Introduction to "Identity" by William Wegman with Steve Martin

Now Playing: Introduction to "Identity" by William Wegman with Steve Martin

About this video

"Identity" opens with a whimsical collaboration between noted photographer and artist William Wegman and actor, playwright, and comedian Steve Martin. In this opening segment, Martin (or is it just a mannequin that looks like him?) questions the fundamental nature of identity amidst playful diversions which include card tricks, the sound of a lawnmower in the distance, ringing doorbells, and Wegman's agile Weimaraner dogs. The zany opening was created by Wegman on a sound stage and plays with varying degrees of reality and theatrical illusion. At one point, Steve Martin is rendered motionless when it's revealed that throughout the segment his hands have belonged to someone else—a puppeteer.

Featured in this video

Additional Videos

Season Episode number Episode name Artists Duration Release datesort icon
Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 1 (2001) 4 Consumption Barbara Kruger 0:00 09/28/2001
Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 1 (2001) 3 Identity Louise Bourgeois 0:00 09/28/2001
Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 1 (2001) 3 Identity Maya Lin 0:00 09/28/2001
Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 1 (2001) 3 Identity Bruce Nauman 0:00 09/28/2001
Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 1 (2001) 3 Identity Kerry James Marshall 0:00 09/28/2001
Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 1 (2001) 3 Identity William Wegman 0:00 09/28/2001
Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 1 (2001) 3 Identity
Bruce Nauman, Kerry James Marshall, Louise Bourgeois, Maya Lin, William Wegman
0:00 09/28/2001
Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 1 (2001) 4 Consumption
Andrea Zittel, Barbara Kruger, Matthew Barney, Mel Chin, Michael Ray Charles
0:00 09/28/2001
Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 1 (2001) 4 Consumption Michael Ray Charles 0:00 09/28/2001
Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 1 (2001) 4 Consumption Matthew Barney 0:00 09/28/2001