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Saint Gaudens: Masque of the Golden Bowl. A lush 60 minute dramatization of the life and work of Augustus Saint Gaudens, pre-eminent sculptor of the American Renaissance, as seen and recorded In his own words and those of his contemporaries. Shot on Location in Boston, New York and New Hampshire. Produced in association with the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Sandzén: Ecstasy of Color, is a 56 minute Colorado Public Television PBS Documentary in DVD format covering the career of Swedish-American artist Birger Sandzén. The producer/director is Joshua V. Hassel. See the 06:00 trailer for the documentary via YouTube. For Resource Library texts pertaining to Birger Sandzén see Colors of the West: The Paintings of Birger Sandzén; with article by Christine Giles (5/14/10). The DVD is available through the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery.

Sandpainting: A Navajo Tradition is a 38 minute video produced by National Park Service Films and distributed by Interpark, Cortez, CO. This ceremonial practice, steeped in an age old sacred process, gives guidance and comfort to the navajo. After grinding the stones and sifting the sand, a Navajo family demonstrates the ancient rite, explaining the meaning of the sand colors and symbols. Join Sandpainters Juanita and David Peters at their home. (text courtesy of Available through the Fine Arts Museum, Santa Fe.

Santeros = Saintmakers. Documents the lifestyle and attitudes of five New Mexican artisans who continue the 300 year-old traditions of the earliest santeros. 33 min. Video/C 1341 from Media Resources Center, Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Scenes From the Life of Andy Warhol: Friendships and Intersections. A film by Jonas Mekas. In this 1990 film Jonas Mekas chronicles not only the great pop artist, Andy Warhol, but also the social and cultural excitement that swirled around him, throbbing to a hypnotic Velvet Underground beat. This is a candid, relaxed film diary including his friends Barbara Rubin, Tuli Kupferberg, Allen Ginsberg, Peter Olovksy, Ed Sanders, Gerard Malanga, Storm De Hirsch and George Maciunas. 1997. 58 min. Video/C 4782. Available from Media Resources Center, Library, University of California, Berkeley. Note: Google Video provides links to several videos with the title "Scenes From the Life of Andy Warhol" Note: Google Video has links to about 3,500 videos concerning this artist.

Scenes of American Life: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Masterworks by Alexander Hogue, Edward Hopper, Jacob Lawrence, Ross Dickinson, Moses Sayer, Joseph RugoIo, Gertrude Goodrich and others are seen In this program highlighting art depicting American life during the first half of the 20th century. Designed for grades 7-12, this 28 program conforms to art, social studies and American history curricula based on the National History Standards. Includes video, prints, slides, and a teacher's guide. "Features works depicting American life in the first half of the 20th century, from the Roaring Twenties through the Great Depression to World War II and beyond. Images of jazz and street life, farms and factories, workers and families captured a changing America. Includes works by Jacob Lawrence, Moses Sawyer, and Gertrude Goodrich, among others." Description source: Amon Carter Museum Teacher Resource Center

School's Out: Self-Taught Artists is a 28 minute L&S Video hosted by Anna Deavere Smith, created and produced by Linda Freeman and written and directed by David Irving. .Grandma Moses is played by Priscilla Pointer. Bill Traylor is played by Ossie Davis. William Hawkins is played by Geoffrey Holder. "Self-taught Artists" is a category of painters who never attended art school. These three artists create paintings because they were compelled to do so. In the video, each artist's art and life is explored with the insightful commentary of several guests: Lee Kogan, Director of the Folk Art Institute, Museum of American Folk Art; Roger R. Ricco, of the Ricco/Maresca Gallery; Jane Kallir, Co-Director of Galerie St. Etienne, NY; Bob Greenberg, Collector. Throughout the video, there are discussions meant to help define the term "Self-taught Artist", and the differences between Folk Art and so called "Outsider Art" are explored. Parallels are drawn between the work of these artists and the art movements of their times, Cubism, Abstract Expressionism, and the other modern art "schools".     Qualities that each of these artists have conveyed are self-confidence and a basic belief in what they were doing was meaningful. The video offers an inspiring, uplifting, yet "down to earth" account of these three important American Artists. ISBN 1-882660-18-8

Sculptor Marshall M. Fredericks is a 1 hour autobiographical documentary of Fredericks' life and work; produced by Southfield Cable 15. The artist relates his life story and discusses dozens of his sculptures. Vintage footage of installation and dedication of The Spirit of Detroit. Christ on the Cross, and the Cleveland Fountain is interspersed with recent views of these and other sculptures. Available from Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum.

Sculptors at Storm King: Shaping American Art (47 minutes). The 400-acre Storm King Art Center is America's premier outdoor museum of post-1945 sculpture. Through interviews, archival footage and film clips of sculptors in action, this program offers a glimpse into the creative process of some of the century's most influential artists. Featured sculptors include David Smith, Louise Nevelson, Alexander Calder, Isamu Noguchi, Kenneth Snelson, Mark di Suvero and Richard Serra. Shown in conjunction with Material Terrain: A Sculptural Exploration of Landscape and Place held at the Columbia Museum of Art July 6 - August 26, 2007. Contact the museum at 803-799-2810 or

"Self Portait" by Carl Marr (info from Museum of Wisconsin Art)

Seth Eastman: Painting the Dakota showcases the unique body of work of one of the most significant American artists to the nineteenth century. This hour-long documentary takes viewers back vividly to the period and explore Eastman's complex relationship with his subjects.

