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Hunterdon Art Museum to Host Free Screenings of all Four Episodes of Season Six of Art21


All Four Episodes of Groundbreaking Series to be Presented between May and October

Clinton, NJ – The Hunterdon Art Museum, the region’s premier venue for contemporary art, craft and design, in partnership with Art21, as part of its Access ’12 initiative, is pleased to present a series of screenings of the sixth season of Art in the Twenty-First Century, the only prime time national television series focused exclusively on contemporary art. The series starts with the episode titled “Changes” on Thursday, May 31 at the Hunterdon Art Museum at 6:30pm. This event is free and open to the public.

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Art21 Access ’12 is an international screening initiative created to increase knowledge of contemporary art, ignite dialogue, and inspire creative thinking through hundreds of public screenings and events that tailor the ideas presented in series to the interests and concerns of local audiences. The season premiered on PBS April 13th with a new episode each Friday during April and May at 9 pm (check local listings). Through in-depth profiles and interviews, the four-part series reveals the inspiration, vision and techniques behind the creative works of some of today’s most thought-provoking artists.

“As the region’s hub for the exhibition and appreciation of contemporary art, craft and design, we knew it was a natural fit for us to present this wonderful program. For anyone who is curious about contemporary art, or who wants to learn about a specific artist in greater depth, this program is a terrific tool. We are so pleased to be able to share this program with our community,” states Marjorie Frankel Nathanson, Executive Director of the Hunterdon Art Museum.

“Art21 Access ’12 provides an opportunity for organizations around the country and the world to experience a central goal of Art21—dialogue inspired by contemporary art and the ideas it expresses,” said Susan Sollins, Executive Producer of Art21. “We hope that participating organizations find ways to best utilize the Art21 materials for their respective communities and that audiences will take full advantage of the events in their area and discover the life-changing potential of viewing creative role models at work. Our goal is that these events spark new conversations, and expose all kinds of viewers to the important work of the artists profiled in the series.”

Art21 Access ’12 events are presented in partnership with the Arts Business Council, Emerging Leaders of New York Arts, National Guild for Community Arts Education, and the YMCA. An updated list of Art21 Access ’12 events and venues worldwide can be found at

Art21 Access ’12 events are being hosted by museums, schools, libraries, art spaces, community centers, and universities worldwide. Each event features an exclusive advance screening of one or two episodes from Season Six 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.

The schedule for screenings at the Hunterdon Art Museum is as follows:

Thursday, May 31 6:30pm
Episode 1: Change
This episode features artists who bear witness, through their work, to transformation—cultural, material, and aesthetic—and actively engage communities as collaborators and subjects. Ai Weiwei, El Anatsui, and Catherine Opie are featured.

Thursday, July 19 6:30pm
Episode 2: Boundaries
This episode presents artists who synthesize disparate aesthetic traditions, present taboo subject matter, discover innovative uses of media, and explore the shape-shifting potential of the human figure. David Altmejd, assume vivid astro focus, Lynda Benglis, and Tabaimo are featured.

Thursday, September 27 6:30pm
Episode 3: History
In this episode, artists play with historical events, explore and expose commonly held assumptions about historic “truth”, and create narratives based on personal experiences. Marina Abramović, Glenn Ligon, and Mary Reid Kelley are featured.

Thursday, October 18 6:30pm
Episode 4: Balance
Through sculpture, paintings, and installations, the artists in this hour grapple with equilibrium and disequilibrium as they create highly structured works that challenge conventional notions of perception and representation. Rackstraw Downes, Robert Mangold, and Sarah Sze are featured.

Each screening will be preceded by an informal reception and followed by a chance to view the current exhibitions and engage in informal discussions with Museum staff, participating artists and the community.

The Hunterdon Art Museum is located at 7 Lower Center Street, Clinton NJ 08809. The telephone number is 908-735-8415 and the website is Museum hours are Tuesday-Sunday 11am-5pm. Suggested admission is $5. Admission includes entry to the ArtZone, a permanent space for children to explore art making through guided projects developed by the Museum’s Education department.

The Hunterdon Art Museum is a wheelchair accessible space. Publications are available in large print. Patrons who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired may contact the Museum through the New Jersey Relay Service at (TTY) 1 (800) 852-7899.

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The Museum’s programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Horizon Foundation of New Jersey, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, corporations, foundations and individuals.

The Hunterdon Art Museum presents changing exhibitions of contemporary art and design in a nineteenth century stone mill that is on the National Register of Historic Places. In this unique setting, the Museum, a landmark regional art center since 1952, shows work by established and emerging contemporary artists and offers a dynamic schedule of art classes and workshops for children and adults.

Over the last 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 organization has used the power of digital media to expose 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 series and year-round series-based education and public programs efforts, Art21 has expanded its film production and educational efforts in recent years. Several new initiatives have been launched in the past year including New York Close Up, a new documentary series on Art and Life in New York City, and the premiere of Art21’s first feature film, William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible. Art21 also offers Art21 Educators, an ongoing professional development program for teachers now entering its fourth year.

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Hunterdon Art Museum
7 Lower Center Street
Clinton, NJ 08809

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