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Tales of An Art Dealer; A behind-the-scenes chronicle of Vose Galleries' 150-year history, 1841-1991; 28 minutes; 1991; VHS and DVD

Tamarind Institute's The Art of Lithography: Working on Plate is a 23 minute 42 second VHS video in which artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith and Master Printer Jeffrey Sippel collaborate to create a four-color lithograph from aluminum plates, demonstrating the special techniques used in plate lithography. Available through Tamarind Institute of the University of New Mexico.

Taro Yashima's Golden Village is a 26 minute DVD produced and directed by Glenn Johnson, described by the Japanese American National Museum as follows: "A fading grammar school graduation photograph is the point of departure for a journey by artist-author, Taro Yashima from the U.S., where he lived for fifty years, to the village of his birth, Nejime, Japan on the southern tip of Kyushu. Joy and sadness color his encounters with his classmates of forty years before... Narrated by Taro himself, the film brings to life scenes described in his chidren's picture books: The Village Tree, Plenty to Watch, and Crow Boy. It also provides insight into the way environment shapes people in general and artists in particular... Taro Yashima (1910-1994) published seven picture books, three of which were named Caldecott Honor Books, Crow Boy, Umbrella, and Seashore Story. He was the recipient of many awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southern California Council on Literature for Children... The DVD features both Japanese and English narrations."

They Drew Fire: Combat Artists of WW II is a 56 minute TV documentary directed by Brian Lanker and produced in 2000 by Actual Films. (information courtesy of

This Is Edward Steichen: 25 minutes 1965. "This film includes examples of Edward Steichen's masterful photographs and a warm, personal interview with the 86-year-old photographer in his Connecticut home. He expresses his feelings about painting and photography and describes his recollections about meeting and photographing such great figures as Auguste Rodin and Greta Garbo."

Thomas Cole's Paintings of Eden Focuses on landscapes by Hudson River School artist Thomas Cole (1801--1848). Interprets comments on nature, religion, social mores, and environmental issues of 19th-century America. 60-minute video. Description source: Amon Carter Museum Teacher Resource Center

Thomas Eakins: A Motion Portrait is a 60 minute 1986 video produced in association with the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the life of Thomas Eakins, which was both heroic and tragic. A brilliant portraitist who painted his subjects as he saw them and an outspoken teacher who demanded respect for the entire human body, Eakins flouted the conventions of proper Philadelphia society in the Victorian era. Shot on location In Philadelphia, the film combines dramatic sequences in which all dialog has been verified as authentic, with archival footage, still photographs, and interviews to create a moving portrait of a man who was not recognized as one of America's greatest painters until many years after his death in 1916. Narrated by Sam Waterston. American Masters series. Produced by Spofford Films, Inc., in association with American Masters/WNET/Channel 13; The ASDA Foundation "Tells the story of American painter Thomas Eakins (1844--1916). His use of nude models and insistence on the study of anatomy by art students made Eakins a controversial figure in his era."

Thomas Eakins and the Swimming Picture Examines the painting Swimming (1895) by American painter Thomas Eakins (1844--1916). Uses X-ray photography to analyze his working methods and to investigate how Eakins changed the composition by adjusting three of his figures. Shows students at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts painting live nude models based on Eakins's techniques. 11-minute video from 1996. Description source: Amon Carter Museum Teacher Resource Center

Thomas Eakins: Scenes From Modern Life is a 60 minute video released in 2001 and narrated by Blythe Danner and directed by Glenn Holsten. This visually appealing biography traces the life of eminent 19th-century American painter and photographer Thomas Eakins.

Thomas Hart Benton is a 60 minute1988 film from the Ken Burns' America series by PBS. "The turbulent career of Thomas Hart Benton, one of America's most controversial artists, began with experimentation in Expressionism, Cubism, and other European styles abroad. Later, while in the military, Benton was assigned to illustrate army equipment, discovering in the process a realistic style that finally satisfied him. Returning to civilian life, he became a Regionalist painter, portraying Americans as down-to-earth types who expressed their "American-ness" through their everyday actions and their appearance." Director Ken Burns combines samples of Benton's work and interviews with art critics, family, and friends as well as footage of Benton himself. Produced by Ken Burns and Julie Dumphey. (Quote from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts) Thomas Hart Benton is 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. (DVD version Release Date: October 18, 2005)

Thomas Hart Benton's Missouri  28 minute / 1992 / FFH - "America's foremost folk muralist, the late Thomas Hart Benton, was at the apex of his career when he painted the Social History of Missouri mural which ambitiously depicts that state's progress from pioneer days to the Depression era. Benton's own narration from recorded interviews is used and supplemented by historian Bob Priddy."

