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UW Art Museum and Student Art League Host Screening of PBS Art Series

October 16, 2014
man crouching on floor working on art installation
Wolfgang Laib installs his work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City (ART21).

An episode of the Peabody Award-winning series ART21 “Art in the Twenty-First Century” will be shown Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m. in Room 111 of the University of Wyoming Visual Arts Building.

The UW Art Museum, Student Art League and the UW Department of Art host the event.

Season 7 of the PBS television series premiers Oct. 24, but advance screenings are made available to certain communities and organizations. This is the third year that the UW Art Museum and UW Art Department have hosted advanced screenings.

“Providing unique access to some of the most compelling artists of our time, the new season features a dozen artists from the United States, Europe and Latin America, and transports viewers to artistic projects across the country and around the world,” says Rachel Clifton, UW Art Museum assistant curator.

Each hourlong episode highlights the work of three different artists. UW will screen episode 3, “Legacy.” Artists in this episode use life experiences and family heritage to explore new aesthetic terrain. Inspired by the teachings of Laotzi, by the modern artist Brancusi and by formative experiences with his family in Germany and India, Wolfgang Laib’s sculptures seem to connect the past and present, the ephemeral and eternal.

Tania Bruguera explores the relationship between art, activism and social change, staging participatory events and interactions that build on her own observations, experiences and understanding of the politics of repression and control.

Abraham Cruzvillegas works in his Mexico City studio and at exhibitions in Paris and Minneapolis to assemble sculptures and installations from found objects and disparate materials, through which he explores the effects of improvisation, transformation and decay.

ART21 is a nonprofit global leader in art education, producing films on today’s leading visual artists and education programs that inspire creativity worldwide. Acclaimed for its Peabody Award-winning PBS series, ART21 uses the power of digital media to engage millions of people of all ages with contemporary art, artists and their creative processes.

For more information, call the Art Museum at (307) -766-6622, visit, or follow the museum on Facebook and Instagram.

Through its “museum as classroom” approach, the UW Art Museum places art at the center of learning for all ages. The museum is located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie.  Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Mondays from 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. Admission is free. 

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