"I still think the social function of art is that kind of negative aesthetic. Otherwise there’s no social function for it."
At the dawn of the 21st century, American artists are taking self-expression and the artistic process into uncharted territory. Today's artists are engaging the world and their audiences in vital and surprising new ways. They use an enormous variety of media and draw on sources ranging from pop culture and politics to ethnic heritage, classical models, and deeply personal life experiences. The artists featured in the series represent a cross-section of contemporary art practices and philosophies, and hail from different regions of the United States. Season 1 of "Art in the Twenty-First Century" introduces 21 artists to a nationwide audience.
Major underwriting for "Art in the Twenty-First Century" Season One provided by: Robert Lehman Foundation, Inc; Public Broadcasting Service; National Endowment for the Arts; Corporation for Public Broadcasting; Rockefeller Brothers Fund; Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro; The Allen Foundation for the Arts; The Broad Art Foundation; The Jon and Mary Shirley Foundation; Bagley Wright Fund; The Rockefeller Foundation; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; The Foundation-to-Life.done reading