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Civilizations (9-part series)

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In this nine-part series, survey the history of art, from antiquity to the present, on a global scale. Programs reveal the role art and creative imagination have played in forging humanity, and introduce viewers to works of beauty, ingenuity and illumination across cultures.

PBS North: Starting April 17, 7pm
PBS Explore: April 17, 10pm; April 20, 5pm; April 21, 3pm


April 17 - The Second Moment of Creation, Pt. 1/9

Examine the formative role of art and the creative imagination in the forging of humanity itself. In this episode, images and artifacts found in Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia and South America testify to the urge to develop civilizations.

April 24 - How Do We Look? Pt. 2/9

From the Terracotta Army of China to the Colossi of Ramses II in Egypt, the human form has been a dominant subject for artists throughout history. Each civilization and era, however, sees the meaning of this art differently.