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What Is Art Good For?

What Is Art Good For?

Explore art in the age of revolution, war and profound scientific change and consider the question: Should art create a separate realm, a place of escape, or should it plunge into the chaos, transforming the way we see and live in the world?
S1 E9 Length 53:06 Premiere: 7.3.18

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Civilizations

About Civilizations

Survey the history of art, from antiquity to the present, on a global scale. Civilizations reveals the role art and creative imagination have played in forging humanity, and introduce viewers to works of beauty, ingenuity and illumination across cultures. Liev Schreiber narrates.

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How Do We Look? - S1 E2

Explore the many functions of the human image in art including portraits, paintings, and sculptures.

  • Tuesday September 22, 2020 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Tuesday September 22, 2020 11:00 am CT on KET

God and Art - S1 E3

Trace the relationship between religion and art, which has inspired some of the most ingenious and breathtaking works of art ever made. Yet beneath great works of religious art often lie conflict and divine mysteries.

  • Wednesday September 23, 2020 3:00 am ET on KET2
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  • Tuesday September 29, 2020 12:00 pm ET on KET
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Encounters - S1 E4

Advances in seafaring and a thirst for trade and exploration sent human beings around the planet. Distant and disparate cultures met for the first time, and art became the great interface by which civilizations understood each other.

  • Wednesday September 30, 2020 3:00 am ET on KET2
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Renaissances - S1 E5

Explore the connections and rivalries between Renaissance Italy and the Islamic empires that experienced their own cultural awakenings in the 15th and 16th centuries.

  • Wednesday October 7, 2020 3:00 am ET on KET2
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  • Friday October 9, 2020 4:00 am ET on KET2
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Paradise on Earth - S1 E6

Explore one of humanity's deepest artistic urges: the depiction of nature. But landscape painting is seldom a straightforward portrayal of observed nature; it's a projection of dreams, idylls, escapes, and refuges.

  • Wednesday October 14, 2020 3:00 am ET on KET2
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  • Friday October 16, 2020 4:00 am ET on KET2
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Color and Light - S1 E7

Explore the story of light and color in art in the search for greater realism and spiritual ecstasy.

  • Wednesday October 21, 2020 3:00 am ET on KET2
  • Wednesday October 21, 2020 2:00 am CT on KET2
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How Do We Look? - S1 E2

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The Second Moment of Creation - S1 E1

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Season 1

What Is Art Good For?

S1 E9 Length 53:06 Premiere Date 7.3.18

The Cult of Progress

S1 E8 Length 53:34 Premiere Date 6.26.18

Color and Light

S1 E7 Length 53:00 Premiere Date 6.19.18

Paradise on Earth

S1 E6 Length 53:16 Premiere Date 6.12.18

Renaissances

S1 E5 Length 53:36 Premiere Date 5.15.18

Encounters

S1 E4 Length 53:46 Premiere Date 5.8.18

God and Art

S1 E3 Length 53:36 Premiere Date 5.1.18

How Do We Look?

S1 E2 Length 53:36 Premiere Date 4.24.18

The Second Moment of Creation

S1 E1 Length 53:16 Premiere Date 4.17.18

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