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Monday, September 10, 2007

SU Hosts Art:21 Film Series Beginning September 20

SALISBURY, MD---Contemporary art breaks out of the confines of museums and art galleries and onto the campus of Salisbury University this fall, with screenings of the PBS series Art: 21–Art in the Twenty-First Century.

Shattering the myth of the artist as an isolated genius, season two of Art: 21 is shown 6-8 p.m. on selected Thursdays in Fulton Hall 111.

A unique series focusing exclusively on contemporary art, it provides an experience far beyond a gallery visit.  Intimate footage depicts some 16 American artists at work, including Charles Atlas, Martin Puryear and Raymond Pettibon, among others.  Transforming inspiration into art, they voice their thoughts while grappling with the physical and visual challenges of achieving artistic visions.  Films are:

• September 20: Stories and Contemporary Art – Filmmaker John Waters explores how the art of today records and describes the world. 

• October 18: Loss, Desire & Contemporary Art – Actress Jane Alexander explores how artists express longing, love and the human experience.  

• November 8:  Time & Contemporary Art – Dance pioneer Merce Cunningham explores the relationship to ancient art, to nature and to the rhythms of life.

• December 6:  Humor and Contemporary Art – Comedian Margaret Cho explores irony, satire and sarcasm, and art that is funny and critical at the same time. 

“For anyone who does not have the daily exposure to the art and artists of their time, this series is invaluable. Even for those of us who do, this series offers unique insights and reflections. There is every reason to see it,” said Agnes Gund, president emerita of the Museum of Modern Art, about the Art: 21 series. 

Sponsored by University Galleries, the film screenings are free and the public is invited.  For information call 410-548-2547 or visit the SU Web site at


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