The Season 1 finale explores the human body in art. Included: representations of an Egyptian pharaoh; Polynesian tattoo traditions; ancient Greek nudes; Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling; multimedia performances by contemporary Samoan-Japanese artist Shigeyuki Kihara.
A look at art as a vehicle of dissent and revolution, as well as a source of conflict itself. Included: Daumier's satiric drawings; Soviet propaganda; posters from China's Cultural Revolution; silhouettes by Kara Walker; iconic images by Manet, Picasso and Goya; Moroccan artist Lalla Essaydi's images of veiled women.
How cities have been influenced by architects, sculptors and planners while also influencing artists. Included: Rome's ancient forum; Mexico City's influential murals; New York's Chrysler Building; the Great Mosque of Djenné, Mali, a mud-brick structure that's rebuilt every year by the city's inhabitants.
Portrayals of home and family by 17th-century Dutch painters and photographer Walker Evans. Also: embellished leather bags crafted by the nomadic Tuareg people; quilts made by women in Gee's Bend, Ala.
How art is used to represent beliefs and people's place in the universe. Included: Notre Dame Cathedral; creation myths that Pacific islanders carved into their canoes' prows; the Yoruba's representations of deities; contemporary artist Vitaly Komar's work.
The use of masks, costumes and sculptures in rituals is explored. Included: a Balinese Barong ritual; the initiation rites of Sierra Leone's Mende women; Caribbean carnival parades; the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert.
How artists depict memory and history. Included: Luba memory boards; Mexican lienzos; the Bayeux tapestry, Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series; the epic Persian Shahnama; Native American ledger drawings; the work of contemporary artist Shimon Attie.