"Art making is a form of alchemy, in a way, because you are trying…to make gold from nothing. When it works very well is when you manage to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary."
From Season 6 of "Art in the Twenty-First Century"
Preview for the episode "History" from Season 6 of "Art in the Twenty-First Century" (2012), featuring artists Glenn Ligon, Mary Reid Kelley, and Marina Abramović.
Special Q&A with the artists: Leave a question for Mary Reid Kelley and Marina Abramović!
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.
"History" premieres Friday, April 27, 2012 at 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings).