In 1997, a group of people in New York decided to take contemporary art to the masses, working with the belief that visual art belonged with the people and had takers in a larger audience. And so was founded Art21, an initiative that takes art to television and the Internet.
As a chronicler of contemporary art and artists, Art21 started the television series Art:21-Art in the Twenty-First Century - a PBS documentary about contemporary art and the artists who make it. Season five of the show, that started earlier this month, showcases artists like William Kentride, Doris Salcedo, Cao Fei, John Baldessari and Paul McCarthy. While some of the videos can be downloaded on iTunes, galleries across the world have come together for a simultaneous screening of season five episodes.
Part of an initiative called Art21 Access ?09, the event will be held across 300 museums, schools, libraries, art spaces and community centers across the world.
In Delhi, The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA), has organised the screening of these films at different venues each week. On October 24, watch Transformation - featuring Paul McCarthy, Cindy Sherman and Yinka Shonibare at the Auditorium, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, at 5 pm. The screening of the film will be followed by a panel discussion with Anita Dube, Pushpamala N and others.
On October 28, watch Compassion, featuring William Kentridge, Doris Salcedo and Carrie Mae Weems at the British Council Division, British High Commission, 17 Kasturbha Gandhi Marg at 5 pm. This will be followed by a panel discussion with Susan Visvanath, Sheba Chhachhi and others.