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Art History & Practice

Civilisation: The Worship of Nature / Civilisation: The Fallacies of Hope

The Worship of Nature: Surveys the development of Western civilization during the late 1700's and the 1800's which were characterized by a romantic belief in the divinity of nature as evidenced in the work of Rousseau, Goethe, and Wordsworth and in the paintings of Constable, Casper David Friedrich, and William Turner. c1970. Hosted by Kenneth Clark. 52 min. The Fallacies of Hope: Surveys the development of Western civilization during the late 1700's and 1800's when the dreams of advancing mankind through reason and moderation met with disappointment.

Comic Book Confidential.

Performer: Lynda Barry, Charles Burns, Sue Coe, Robert Crumb, Will Eisner, Al Feldstein, Shary Flenniken, William M. Gaines, Bill Griffith, Jaime Hernandez, Jack Kirby, Harvey Kurtzman, Stan Lee, Paul Mavrides, Frank Miller, Victor Moscoro, Francoise Mouly, Dan O'Neill, Harvey Pekar, Gilbert Shelton, Spain, Art Spiegelman. Combines interviews, historical footage, animations and montages of comic book art to trace the development of the comic book from 1933 through counterculture favorites to the hippest representatives of the 1980's revival.

Comic Book Confidential.

Performer: Lynda Barry, Charles Burns, Sue Coe, Robert Crumb, Will Eisner, Al Feldstein, Shary Flenniken, William M. Gaines, Bill Griffith, Jaime Hernandez, Jack Kirby, Harvey Kurtzman, Stan Lee, Paul Mavrides, Frank Miller, Victor Moscoro, Francoise Mouly, Dan O'Neill, Harvey Pekar, Gilbert Shelton, Spain, Art Spiegelman. Combines interviews, historical footage, animations and montages of comic book art to trace the development of the comic book from 1933 through counterculture favorites to the hippest representatives of the 1980's revival.

Conceptual Photography (La photographie conceptuelle)

John Baldessari -- Bernd & Hilla Becher -- Christian Boltanski -- Alain Fleischer -- John Hilliard -- Roni Horn -- Martin Parr -- Georges Rousse -- Thomas Struth -- Wolfgang Tillmans. A collection of films examining ten contemporary photographers--their work, their points-of-view, their secrets of creation. 2004. 130 min.

Dada and Surrealism.

The Dada movement, born as a reaction to World War I, and its successor, Surrealism, opened new avenues for artistic creation by striving to bypass the reasoning process and tap directly into the unconscious mind. Filmed at many museums on both sides of the Atlantic, this program critically examines key masterpieces of Dada and surrealism.

Dalda 13: A Portrait of Homai Vyarawalla

Profiles the life and work of retired Indian photographer Homai Vyarawalla. In a country where women are expected to be submissive, Mrs. Vyarawalla was toting a large camera on her sari draped shoulder, always pushing to where the action was. Her photographs documented the death of Gandhi, the visits of dignitaries such as Ho Chi Minh, Queen Elizabeth and Jackie Kennedy. She gave up her career out of frustration when security restrictions governing female press photographers limited her access. In this film she shares her impressions of her work and the luminaries she photographed. 1995.

Damned in the U.S.A. and Obscenity, Hate Speech and the First Amendment.

Damned in the U.S.A features Jesse Helms, Christie Hefner, Donald Wildmon, Luther Campbell, Al D'Amato, Andres Serrano. Debate panel: John Frohnmayer, David Llewellyn, Bruce Herschensohn, Carol Sobel. covers the most significant battles over freedom of expression and censorship in the arts over the last five years. From the Mapplethorpe controversy to the debate over the lyrics of 2 Live Crew, from government sponsorship of artists to morally motivated boycotts, this film addresses both sides of the censorship debate in all its complexity.

David Howard: An Artist's Medium and Methods.

Mr. Howard discusses the various multi-media arts as an art form. Working in several mediums for some artists is the only way to fully express their concepts and aesthetics. Painting, printmaking, photography and video are some of the tools used simultaneously in this collection. The tape depicts a multi-media situation taken to the extremity, combining documentary, abstraction, literal and conceptual techniques to achieve the ultimate totality of an emotionally aesthetic experience. 1987. 30 min.

Degenerate Art.

Describes Nazi attacks on the avant garde and their desecration of modernist art culminating in the 1937 exhibition of "Entartete Kunst" (degenerate art) in Munich. The film also describes the opening of the Haus der Kunst and the Nazi approved art it exhibited. c1993. 58 min.

Digital Photography. Crafting Digital Images

Includes four bonus files in PDF and Word formats: teacher's guide, shooting tip list, key concept list, quick quiz-answer key. Introduction -- The camera (review) -- Properties of photographic light -- Exposure control -- Photographic design -- Critiquing images -- Visual themes -- Visual subjects -- Shooting accessories -- The gift of digital photography. Teaches the fundamentals of the 'art and craft' of making, not taking, digital images. Includes 32 key photographic concepts and 56 specific digital shooting tips. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2003.

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