art-21.jpgNew Paltz, NY – The State University of New York at New Paltz has been selected to partner with "Art:21 – Art in the Twenty-First Century," the only prime time national television series focused exclusively on contemporary art, in a special screening from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 14 in Lecture Center 102. The event, open to the public, features a sneak preview of "Compassion," one of four episodes of "Art:21" being premiered on PBS this season. A panel discussion will follow the screening, titled, "Do artists have a social responsibility?" Panelists include Art Department Associate Dean, Tom Sarrantonio; art faculty Suzanne Stokes; and art educators Nate Morgan and Joy Lai. "Compassion" underscores a thread connecting artists through their work and “explores the possibility of understanding and reconciling past and present, while exposing injustice and expressing tolerance for others…Employing stop-motion animation, drawing, and performance.” The three artists represented in this episode are William Kentridge, Carrie Mae Weems and Doris Salcedo. William Kentridge creates poignant films and stage productions that transform sobering political events – such as apartheid, revolution, and colonialism – into poetic allegories. Kentridge, a South African artist perhaps most famous for his animated films, and who works in diverse media including sculpture, charcoal drawings, and prints, was included in the 2009 Time magazine 100 Most Influential People and is currently staging Shostakovich’s The Nose for the Metropolitan Opera. Carrie Mae Weems takes inspiration from colloquial forms – a joke, song, plea, or rebuke – to create complex photographic series that scrutinize subjectivity and insist that pernicious stereotypes be held up to the mirror of everyday emotional and intellectual life. In a recent video and photo series, filmed around the time of the 2008 United States presidential election, Weems reflects upon the legacy of the 1960s that led to this recent historic moment. Doris Salcedo draws from the oppressive history of her county, Colombia, when creating her work. Her understated sculptures and installations embody the silenced lives of the marginalized, from individual victims of violence in her own country to the larger dis-empowered populations of the Third World. The screening of "Art:21" – "Compassion," is being presented by the Art Education Program and the Student Art Alliance as part of the Art Lecture Series. In the past decade, nearly 200 artists, designers, and critics have presented public lectures on their work or current issues in contemporary culture for the Series. Art lectures are held on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters. For a complete listing of art events visit -30- Contact: Eric Gullickson (845) 257-3245