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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.
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2015; 2001
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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.
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2015; 2001
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Place [electronic resource]

With an introduction and video art by Laurie Anderson, this program considers the influence of place on four artists. Richard Serra's massive rolled-steel plates carve private moments out of public spaces. Sally Mann's photographs record the historical scars and romanticism latent in the landscape of the South. Barry McGee and Margaret Kilgallen's works blend elements of social realist murals and folk traditions with graffiti and other urban symbols. Pepon Osorio's sculptural assemblages and installations are intimately tied to location, evoking the survival of communities across borders.
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2015; 2001
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Identity [electronic resource]

This episode of "Art in the Twenty-First Century" examines how artists confront the questions "Who am I?" and "Who are we?" in a pluralistic, multicultural world. Kerry James Marshall's paintings and installations emerge from his deep ties to family, as well as his lifelong study of art history. Louise Bourgeois' work echoes some of today's most pressing social issues, including childhood trauma and the importance of memory. The densely psychological videos of Bruce Nauman examine the relationships among artist, viewer and society. And the work of Maya Lin, who achieved national fame when her now-famous design was selected for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, seeks to make a place for individuals within the landscape.
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2015; 2001