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Art Through Time: A Global View to Launch October 10 on THIRTEEN

By Michelle Michalos
Friday, October 1st, 2010
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The creation of art is as old as the existence of humankind. In every region of the world and throughout all stages of civilization, art has been a way that people have communicated their beliefs and expressed their ideas about the human experience. Art Through Time: A Global View, a new 13-part series produced in high-definition by THIRTEEN, looks at works of art from around the world that are thematically linked.

Watch the series overview here:

Rather than a linear chronology, Art Through Time explores connections in Western and non-Western art, illuminating the breadth, complexity, and beauty of works produced around the globe and during different periods of time. In each episode focusing on a particular theme, a diverse group of leading experts, together with a living artist, contextualize and connect featured works from different cultures and eras. More than 150 leading scholars, curators, and artists appear in the series.

Each episode reveals connections among the many ways people have visually articulated their basic political, spiritual, and social values. The thirteen episodes examine the universality of the human impulse to create art, as well as the persistence of basic themes. The extensive Web site is filled with a wealth of resources about the themes and featured works, streaming video of the programs, audio commentary by many of the experts and artists who appear in the series, and 250 reproductions of works from the programs.

Art Through Time will air on THIRTEEN Sundays at 11:30 p.m. beginning October 10.

Watch the Art Through Time promo and an excerpt from episode 9, “Portraits,” featuring artist Kehinde Wiley.


Art Through Time: A Global View is a project of Annenberg Media and distributed to public television stations nationwide by American Public Television. The series is a production of THIRTEEN in association with WNET.ORG for Annenberg Media.

Jill Peters is executive producer, Suzanne Rose is series producer, Jennifer Hallam is managing editor/writer/producer, Eva Zelig, Arash Hoda, and Gail Levin are producers, Melissa Mathes and Mark Kachelries are associate producers. Sandra Sheppard is the director of Children’s and Educational Programming at THIRTEEN.


  • Gloria

    I just recently saw the promos for Art Through Time, so the first episode I watched was episode 2. To my delight, it turned out to be about art related to dreaming…one of my favorite topics. As an adjunct to that episode, I highly recommend the online gallery of dream-related art at the site of the International Association for the Study of Dreams:
    http://www.asdreams.org/subidxshowart.htm

  • Jennifer Lee

    ‘Just saw the excerpt…’Can’t wait to see more! I am a high school art teacher in New Haven. How can I best access this series for my students?

  • Michelle

    Hi Jennifer,

    Full episodes from the series can be viewed on the program’s official site: http://www.learner.org/courses/globalart/

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  • Janet Seiz

    Would love to use Art Through Time as a framework for a Humanities App a group of us are designing linking to objects in local museums. I teach Art History at North Carolina A & T State University in Greensboro, NC.

    Great themes are the best and richest way to focus discussions in my field. Any other community/higher ed linkups occuring now that Art Through Time has been out and viewed? Would love to join a conversation.

    Thank you so much!

    Janet Seiz
    Assistant Professor
    North Carolina A & T State University
    Greensboro, NC
    jkseiz@ncat.edu