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Art History & Practice

Hermitage, a Russian Odyssey: Tyrants and Heroes: The 19th century Czars.

During the War of 1812, Russian officers lingered in Paris, absorbing Western ideas and buying artwork. Nicholas I, who fiercely repressed the people lavished money on The Hermitage. During the progressive rule of Alexander II and Alexander III's reign of terror, additional artworks were added to the museum. 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.

Impressionism, A Visual Revolution

Teaches about the formal elements that sustain the vitality of masterworks of impressionism. Shows how color, light, shade, line, and form become the means and the end of this unique artistic expression. 1985. 40 min.

Impressions of California: Early Currents in Art 1850-1930

Examines and documents the story of early California art from statehood in 1850 to the beginning of the Great Depression in 1930. Contents: I. Awakening in the north -- II. Rise of Impressioism in Southern California -- III. Early art in Laguna Beach and San Diego -- IV. Beyond Impressionism. Producer-writer-director Paul Bockhorst. 1996. 112 min.

Inner Visions: Avant-Garde Art in China.

Set in Beijing, this documentary examines artists in post-Mao China who are turning inward, looking at their own emotions and personalities as a source of artistic inspiration. This inward focus, learned from Western philosophy and modern art concepts is considered avant-garde. Throughout, the narrator provides a historical and social context for the rise of modern art in China, and the artists share their histories from childhood during the Cultural Revolution to coming of age as China opens its doors to the West. 1993. 29 min.

Installation Art

This program defines what has come to be known as installation art, while providing a number of examples that unite diverse elements such as architecture, sculpture, painting, video, music and performance. Tracey Emin, Richard Wilson and other contemporary British artists talk about their environmental and site-specific art in which they explore the dynamic tension between artwork and its setting. Dist.: Films Media Group. c2000. 29 min.

Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno

Explores the art collections and other features including the restaurant of the Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno in Valencia, Spain. Includes commentary by curators, artists and interior and exterior footage of the museum. 2006. 51 min.

Kinetic Art: The Current Movement.

Artists: Fletcher Benton, Davide Boriani, Gianni Colombo, Gerhard von Graevenitz, Harry Kramer, George Rickey, Jean Tinguely, Takis, Pol Bury, Len Lye. Narrator: Peter Selz. An exhibition of four-dimensional, moving sculptures, a form of art-in-motion known as kinetic art. 1966?. 27 min.

Korean Painting.

A historical overview of the works of Korean painters and the techniques and styles unique to Korean painting. 1982. 32 min.

Korean Traditional Pattern

Describes the relationship between Korean symbolism and things found in nature from ancient times through today. Opens with Korean designed garments and fabrics at a fashion show in Paris. Also shows Korean fabric designers at work. 1994. 38 min.

La Espana Autentica.

Film which celebrates the art treasures of Spain as revealed through architecture, sculpture and illustrated manuscripts. Contents: La Alhambra -- El Toledo de las tres culturas -- Museo Nacional de Escultura -- El tesoro bibliografico de Espana -- Los Beatos -- Biblioteca Basilica de San Isidoro Leon. 1991.