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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
Episode 32
This photograph of young farmers on their way to a dance was taken in Germany in 1914 by...
Season 4
Episode 31
Art History of full of amazing artist couples. Let's look at a handful of talented...
Season 4
Episode 30
We addressed the myth, and now it's time for the truth of the tortured artist. Some art...
Season 4
Episode 29
What is video art? How is it any different from all the other moving pictures that are...
Season 4
Episode 28
In 1958, scientists from Russia left a plastic bust of Vladimir Lenin at the Southern...
Season 4
Episode 27
Agnes Martin's minimal paintings reproduce terribly. Their magic does not come though in...
Season 4
Episode 26
Explore Vermeer's masterpiece "Girl with a Pearl Earring" up close, and see how it's...
Season 4
Episode 25
Let's recreate a lavish spread of fine cheeses, pretzels, and the trappings of the good...
Season 4
Episode 24
When Banksy shredded his artwork the moment after it sold at auction, he left many...
Season 4
Episode 23
Forget the hype and experience the art and history that Detroit offers up in spades. We...
Season 4
Episode 22
Are artists really more tortured than the rest of us? Let's consider this myth and the...
Season 4
Episode 21
What's the point of making realistic paintings when photography can do the trick? We look...
Season 4
Episode 20
Can you separate the art from the artist? This one's in honor of all the art you used to...
Season 4
Episode 19
Picasso is one of the greatest artists of all time, but was also an inveterate womanizer...
Season 4
Episode 18
You've likely seen this glassy-eyed late 19th Century barmaid before, but what can we...
Season 4
Episode 17
Sometimes art is paintings, and sometimes it's a chair. Why? Let's learn about "...
Season 4
Episode 16
Have you heard of Italian Baroque artist Artemisia Gentilschi? Find out why her...
Season 4
Episode 15
Fluxus was a network of artists who thought anything could be art, and anyone could be an...
Season 4
Episode 14
The Met Museum in New York is a treasure trove of art, filled with masterpieces of human...
Season 4
Episode 13
The naked and the nude have been frequent subjects for art throughout the history of...
Season 4
Episode 12
Was your Art History class an endless succession of names and dates and movements? Art...
Season 4
Episode 11
This kissing couple is one of the best loved paintings in history, but what do we really...
Season 4
Episode 10
We ventured into the Utah countryside to visit some of the best loved Land Art works of...
Season 4
Episode 9
It's tax season in the United States, and the art market is one of the many ways rich...
Season 4
Episode 8
Dada was a movement known for collage, upturned urinals, and its radicality--a reaction...
Season 4
Episode 7
The powerful and privileged have hoarded precious artifacts in museums for centuries, and...
Season 4
Episode 6
Should art be beautiful? Revisit ancient philosophers' thoughts on beauty and consider...
Season 4
Episode 5
Journey through the life and eating habits of artist Vincent Van Gogh in four courses:...
Season 4
Episode 4
Sure, you've seen Vincent Van Gogh's famed painting The Starry Night before. And maybe...
Season 4
Episode 3
Surrealist artist Salvador Dali is well known for his distinctive mustache and melting...
Season 4
Episode 2
You’ve heard of Jackson Pollock and know of his infamous “drip paintings,” but what is it...
Season 4
Episode 1
Latin American and Latinx Art is celebrated across Southern California with the Getty-...

Specials

Season 3
Episode 17
New York City offers way too many art-viewing opportunities for us to cover in a single...
Season 3
Episode 16
This week Mike Rugnetta joins us to share five of his favorite works of art. Thanks, Mike!
Season 3
Episode 15
If you were a shape, what shape would you be? This week we meet with Tschabalala Self,...
Season 3
Episode 14
Ai Weiwei has been called an iconoclast, a radical, a voice for the voiceless, and was...
Season 3
Episode 13
This week we meet Pablo Helguera, an artist, museum educator, and writer, at the...
Season 3
Episode 12
Dubious of performance art? Break into a cold sweat when you realize it’s about to begin...
Season 3
Episode 11
We interview the remarkable Vanessa Hill, creator of BrainCraft, a production of PBS...
Season 3
Episode 9
This week we come to you from Rosarito, Mexico AND Chicago, IL to bring you an assignment...
Season 3
Episode 8
This week we share some of your excellent responses to two assignments -- Geof...


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