Over the past decade, Art21 has established itself as the preeminent chronicler of contemporary art and artists through its Peabody Award-winning biennial television series Art in the Twenty-First Century and, more recently, through the Peabody Award-winning film, William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible. The nonprofit organization has used the power of digital media to expose millions of people of all ages to contemporary art and artists and has created a new paradigm for teaching and learning about the creative process.
In addition to its PBS series and year-round series-based education and public programs efforts, Art21 has expanded its film production and educational efforts in recent years. Current initiatives include the new short-format documentary series Art21 Exclusive on multiple online platforms, an expansion of the Art21 Blog and Art21 Educators, an ongoing professional development program for teachers. Art21 also maintains an extensive archive of all of the films and educational materials it produces. The core of the Art21 Archive is the original documentary footage amassed to date in the creation of twenty one-hour programs (five seasons) of Art in the Twenty-First Century in addition to video documentation of art installations, temporary exhibitions, and performances at galleries and museums worldwide. The archive also includes films of ongoing activities of artists featured in the series of its education and public programs, including hundreds of hours of video filmed by educators participating in its Art21 Educators institute. The video in the Art21 Archive is supplemented with transcribed interviews, research materials, educational publications, web pages, books, and digital and analog artwork reproductions.
Art21 is currently in production for the sixth season of Art in the Twenty-First Century, scheduled to premiere on PBS in 2012.
Learn more about the organization at art21.org.
Learn more about the broadcast films and watch full programs at pbs.org.