Creativity, Featured, Museum|March 30, 2012 1:30 pm

Wilson Museum Presents Preview Screenings of “Art21 – Art in the 21st Century” in April

The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University has been selected for the second time as a preview screening location for the new season of Art21 – Art in the 21st Century.

Produced by Art21, Inc., Art21 is the only national television series focused exclusively on contemporary art, inviting audiences to meet some of today’s most accomplished artists as they create works that reflect important and timely global issues. On Tuesday evenings throughout April, the public will have the opportunity to preview episodes of Season Six at the Wilson Museum in advance of the broadcast airing on PBS.

Each of Season Six’s four hour-long episodes is constructed around a theme that functions as a thread that loosely connects the artists — as diverse as their histories, styles and mediums may be. Season Six explores the themes of “Change,” “Boundaries,” “History,” and “Balance.” Four Hollins students will provide an introduction to each episode.

The screenings are presented in partnership with The Arts Council of the Blue Ridge. Each episode will be screened at Hollins University’s Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center Auditorium at 7 p.m.

Episode 1: “Change,” Tuesday, April 3 –  Ai Weiwei, El Anatsui and Catherine Opie bear witness in their work to transformation (cultural, material and aesthetic) and actively engage communities as collaborators and subjects. Studio art major Ashley Pannell will give a brief introduction.

Episode 2: “Boundaries,” Tuesday, April 10 –  David Altmejd, Tabaimo, assume vivid astro focus, and Lynda Benglis synthesize disparate aesthetic traditions, present taboo subject matter, discover innovative uses of media, and explore the shape-shifting potential of the human figure. Art history major Sara Boddorf will introduce the episode.

Episode 3: “ History,” Tuesday, April 17 – Glenn Ligon, Mary Reid Kelley, and Marina Abramović mine personal and collective narratives and lay with historical events to explore and expose commonly held assumptions about historic “truth” and reveal connections between past events and the lived present. Introduced by classics and art history major Abigail Minor.

Episode 4: “ Balance,” Tuesday, April 24 – Rackstraw Downes, Robert Mangold, and Sarah Sze, through sculpture, painting and installations, grapple with equilibrium and disequilibrium as they create highly structured works that challenge conventional notions of perception and representation. Hollins studio art major Nancy Van Noppen will introduce this final episode, which will be immediately followed by an artist reception and round table discussion in the Visual Arts Center lobby.

For more information about these screenings, visit www.hollins.edu/museum or call 540.362- 6532.

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