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S4 Ep11: Better Know: The Kiss by Gustav Klimt7m35s

S4 Ep11: Better Know: The Kiss by Gustav Klimt

This kissing couple is one of the best loved paintings in history, but what do we really know about it? Let's learn about its creator (Gustav Klimt), the historical moment it sprang from (turn-of-the-century Austria), and what it means when we look at it today (dubious consent?).

S4 Ep10: Art Trip: Utah11m26s

S4 Ep10: Art Trip: Utah

We ventured into the Utah countryside to visit some of the best loved Land Art works of the 1970s, Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty and Nancy Holt's Sun Tunnels, and check out the art that is happening there now. Also featured: William Lamson's Mineralogy, The Center for Land Use Interpretation, and lots and lots of salt.

S4 Ep8: Do Not Try to Eat This9m17s

S4 Ep8: Do Not Try to Eat This

Dada was a movement known for collage, upturned urinals, and its radicality--a reaction to the horrors of World War I. It was NOT known for its food, but in 1961 artist Man Ray offered this "Menu for a Dadaist Day," and we cooked it for you.

S3 Ep30: Look What We've Done3m21s

S3 Ep30: Look What We've Done

Over the past 3 years, 60 artists have offered art assignments, and thousands of artworks have been made in response. Here's a brief glimpse of what we've all made together over the course of this series so far. So KEEP ASSIGNMENTING!

S4 Ep7: The Case for Museums8m28s

S4 Ep7: The Case for Museums

The powerful and privileged have hoarded precious artifacts in museums for centuries, and it's only recently that these treasures were made available to the rest of us. What purpose did museums serve? And why does every city have one today?

The Case for Ai Weiwei5m53s

The Case for Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei has been called an iconoclast, a radical, a voice for the voiceless, and was once named the most powerful artist in the world. Who is Ai Weiwei? And why is he considered one of the most renowned artists of our time?

Self Shape - Tschabalala Self7m11s

Self Shape - Tschabalala Self

If you were a shape, what shape would you be? This week we meet with Tschabalala Self, whose work explores ideas surrounding the black female body, and her assignment asks you to consider your own body as a symbol too.