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American Art at the Huntington: 15 minutes 1994. "This short video provides an introduction to the Virginia Steele Scott collection of American art at the Huntington Library Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California. The presentation is designed for children ages 9 through 14 and is intended to be shown prior to a school group's visit to the Huntington. The video's whimsical host takes us on a whiz-bang tour, skipping through the Huntington's gardens and galleries. The host's magical picture frame allows us to go from the Colonial period through the early 20th century. We learn about the works of Copley, Stuart, Sargent, Cassatt, Church, and Harnett as well as review the general concepts of portraiture, still life, landscape, and genre painting. The host's dialogue takes a lighthearted yet educationally sound approach, which makes the background information on the paintings particularly accessible to today's young audiences."
American Art, 1785-1926: Seven Artist Profiles is a DVD containing seven video presentations on American artists of the 19th century. A 32-page viewer's guide accompanying the DVD includes a biography of each artist and reproductions of featured works. This DVD is lent free of charge through the National Gallery of Art's Division of Education (go to NGA Loan Materials Finder) Image courtesy NGA. Titles include:
American Craft Museum (now Museum of Arts and Design) is a VHS 10-video series from Crystal Productions which says: "This video series illustrates diverse examples of creativity and provides students with a broad exposure to the potential in each medium. The works of hundreds of outstanding artists also motivates students and offers a foundation for their own work. The images are from the exhibitions at the Museum of Arts and Design, formerly the American Craft Museum. The 10 videos in the series include:
American Dream: Jack Warner on Collecting American Art, An. This 30 minute video features American art collector Jack Warner on a tour of his favorite works of art in the Warner Collection of the Gulf States Paper Corporation and the David Warner Foundation. Notable examples include Winslow Homer's Noon Recess, John Singer Sargent's Capri, Thomas Cole's The Falls of Kaaterskill, and Asher B. Durand's Progress.
American Folk Art Museum: American Anthem. films.com says of this video: "Can needlework, toys, and decorative boxes be called art? At New York City's American Folk Art Museum, exhibits of quilts and weathervanes, hunting decoys and furniture, challenge traditional perceptions of fine art every day. This program tours the institution's collection, which includes thousands of items from the U.S. and abroad and from the 17th century to the present." 29-minutes, in DVD or VHS.
American Heritage is a two-part 30 minute Wilton program that showcases American history through vivid images of past and present. An engaging overview for American art history and social studies students, particularly at the middle school level.
American Impressionism is a lecture by Dr. William Gerdts, available through Currier Museum of Art.
American Impressionists, American Realists: In Search of the New Contrasts two movements in American painting styles that flourished from the late 19th century into the beginning of the 20th century. 22-minute video Description source: Amon Carter Museum Teacher Resource Center.
American Impressionist: Richard Earl Thompson is a Finley-Holiday Fine Arts Series video narrated by Patricia Pierce.
American Impressionist: William Merritt Chase at Shinnecock, An is a 26 minute 1987 DVD from the National Gallery of Art, with a viewer's guide. A survey of the life and work of American painter William Merritt Chase (1849-1916) The narration is by Nicolai Cikovsky, Jr., curator at the National Gallery of Art. This DVD is lent free of charge through the National Gallery of Art's Division of Education (go to NGA Loan Materials Finder) This video is alternately named William Merritt Chase at Shinnecock. This program is also available in the DVD collection: American Art, 17851926: Seven Artist Profiles.
"A survey of the life and work of American painter William Merritt Chase (1849-1916), beginning with his student days in Munich and early career in New York City. Highlights his years at Shinnecock, Long Island, New York, where the artist established the first important outdoor summer school of art in the United States in 1891. Interweaves images of Chase's paintings and archival photographs with footage of the hills and beaches of Shinnecock and of Chase's house and studio as they are today. Hosted by Nicolai Cikovsky, Jr., curator at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Curator's Comments: Nicely filmed homage to the artist, illustrating his life through his paintings. More a scenic catalogue than a detailed study of Chase's work but will appeal to general audiences." Text courtesy of Library Media Project, Chicago, IL
American Indian Artist: Fritz Scholder is a 30-minute video in which Fritz Scholder creates prints and paintings that depict the modern Indian's dilemma of living with tradition in modern society. The documentary also shows Scholder in his studio creating a large colorful painting in his unique style. (quote courtesy Plains Art Msueum)
American Indian Artists series 60 minute each / 1975 / PBS "The following are from a series, which portrays the skill and craft of various American Indian artists. Poet/singer Rod McKuen hosts:
American Light: The Luminist Movement 1850-1875 is a 32 minute video released in 1989. It is lent free of charge through the National Gallery of Art's Division of Education (go to NGA Loan Materials Finder) John Wilmerding, former curator of American Art at the National Gallery of Art, lends insight into the works examined, and the artists who created Luminous works, with emphasis on four major artists: Fitz Hugh Lane, John Frederick Kensett, Frederic Edwin Church, and Martin Johnson Heade. "This film is based on the premise that there is something unique about American light, as exemplified by a group of American painters who captured light's remarkable effects on the vistas they painted. The "luminists" worked in the years spanning 1850 through 1875, and according to John Wilmerding, former curator of American Art at the National Gallery of Art, they created paintings distinguished by certain characteristics: a quality of silence that some scholars interpret as transcendental or mystical; the frequent positioning of objects parallel to the picture plane; and an overall effect that lends itself to intense contemplation. Wilmerding lends insight into the works examined, and the artists who created them, with emphasis on four major artists: Fitz Hugh Lane, John Frederick Kensett, Frederic Edwin Church, and Martin Johnson Heade." Image courtesy NGA.
