The Season Finale of Art21 Shows Us Four Figures Reimagining Who the Audience For Art Can Be. Watch the Trailer Here

As part of a collaboration with Art21, hear news-making artists describe their inspirations in their own words.

Still from Art21 season 11, "Friends and Strangers." Courtesy of Art21.

The final episode of this season of the acclaimed PBS series Art in the Twenty-First Century will premiere on Friday, October 20. Titled “Friends and Strangers,” it gives viewers an intimate look inside the lives and practices of artists Linda Goode Bryant, Miranda July, Christine Sun Kim, and Cannupa Hanska Luger.

Each of the four artists are known for engaging with community to enhance and deepen their art works. Each employs practices considered atypical. And each is a social activists as well as a painter, sculptor, or performers.

Miranda July stages an impromptu performance at a gas station, blurring the lines between art and reality; Christine Sun Kim, who famously delivered her American Sign Language rendition of the National Anthem at the Super Bowl, uses art to challenge preconceptions about the “hearing-dominant art world.” Cannupa Hansuka Luger, who staged interventions at the infamous 2016 Standing Rock protests, engages with his Indigenous community to raise awareness about historic and contemporary instances of colonialism; and Linda Goode Bryant, the force behind the legendary gallery Just Above Midtown, also founded Project EATS, a living installation that helps transform empty parking lots and rooftops into neighborhood farms to build local food systems.

“Each artist featured in ‘Friends & Strangers’ has been considered an outsider at some point in their life,” executive director and chief curator Tina Kukielski says. “Each one also possesses that magical ability to connect with the world around them through art. I hope this episode teaches those watching that art has the power to help us raise our voice and find our community.” 

Watch the trailer for Episode 3 of Art in the Twenty-First Century, here.

This is an installment of “Art on Video,” a collaboration between Artnet News and Art21 that brings you clips of news-making artists. A new season of the nonprofit Art21’s flagship series Art in the Twenty-First Century is available now on PBS. Catch all episodes of other series, like New York Close Up and Extended Play, and learn about the organization’s educational programs at


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