Art of the City is a 13-episode docuseries in which gallerist, philanthropist, and San Diego socialite Ruth Ann Thorn travels around the country spotlighting artists who create the fabric and lifeblood of the city’s cultural community. Host Ruth Ann Thorn moves out of her role as uber-successful gallerist and brings to audiences’ layers upon layers of hip, unfiltered aesthetic, and creative elements indigenous to the city.
Geo-local to the max: Global in its’ appeal.
Sometimes gritty, sometimes probing, always exhilarating.
This series will reveal the flavor of each respective city via a never-before captured lens: allowing Ms. Thorn and the Artist to experience the essence of so much of the city. As an historian captures history, and a travel guide landmarks, and the chef local culinary flavors: the Host of Art of the City marries them all…and through the Artists’ works.
“I’m revolutionizing the way people are exposed to art…. yes….it’s about the Art….but it’s not merely an art show, it’s a people show.” Thorn has just completed an episode featuring New Orleans artist Willie Birch, who Thorn describes as an ‘encyclopedia of life’. Birch has had one-man shows at the Guggenheim and his work sits in the collections of both the Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as the Museum of Modern Art. “This….is what I came for” remarks Thorn.
Art of the City will take you across the United States and immerse you in each locality: via internationally acclaimed artists who have resided in that city for 20 years or more. The premise behind the series is geo-locality and the nuance and flavor captured by the local Artists…. all of whom are “hometown”. From San Diego, to New Orleans To Austin to Savannah to LA and NYC.
Image: The Host on the Road 2020