Why Make Art?

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February 5, 2017
(was 04.17.2016)

We grow up scribbling with crayons and covering sidewalks with chalk, and then around middle school most of us stop. Maybe we think it's childish or just too hard. So what can we learn from the people who never stopped making art? We'll talk with activist artist Molly Crabapple and legendary painter/printmaker Frank Stella. We'll also get a hit of philosophy as we explore the deeper meaning of art.

  1. The Radical Artist

    "I can't remember a time when I wasn't drawing," says Molly Crabapple. "I can't not draw. It's how I relate to the world." And Crabapple's art - her drawings, paintings and posters - have ignited various political causes, from the Occupy Movement to protests against the treatment of prisoners in Guantanamo. She tells Anne Strainchamps how art can be a political tool. 

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  2. A Thousand Times No

    How do you join a revolution? Egyptian artist Bahia Shehab says she was too quiet to shout in the streets during the uprising in Cairo, so she started spraying graffiti with the word "no" in Arabic. No to military rule. No to emergency law. No to killing. She tells Charles Monroe-Kane how her art became a rallying cry during the protests against the Mubarak regime.

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  3. Frank Stella, Printmaker

    The legendary artist Frank Stella keeps a Ferrari in his studio as a reminder that his art better measure up to his race car. He's a racing enthusiast and one of his favorite quotes is from Mario Andretti: "If everything's under control, you're not going fast enough." Stella sits down with Steve Paulson to talk about a lesser known aspect of his remarkable career - his work as a printmaker.

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  4. Art as Therapy

    Maybe you're familiar with art therapy - making art to cope with pain. Philosopher Alain de Botton has a different idea. He thinks just looking at great art can be therapeutic.

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  5. BookMark: Bill T. Jones on "Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees"

    Choreogapher Bill T. Jones recommends Lawrence Weschler's "Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees."

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  6. Make It Strange

    Philosopher Alva Noe has a theory about art. He says art is like philosophy, and the best art is disorienting and uncomfortable. It takes you into a space you didn't even know was there.

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