Above: Cao Fei’s RMB CITY 4, 2007. Digital c-print, 47-1/5 x 63 inches, credit: ©Cao Fei, courtesy the artist and Lombard-Freid Projects, New York (from Episode 2: "Fantasy")
Lux Art Institute, the first LEED-certified art museum in San Diego County, in partnership with Art21, Inc. as part of its Art21 Access ’09 initiative, will present 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 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8 at 6:30 and 8:00 p.m. in the artist residence at Lux.
The event is free and open to the public, and free admission to sculptor Elizabeth Turk’s exhibit in the studio will also be offered that day with extended open hours from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
The event will feature a screening of Episode 2: "Fantasy" (featuring artists Jeff Koons, Mary Heilmann, Florian Maier-Aichen and Cao Fei) at 6:30 p.m. and Episode 3: "Transformation" (featuring artists Yinka Shonibare MBE, Cindy Sherman and Paul McCarthy) at 8:00 p.m. in the artist residence located below the Lux studio, allowing guests a rare opportunity to experience the artist’s living space.
Due to limited capacity, those interested in the screenings must register for the event by emailing Director of Education Kara Leen at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 760-436-6611, and specify which screening they would like to attend. An informal discussion led by Leen will follow each episode.
The following episodes will be screened during the October 8 event at Lux:
Episode 2: "Fantasy"
"Fantasy" presents four artists whose works or personal stories transport viewers to imaginary worlds and altered states of consciousness. With works that seem at times hallucinatory, irreverent, and sublime, each of these artists pursues a vision first held in the mind’s eye. Jeff Koons, Mary Heilmann, Florian Maier-Aichen and Cao Fei are featured.
Episode 3: "Transformation"
Whether observing and satirizing society or reinventing icons of literature, art history, and popular culture, the artists featured in "Transformation" capture the sensibilities of our age while at times inhabiting the characters they have created. Yinka Shonibare MBE, Cindy Sherman and Paul McCarthy are featured.
Art21 Access ’09 events are being hosted by museums, schools, libraries, art spaces, community centers, and universities. Each event features an exclusive advance screening of one or two episodes from Season Five of the documentary, as well as an educational component, such as talks by local, regional, and national artists, lectures, panel discussions, interactive art-making projects and question-and-answer sessions.