Tuesday, 6 October 2009

CCA,Lagos Presents Art21 Documentary Screening and Talk Sat 10th Oct 2pm: Also Last Chance to See Trash-ing

Saturday 10th October 2009

Time 2pm


Centre for Contemporary Art is pleased to host this exclusive event featuring the advance screening of Episode 1: COMPASSION from Season Five of the Peabody Award Winning Documentary Art:21 – Art in the Twenty First Century. Art21 partners with organisations worldwide to host events inspired by ART:21 Season Five premiering this October on PBS.

The Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos in partnership with Art21, Inc. as part of its Art21 Access ’09 initiative, presents a sneak preview of the fifth season of Art:21—Art in the Twenty-First Century, the only prime time national television series focused exclusively on contemporary art, on 10th October at CCA,Lagos.

Episode 1: Compassion

This episode features artists whose works explore the possibility of understanding and reconciling past and present, while exposing injustice and expressing tolerance for others. South African William Kentridge, American Carrie Mae Weems and Colombia Doris Salcedo are featured.

A discussion will take place after the screening with artist Kainebi Osahenye, curator Bisi Silva and Fulbright Fellow Antawan Byrd highlighting the art practices, themes and concerns of the artists in the screening.

Art21 Access ’09 is an international screening initiative created to increase knowledge of contemporary art, ignite dialogue, and inspire creative thinking through hundreds of public screenings and events that tailor the ideas presented in the series to the interests and concerns of local audiences. The season premieres on PBS October 7th with a new episode each Wednesday. Through in-depth profiles and interviews, the four-part series reveals the inspiration, vision and techniques behind the creative works of some of today’s most thought-provoking artists.

Susan Sollins, Executive Producer of Art:21says “We hope that audiences will take full advantage of the events in their area and develop an understanding of the complex skills, techniques and knowledge that artists bring to their work. Our goal is that these events contribute to boosting the confidence of audiences worldwide to view and appreciate all art forms.”

Art21 Access ’09 events are presented in partnership with Americans for the Arts as part of National Arts and Humanities Month, the largest annual celebration of the arts and humanities in the nation, held every October. An updated list of Art21 Access ’09 events and venues worldwide can be found at www.art21.org/access09.


Over the past ten years, Art21 has established itself as the preeminent chronicler of contemporary art and artists through its Peabody Award-winning biennial television series Art:21—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.

Find Art21 on Facebook (facebook.com/art21) and Twitter (twitter.com/art21).


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