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Art History & Practice

Artists in the Lab. (Nova)

A program on the use of computers in the arts. 1991. 60 min.

Aspects of Minimalism.

The minimalism movement, with its emphasis on basic shapes, reduced forms and color seems deceptively simple. Yet its theoretical ideas and formal constructs have made Minimalism a major force in art of the latter part of the 20th century. Seen are works by Carl Andre, Donald Judd, Dan Flavin, Robert Morris, Sol Lewitt, Mel Bochner, Richard Serra, John McCracken, and Richard Nonas, with interviews with some of the artists. Producer, Valerie Soe. 1996. 28 min.

At the Louvre with the Masters

All through the 19th century, painters visited the Louvre. For them the museum was a school, a studio, a salon, a laboratory, a reservoir of techniques, and above all, a source of inspiration. This film invites the viewer to tour the Louvre in the company of three great 19th century painters: Courbet, Degas, and Cezanne, discovering how the museum played an essential role in the formation of their ideas through evidence found in notebooks, paintings and studios of these inventors of modern painting. Along the way, the viewer also meets Ingres, Delacroix, Zola, Manet, and Picasso.

Axis of Evil

Through interviews with journalists, artists, scholars, and activists, intercut with examples of politically charged stamp art, director Carmine Cervi explores pertinent questions about evil: How is it defined? Do traditional concepts of good vs. evil need to be readdressed in our increasingly complex world?. Directed & edited by Carmine Cervi.c2004. 84 min.

Beautiful Losers

Follows the lives and careers of a group of artists and designers who inadvertantly affected the art world. In the early 1990's a loose-knit group of likeminded outsiders found common ground at a little NYC storefront gallery. Rooted in the DIY (do-it-yourself) subcultures of skateboarding, surf, punk, hip hop & graffiti, they made art that reflected the lifestyles they led. Developing their craft with almost no influence from the "establishment" art world, this group, and the subcultures they sprang from, have now become a movement that has been transforming pop culture.

Between Light and Shadow: Maya Women in Transition.

Interviews with Mayan women artists who work to preserve Mayan culture, improve the lives of the Mayan people and promote a Maya presence in their community. Includes Mayan folk art in the form of woven textiles and embroidery and contemporary paintings. 1997. 26 min.

Beyond Tradition: Contemporary Indian Art and its Evolution.

Presents more than three hundred examples of prehistoric, historic and contemporary American Indian art. c1989. 45 min.

Beyond Words: The Marriage of Art and Literature in Bookmaking

Discusses the art form of "livres d'artistes", books with graphic works that are hand made creations produced in limited editions and are collaborations between writers and artists. 1994. 28 min.

Bomb It: Street Art is Revolution

A wild ride into the heart of the global graffiti culture where the love of art and ego clashes with law and order. On top of a raging soundtrack of punk, hip-hop and funk, this film explores the many manifestations of 'bombing' - the act of committing artistic crime with spraypaint. Produced and directed by Jon Reiss. Special features: Audio commentary with Jon Reiss & Tracy Wares; Behind-the-scenes featurette (14 min.); Extended interviews (26 min.); Extended time lapse sequences (15 min.) 2007. 93 min.

Bombing L.A.

Film surveys different viewpoints on graffiti in Los Angeles through interviews with grafitti/street artists, property owners, police and citizens of Los Angeles. The question of graffiti as a public art form or a disfigurement of public property is investigated. Film also examines the role graffiti plays in Los Angeles youth gangs. 1988. 35 min.