Examples of WGBH/Boston Forum Network online full motion video


Smithsonian TV was, until it closed to the public in early 2006, a central index of multimedia content and a multimedia hosting service of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. The service was presented through the Smithsonian Web Service Division of the Office of the Chief Information Officer. Categories of content presented on behalf of the Smithsonian museums included films, performances, lectures, seminars. interviews, special tours, demonstrations and workshops. As of April, 2005 Smithsonian TV presented this multimedia content via:

Individuals central to the Smithsonian TV web site included Mike Tuttle, Web Services Director, and Marc Bretzfelder, Streaming Media Webmaster (202) 633-5936. Note: Over time, individual Smithsonian museums may host archived content on their own web sites.


The Smithsonian American Art Museum provided streaming media programming through Smithsonian TV. On November 10, 2004 Alexander Nemerov delivered the final 2004 lecture of SAAM's Clarice Smith Lecture Series, a one hour illustrated slide lecture titled "Childhood Imagination:The Case of N. C. Wyeth and Robert Louis Stevenson." Dr. Nemerov is professor of art history at Yale University. He has written extensively on American art history, including the books Frederic Remington and Turn-of-the-Century America and The Body of Raphaelle Peale: Still Life and Selfhood, 1812­1824. Smithsonian TV is streaming this lecture on its web site.

Katie Murphy, Public Programs Specialist at SAAM advised TFAO that the Museum will record all three of the 2005 Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures for Smithsonian TV in the Fall of 2005. A further contact at SAAM is Joanna Champagne, head of New Media Initiatives (202) 275-1618.

SAAM developed a virtual exhibition, The White House Collection of American Crafts. The online exhibit contains several streaming videos. The Introduction section features three videos with introductions by Dr. Elizabeth Braun, Director, SAAM, Hillary Rodham Clinton, First Lady, and Michael Monroe, Curator-in-Charge, Renwick Gallery. Mr. Monroe conducts a ten-part tour of the collection with both audio and video elements. Many objects in the collection are accompanied by audio clips.

The lecture A conversation with Cheech Marin (actor and art collector) and Gilbert "Magu" Luhan (artist) was held May 2, 2002.


The National Gallery of Canada website contains a section named Meet the Artist. In this section, artists talk about their work and share their thoughts on the role of contemporary art in today's world. It provides personal insights into why artists create, their choice of materials, the major influences on their work, and the effect that new technologies have had on their work. The Meet the Artist interviews were conducted while the artists visited the National Gallery to install their work. It introduces viewers to the richness and diversity of the Gallery's contemporary art collection. In order to keep the Gallery's viewers informed about issues in contemporary art, the Meet the Artist program will be continually up-dated. The Gallery presents Claes Oldenburg from its "Meet the Artist" series.


In October, 2004 The National Museum of the American Indian provided streaming media programming through Smithsonian TV including a full motion streaming video of its September 20, 2004 Opening International Symposium featuring multiple speakers. This media content is delivered on the NMAI web site with Windows Media Player and is also presented on Smithsonian TV. The Symposium explored "the implications of the opening of this hemispheric institution of living cultures in the context of the international museum community. " Speakers addressed "a variety of issues, including the representation and interpretation of indigenous peoples through the medium of the museum, the role and place of the contemporary Native artist in the work of the NMAI, the role of institutions like the Museum in the support and maintenance of contemporary Native cultures and arts, and additional museological topics from a global perspective."

In March, 2005 NMAI Department of Public Programs produced a video of a lecture titled "Two Grey Hills Navajo Tapestry Traditions," presented by master weavers Barbara Teller Ornelas and Lynda Teller Pete. Smithsonian TV is streaming this lecture on its web site via Windows Media Player. 


Arizona Highways Television is a series of television programs devoted to exploring the highways and byways of Arizona. The programs are originally broadcast on KPNX -TV in Phoenix, KNAZ-TV in Flagstaff, and KGUN-TV in Tucson. In TFAO's opinion, Arizona Highways Television provides online videos of superior technical quality.

An October 16, 2004 program covers "75 years of the historic Heard Museum." A June 4, 2005 program is titled "Painted Ponies," which introduces the carvings of world-renowned artist Buddy Tubinaghtewa.

In 2005 the viewing format was improved to provide for wide-angle, larger on-screen images. Arizona Highways Television was created in partnership with The Arizona Republic and is located at 7000 N 16th Street, Suite 120 #15, Phoenix, Arizona 85020. Phone: (602) 952-7399. The television programs were created in the spirit of Arizona Highways magazine, a division of the Arizona Department of Transportation.


Endorphin Productions is a video news magazine based on the Monterey Peninsula in California. In TFAO's opinion, Endorphin Productions provides online videos of superior technical quality.


Learner.org provides life long learning on the Web. Several streaming videos on demand focus on American art in the A World of Art: Work in Progress series. A World of Art is a video instructional series on art appreciation for college and high school classrooms and adult learners. Each program in this art appreciation series is devoted to a contemporary artist who takes one or more works of art from start to finish. Broadband video is streamed via Windows Media Player. Each show is 30 minutes in length. The shows were originally broadcast on PBS television stations. Examples are:

-- Lorna Simpson: Lorna Simpson, photographer, explores the ambiguous terrain connecting words and images in large-scale landscapes silkscreened on felt.
-- Hung Liu: Hung Liu, painter, comments on traditional Chinese society as she paints a series of works on the Last Emperor and his court.
-- Beverly Buchanan: Beverly Buchanan, photographer, sculptor, and painter, focuses on an important symbol of rural Southern culture: the shack.
-- Judy Baca: Judy Baca, painter and activist known for her mile-long mural in Los Angeles depicting Chicano history, works on two public art projects in Southern California.

