"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 the series, "Exclusive"
Glenn Ligon discusses texts and cultural events, such as the writings of James Baldwin and the Million Man March, that inspired some of his paintings. Although viewers who are familiar with these references might have a “richer” experience than those who don’t, as Ligon explains, having this knowledge is not necessary to have a meaningful experience with his work. Ligon was interviewed in 2011 at his Brooklyn, New York studio.
CREDITS: Producer: Ian Forster. Consulting Producers: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Interviewer: Susan Sollins. Camera: Joel Shapiro. Sound: Patrick Christensen & Judy Karp. Editor: Morgan Riles. Artwork Courtesy: Glenn Ligon, The Power Plant, Toronto; Regen Projects, Los Angeles; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Theme Music: Peter Foley.
Exclusive is supported, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; 21c Museum Hotel, the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, and by individual contributors.