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Art in the Twenty-First Century from PBS is "the only series for television to focus exclusively on contemporary visual art and artists in the United States. The Art:21 series and its companion materials answer the following questions: who are today's artists?; what are they thinking about?; how do they describe their work? and why do they do what they do?
The Season One and Two home videos are two sets with four hours each. Viewers meet "a diverse group of contemporary artists through revealing profiles that take viewers behind the scenes-into artists' studios, homes, and communities -- to provide an intimate view of their lives, work, sources of inspiration, and creative processes." Representational as well as abstract artists are featured in the videos. The Emmy nominated Season One video set features 21 artists and is divided into four general themes spanning four hours on two separate tapes. Season Two of the series features 16 engaging artists and is divided into four general themes spanning four hours on two tapes.
Season 3 (2005): What goes on inside the minds of today's most dynamic visual artists? How do they make the leap between insight and finished object? What inspires artists to break through the barriers of convention to arrive at new ways of seeing? These and other intriguing questions are explored in Season Three of "Art:21-Art in the Twenty-First Century,"
The show returns in October, 2007 with Season Four. Prior to the broadcast premiere of the four, one-hour programs, preview Protest, an episode that explores how contemporary art engages politics, inequality and conflict through the work of artists Jenny Holzer, Alfredo Jaar, An-My Lê and Nancy Spero. This Art in the Twenty-First Century screening is presented by Art:21, in collaboration with Americans for the Arts, as part of Art:21 Access '07, a nationwide celebration of contemporary art and creativity. Runtime: 60 minutes.
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Art of Navajo Weaving and The Durango Collection of Southwest Textiles, The is a 56 minute dual-film video distributed by Interpark, Cortez, CO. The Art of Navajo Weaving beautifully documents the state of Navajo weaving, looking at it's origins and, through a visit with a contemporary Navajo weaving family, it's current state. It features Isabel and Geanita John, award winning pictorial weavers. The Durango Collection, an interesting and educational film, is a tour through the Durango Collection, the most complete collection of Navajo and Southwestern weaving in the world. The Collection is a part of The Southwest Center at Fort Lewis College The film is narrated by Jackson Clark and Mark Winter. (text courtesy of petroglyphtrail.com) Available through the Fine Arts Museum, Santa Fe.
Art of Quilting. This 60 minute 2007 DVD from PBS Home Video is described by PBS as follows "Explore the diverse techniques and artistry reflected in contemporary American art quilts. Discover how the boundaries of traditional American quilt making have expanded to an art form that now adorns the walls of exhibit halls and art galleries worldwide. The Art of Quilting honors the artistry America's contemporary art quilters by visiting art quilt exhibitions across the country and through personal interviews with noted fabric artists."
Art of Romare Bearden, The is a 30 minute 2002 video from Home Vision Entertainment with the National Gallery of Art. "Romare Bearden's art captures the diversity and richness of his life. With roots in North Carolina, Bearden migrated north at an early age, living in industrial Pittsburgh, vibrant Harlem, and, later in his life, on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin. These four locales and his memories of their people, music, colors, and stories form the basis of Bearden's collages and paintings. This film, narrated by Morgan Freeman with readings by Danny Glover, traces the artist's career using new and archival footage to demonstrate the artistic impact of Bearden's memories and art-historical models." The Art of Romare Bearden uses new and archival footage to examine the impact of North Carolina, New York, Pittsburgh and the Caribbean on Bearden's work. Features commentary by writer Albert Murray, musician Wynton Marsalis; artist Emma Amos, curator Ruth Fine, professor Richard Powell of Duke University, and biographer Myron Schwartzman. ISBN: 0-7800-2866-X This DVD is lent free of charge through the National Gallery of Art's Division of Education (go to NGA Loan Materials Finder)
Artists at Work: The New Deal Art Projects Describes visual arts programs developed in 1935--43 by the U. S. government to support American artists during the Depression. 35-minute video. Description source: Amon Carter Museum Teacher Resource Center. The Museum contains a comprehensive lending library including many videos. TFAO wishes to extend appreciation to Katherine Moloney, Teaching and Visual Resources Coordinator, for acquainting TFAO with the Museum's collection. (available through Las Positas College Library)
Artists Of The 20th Century: Andy Warhol is a 60 minute video from Kultur Video which says: "...Includes spectacular images of his greatest work.." Title Note from Tower Video: "This volume in the Artists of the 20th Century series examines Andy Warhol's life and his revolutionary outlook on the concept of art, and the attraction and effects of fame and popular culture. Distributor Notes: "Born in Pittsburgh to Czechoslovakian immigrants, Andy Warhol graduated from the Carnegie Institute of Technology with a degree in pictorial design. Following this, he moved to New York where he found steady work as a commercial artist." Source: Kultur Films Inc.
Artists Of The 20th Century: Man Ray is a 50 minute video from Kultur Video which says: "Inventive, audacious, with an effervescent imagination, and a continual willingness to call traditional notions of art into question, Man Ray was the quintessiential avant-garde artist. Born in Philadelphia in 1890, and raised in Brooklyn, Emmanuel Radnitsky, later known as Man Ray, was always determined to become an artist. He came into his own in the 1920's when he joined his good friend, and fellow Dadaist, Marcel Duchamp in Paris. To earn a living while pursuing the more iconoclastic work that he loved, he took portrait and fashion photographs, eventually becoming the most celebrated commercial photographer in Paris....Man Ray began his fifty year career as a painter and designer and soon expanded to collage, printmaking, photography, object-making, sculpture and film, never attempting to establish a hierarchy for his various activities. Accompanied by images of the artist's greatest work."