American Painters 10 minute each / 1996 / LUC - "In this videotape series, major 20th-century American artists are represented by their most characteristic works. Each program focuses on an individual artist, giving a biography of the person as well as a comprehensive view of the art itself. This is a wonderful introduction to the works of the best-known artists of America."
American Photography, A Century of Images is a 1999 video set by Ellen Hovde.that includes three hours on three videos, PBS Home Video. Traces the history of photography through the 20th century. Episodes include: The Developing Image, 1900-1934; The Photographic Age, 1935-1959; Photography Transformed, 1960-1999
Vol. 1: The Developing Image, 1900-1934 "Explores the role of photography in the personal lives and public history of 20th-century America. Looks at photography as recorder or public events, as family historian, as vehicle of artistic expression, and as a toll for influencing public opinion."
Vol. 2: The Photographic Age, 1935-1959 "Explores the role of photography in the personal lives and public history of 20th-century America."
Vol. 3: Photography Transformed, 1960--1999 "Explores the role of photography in the personal lives and public history of 20th-century America." Description source: Amon Carter Museum Teacher Resource Center.
American Masters: The Artists is a collection of illuminating portraits that examine the lives and works of six renowned American artists. Originally broadcast on PBS, the award~winning American Masters Series includes Richard Avedon: Darkness and Light (Helen Whitney, 1995, 87 minutes); Alexander Calder (Roger Sherman, 1998, 60 minutes); Robert Rauschenberg: Inventive Genius (Karen Thomas, 1999, 60 minutes); Man Ray: Prophet of the Avant-Garde (Mel Stuart, 1997, 60 minutes); Norman Rockwell: Painting America (Elena Mannes, 1999, 86 minutes); and Alfred Stieglitz: The Eloquent Eye (Perry Miller Adato, 2001, 85 minutes.). Also available as 6-DVD set including biographies and web links.
American Style: The Arts and Crafts Movement: 15 minutes 1988. "The Arts and Crafts Movement in America began in the 1860s as a response to the poor quality and design of machine-made, mass-produced household items. Intended for both beginning and advanced collectors, this video is hosted by D. J. Puffert, a California dealer and collector, owner of the Arts and Crafts Shop in Sausalito, California. Puffert summarizes the history of the period and profiles major figures such as Louis Comfort Tiffany, whose creations made this the most significant movement in American design at the turn of the century "
American Vision, The is a 36 minute 1986 National gallery of Art video which is "A broad view of American painting from pre-Revolutionary days to the beginning of the twentieth century."
American Vision: The History of American Art and Architecture produced by Planet 24 in association with BBC Television; a Time Inc.-BBC co-production; produced in association with Thirteen/WNET. eight videocassettes. 60 minutes each. PBS Video, 1996. "In this eight-part series, Robert Hughes, the renowned art critic for Time magazine, takes viewers on an exuberant guided tour through 200 years of our visual culture, vividly illustrating how art conveys deep messages about who America is as a nation. Available through the Sullivan Video Library at The Speed Art Museum which holds a sizable collection of art-related videos available to educators at no charge. Description source: Amon Carter Museum Teacher Resource Center. Video clips below are from YouTube.
Americans in Paris, 30 minute DVD published in 2006. "Paris was the centre of the art world in the nineteenth century and for American artists, its lure was irresistible. They flocked there in their thousands, eager to establish their artistic credentials. As their letters home prove, initial impressions of Paris were overwhelming: the light, the noise, the smells, the contrasts. Theatres, cafés, gardens and boulevards provided rich subject matter for these painters, as did their fellow artists, often portrayed as the elegantly dressed flâneur (dandy), or as the bohemian, studiedly careless in appearance... This fascinating film, much of it shot on location, captures the excitement that Paris conveyed to its American visitors, and provides a vivid sense of what American artists retained of their experience, and brought back with them to America." Text courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
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