Thomas "Yellowstone" Moran is a 12 minute National Gallery of Art video that "Recounts the story of Moran's involvement with the government-sponsored survey expedition to Yellowstone in 1871. Using archival photographs and footage of Yellowstone, the video shows the pivotal role that Moran's paintings of this area played in securing passage of the first national park bill ." This program is available in the DVD collection: American Art, 1785­1926: Seven Artist Profiles.This DVD is lent free of charge through the National Gallery of Art's Division of Education (go to NGA Loan Materials)

Time Captured in Paintings: The Monterey Legacy tells the story of Monterey's art colony, including artists Armin Hansen, E. Charlton Fortune, Henrietta Shore, William Ritschel, Gottardo Piazzoni, Xavier Martinez, and others. Jack Lemmon narrates this 28 minute 1991 presentation produced by the Monterey Museum of Art, writen by Steve Hauk and directed by Steve Rosen and Terri DeBono. From the arrival of French painter Gaspard Duche de Vancy in 1786, to the thriving creative community of today, this video demonstrates the wide variety of art inspired by the region. ASIN: B000H6JFCG

Time Exposure: William H. Jackson, Picture Maker of the Old West Presents photographs of the American West including mountains, railroads, and mining towns made during the late 19th century by photographer William Henry Jackson (1843--1942). Reenacts demonstrations of glass-plate photography, developing, and solar printing. Narrated by actor Burgess Meredith. 26-minute video. Description source: Amon Carter Museum Teacher Resource Center

To Be Seen: Street Art. Documentary on street art and the cultural and political significance of this form of artistic expression. The subculture of street art is significant because it is an embodiment of subversive content and a form of public expression, a form of media and a means of political and social protest. Integrates interviews with street artists and others, looking at who is making street art and why, and also investigates the public's perception of this work. 2006. 30 min. DVD 5143. Available from Media Resources Center, Library, University of California, Berkeley

Torn Notebook is a 60-minute documentary about the design and building of Torn Notebook, from GPN, Lincoln, NE. In 1997, a major Oldenburg/van Bruggen work, Torn Notebook, commissioned by the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden was installed on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus in Lincoln, Nebraska. .

Toshiko Takaezu: Portrait of a Ceramic Artist is a 53 minute DVD described by the Japanese American National Museum as follows "Renowned for her extraordinary pottery and highly respected as a teacher, Toshiko Takaezu is one of the most significant ceramic artists of the 20th century -- and the 21st... This timeless program, filmed both in New Jersey and the artist's native Hawaii, presents the life story of the internationally acclaimed potter. Film clips of Ms. Takaezu at work -- shaping clay in her studio, demonstrating pottery techniques at Princeton University, and overseeing raku-firing -- provide illuminating insights into her philosophical creative process, as do interviews with ceramic artists Claude Horan and Jennifer Owen; gallery owner Charles Cowles; Paul Smith, director emeritus of the American Craft Museum; poet Stephen Berg; and the artist herself.".

Tour of the Olson House with Dudley Rockwell, A is a 46 minute video produced in 1997 by the Farnsworth Art Museum. Filmed by Deb Vendetti. An intimate look at the house made famous by the artist, Andrew Wyeth, as told by Wyeth's brother-in-law and Olson neighbor, Dudley Rockwell.

Toyo Miyatake: Infinite Shades of Gray is a 30 minute VHS video described by the Japanese American National Museum as follows: "Produced by Karen L. Ishizuka. Directed by Robert A. Nakamura. Edited by Gail Yasunaga. Cinematography by John Esaki and Dean Hayasaka. Original score by: David Iwataki... Elegant and penetrating, Toyo Miyatake: Infinite Shades Of Gray positions this immigrant photographer within the canon of American Art... In Los Angeles, Toyo Miyatake is reknowned as Little Tokyo's foremost studio photographer. To others he is known for having smuggled a lens and film holder into one of America's WWII concentration camps and being the first to capture life behind barbed wire with a makeshift camera made of scrapwood. Yet it was his little known artistic pursuits before the war that honed his discerning eye. Miyatake's pictorial and modernist photographs are presented for the first time since they were exhibited in the 1920s and 1930s... Also included are never-before-seen images of Manzanar, the WWII camp Miyatake was incarcerated in, and recently-discovered home movies of Little Tokyo taken by Miyatake."

Trading Post Stories is a 90 minute video produced in 2004 by David Boyer Productions (970-565-3971). The film explores the dynamics between Native American arts and crafts and trading posts in the Southwest. Trading posts provided artisans insights into styles and designs desired by Anglo collectors and provided a marketplace for the artisans' works.

Traditions and Innovations. This video examines contemporary Native American art of the region. The works of seven artists are featured: Frank Big Bear, David Bradley, Jeffrey Chapman, George Morrison, Wendy Savage, Carol Ann Smith and Leo Wilke. 45 minutes. (quote courtesy Plains Art Museum)

Transformed by Flame - The Glass Art of Fräbel. DVD. 2007 [56:46] The HDTV PBS documentary: Transformed by Flame - The Glass Art of Fräbel, will take the viewer on a trip to Germany and the Czech Republic to showcase the history of glass, the Fräbel Studio and Hans Godo Fräbel.

Truth of Other Days, The Features the art of Frederic Remington. 58 minutes (collection of Joslyn Art Museum). Google Video says: "This documentary of Frederic Remington reviews how the famed artist popularized the myths, legends, and images we now nostalgically call the Old West. The film has location footage, archival film, and interviews that create an illuminating frame around the hundreds of his artworks. The Documentary Channel On The Dish Network Channel 197" View a clip of the video here. [00:57]

20th Century American Art is a 27 minute video that provides an overview of modern and contemporary art in America through the Whitney Museum of American Art's collection. Starting with art at the turn of the century, it continues through Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and Minimalism.

Two Centuries of Black American Art. Pyramid Film & Video. collection of Williamsburg Research Libraries 26 minutes

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