History: Marina Abramović, Glenn Ligon, Mary Reid Kelley
How do artists mine the past to explore the present? Why do some historical events shape the way we think today, and why have some been forgotten? In what ways do artists use their own histories to examine the human condition? In this episode, artists play with historical events, explore and expose commonly held assumptions about historic 'truth,' and create narratives based on personal experiences.
Balance: Rackstraw Downes, Robert Mangold, Sarah Sze
In what ways can art convey equilibrium or disequilibrium? What is reality? How do artists perceive and express it? This episode features artists whose works explore the distinctions between balance and imbalance, and demonstrate that the smallest change in a line, a formal element, or a structure can be a radical proposition.
Throughout the SCAD School of Fine Arts, state-of-the-art creative laboratories allow thorough interface with the medium while dedicated faculty, who are also practitioners, help students stay current in their fields. Traditionally defined as being based primarily on aesthetics, the fine arts at SCAD go beyond intellectual and conceptual concerns to address advanced technical training. Programs guide students to become practical idealists-artists prepared to succeed at the highest level of creative professionalism.
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