Tue, 06/12/2018 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Picture: Walled City of Lahore, Pakistan, rebuilt by Emperor Akbar, 16th Century.

Credit: Courtesy of Nutopia Ltd

This nine-part series, presented in partnership with the BBC, tells the story of art from the dawn of human history to the present day —for the first time on a global scale.

Inspired by Civilization, Kenneth Clark’s landmark 1969 acclaimed series about Western art, this bold new series will reveal the role art and the creative imagination have played in the forging of humanity itself, and introduce a new generation to works of beauty, ingenuity and illumination created across cultures and continents. Civilizations airs on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. 

4/17  #101  "The Second Moment of Creation"
4/24  #102  "How Do We Look?"

5/01  #103  "God and Art"
5/08  #104  "Encounters"
5/15  #105  "Renaissances"

6/12  #106  "Paradise on Earth"
6/19  #107  "Color and Light"
6/26  #108  "The Cult of Progress"

7/03  #109  "What is Art (Good For)?"

From the landscape scrolls of classical China and the sculpture of the Olmecs to African bronzes, Japanese prints and French Impressionist paintings, CIVILIZATIONS will explore the wealth of treasures created by cultures around the globe. The principal contributors of the films are art historian and Professor of History and Art History at Columbia University New York, Simon Schama; Mary Beard, Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge; and British-Nigerian historian and writer David Olusoga. 

The series kicks off with The Second Moment of Creation - Seventy thousand years ago, the first known examples of humans expressing themselves creatively were simple, abstract etchings. Over tens of thousands of years, this impulse evolved into painted and sculpted depictions of the animal world…and eventually of the human form itself. Learn More About Series