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Once Upon a Time in Old Lyme: The Story of an American Art Colony is a 19 minute DVD produced by the Florence Griswold Museum in 2007. It was brought to TFAO's attention by Tammi Flynn of the Florence Griswold Museum and Shana Herb Johannessen. See Part 1 [9:50] and Part 2 [9:38] of the video.

On The Border: Native American Weaving Traditions of The Great Lakes and Prairie. Featuring three Minnesota artists (Francis Keahna, splitash basketry; Melvin Losh, porcupine quillworking on birchbark; and Josephine Ryan, finger weaving), this video documents the continuity of traditional American Indian arts, as well as the artists' innovations. 28 minutes. (quote courtesy Plains Art Museum)

Originals: Women in Art, The: 1977: "This series celebrates some of America's most brilliant women artists, both past and present. Producer Perry Miller Adato is widely acknowledged as a leading maker of films on art. In this series she examines the personalities, lifestyles, and work of those American women whose creative talents have made valuable contributions to the visual arts.

1. Georgia O'Keeffe (60 min) This is the only film that this great American modernist ever allowed to be made of her life and work. In the film, O'Keeffe discusses her early life, her art, and her marriage to photographer Alfred Stieglitz.
2. Mary Cassatt-Impressionist from) Philadelphia (28 min)  Cassatt, recognized as an equal by Degas, Monet, and Renoir, received little notice within the American art scene upon her return to the United States in 1898. This film reveals the quality, variety, and originality of her paintings, prints, and drawings, and clearly presents her as a leading figure in American art.
3. Spirit-Catcher: The Art of Betye Saar (28 min) This intriguing film probes the art, the spirit, the symbols, and the revelations of assemblage artist Betye Saar. In developing her art, she has had to face the double prejudices of sexism and racism. What has emerged is the simultaneous penetration of old and new levels of black awareness. Her constructions use astrology, the occult, fetishes, and historical photographs."

O'Keeffe and Texas Takes a look at American Modernist Georgia O'Keeffe during her years in Texas. Explores how her experiences as a teacher and how the natural forms of the area around Amarillo and Canyon, Texas, influenced her emotional states and her art. 15-minute video. Description source: Amon Carter Museum Teacher Resource Center

Ominous Hush: The Thunderstorm Paintings of Martin Johnson Heade Explores American painter Martin Johnson Heade's (1819-1904) use of storm imagery as metaphor for the American Civil War. 12-minute video. Description source: Amon Carter Museum Teacher Resource Center

Open Score, by Rauschenberg, Robert,. Authors: Schultz-Lundestam, Barbro. | Klüver, Billy,--1927- | Experiments in Art and Technology (Organization) | Bell Telephone Laboratories, inc. Series: Nine evenings: theatre & engineering Published by : E.A.T. [and] Artpix, (New York :) Physical details: 1 videodisc (35 min.) : sd., b&w (some col.) ; 4 3/4 in. ISBN: 9780966801071. Description source: Birmingham Museum of Art Librsry

Optical Realism, (c) 1985, running time: 28 minutes. Program 26 from Art/New York, which says of this video: "This tape covers the work of two veterans of the art world who paint what they observe. Seen is work by ALEX KATZ at the Robert Miller Gallery and at The Whitney Museum of American Art and JANET FISH, also at the Robert Miller Gallery. Included are interviews with the artists in which they describe what they see and how they go about painting it."

Our Nation's Colors: A Celebration in American Painting is a WMFE-TV program produced in conjunction with TAI. 30 minutes video.

Outta My Light! Photographer Rondal Partridge. 24-minute DVD produced in 2002 by Dyanna Taylor, granddaughter of Dorothea Lange and Elizabeth and Meg Partridge, Rondal Partridge's daughters, this film is an intimate portrait of Rondal crafted by his own family. Spend a little time with Ron, as he explains his photographic process, from shooting to darkroom work. Working with a 2 1/4 to 8x10 camera, we see Rondal in his environment; shooting, developing, and finding photographic inspiration in the most ordinary objects. Available through Partridge Pictures, Email contact:, 800/886-3135 tel

On 12/19/08 TFAO searched Google Video through "My Dinner With Weegee" for online clips relating to VHS/DVD videos listed on this page and posted relevant search results above.


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