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A&E Biography - Norman Rockwell is a 50 minute film devoted to one of America's most prolific and beloved magazine illustrators, Norman Rockwell, who created idealistic visions of life that have stood the test of time. This episode of Biography -- a biography of an artist who literally transformed the way our nation sees itself -- takes a closer look at an artist whose work was reviled by most critics yet adored by the public.
Aaron Douglas: African American Modernist. To capture Aaron Douglas's on-site murals painted in the 1930s, the Spencer Museum of Art has commissioned a video as part of the Aaron Douglas: African American Modernist exhibition. The high-definition video, created for the 2007 exhibit by noted filmmaker, producer, and director Madison Davis Lacy, documents Douglas's murals at Fisk University in Nashville and the Harlem YMCA in New York. A blend of contemporary images of the murals and archival footage interspersed with statements by leading scholars of African American art and culture, the video adds a new dimension to the record of Douglas's murals. Mr. Lacy's film honors include Emmy Awards for the documentaries Free to Dance (PBS), Beyond Tara - The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel (AMC), The Time Has Come (as part of Eyes on the Prize: America at the Racial Crossroads (1965-1985) (PBS), and Richard Wright - Black Boy (PBS, BBC). He has also received a Peabody Award for the film Back to the Movement. Mr. Lacy served as executive producer for the feature-length documentary Paris is Burning and has many other film projects to his credit.
Absolut Warhola. This documentary explores Andy Warhol's Eastern European roots by travelling to Mikova, Slovakia, where his parents grew up, and interviewing members of his extended family: two cousins, two aunts, and a great-niece. Also interviewed are a Ruthenian Andy Warhol impersonator, and Dr. Michal Bycko, curator of the Andy Warhol museum in Medzilaborce, Slovakia, who discusses the museum's mission and shows some of its rarer pieces. Directed and written by Stanislaw Mucha. c2001. 80 min. DVD 2348. Available from Media Resources Center, Library, University of California, Berkeley. Title Note from Tower Video: "This lighthearted documentary traces the humble origins of artist and pop icon Andy Warhol back to two small, quiet villages in Eastern Europe. There, director Stanislaw Mucha interviews subjects ranging from Warhol's relatives to the curator of Warhola Museum, who seems to have much different criteria for choosing which works to display than a western counterpart would. Mucha finds that the common thread running through all of these people is that, even though they may not fully understand what brought their most famous son such worldwide acclaim, they are proud that one of their own has achieved such dizzy heights." (9/5/08 note: Google Video contains several clips from this video. Clips with 26 minutes of total footage in Slovak language with Dutch subtitling are available in 4 parts)
A Certain Light is a 15 minute 1991 videotape of the story of the Lyme Art Colony and the Florence Griswold Museum. Engaging narrative with paintings, antique photos, and period music.
African-American Art: Past and Present A comprehensive survey of African-American art. With more than 65 artists represented, the program is divided into three programs: African Art, 18th and 19th Century Fine Art Survey, and 20th Century Fine Art Survey: In the Artist's Words. 90 minutes VHS. Available through the Sullivan Video Library at The Speed Art Museum which holds a sizable collection of art-related videos available to educators at no charge.
African-American Artists: Affirmation Today Sculptor Frederick Brown and painters Sam Gilliam, Lois Jones and Keith Morrison discuss their work, their influences and the importance of their heritage. These masters detail not only their technique but also how they overcame prejudice to succeed. 29 minutes. VHS."Examines the contributions and experiences of African-American visual artists, including five contemporary artists: Sam Gilliam (b. 1933), Lois Mailou Jones (b. 1905), Fred Brown (b. 1945), and Keith Morrison (b. 1942)" Part two of series is titled African-American Artists: Affirmation Day. Description source: Amon Carter Museum Teacher Resource Center Available through the Sullivan Video Library at The Speed Art Museum which holds a sizable collection of art-related videos available to educators at no charge.
Against the Odds: The Artists of the Harlem Renaissance is an insightful 57 minute PBS documentary from 1994 by PBS Home Video. This documentary by Amber Edwards is narrated by actor Joe Morton The video combines more than 130 rarely seen paintings, photographs and sculptures from the era. They include the sculpture Cousin-on-Friday by Leslie G. Bolling in the collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; rare footage of the artists and their world; first-person accounts by 3 surviving artists; and interviews with authors, art historians, and curators.
