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Art History & Practice

Boneshop of the Heart: Folk Offerings from the American South.

Explores a rich vein of American individuality through incisive portraits of five contemporary southern folk artists four of whom are African American. Includes interviews with the folk artists Enoch Tanner Wickham, Charlie Lucas, Vollis Simpson, Thornton Dial Sr., Bessie Harvey, Lonnie Bradley Holley. 1990. 53 min.

Bum's Paradise

Tells the stories and shows the extraordinary creativity of a group of homeless men and women, before and after their eviction from the community they built in the Albany Landfill in the San Francisco Bay. The film emphasizes their concepts of community as well as the amazing art they created. A film by Tomas McCabe; directed by Tomas McCabe and Andrei Rozen. 2003. 53 min.

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

This breathtaking documentary follows an exclusive expedition into the nearly inaccessible Chauvet Cave in France, home to the most ancient visual art known to have been created by man. An unforgettable cinematic experience that provides an unique glimpse of pristine artwork dating back to human hands over 30,000 years ago, almost twice as old as any previous discovery. Directed by Werner Herzog. 2010. 90 min.

Chinese Art: Treasures of the National Palace Museum

This program spotlights thirty-three works of Chinese art seldom seen outside of the National Palace Museum. Spanning approximately 5,000 years of history, this diverse collection of pieces includes a Neolithic pottery jar, bronze vessels, a Tang figurine in sancai glaze, a Ming cup in doucai enamels, and a Qing cylindrical curio cabinet. Dist.: Films Media Group. c1999. 41 min.

Civilisation: Grandeur and Obedience / Civilisation: The Light of Experience

Grandeur and Obedience: Surveys the development of Western civilization in the 17th century as seen in the work of Titian, Rubens, and Bernini. Points out that the essence of baroque was the uniting of flesh and spirit, dogma and sensuality, obedience and freedom as shown in such religious figures as St. Ignatius, St. Teresa of Avila, and St. John of the Cross. Hosted by Kenneth Clark. 52 min. c1970. Light of Experience: Surveys the development of Western civilization during the 17th century.

Civilisation: Heroic Materialism.

Surveys the development of western civilization during the 1900's as evidenced in the technological advancements in the work of Brunel, the designer of the Thames tunnel, and in the development of the atom bomb. Notes that the advance in technology and the importance attached to it have been accompanied by an upsurge in humanitarianism. c1970. Hosted by Kenneth Clark. 52 min. c1970. Hosted by Kenneth Clark. 52 min.

Civilisation: Romance and Reality / Civilisation: Man, The Measure of All Things.

Romance and Reality: Surveys the development of Western civilization during the 13th century. Depicts a world of chivalry, courtesy, and romance as evidenced in the emergence of courtly love as the ultimate in aesthetic and ascetic devotion. Shows these developments in the poetry of Dante and in the Anjou tapestries. Points out the spiritual happiness of the period as seen in the life of St. Francis and in the work entitled The little flowers. c1970. Hosted by Kenneth Clark. 52 min.

Civilisation: The Hero as Artist / Civilisation: Protest and Communication

The Hero as Artist: Surveys the development of Western civilization in Italy beginning in 1500 as seen in the demise of city states such as Florence and the rise of Rome as a world power. Examines the work of Michelangelo, Raphael, and Bramante. Hosted by Kenneth Clark. 52 min. Protest and Communication: Surveys the development of Western civilization in the 16th century in the North as evidenced in the use of the printing press and in the Reformation, Protestantism, and especially in the work of Erasmus, Sir Thomas More, Durer, Holbein, Cranach, and Shakespeare. c1970.

Civilisation: The Pursuit of Happiness / The Smile of Reason

Pursuit of Happiness: Surveys the development of western civilization during the 18th century as evidenced in the music of Bach, Handel, Mozart and Haydn, the architecture of Neumann, and the paintings and etchings of Tiepolo. Hosted by Kenneth Clark. 52 min. c1970. The Smile of Reason: Surveys the development of western civilization during the 18th century as shown in the art and sculpture of Vanloo, David, De Troy, and Houdon. Points out the growth of humanitarianism and the prevailing belief that mankind would advance by conquering ignorance through reason and moderation. c1970.

Civilisation: The Skin of Our Teeth / Civilisation: The Great Thaw

The Skin of Our Teeth: Defines civilization and gives a synoptic view of the thousand years between the fall of Rome and the rise of the great Gothic period. Compares and contrasts high and primitive arts as embodied in the head of Apollo Belvedere and an African tribal mask. c1970. Hosted by Kenneth Clark. 52 min. The Great Thaw: Surveys the development of Western civilization during the 12th century, which ranged from restless curiosity to system and order, as evidenced in the construction of the Abbey of Cluny, the work of Abelard and St.

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