“Art in the Twenty-First Century” Season 9 premieres in Berlin, Johannesburg, New York, and San Francisco

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September 5, 2018


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The new season broadcasts online and on PBS this month, with premiere screenings happening around the world.

Art21 is pleased to announce a series of public premieres and screening events to accompany the release of the new season of their Peabody Award-winning documentary television series, Art in the Twenty-First Century. Season 9 is presented in three parts, drawing upon artists’ relationships with the places in which they work: Berlin, Germany; Johannesburg, South Africa; and the San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA. Premiere screenings will take place in each featured city, along with a world premiere event in New York.

Revealing the stories of twelve innovators in visual art and—in a series first—a nonprofit art center, Season 9 features Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, Olafur Eliasson, David Goldblatt, Katy Grannan, Nicholas Hlobo, Hiwa K, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Zanele Muholi, Susan Philipsz, Robin Rhode, Stephanie Syjuco as well as artists from the Creative Growth Art Center.

“Johannesburg” preview screenings

Saturday, September 8, 5:30pm
in partnership with the FNB JoburgArtFair
at Theatre on the Square
Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa
Post-screening Q&A with featured artist Nicholas Hlobo, moderated by Dr. Same Mdluli, Manager of the Standard Bank Gallery 
Admission is free, seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

Monday, September 10, 2pm
in partnership with the Market Photo Workshop
at Market Photo Workshop
Newtown, Johannesburg, South Africa
Post-screening Q&A with the film’s director, Ian Forster
Admission is free, seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

Season 9 world premiere

Thursday, September 20, 6:30pm
at Metrograph
New York, NY, USA
Tickets available for purchase; includes entry to the screening, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres.
This event is generously sponsored by Deutsche Bank.

“Berlin” premiere screenings

Saturday, September 22, 5pm
at KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Berlin, Germany
Post-screening Q&A with featured artist Hiwa K
RSVP required

Saturday, September 29, 1pm
at art berlin
Berlin, Germany
Screening free to the public

“San Francisco Bay Area” premiere screenings

Thursday, September 27, 6:30pm
at McEvoy Foundation for the Arts
San Francisco, CA, USA
Post-screening Q&A with Tina Kukielski, featured artists Katy Grannan, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Stephanie Syjuco, and Tom di Maria from Creative Growth.
RSVP required

Friday, September 28, 6pm 
at Creative Growth Art Center
Oakland, CA, USA
Post-screening meet-and-greet with the CGA artists
RSVP required

Season 9 of Art in the Twenty-First Century broadcasts on PBS on September 21 and 28. Full episodes and segments can be streamed from Art21.org, PBS.org, and through PBS streaming platforms following each episode’s broadcast premiere.

Major support for Season 9 of Art in the Twenty-First Century is provided by National Endowment for the Arts, PBS, Lambent Foundation, Agnes Gund, Ford Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Toby Devan Lewis, Nion McEvoy, and The Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation.

About Art21
Since 1997, Art21 has been recognized as a celebrated global leader in presenting thought-provoking and sophisticated content about contemporary art. It is the go-to place to learn firsthand about some of the most interesting working artists today—from the artists themselves—and is responsible for introducing millions of people to contemporary art and artists. Founded on the belief that artists are role models for creative and critical thinking, Art21’s mission aims to inspire a more creative and tolerant world through the works and words of contemporary artists.

Art21.org provides an unparalleled year-round, always-on look at working artists, a continuous digital presence for an organization that is widely recognized for a biennial television series. The Art21 video library houses over 60 hours of original video content—over 500 videos all open and free to the public. Reaching audiences of over 5 million a month, Art21’s digital initiatives continue the organization’s long-standing tradition of using the power of digital media to inspire audiences worldwide through exposure to contemporary artists.

Through its education program, Art21 engages audiences in dialogue about the contemporary art and artists featured in Art21 films. Art21’s educational initiatives include the Art21 Educators learning community, the production of interpretive resources, professional development workshops and lectures, and participatory programs and screening events.

2018 marks the organization’s 21st anniversary, celebrated by the premiere of the new season of Art in the Twenty-First Century, the publication of a new book of artist interviews assembled from Art21’s comprehensive archive, and the launch of Art21.live, a continuous streaming video channel that draws from over 60 hours of film from the Art21 video library and is curated to deliver 24/7 programming to audiences worldwide.