Visitors enjoy the 2011 MFA Graduate Exhibition at the Winery SF on Treasure Island.

Public Special Events


Art21 Access '12 advance screening: History
Monday, April 16, 2012 - 7:30pm
Lecture Hall
Free and open to the public
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,

In partnership with Art21 as part of its Access ’12 initiative, SFAI presents a sneak preview in advance of the premiere of the sixth season of the Peabody Award-winning Art in the Twenty-First Century (Art21), the only prime time national television series focused exclusively on contemporary art.

Art21 Access ’12 is an international screening initiative created to increase knowledge of contemporary art, ignite dialogue, and inspire creative thinking through public screenings and events that tailor the ideas presented in series to the interests and concerns of local audiences. The season premieres on PBS on April 13. Through in-depth profiles and interviews, the four-part series reveals the inspiration, vision, and techniques behind the creative works of some of today’s most thought-provoking artists.

The following episode will be screened during the April 16 event:

Episode 3: History
In this episode, artists play with historical events, explore and expose commonly held assumptions about historic ‘truth’, and create narratives based on personal experiences. Marina Abramović, Glenn Ligon, and Mary Reid Kelley are featured.

Watch the Season 6 trailer:


Art21 Access ’12 events are presented in partnership with the Arts Business Council, Emerging Leaders of New York Arts, National Guild for Community Arts Education, and the YMCA. An updated list of Art21 Access ’12 events and venues worldwide can be found at

Image: Production still from the Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 6 episode, "History," 2012
Segment: Mary Reid Kelley