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Art History & Practice

14 Americans: Directions of the 1970s

Featuring: Vito Acconci, Laurie Anderson, Alice Aycock, Scott Burton, Peter Campus, Chuck Close, Nancy Graves, Joseph Kosuth, Gordon Matta-Clark, Mary Miss, Elizabeth Murray, Dennis Oppenheim, Dorothea Rockburne, Joel Shapiro.

40 years of the Documenta

Presents 2 segments from a German television news magazine. Part 1 visits the exhibition "Documenta" considered to be the most important forum for contemporary art and takes a retrospective look at previous Documenta exhibitions which began in 1955. Part 2 visits the current 1997 "Documenta X" exhibition. 1997. 27 min.

9 Artists of Puerto Rico (Nueve artistas de Puerto Rico)

A visit to the studios of Puerto Rico's most prominent contemporary artists including Lorenzo Homar, Julio Rosado del Valle, Olga Albizu, Rafael Villamil, Rafael Ferrer, Julio Micheli, Luis Hernandez Cruz, Edgardo Franceshi, and Jose Alicea. 1970. 16 min.

A Century of Quilts: America in Cloth.

Celebrates the powerful stories behind quilt-making from three perspectives: records of history, symbols of family/community, and works of art. Features quilts from major American quilt shows in Paducah, Kentucky, and Houston. Produced, written and directed by Laurie A. Gorman. Dist.: PBS. 2001. 77 min.

Abode of Illusion: The Life and Art of Chang Dai-chien (1899-1983)

Explores the life and work of Chang Daichien, an artist who symbolizes a bridge between China's past and present, as well as between East and West. Chang was the first Chinese artist to achieve international recognition, both through his original works as well as through his skills at emulating--and forging--past masterpieces. Produced and directed by Carma Hinton and Richard Gordon [in association with the Long Bow Group]. Dist.: Direct Cinema. 1994. 60 min.

Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art of the '50s and '60s

Abstract Expressionism was born from a joining of attitudes in American art and European avant-garde art, but was later rejected for its nonfigurative and seemingly egocentric character in favor of the ultra-objective phenomenon known as Pop Art. Filmed at many museums on both sides of the Atlantic, this program critically examines key masterpieces of Abstract Expressionism and Pop art.

Accident by Design: Creating and Discovering Beauty

Artists, writers and scientists are interviewed about definitions and perceptions of beauty and the process of creating art. Forms of beauty from diverse sources such as paintings, sculpture, dance, and nature are presented and through careful montage enable the viewer to see what those forms have in common. c1997. 50 min.

African Art: Through African Eyes.

When first seen in the Western world in 1900, African art was viewed as strange and exotic. Yet these works, the booty of colonial wars, would influence Picasso, Matisse, and Modigliani and change the course of 20th century art. This film, while recognizing this impact, introduces noted experts who explain the importance of reappraising African art within its own cultural context. Then local Malian inhabitants in a Bamana village and the walled city of Djenne comment on the function of art and the role of the artist in their society. 1995. 47 min.

After Modernism: The Dilemma of Influence

The purposeful dismantling of the modernist myth has been the central issue of contemporary art making and art criticism. Since the 1960s, other disciplines, cultures and artists previously excluded from modernism's privileged canons have become absorbed into an ever expanding field of activity and influence. Younger artsts are a new breed of cultural scavengers -- anything is fair game for appropriation or reinterpretation. Here various modernists discuss their art works. Dist.: Michael Blackwood Productions. 1992. 59 min.

American Art in the Sixties

During the critical decade of the 1960s in America an explosion of artistic energy produced pop art, minimalism, color-field painting and hard-edged abstraction. Sculptors and painters on both coasts explored new methods and new subject matter. This documentary examines the key figures of that decade with emphasis on Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns, two crucial transitional figures between abstract expressionism and the sensibilities of the new decade. Michael Blackwood Productions. c2000. 60 min.