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Sep 15, 2020 2020-09-15

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Video Series Exploring Art and Art History Through the Lens of the Present

A coproduction of PBS Learning Studios and Complexly, The Art Assignment introduces innovative artists that present the viewer with the challenge to complete different types of art assignments. It also explores art history through the lens of the present and exposes alternative approaches to art-making. The series premiered in 2014 with episodes introducing emerging and established artists, each of whom share an assignment that relates to their approach to art. The episodes serve as open calls for makers across the globe, and thousands of artworks have been created and shared in response to the assignments. The series has since expanded and evolved, offering a wide range of content in an ongoing effort to demystify art and art history for broad audiences. The Case For series makes arguments for the continued relevance of movements, artists, and types of art, such as “The Case for Minimalism” and “The Case for Yoko Ono.” The Art Cooking series explores the life, work, and eating habits of Salvador Dali, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Andy Warhol, among others. Art Trip takes the viewer on a journey to investigate the art offerings of locations as disparate as Venice, Italy, and Marfa, Texas. Other episodes delve into questions and criticisms that arise about art, such as “Do Machines Make Art?” and “Love the Art, Hate the Artist.” Designed to be used in the classroom or enjoyed independently, The Art Assignment demonstrates the diversity, accessibility, and relevance of art being made now and in the recent past.

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