Artists of the West is a 56 minute 2000 PBS Home Video. Actor Joseph Campanella narrates a dramatic story of the American West as seen through the eyes of three pre-eminent artists : Charles Russell, Thomas Moran, and Frederic Remington
Art to Art: Expressions by Asian American Women is a 1993 30 minute documentary. A collaborative project between filmmakers, painters and sculptors, ART TO ART is a necessary addition for all disciplines concerned with issues of identity and aesthetics. Artists featured: Pacita Abad, Hung Liu, Yong Soon Min and Barbara Takanaga. Film and videomakers: Christine Chang, Christine Choy, Karen Kavery and Chuleenan Svetvilas. "We are delighted to get eight accomplished artists from both coasts of the U.S. who reflect today's diversity and dynamism of Asian American women artists and their work." - Lilia Villaneuva, (former) Asia Women United President. Available from the Educational Distribution service of the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) which has distributed high quality works by and about Asians and Asian Pacific Americans, since 1986, to educational institutions, libraries, community organizations, government agencies, film and art centers, and television.
Art/World: Ed Ruscha is a 20 minute look at some of this modern artist's finest work, from the early '60s to the present day. Also included in this 1992 video is a look at the Los Angeles Metro Public art projects. Produced by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
Atlantic Coast of Winslow Homer, The Introduces painter Winslow Homer (1836--1910) and shows his work featuring scenes along the Atlantic Ocean. 35-minute video Description source: Amon Carter Museum Teacher Resource Center. The Museum contains a comprehensive lending library including many videos.
Augustus Saint Gaudens: An American Original is a 28 minute 1995 video from Direct Cinema Limited directed by Paul G. Sanderson III. This video draws on photographs, letters, literary documents and the artist's works -- which are found in major cities, public parks and museums throughout the United States -- to create a beautiful and informative portrait of a neglected giant of American art. Centering on the artist's adopted home of Cornish, New Hampshire, the film is an excellent introduction to the man and his times, and to the work that helped a weary nation begin to make sense of the war that almost tore it apart. Available through Currier Museum of Art.
Augustus Saint-Gaudens: Masque of the Golden Bowl. 1 hour. Available through Currier Museum of Art.
Augustus Saint-Gaudens: Master of American Sculpture is a hour-long documentary released in 2007 and directed by award-winning filmmaker Paul Sanderson. The film tells the sculptor's life story through the voices of art historians, with on-camera observations of the artist and his works including both historic and contemporary footage, combined with original and period music. The documentary covers Saint-Gaudens' life from his childhood in Manhattan, through his rise to prominence during the Gilded Age, to his legacy as one of this country's greatest sculptors. Utilizing state-of-the-art high definition, wide-screen technology, the film takes advantage of the latest research about Saint-Gaudens and his art, and reveals his greatest public monuments in ways never seen before. The film is produced by the Trustees of the Saint-Gaudens Memorial with assistance from the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site. Director Paul G. Sanderson has won over 30 national awards, including seven CINE Golden Eagles with films that have appeared on PBS, The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, NBC, and other networks. He has been a consultant for PBS's American Masters series. His films have been shown at Lincoln Center, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History and Radio City Music Hall. Most recently he was the principal cinematographer and consultant on a two-part special for both Frontline and American Experience on the Mormon religion titled "The Mormons," which recently aired on PBS. He also produced a documentary on the pioneering Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont entitled "Wings of Madness," that was broadcast last fall on PBS's Nova. The Saint-Gaudens documentary will be broadcast on New Hampshire Public Television in the fall of 2007. Additional regional film premieres are scheduled at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on September 7, 2007, Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 23, 2007, Philadelphia Museum of Art on September 30, 2007, and the Art Institute of Chicago on March 8, 2008, with other locations anticipated.
Awareness Series: American Art. John Singleton Copley, George Catlin, and Mary Cassatt: A Nation of Painters is a 25 minute video produced by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, in cooperation with WETA-TV. "Short, evocative studies of the works of major artists represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Art: Copley, Catlin, Cassatt, and American Naive painters. Programs are not intended as definitive studies of these artists; rather, each is designed as a starting point for group discussion of the art and artist. Segments may be used independently, in any order or combination." This video is lent free of charge through the National Gallery of Art's Division of Education (go to NGA Loan Materials Finder)
Awareness Series: Modern Masters is a 40 minute video produced by the National Gallery of Art. "Short, evocative studies of the works of major artists represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Art: Monet, Renoir, Degas, Cassatt, Gauguin, Cézanne, and Picasso. Programs are not intended as definitive studies of these artists; rather, each is designed as a starting point for group discussion of the art and artist. Segments may be used independently, in any order or combination." This video is lent free of charge through the National Gallery of Art's Division of Education (go to NGA Loan Materials Finder) Image courtesy NGA.
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