Dates: 4/11/2012
Time: 6:30pm

WXXI and the Little Theatre will present a free screening about a film that asks “how do artists act as agents of change?” Art 21: Change, from the PBS series that focuses exclusively on contemporary art and artists, screens Wednesday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. in Little Theatre 5. It will be followed by a talk back with three local artists, and a reception in the Little Café. This event is free and open to the public, but is on a first come, first served basis.

Art 21: Change introduces audiences to Ai Weiwei, Catherine Opie, and El Anatsui – three artists who bear witness, through their work, to transformation—cultural, material, and aesthetic—and actively engage communities as collaborators and subjects. Ai Weiwei infuses his sculptures, photographs, and public artworks with personal poetry and political conviction, often making use of recognizable and historic Chinese art forms in critical examinations of a host of contemporary Chinese social and political issues. In sculptures of clay, wood, and metal El Anatsui uses and explores materials and formal elements that relate to his aesthetic and cultural environment, exemplifying change and revealing the eternal cycle of all things—destruction, transformation, and regeneration. Catherine Opie investigates the ways in which photographs both document and give voice to social phenomena in America today.

Immediately following the screening, at 7:30 p.m., WXXI and the Little will host a talk back with Jason Bernagozzi, video and new media artist on behalf of RoCo; Sarah C. Rutherford, fine artist and illustrator on behalf of 1975 Gallery; and Allen C. Topolski, Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Rochester.

To learn more about the event, visit WXXI.org/events or call (585) 258-0200. To learn more about the film, visit: http://www.art21.org/films/change.

This event is made possible with a mini-grant award from Art21. It is part of Art21 Access ’12, a celebration of contemporary art and creativity at hundreds museums, schools, libraries, art spaces, and community centers.

ART IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY airs Sundays at 2 p.m., beginning April 29 with Change on WXXI-TV/HD. Through in-depth profiles and interviews, the series reveals the inspiration, vision, and techniques behind the creative works of some of the most accomplished contemporary artists.