Screen shot 2011-04-04 at 10.13.52 AM.pngThank you to all who stuck with us through pledge and helped support public broadcasting and independent programming! Spring is upon us, and the Independent Lens team has grown a crop of great arts films and challenging online extras to celebrate. (More about that after the jump!)
Meanwhile, PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger is cutting the ribbon for us!

Now that you’re all stoked for the films, come visit our special section for Artists Month, which focuses on marginalized art, and challenges viewers to consider what differentiates “high art” from art that exists outside traditional aesthetic standards or is created by people who don’t fit the usual mold of “professional artist.”
This section includes:
What is Marginalized Art?
Outsider. Folk. Street. Sacrilege. Treasonous. Unconventional. Vernacular. Naïve. Visionary. Where did these terms come from and who decides which label fits?
Screen shot 2011-04-04 at 10.06.53 AM.pngThe Eye of the Beholder Challenge
Think you can tell a masterpiece from a yard sale portrait? A genius artist from a developmentally disabled one? The simply provocative from the outright censored? Test your feel for marginalized art.
Four great films in four weeks
The Desert of Forbidden Art; Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child; the Oscar-nominated Waste Land; and Marwencol. Tune in every Tuesday night this month or a new film about art in unexpected places (check your local listings here).
Even more interactive features
Check out a gallery of Soviet-era supressed art, take a tour through Vik Muniz’s Curiosity Cabinet, immerse yourself in an interactive map of the 1/6th scale town of Marwencol, and much more.