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Screenings of the Art21 Episodes “History” and “Balance”

Saturday, October 20, 2012, 1–3 pm

Robert Mangold's Column Structure XXII, 2008. Acrylic, graphite, and black pencil on canvas, 120 x 96 inches (305 x 244 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Bequest of Arthur B. Michael, by exchange, 2009. © 2010 Robert Mangold / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

FREE for Members 
FREE with Gallery admission for non-members
Auditorium

The artists featured in the documentary series Art in the Twenty-First Century (Art21) demonstrate the breadth of artistic practice today and reveal a wealth of intergenerational and multicultural talent. Art21 presents artists speaking directly to the audience, and empowers educators, students, and general audiences to articulate their own interpretations and ideas about art.

1 pm
“History”
Featuring Marina Abramovic, Mary Reid Kelley, and Glenn Ligon
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.

2 pm
“Balance”
Featuring Rackstraw Downes, Robert Mangold, and 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.