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Art21 Hosts Its Inaugural “Art21 at the Movies” A Fusion of Film and Contemporary Art

Art21, the award-winning nonprofit organization committed to expanding access to contemporary art and artists through film and television, has announced its inaugural event, Art21 at the Movies. This two-day event will offer an impressive lineup of film premieres and artist-curated screenings that deepen the connection between art enthusiasts, filmmakers, and artists. Art21 at the Movies will take place in the heart of New York City, with its opening night on Wednesday, September 13th, at Metrograph from 7:00-11:00 pm, and its second night on Friday, September 15th, at SVA Theatre from 5:00-10:00 pm.

Miranda July in-Friends-Strangers.-Image-courtesy-Art21-and-PBS

The excitement begins with opening night at Metrograph, with a red carpet hour that will welcome esteemed artists, filmmakers, trustees, and devoted Art21 supporters. The highlight of this evening will be the premiere screening of “Friends and Strangers,” the much-anticipated third and final episode of Season 11 of Art in the Twenty-First Century featuring Linda Goode Bryant, Miranda July, Christine Sun Kim, and Cannupa Hanska Luger. The presence of artists and filmmakers, including “Friends and Strangers” director Chiemi Karasawa and featured artists Miranda July and Cannupa Hanska Luger, will create an opportunity for attendees to interact with the creative minds behind the episode. The evening will conclude with an afterparty with DJ Jennifly where attendees will have the chance to mingle with fellow art aficionados, indulge in delectable refreshments and cocktails, and engage in meaningful conversations with artists and filmmakers.

Cannupa Hanska Luger, in Friends Strangers.Image courtesy Art21 and PBS

As an organization, it is our mission to make contemporary art approachable and accessible for all audiences,

says Tina Kukielski, the Susan Sollins Executive Director and Chief Curator of Art21.

Art21 at the Movies is the latest initiative in our ever-expanding efforts to introduce the public to the brilliant artists of our time. We’re thrilled to offer this in-person opportunity to Art21 fans to make connections with contemporary artists and filmmakers, as well as engage with other art lovers.

Christine Sun Kim, in Friends Strangers. Image courtesy of Art21 and PBS

The excitement continues on the second night at SVA Theatre, where attendees will be treated to a look into the life of artist H.C. Westermann through the 3-D film premiere of “Westermann: Memorial to the Idea of Man If He Was an Idea,” executive produced by the artist KAWS, narrated by Ed Harris, and scored by Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet. This film will be followed by a captivating conversation with artists Trenton Doyle Hancock and Aaron Curry and director of the film Leslie Buchbinder. The night will also feature a curated selection of films hosted by filmmaker, writer and artist Miranda July and a diverse collection of films and digital content paying homage to art and artists.

Tickets Art21 at the Movies art21.org/atthemovies.


Art21 is a celebrated global leader in presenting thought-provoking and sophisticated content about contemporary art, and the go-to place to learn first-hand from the artists of our time. A nonprofit organization, Art21’s mission is to inspire a more creative world through the works and words of contemporary artists.  MORE: Art21.org.



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