Art21 Access 100 Artists Screenings

Hillyer Art Space, in partnership with Art21 as part of its Access 100 Artists initiative, presents exclusive screenings of episodes from Art in the Twenty-First Century, the only prime time national television series focused exclusively on contemporary art, on April 10th, May 8th, September 11th, October 9th and November 13th at 9 Hillyer Court NW, Washington, DC 20008. The event features a discussion following each screening, and refreshments for audience members. This event is free and open to the public.
Art21 Access 100 Artists 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.   Through in-depth profiles and interviews, the Art in the Twenty-First Century series reveals the inspiration, vision and techniques behind the creative works of some of today's most thought-provoking artists. Art21 Access 100 Artists celebrates a milestone of 100 artists featured throughout six seasons of the Art in the Twenty-First Century series.
As a part of Hillyer Art Space's constant effort to promote a dialogue between local and international contemporary artists, we are participating in the Art 21's Access 100 Artists initiative to facilitate the continued discussion about the importance of contemporary art for social change, political awareness, and cultural appreciation.

The following episodes will be screened:

Wednesday | April 10, 2013
Season ONE, Episode 1: PLACE

This episode considers the influence of Place-physical; conceptual or psychological; regional, national, or transnational.  Whether architectural, local, historical, or psychological, each artist makes us more aware of place and its continuously increasing set of meanings.  Sally Mann, Barry McGee & Margaret Kilgallen, Pepón Osorio, and Richard Serra are featured.

Wednesday | May 8, 2013
Season TWO, Episode 1: STORIES

The artists profiled in Stories tell tales-autobiographical, fictional, satirical, or fantastical-through architecture, literature, mythology, fairytales, and history.  These artists provoke us to think about our own stories, the characters and caricatures, the morals and messages that define our real and imagined lives. Trenton Doyle Hancock, Kiki Smith, Do-Ho Suh, and Kara Walker are featured.

Wednesday | September 11, 2013
Season FOUR, Episode 2: PROTEST

This episode examines the ways in which contemporary artists picture and question war, express outrage, and empathize with the suffering of others. Whether bearing witness to tragic events, presenting alternative histories, or engaging in activism, the artists interviewed in this episode use visual art as a means to provoke personal transformations and question social revolutions. Jenny Holzer, Alfredo Jaar, An-My Lê, and Nancy Spero are featured.

Wednesday | October 9, 2013
Season FOUR, Episode 1: ROMANCE

What role do intuition, emotion, fantasy, and escapism play in contemporary art? How do contemporary artists respond to traditionally romantic ideals such as sentimentality, pathos, and the philosophy of art for art's sake?  This episode poses questions about the value of pleasure in art and features artists whose works are extended meditations on mortality, love, reality, and make-believe.  Pierre Huyghe, Judy Pfaff, Lari Pittman, and Laurie Simmons are featured.

Wednesday | November 13, 2013

Costumes and masks, makeup and style, dolls & mannequins, stage and cinema-what strategies do we use to refashion identity?  Do we seek out excess and extremes in order to see ourselves more clearly? Whether observing and satirizing society or reinventing icons of literature, art history, and popular culture, these artists inhabit the characters they create and capture the sensibilities of our age.  Paul McCarthy, Cindy Sherman, and Yinka Shonibare MBE are featured.


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.

This event is part of Art21's Access 100 Artists, a celebration of contemporary art and Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season One through Six, sponsored by Art21. Visit for more information.