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Tuesdays, April 17-May 15, 2018, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET and Tuesdays, June 2018, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET

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Program Description


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.

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  • CIVILIZATIONS: God and Art

    Consider how religion has inspired art and art has inspired religion for millennia.

    Airdate: 5/1/2018

    Time: 8:00 - 9:00 PM

    CIVS: 103

    OB: 5/1/2018

  • CIVILIZATIONS: Encounters

    See how art became the great interface when distant and disparate cultures met for the first time.

    Airdate: 5/8/2018

    Time: 8:00 - 9:00 PM

    CIVS: 104

    OB: 5/8/2018

  • CIVILIZATIONS: Renaissances

    Travel east and west— to Renaissance Italy and the Islamic empires of the 15th and 16th centuries.

    Airdate: 5/15/2018

    Time: 8:00 - 9:00 PM

    CIVS: 105

    OB: 5/15/2018

  • CIVILIZATIONS: Paradise on Earth

    Explore one of humanity’s deepest artistic urges: the depiction of nature.

    Airdate: 6/12/2018

    Time: 8:00 - 9:00 PM

    CIVS: 106

    OB: 6/12/2018

  • CIVILIZATIONS: Color and Light

    Explore light and color in art - both in the search for greater realism and spiritual ecstasy.

    Airdate: 6/19/2018

    Time: 8:00 - 9:00 PM

    CIVS: 107

    OB: 6/19/2018

  • CIVILIZATIONS: The Cult of Progress

    Examine the rise and fall of “progress” as an ideology.

    Airdate: 6/26/2018

    Time: 8:00 - 9:00 PM

    CIVS: 108

    OB: 6/26/2018

  • CIVILIZATIONS: What Is Art Good For?

    Explore art in the age of revolution, war and profound scientific change.

    Airdate: 7/3/2018

    Time: 8:00 - 9:00 PM

    CIVS: 109

    OB: 7/3/2018

Press Materials

  • PBS Announces Liev Schreiber as Narrator of CIVILIZATIONS, a Nine-Part Global Series Exploring the Power of Art From Earliest Civilizations to the Present

    Press Release
  • CIVILIZATIONS January 17, 2018 Panelist Bios

    Program Release
  • CIVILIZATIONS, a PBS and BBC Co-Production, to Premiere Spring 2018

    Press Release

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