Learner.org is sponsored by Annenberg/CPB which is located at 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue NW #302 Washington, DC 20004. Phone: 202-783-0500.


KCET, the Los Angeles PBS affiliate, presents the Life & Times series covering a broad array of happenings and stories about greater Los Angeles. Life & Times presents an arts segment named Pathways, in which Vicki Curry talks with the curator of Pathways, an exhibition showing at two museum venues that brings together the work of dozens of L.A. artists for the first time. Another segment, Tyrus Wong, discusses the life and art of Tyrus Wong, who has produced paintings, murals, Christmas Cards and worked at major movie studios, blending eastern and western styles.


KCTS, a PBS affiliate in Seattle, WA, offers streaming video programs. A two minute "Focus of the Arts" segment titled "Al Hirschfeld at the Frye" introduces an exhibition of the work of the famous caricature artist at the Frye Art Museum by David Leopold, the exhibition's curator. Another Frye curator, Debra Byrne, interprets the art of Gary Faigen an a 3 1/4 minute segment. A 3 1/2 minute segment explains the paintings of figurative artist Mary Larson.


KQED / San Francisco offers a 10-minute video on the life and art of Viola Frey, who passed away in 2004. In the February 18, 2004 Spark show "From Life," viewers watch Frey working in her studio on a series of colossal clay figures for a show in New York. Also in the February 18 show, "photographer Olivier Laude photographs his friends and acquaintances cast as characters in elaborately conceived tableaux that spoof ethnographic portraits. Using an unholy mix of beans, noodles and yarn, Jason Mecier creates mosaic portraits of friends and celebs that are shockingly realistic and endlessly entertaining."

Another Spark video titled The Fine Art of Collecting, which first aired on broadcast television January 28, 2004. "...shows that collecting can be an art form unto itself, when we meet collectors who have turned a casual interest into a lifelong passion. Spend the day with John Held Jr., who saved every scrap of mail art he received, day after day for almost 30 years, as he continues to build his collection, one stamp at a time."

In the March 3, 2004 show, "Works on Paper," viewers "...explore a new form of printmaking in the studio of Enrique Chagoya as he takes aim at establishment religion and politics with humor that both provokes and amuses."

The September 3, 2003 "Remembrance " show features Ann Chamberlain, who "... works wonders transforming intimidating public spaces into welcoming, inspirational environments to evoke personal stories and recollections of the past."

Spark is a television show, an educational outreach program and a Web site about Bay Area artists and arts organizations. Spark's web site says "More than a showcase for art objects and the artists who make them, Spark takes the audience inside the creative process to witness the challenges, opportunities and rewards of making art."


The welcome page to the PBS two-season television series Art-21, Art in the Twenty-First Century explains that the series is "the only series on television to focus exclusively on contemporary visual art and artists in the United States, and it uses the medium of television to provide an experience of the visual arts that goes far beyond a gallery visit. Fascinating and intimate footage allows the viewer to observe the artists at work, watch their process as they transform inspiration into art, and hear their thoughts as they grapple with the physical and visual challenges of achieving their artistic visions." The Art-21 web site contains video clips relating to each of the 37 featured artists including Laurie Anderson, Margaret Kilgallen, Sally Mann, Raymond Pettibon, Martin Puryear, Collier Schorr and Kiki Smith. The producer for the web presentation is Wesley Miller of Art21, Inc., (212) 741-7133.


University of California, Santa Barbara's Cultural Awareness Gallery presents video interviews with Professor Judith Wilson, Ph.D, Art Historian, specializing in African American Art, University of California, Irvine and Professor Albert Boime, Ph.D, Art Historian, University of California, Los Angeles speak on African American art. (click on the "Galleries" link to reach the page containing the video interviews.)


The J. Paul Getty Museum's web site, as of April 2005, provides over twenty videos, including collection tours, behind the scenes conservation methods for various types of art, installations, artist conversations, and the making of several types of art in a "Video Gallery" that uses RealPlayer. In the Video Gallery's "behind the Scenes" section a 3-minute video is named "Hockney: Pearblossiom Highway" and features David Hockney explaining the inspiration for one of his creations. Another 3-minute video named "Photographs Overview" discusses photography as art.

Accompanying the page for the exhibit The Photographs of Frederick Sommer: A Centennial Tribute, showing May 10 - September 4, 2005, is a video explaining how Sommer transformed objects using photography.

Included in the page for the exhibit All the Mighty World: The Photographs of Roger Fenton, 1852­1860, on exhibit February 1 through Aprl 24, 2005, a video shows how Fenton photographed the Crimean War.

Accompanying the page for the exhibit Walker Evans: Before + After, on exhibit July 10 - October 28, 2001, a 4 1/2-minute video introduces the exhibition and another 4 1/2-minute video features Walker Evans in His Own Words.


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