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Art In The Twenty-First Century: History

ART IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY includes 13 profiles of artists from five continents gathered into four, one-hour thematic episodes: "Change," "Balance," "History" and "Boundaries." 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.

Mary Reid Kelley with Patrick Kelley. "The Syphillis of Sisyphus," video still, 2011. HD video, 11 minutes 2 seconds. Support provided by The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC).

Mary Reid Kelley with Patrick Kelley. "The Syphillis of Sisyphus," video still, 2011. HD video, 11 minutes 2 seconds. Support provided by The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC).

Credit: Courtesy of the artists and Fredericks & Freiser, New York. © Mary Reid Kelley

Mary Reid Kelley. "Sisyphus on Staircase," 2011. Collage, acrylic, and watercolor on paper; 16 x 25 inches.

Mary Reid Kelley. "Sisyphus on Staircase," 2011. Collage, acrylic, and watercolor on paper; 16 x 25 inches.

Credit: Courtesy of the artists and Fredericks & Freiser, New York. © Mary Reid Kelley

Mary Reid Kelley. Production still from the Art In The Twenty-First Century: Season Six episode, "History," 2012.

Mary Reid Kelley. Production still from the Art In The Twenty-First Century: Season Six episode, "History," 2012.

Credit: Courtesy of © Art 21, Inc. 2012

Glenn Ligon. "Untitled (America)," 2008. Neon and paint; 24 x 168 inches. Rubell Family Collection.

Glenn Ligon. "Untitled (America)," 2008. Neon and paint; 24 x 168 inches. Rubell Family Collection.

Credit: Courtesy of Regen Projects, Los Angeles. © Glenn Ligon

Glenn Ligon's "Self-Portrait", 1996. Silkscreen ink and gesso on canvas; 48 x 40 inches. Collection of the artist. Photo: Dennis Cowley.

Glenn Ligon's "Self-Portrait", 1996. Silkscreen ink and gesso on canvas; 48 x 40 inches. Collection of the artist. Photo: Dennis Cowley.

Credit: Courtesy of Regen Projects, Los Angeles. © Glenn Ligon

Glenn Ligon. Production still from the Art In The Twenty-First Century, Season Six episode, "History," 2012.

Glenn Ligon. Production still from the Art In The Twenty-First Century, Season Six episode, "History," 2012.

Credit: Courtesy of © Art21, Inc. 2012

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).

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).

Credit: Courtesy of the Marina Abramović Archives. © Marina Abramović

Marina Abramović and Ulay. "Relation in Time," 1977. Performance, 17 hours. Studio G7, Bologna.

Marina Abramović and Ulay. "Relation in Time," 1977. Performance, 17 hours. Studio G7, Bologna.

Credit: Courtesy of the Marina Abramović Archives. © Marina Abramović

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