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Spirituality

This episode addresses the continuing examination of the spiritual in art and life. James Turrell's works relate to and depart from his Quaker heritage, and through the idea of light as a metaphor for the spiritual. Ann Hamilton's installations, which often feature a solitary figure attending to a task, evoke not only a sense of mortality and quiet meditation, but also awe. The labor-intensive miniature paintings of Shahzia Sikander combine figurative and abstract elements from both the Muslim and Hindu faiths. And the books, sculptures, and installations of John Feodorov examine New Age assumptions about Native-American spirituality.
Online
2015; 2001
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Consumption [electronic resource]

With an introduction by John McEnroe (in a video created by Barbara Kruger), this program focuses on the influences a consumerist society and pop culture exert on contemporary art and vice-versa. Featured are the experimental home, "furniture" designs, clothing, and artificial island of Andrea Zittel. Paintings of Michael Ray Charles analyze the historical relationship between advertising images and cultural stereotypes. Mel Chin connects to culture and commerce through an eclectic body of work that deals with everything from television's Melrose Place to his Detroit Revival Field project, which attempts to clean polluted plots of land.
Online
2015; 2001
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Stories [electronic resource]

The artists profiled in "Stories" tell tales-autobiographical, fictional, satirical, or fantastical-through architecture, literature, mythology, fairytales, and history. These artists provoke us to think about our own stories, the characters and caricatures, the morals and messages that define our real and imagined lives.
Online
2015; 2003
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Power [electronic resource]

From politics to mass media, the theme of power pervades daily life. The artists in this program - Cai Guo-Qiang, Laylah Ali, Krzysztof Wodiczko and Ida Applebroog - negotiate personal and cultural histories, re-imagine social space and challenge authority, oppression and control. The hour concludes with an original piece of video art by Teresa Hubbard/Alexander Birchler.
Online
2015; 2005
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Memory [electronic resource]

How does memory function? Who creates history? Whether commemorative, critical or irreverent, the artists in episode two - Susan Rothenberg, Mike Kelley, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Josiah McElheny - delve into the past, transforming it and remaking it in their work. The hour concludes with an original piece of video art by Teresa Hubbard/Alexander Birchler.
Online
2015; 2005
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Structures [electronic resource]

The artists in this episode - Mathew Ritchie, Fred Wilson, Richard Tuttle and Roni Horn - create systems, shift contexts and engage with perception, utilizing unconventional devices. The hour concludes with an original piece of video art by Teresa Hubbard/Alexander Birchler, a meditation on the idea of structures.
Online
2015; 2005
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Play [electronic resource]

Spontaneous, funny or subversive, play can take many forms. The artists in this episode - Jessica Stockholder, Ellen Gallagher, Arturo Herrera and Oliver Herring - improvise games, draw inspiration from dance and music, and employ color, pattern and movement to induce delight. The hour concludes with an original piece of video art by Teresa Hubbard/Alexander Birchler, a meditation on the idea of play.
Online
2015; 2005