WNET’s ALL ARTS Launches New Series
The “C” Files with Maria Brito
Art curator and advisor Maria Brito invites contemporary artists Juliana Huxtable, Sanford Biggers, For Freedoms, and Swoon for intimate conversations about their work and how it intersects with various cultural topics, including voting rights, motherhood, trauma, gender fluidity, freedom in America, music, police brutality, drug addiction, and so much more.
Premieres Wednesday, October 23 on the ALL ARTS streaming app, YouTube, Facebook and allarts.org
Episodes will also air on the ALL ARTS broadcast channel (check local listings) beginning Wednesday, November 6 at 8 p.m.
ALL ARTS, the multimedia arts and culture platform launched earlier this year by WNET (parent company of New York’s PBS stations THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV), is pleased to announce the launch of The “C” Files with Maria Brito, a new broadcast and digital series that initiates honest conversations with artists about social, political and cultural issues. In partnership with ALL ARTS, Maria Brito is the creator, writer and host of four 15-minute digital episodes, which will be combined into two 30-minute episodes for broadcast.
The “C” Files with Maria Brito will premiere on Wednesday, October 23 on the ALL ARTS streaming app and allarts.org, both of which are available free nationally. All the episodes will also be posted weekly on the ALL ARTS Facebook and YouTube pages. The TV version will premiere Wednesday, November 6 at 8 p.m. on the ALL ARTS broadcast channel, which is available in the New York area.
The series uses contemporary art and artists as the gateway for genuine dialogue about topics like income inequality, immigration, the opioid epidemic, race, gender and cultural appropriation. On the important role art plays in these cultural conversations, Maria Brito notes, “While some people see contemporary art as conceptual, minimalistic or impenetrable, it is in fact an unvarnished and provocative lens through which we see the world we live in today.” Brito continues, “Art doesn’t live in a vacuum and artists don’t lie. Art represents cultural identity and that is valid now more than ever. Art embodies the aesthetic standard of the day and provides a window into the historical context of the time.”
The artists featured include Sanford Biggers, Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman as co-founders of For Freedoms, Juliana Huxtable and Swoon.
Digital Premiere Dates and Episode Rollout:
Wednesday, October 23 – Episode 1: Sanford Biggers
Maria Brito and contemporary artist Sanford Biggers discuss issues related to syncretism, black history, police brutality and the influences that jazz and hip-hop have had on Sanford’s multimedia practice. The episode takes place in Harlem at Sanford’s studio, outside the Apollo Theater, and at Red Rooster, where Maria chats with chef Marcus Samuelson and jazz musician Jason Moran about Sanford’s work.
Wednesday, October 30 – Episode 2: For Freedoms
Maria Brito and contemporary artists Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman, co-founders of For Freedoms, discuss issues related to freedom in America, voting rights and art as a medium for participatory engagement. The episode takes place around the Cathedral of St. John The Divine and highlights a series of billboards installed by For Freedoms to engage with passersby. An interview with Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels, director of the Jack Shainman Gallery and an original member of For Freedoms, is also included in this episode.
Wednesday, November 6 – Episode 3: Juliana Huxtable
Maria Brito and contemporary artist Juliana Huxtable discuss issues related to gender fluidity, trans identity and the intersection of different disciplines in Huxtable’s practice including performance, DJ’ing, photography, music, painting and writing. The episode takes place in various parts of Brooklyn, including Huxtable’s studio. Interviews with artists Christopher Udemezue and Walt Cassidy are also featured in this episode.
Wednesday, November 13 – Episode 4: Swoon
Maria Brito and contemporary artist Swoon discuss issues related to drug addiction, vulnerability, motherhood, trauma and how being an artist saved her life. This conversation takes place at the artist’s studio in Brooklyn. This episode also includes interviews with gallery owner Jeffrey Deitch in his SoHo gallery and Anthony Nave, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and senior manager at Mountainside, an addiction treatment center.
Broadcast Premiere Dates and Rollout:
Wednesday, November 6 at 8 p.m. – Sanford Biggers & For Freedoms
Wednesday, November 13 at 10 p.m. – Juliana Huxtable & Swoon
New York Area Channel Listings
Digital Antenna: 21.4
Verizon Fios: SD 497/HD 498
The “C” Files with Maria Brito is a production of WLIW LLC for WNET. Maria Brito is Creator, Writer, and Host. Kristy Geslain is Senior Producer. Joe Harrell is Senior Director. Diane Masciale is Executive in Charge.
About ALL ARTS
Powered by public media and supported by an arts-minded community, ALL ARTS is a single place for everything that makes your heart beat, your mind expand and your spirit explore. From the stories behind the art, to smart conversations with foremost experts and in-depth investigations that open doors to the world of art in all its forms, ALL ARTS is for artists and art lovers of all ages. ALL ARTS is currently accessible on the Web, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and streaming apps on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV.
Leadership support for ALL ARTS is generously provided by Jody and John Arnhold, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Rosalind P. Walter, and The Agnes Varis Trust.
WNET is America’s flagship PBS station: parent company of New York’s THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, the statewide public media network in New Jersey. Through its new ALL ARTS multi-platform initiative, its broadcast channels, three cable services (THIRTEEN PBSKids, Create, and World), and online streaming sites, WNET brings quality arts, education, and public affairs programming to more than five million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents a wide range of acclaimed PBS series, including Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, PBS NewsHour Weekend, and the nightly interview program Amanpour and Company. In addition, WNET produces numerous documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings, as well as multi-platform initiatives addressing poverty and climate. Through THIRTEEN Passport and WLIW Passport, station members can stream new and archival THIRTEEN, WLIW, and PBS programming anytime, anywhere.
About Maria Brito
Maria Brito is an award-winning New York-based contemporary art advisor, author and curator. A Harvard graduate, originally from Venezuela, her first monograph “Out There” published by Pointed Leaf Press in 2013, was the recipient of the USA Best Book Awards in both the Art and Design Categories and in 2015 Brito was selected by Complex Magazine as one of the 20 Power Players in the Art World. She has worked on product collaborations with artists such as Kenny Scharf, Erik Parker, Katherine Bernhardt, Assume Vivid Astro Focus, Nir Hod and many more. In 2016, Maria curated “Greek Gotham” presented at Dio Horia, Mykonos with the participation of sixteen New York-based artists including Austin Lee, Nina Chanel Abney and Raul de Nieves. A full-color catalogue with an introduction by Jeffrey Deitch was written and designed by Maria to commemorate this exhibition. In 2019, she curated “The Thousand and One Nights,” the inaugural show of Artual Gallery in Beirut, Lebanon with seven American artists including Holly Coulis, Allison Zuckerman and Rosson Crow. Maria and her projects have been extensively featured in national and international publications including The New York Times Style Section, T: The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, W Magazine, ELLE Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Time Magazine, New York Magazine, The New York Observer, The Economist, Interview Magazine, VOGUE Italia, VOGUE Mexico, VOGUE Latin America, VOGUE Brazil, VOGUE China, VOGUE.com,, Departures, Forbes, ARTNET, Blouin ArtINFO, Condé Nast Traveler, Architectural Digest., Billboard, Marie Claire Australia, Marie Claire Spain, Allure, The Daily Beast, and more.
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