Shared Heritage: Art by Four African Americans, A (videos produced by Indianapolis Museum of Art):

Shaw Memorial: The Power and Glory of Public Art, The "Augustus Saint-Gaudens' original plaster cast of the Shaw Memorial, installed in the National Gallery, is the focus for discussions among historians, curators, educators, and descendants of members of the Massachusetts Fifty-fourth Regiment of African Americans who fought in the Civil War. The program tells us about the history, literary connections, and artistic significance of the sculpture as an artwork and a national monument. Archival photographs, documents, and location footage of related sites provide additional content." .This 52 minute video is lent free of charge through the National Gallery of Art's Division of Education (go to NGA Loan Materials)

Sierra Journey is a 19 minute DVD made from a full-color film by California Impressionist Edgar Payne (1883-1947) that chronicles his journey into the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California. Available February 2012 through DeRus Fine Arts.

Signilar Video Collection offers 17 instructional videos in VHS and DVD by master artists for art students. There are videos by seven American artists in the series. Full motion video clips of the presentations are available online.

Silvestro Pistolesi: Frescos of the Church of the Transfiguration is an exhibit held November 13 - January 23, 2011 at the Cape Cod Museum of Art. A DVD is available relating to the art.

Similar Differences: Betye and Alison Saar, 10-minute video from Fellows of Contemporary Art , 1990 (information courtesy Los Angeles County Museum of Art Teacher Resource Center Catalogue)

Snow Hill, Andrew Wyeth Self Portrait is a 60 minute video narrated by Stacy Keach, produced in 1995 by Chip Taylor Communications. The authorized documentary about Andrew Wyeth. Available through Brandywine River Museum. Note: Google Video has links to about 30 videos concerning this artist.

Southwest of Georgia O'Keeffe, The ia a 11 minute 1995 video from Lucerne Media that covers the paintings of flowers, bones, and airborne images made during the lifetime of the noted American abstractionist Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986), especially the Southwestern themes and landscapes for which she became most famous. She saw an abstract universe everwhere in the flowers, the city, the desert, and exploring the aerial view of the world Note: Google Video has links to about 160 videos concerning this artist.

Speaking of Art: John Szarkowski on Szarkowski. Of this 60 minute 2005 DVD directed by Tom Piper, National Film Network says: "During his tenure as a Director at MoMA, he redefined the world's understanding of the art of photography and established himself as one of the giants of 20th Century art history. Over this 30 year posting he made no effort to exhibit or publish his own work... Prior to accepting the position of Director of the Department of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art in 1962, John Szarkowski had already received two Guggenheim fellowships for his own photography, had been given exhibitions at the Walker Art Center, the George Eastman House, and the Art Institute of Chicago, and had published two books of his photographs - The Idea of Louis Sullivan and The Face of Minnesota... As he wryly comments in this lecture, "I am unique among photographers in that I have an Early Period and a Late Period ­ but no Middle Period. I hope to rectify that." A Checkerboard Library Film

Squatting The Palace: An Installation by Kiki Smith in Venice is a 44-minute video produced by Edgar B. Howard and released in 2006. "This video takes a circular approach to an artist who works in overlapping spirals of creative energy. Smith works in her home ­ not in a space specifically designed as a studio but on the 2nd floor of her East Village townhouse. There, amid her books, a pet bird, and tiny kitchenette, Smith goes from drawing to collaging to modeling clay to painting plaster casts and back, again and again, moving from one discipline to another in a way that can seem aimless to a casual observer, but which is actually modus operandi of a highly sophisticated visual artist." (video available through Checkerboard Film Foundation, quote from Checkerboard Film Foundation) Note: Google Video has links to about 40 videos concerning this artist.

Springfield Library and Museums Springfield, Massachusetts American Art Collection videotape funded by Henry Luce Foundation

Stories of Arizona is a 13 part series of mini biographies is now available for homes, schools and libraries. On DVD and VHS video, the series of Arizona profiles airs on the Public Broadcasting stations. The video is nearly 2 hours long and includes profiles of Arizonans who have made history. Hal Empie (1909 - 2002), famed Western artist, cartoonist and pharmacist is featured on the series. He was born in Safford before statehood and lived and worked in Arizona his entire life.

Structure Within the Image. Photographers Barbara Kasten and Garry Winogrand show how every photographer uses a unique structure within his or her work. Discusses framing, line, shape, tone, and pattern and demonstrates ways to structurally improve photographs. 1984. 29 min. Video/C MM689. Available from Media Resources Center, Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Success by Design: the Schreckengost Legacy is a video that looks at the long and successful career of Cleveland artist and designer Viktor Schreckengost. Produced by the CMA in collaboration with WVIZ. Taped at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Institute of Art, and other locations throughout northeast Ohio, Success by Design: The Viktor Schreckengost Legacy examines the breadth and depth of Schreckengost's career, telling his artistic story through his most influential works. Available through the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Suggested by the Art of Edward Ruscha, 28-minute video by Mystic Fire Video, 1981 (information courtesy Los Angeles County Museum of Art Teacher Resource Center Catalogue) Note: Google Video has links to about 120 videos concerning this artist.

Stories of Illumination and Growth: John Biggers' Murals, is a 28 minute video distributed by Cinebar Productions that provides a visual documentation of John Bigger's creation of a mural at Hampton University in 1991.

Superstar - The Life & Times of Andy Warhol is an 87 minute 1991 documentary directed by Chuck Workman from Marylin Lewis Entertainment, released through Winstar Home Entertainment. A documentary about the painter Andy Warhol which traces his life from Pittsburgh schoolboy to pop art legend. The film includes a behind the scenes look at "Factory" life and several enigmatic interviews given by Warhol over the years, as well as an array of images from Warhol's art and films. Note: Google Video has links to about 3,500 videos concerning this artist.

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