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Throwback to 2001, when William Wegman and Steve Martin collaborated to create the opening segment for the Identity episode from the inaugural season of Art21’s Art in the Twenty-First Century series.

In the opening segment, Martin 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.

Identity features artists Louise Bourgeois, Maya Lin, Kerry James Marshall, and Bruce Nauman.

WATCH: Introduction to Identity by William Wegman with Steve Martin [available in the U.S. only]

IMAGES: Introduction to Identity by William Wegman with Steve Martin, 2001. Production stills from the Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 1 episode, Identity, 2001. © Art21, Inc. 2001.

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