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Art History & Practice


Explains the art style that evolved from graffiti spray-painted on subway surfaces to canvas paintings now hung in major art galleries. In this documentary of the early '80's movement, the viewer listens to the movers and shakers of this imaginative trend, and examines the Hip-Hop culture in action, traveling to the South Bronx where most of it started. Interviews: Charlie Ahearn, Patti Astor, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Fred Brathwaite (Fab 5 Freddy), "Crash," Stefan Eins, Futura 2000, Keith Haring, Sidney Janis, "Lady Pink," Dolores and Hubert Neumann, Rammellzee and Tony Shafrazi. c1984.

Guerrillas in Our Midst

Gallery owners comment on the actions of a group of anonymous women artists who call themselves the Guerrilla Girls. Also interviewed are members of the Guerrilla Girls, who, dressed in gorrilla masks, work to promote greater representation of women and minority artists in art exhibitions. A film by Amy Harrison. 1992. 35 min.

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GV2: Graffiti Verite 2

A follow-up film to the award winning documentary Graffiti Verite. Includes interviews with more graffiti artists and street scenes with over 400 tags, throw-ups and pieces of "street art" all presented to a backdrop of Hip Hop music. Includes coverage of the winning artwork of the First International Graffiti Art Competition. Written, produced, and directed by Bob Bryan. 1998. 58 min.

GV3: Graffiti Verite 3 (The Final Episode)

The Final Episode is a poetic voyage, a meditation, into the iconography of Graffiti art featuring an eclectic sound track as it's emotional and intellectual core. "GV3 is a compelling sensorial experience; shockingly honest and defiantly politically incorrect." Written, produced, and directed by Bob Bryan. c2000. 54 min.

GV4: Graffiti Verite 4

Sano, two-time winner of the International Graffiti Art Competition, teaches this underground art form, by showing the concepts, aesthetics, techniques, and style needed to complete a perfect semi "Wild Style" masterpiece and aerosol art on canvas. Written, produced, and directed by Bob Bryan. c2003. 67 min.

GV5: Graffiti Verite 5: The Sacred Elements of Hip-hop

Records a historic 4 day Hip-Hop Summer Workshop conducted at Metro High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Captures the excitement of this innovative workshop and what emerges is a portrait of the educational value and liberating therapeutic power contained within the unique elements of the contemporary hip-hop movement. Written, produced, and directed by Bob Bryan. c2003. 42 min.


Helvetica is a documentary film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives. An exploration of urban spaces and the type that inhabits them, Helvetica invites us to take a second look at the thousands of words we see every day. Produced and directed by Gary Hustwit. 2007. 80 mins.

Herb & Dorothy

Tells the story of a postal clerk and a librarian who managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history with very modest means. Directed by Megumi Sasaki. 2008. 87 min. Awards American Library Association Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults Silverdocs Documentary Festival - Audience Award, Documentary

Hermitage, a Russian Odyssey: Catherine the Great: A Lust for Art.

Catherine the Great ruled Russia with an insatiable appetite for Western culture. She purchased massive art collections from Europe's monarchs, then created The Hermitage Museum in the Winter Palace to house her treasures. One episode of a 3-part series intertwining Russian history and the development of the art collection at the Hermitage Museum of St. Petersburg. c1994. 54 min.

Hermitage, a Russian Odyssey: From Czars to Commissars: A Museum Survives.

This final segment covers the fate of the museum during the Twentieth century. When Lenin rose to power, The Hermitage became the world's largest museum but Stalin sold many of the Museums's treasures. Yet it survived Stalin's regime as well as World War II, when two thirds of the collection was transported safely out of Leningrad before the Nazi siege. Concludes with this incredible institution's triumphs over cataclysmic world events with the fall of communism and the end of the Soviet State.