Daily Dose Pick: PBS Arts


PBS has always been the go-to TV channel for the arts, and now its PBS Arts website is providing an equally stellar cultural experience online.

Featuring curated web exhibitions, PBS Arts covers the realms of visual art, dance, theater, film, and music. Current exhibitions include a look at contemporary artists responding to themes in the news, a tour of New Orleans five years after Katrina with artist Thomas Mann, and an overview of the sounds of Brazilian Samba singer Seu Jorge.

Explore the PBS Arts website, watch full performances of Shakespeare plays, meet avant-garde filmmakers on Thirteen’s SundayArts, view slideshows of the best in visual arts from Art:21, and contribute your own creativity to the PBS mix.

Click through below for a gallery of images and videos from the site.

Cindy Sherman’s Untitled (#305) is a signature image – one of nine – in the “Gender and Sexuality” exhibition of “Read All About It: Art from the Headlines” on PBS Arts, in which contemporary artists respond to themes in the news. Cindy Sherman; Untitled (#305), 1994; © Cindy Sherman. Photo: Courtesy Metro Pictures, New York

Sir Patrick Stewart in the title role looks on at his wife, Lady Macbeth, played by Kate Fleetwood, after she commits her terrible deed in the Great Performances production of Macbeth. Complete performance now available at pbs.org/arts. Photo: Courtesy of Manuel Harlan/Illuminations TV - WNET.ORG

Just before a Boston concert, Brazilian superstar Seu Jorge pulls out his guitar and sings “Oluan,” a term from the Yoruba culture and religion in northeast Brazil. Jorge is featured in a current “Sound Tracks” exhibition on PBS Arts. Photo: courtesy PBS

Classical stage and screen actors Sir Patrick Stewart (front), in his Laurence Olivier Award-winning turn as Claudius, and David Tennant (behind), as the titular Dane, reprise their roles in this adaptation of the Royal Shakespeare Company's 2008 stage production of Hamlet. Complete performance now available at pbs.org/arts. Credit: Courtesy of Ellie Kurttz ©Illuminations/Royal Shakespeare Company

"We found handprints of dead people…. I turn these handprints into paintings with apologies to the dead…I move to make them as precise, as clear, as possible." —Jenny Holzer. Holzer’s image appears in the PBS Arts exhibition “Read All About It: Art from the Headlines,” in which contemporary artists respond to themes in the news. BIG HANDS YELLOW WHITE, by Jenny Holzer, 2006. Photo: Courtesy PBS

Artist Thomas Mann, Photo: courtesy Craft in America

How to Blow up Two Heads at Once (Ladies), 2006, Two life-size mannequins, two guns, Dutch wax-printed cotton, shoes, and leather riding boots, Dimensions variable, plinth: 63 x 96 1/2 x 48 inches overall, each figure: 63 x 61 x 48 inches overall, Collection of Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, Photo by Stephen White © Yinka Shonibare MBE, Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London.