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Art In The Twenty-First Century: History

Airs Friday, May 25, 2012 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Marina Abramović "The Artist Is Present," 2010. Performance, 3 Months. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Marco Anelli (for the Museum of Modern Art, New York).

Season six of ART IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY includes 13 profiles of artists from five continents gathered into four, one-hour thematic episodes: "Change" (May 11), "Boundaries" (May 18), "History" (May 25) and "Balance" (June 1).

Spanning the globe from Nigeria to New York City, from Beijing to Brazil, the programs reveal the artists at work and speaking in their own words as they demonstrate the power of art to alter perception, challenge convention, and change how we see the world around us.

"History" - How do artists mine the past to explore the present? Why do some historical events shape the way we think today, and why have some been forgotten? In what ways do artists use their own histories to examine the human condition?

In this episode, artists Glenn Ligon, Mary Reid Kelley and Marina Abramović play with historical events, explore and expose commonly held assumptions about historic "truth" and create narratives based on personal experiences.

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.

Art21 is a nonprofit dedicated to engaging audiences with contemporary visual art, inspiring creative thinking, and educating a new generation about artists working today. Learn more about the organization and its initiatives at art21.org.

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Art In The Twenty-First Century: History

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Watch History on PBS. See more from ART:21.

Above: In this episode, artists Glenn Ligon, Mary Reid Kelley and Marina Abramović play with historical events, explore and expose commonly held assumptions about historic "truth" and create narratives based on personal experiences.

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Art In The Twenty-First Century Season Six Trailer

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Above: Through in-depth profiles and interviews, the series reveals the inspiration, vision and techniques behind the creative works of some of the most accomplished contemporary artists.