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Art21 Sunday Screening
March 23, 2014 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pmfree and open to the public
March’s installment of the Sunday Film Screening Series on 3.23.2014 will feature a video essay by Laura Cottingham and an Art21c Exclusive on artist Ursula von Rydingsvard.
Not For Sale: Feminism and Art in the USA during the 1970s: a video essay by Laura Cottingham With primary footage from artists’ personal archives, Not for Sale is a feature-length film that documents the stories, challenges and achievements of participants in the Feminist Art Movement of the 1970s. Intent to free the underlying tenets of fine art terms from sexist ideologies, these artists shifted methods of production, critical evaluation, exhibition, distribution, and historical maintenance of art beyond gender-biased social structures. They worked at a turning point for video production, with The Sony PortaPak as a new, democratizing technology, which made home video an alternative to the more expensive and less portable method of film. Not for Sale includes the work of over 100 visual artists who eschewed object-making in favor of performative strategies, introduced new aesthetics for understanding and expressing a breadth of female experience and female-coded labor, and championed video as a new frontier of artistic production. As Laura Cottingham describes, the challenge they offered has yet to be met.
Art21 Exclusive: Ursula von Rydingsvard, 2013 In this Exclusive episode, filmed in August 2013, Ursula von Rydingsvard discusses her large-scale sculpture Ona, which is permanently installed outside of Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Originally made with cut cedar beams, the sculpture was cast in bronze at the Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry, where von Rydingsvard is shown applying a patina to its undulating surface. By installing the work in a public space without security guards or barricades, von Rydingsvard is encouraging visitors to touch the work, to “see with one’s hands.” While abstract at its core, von Rydingsvard’s work takes visual cues from the landscape, the human body, and utilitarian objects—such as the artist’s collection of household vessels—and demonstrates an interest in the point where the man-made meets nature
About Art21 Over the past decade, Art21 has established itself as the preeminent chronicler of contemporary art and artists through its Peabody Award-winning biennial television series, Art in the Twenty-First Century. The nonprofit organization has used the power of digital media to introduce 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. In addition to its PBS-broadcast series, Art21 produces short-format documentary series, viewable on multiple online platforms. The Exclusive short-format video series – with almost 200 episodes to date released biweekly on Art21.org – highlights featured artists from the Art21 roster using a blend of both new and previously unreleased footage.