On Thursday evening, April 12, 2012, the Alliance for the Arts and WGCU Public Media will present the Season 6 premiere of ART: 21 in the Foulds Theatre. The premiere will then air on WGCU-TV on Friday, April 13th, with new episodes in the 4-art series running during April and May. The only prime time national television series focused exclusively on contemporary art, ART: 21 focuses on the inspirations, visions and techniques behind the creative works of some of today’s most thought-provoking artists.
Titled Change, the premiere features three artists who bear witness through their work to transformation—cultural, material, and aesthetic—and actively engage communities as collaborators and subjects:
- Ai Weiwei infuses his sculptures, photographs, and public artworks with personal poetry and political conviction, often making use of recognizable and historic Chinese art forms in critical examinations of a host of contemporary Chinese social and political issues.
- In sculptures of clay, wood, and metal El Anatsui uses and explores materials and formal elements that relate to his aesthetic and cultural environment, exemplifying change and revealing the eternal cycle of all things–destruction, transformation, and regeneration.
- Catherine Opie investigates the ways in which photographs both document and give voice to social phenomena in America today. Working between conceptual and documentary approaches to image making, she examines the familiar genres of portraiture, landscape, and studio photography in surprising uses of serial images, unexpected compositions, and the pursuit of radically different subject matters.
The April 12 premiere at the Alliance begins at 7:30 p.m., with the doors opening at 7:00 p.m. A wine and cheese reception will follow the premiere. The screening is free with a $5 suggested donation, but seating is limited so reserve your spot now by calling the Alliance at 239-939-2787 or going to www.wgcu.org/events and registering online.
Serving seven counties in Southwest Florida, WGCU Public Media provides content and services that foster personal growth, celebrate human diversity and motivate community engagement enriching the lives of citizens and strengthening the social, democratic, and cultural health of the region. WGCU is a member-supported service of
Florida Gulf Coast University.
Over the last decade, ART: 21 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. The 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.
The Alliance for the Arts proudly supports WGCU Public Media and other arts and culture organizations in our area as the state designated Local Arts Agency for Lee County. The Alliance campus and galleries are open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays.
The Alliance’s galleries, theaters and 10-acre campus are located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard, just south of Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.