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Art in the United States

14 Americans: Directions of the 1970s

Featuring: Vito Acconci, Laurie Anderson, Alice Aycock, Scott Burton, Peter Campus, Chuck Close, Nancy Graves, Joseph Kosuth, Gordon Matta-Clark, Mary Miss, Elizabeth Murray, Dennis Oppenheim, Dorothea Rockburne, Joel Shapiro.

A Century of Quilts: America in Cloth.

Celebrates the powerful stories behind quilt-making from three perspectives: records of history, symbols of family/community, and works of art. Features quilts from major American quilt shows in Paducah, Kentucky, and Houston. Produced, written and directed by Laurie A. Gorman. Dist.: PBS. 2001. 77 min.

Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art of the '50s and '60s

Abstract Expressionism was born from a joining of attitudes in American art and European avant-garde art, but was later rejected for its nonfigurative and seemingly egocentric character in favor of the ultra-objective phenomenon known as Pop Art. Filmed at many museums on both sides of the Atlantic, this program critically examines key masterpieces of Abstract Expressionism and Pop art.

American Art in the Sixties

During the critical decade of the 1960s in America an explosion of artistic energy produced pop art, minimalism, color-field painting and hard-edged abstraction. Sculptors and painters on both coasts explored new methods and new subject matter. This documentary examines the key figures of that decade with emphasis on Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns, two crucial transitional figures between abstract expressionism and the sensibilities of the new decade. Michael Blackwood Productions. c2000. 60 min.

American Impressionists, American Realists: In Search of the New

In the midst of great social and technological changes between the Civil War and World War I, two groups of American artists stood out from the rest: the Impressionists and the Realists. This program combines archival footage and photographs, as well as images of the paintings involved, to portray this vibrant era in American history and art. 1994. 22 min.

American Visions: The Guilded Age.

Examines the many sides of America in the 19th century: the extravagant mansions of Newport's tycoons, the triumph of the Brooklyn Bridge, the haunting realism of Civil War photography, and the artistic creations of John Singer Sargent, James Whistler, Mary Cassatt, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Thomas Eakins, John Peto, Winslow Homer, John Robling, Louis Sullivan,Isabella Stewart Gardner, and Bernard Berenson. Written & presented by Robert Hughes. 1997. 58 min

American Visions: A Wave From the Atlantic.

Waves of immigrants in the early 20th century bring both their old culture and a thirst for the new. The tenements are documented by photographer Jacob Riis and the socially conscious Ashcan School. Then, after the historic 1913 Armory show, artists like Joseph Stella, Paul Strand, Alfred Stieglitz, forge a modernism that is uniquely American. Also presents the work of Robert Henri, George Bellows, Marcel Duchamp, Charles Demuth, Arthur Dove, Georgia O'Keeffe, Mabel Dodge Luhand, Marsden Hartley and Frank Lloyd Wright. Written & presented by Robert Hughes. 1997. 58 min

American Visions: Streamlines and Breadlines.

Examines the mythic images of the 1920's and 30's as skyscrapers rise in New York and the rural heartland is idealized by Regionalists like Thomas Hart. Artists of the WPA celebrate the worker as hero, while Jacob Lawrence tells stories of black America, and ambitious New Deal projects like Hoover Dam project self-confidence in hard times. Also examines the work of Raymond Hood, Edward Hopper, Stuart Davis, and Grant Wood. Written and narrated by Robert Hughes. 1997. 58 min

American Visions: The Age of Anxiety.

This final segment explores how American art has reflected the upheavals of the last 25 years. Hughes traces the evolution of abstract art and minimalism and considers the spiritual richness of earth works, in which nature is the artist's medium. He ends the series by profiling a wide range of contemporary artists including Edward Kienholz, Donald Judd, Richard Serra, Walter De Maria, Robert Smithson, Bruce Nauman, Richard Diebenkorn, Philip Guston, Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Susan Rothenberg, Eric Fischl, Louise Bourgeois and James Turrell. Written & presented by Robert Hughes. 1997.

American Visions: The Empire of Signs.

After the post-war era, Hughes traces the development of abstract expressionism and the life of Jackson Pollock, and explores how artists as different as James Rosenquist, Claes Oldenburg, Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, David Smith, Willem De Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, Romare Bearden, Joseph Cornell, Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns reacted to the new consumer culture. Written & presented by Robert Hughes. 1997. 58 min