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Digital Studios: The Art Assignment

The Art Assignment is a weekly PBS Digital Studios production hosted by curator Sarah Green. We take you around the U.S. to meet working artists and solicit assignments from them that we can all complete. For more, subscribe to The Art Assignment on YouTube: youtube.com/theartassignment.

Episodes

Season 4
In 1958, scientists from Russia left a plastic bust of Vladimir Lenin at the Southern...
Season 4
Agnes Martin's minimal paintings reproduce terribly. Their magic does not come though in...
Season 4
Explore Vermeer's masterpiece "Girl with a Pearl Earring" up close, and see how it's...
Season 4
Let's recreate a lavish spread of fine cheeses, pretzels, and the trappings of the good...
Season 4
When Banksy shredded his artwork the moment after it sold at auction, he left many...
Season 4
Forget the hype and experience the art and history that Detroit offers up in spades. We...
Season 4
Are artists really more tortured than the rest of us? Let's consider this myth and the...
Season 4
What's the point of making realistic paintings when photography can do the trick? We look...
Season 4
Can you separate the art from the artist? This one's in honor of all the art you used to...
Season 4
Picasso is one of the greatest artists of all time, but was also an inveterate womanizer...
Season 4
You've likely seen this glassy-eyed late 19th Century barmaid before, but what can we...
Season 4
Sometimes art is paintings, and sometimes it's a chair. Why? Let's learn about "...
Season 4
Have you heard of Italian Baroque artist Artemisia Gentilschi? Find out why her...
Season 4
Fluxus was a network of artists who thought anything could be art, and anyone could be an...
Season 4
The Met Museum in New York is a treasure trove of art, filled with masterpieces of human...
Season 4
The naked and the nude have been frequent subjects for art throughout the history of...
Season 4
Was your Art History class an endless succession of names and dates and movements? Art...
Season 4
This kissing couple is one of the best loved paintings in history, but what do we really...
Season 4
We ventured into the Utah countryside to visit some of the best loved Land Art works of...
Season 4
It's tax season in the United States, and the art market is one of the many ways rich...
Season 4
Dada was a movement known for collage, upturned urinals, and its radicality--a reaction...
Season 4
The powerful and privileged have hoarded precious artifacts in museums for centuries, and...
Season 4
Should art be beautiful? Revisit ancient philosophers' thoughts on beauty and consider...
Season 4
Journey through the life and eating habits of artist Vincent Van Gogh in four courses:...
Season 4
Sure, you've seen Vincent Van Gogh's famed painting The Starry Night before. And maybe...
Season 4
Surrealist artist Salvador Dali is well known for his distinctive mustache and melting...
Season 4
You’ve heard of Jackson Pollock and know of his infamous “drip paintings,” but what is it...
Season 4
Latin American and Latinx Art is celebrated across Southern California with the Getty-...

Specials

Season 3
New York City offers way too many art-viewing opportunities for us to cover in a single...
Season 3
This week Mike Rugnetta joins us to share five of his favorite works of art. Thanks, Mike!
Season 3
If you were a shape, what shape would you be? This week we meet with Tschabalala Self,...
Season 3
Ai Weiwei has been called an iconoclast, a radical, a voice for the voiceless, and was...
Season 3
This week we meet Pablo Helguera, an artist, museum educator, and writer, at the...
Season 3
Dubious of performance art? Break into a cold sweat when you realize it’s about to begin...
Season 3
We interview the remarkable Vanessa Hill, creator of BrainCraft, a production of PBS...
Season 3
This week we come to you from Rosarito, Mexico AND Chicago, IL to bring you an assignment...
Season 3
This week we share some of your excellent responses to two assignments -- Geof...


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