"Profiles African-American visual artists who contributed to the Harlem Renaissance in New York City during the 1920s and 1930s. Provides historical background and tells of the artists' struggles against racism and segregation."  Against the Odds: The Artists of the Harlem Renaissance is a video available through the Sullivan Video Library at The Speed Art Museum which holds a sizable collection of art-related videos available to educators at no charge.
Alex Katz: 38-minute 1977 Alex Katz. interview from the Video Data Bank, a resource for videotapes by and about contemporary artists.
Alex Katz: Five Hours is a 20 minute 1996 video directed by Vivien Bittencourt and Vincent Katz. "We get to see the artist's famous portrait style, as well as the landscape style for which Katz has recently been acclaimed. The videomakers decided against the use of dialogue; the painter is accompanied only by the music of composer and theater artist Merideth Monk. This video captures the essence of Katz, that quality Robert Storr of the Museum of Modern Art defines as the unquantifiable "cool", in a dazzling and moving display of commitment to the experience of painting." (video available through Checkerboard Film Foundation, quote from Checkerboard Film Foundation)
Alfred Stieglitz, Photographer is a 30 minute 1998 video by Paul Falkenberg, Museum at Large, Ltd. from the Museum of Modern Art Collectors series produced by Kultur Video -- This film profile is narrated by friends and artists who knew Stieglitz well: Ansel Adams, Aaron Copland, Isamu Noguchi, and others. Red Ribbon, American Film Festival.
"Celebrates the achievements of a seminal figure in the history of photography and of modern art in America, Alfred Stieglitz (1864--1946). Drawn from Stieglitz' own observations and reminiscences of various people who knew him well, including Ansel Adams, Mary Steichen Calderone, Harold Clurman, Aaron Copland, Arnold Newman, and Isamu Noguchi." Description source: Amon Carter Museum Teacher Resource Center. (9/5/08 note: Google Video contains several clips on the artist)
Alfred Stieglitz: The Eloquent Eye is a 90 minute 2000 American Masters series WNET video directed by Perry Miller Adato. From the Back Cover: "Stieglitz, who is revered as one of the most innovative photographers of the 20th century, played a primary role in fostering new talent. Through his three galleries in New York City, he mentored emerging artists such as Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, Ansel Adams, Eliot Porter and Georgia O'Keeffe; and introduced avant-garde Europeans such as Henri Matisse, Paul Cezanne, Auguste Rodin and Pablo Picasso.... This revealing look at "The Father of Modern Photography" features a rare interview with Georgia O'Keeffe, Stieglitz's wife and muse, as well as archival footage of other artistic giants he inspired, including Edward Steichen and John Marin. Additionally, the film presents countless images from the Stieglitz archives, ranging from early European peasant life to later views of New York's urban landscape... "Surveys the life and achievements of Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946) who played a major role in introducing America to modern art while championing the elevation of photography as an art form. Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley and Georgia O'Keeffe were just a few of the first wave of American artists whom Stieglitz mentored through his three influential galleries in New York City. It was there also that he introduced America to European masters Matisse, Cezanne, Rodin and Picasso. At the same time he was exhibiting the best artists of the period, Stieglitz' own impressive body of photographic work firmly established him as one of the leading artists of the 20th century." VHS/DVD Description source: Amon Carter Museum Teacher Resource Center. (9/5/08 note: Google Video contains several clips on the artist)
Alice Neel, 30-minute 1975 Alice Neel interview from the Video Data Bank, a resource for videotapes by and about contemporary artists is a video available through the Sullivan Video Library at The Speed Art Museum which holds a sizable collection of art-related videos available to educators at no charge.
Alice Neel, (c) 1990, running time: 28 minutes. Program 32 from Art/New York, which says of this video: "This tape covers two of Alice Neel's most recent shows at the Robert Miller Gallery and includes an interview done shortly before her death in 1984. Also included are interviews with two of her painting subjects - JOHN PERREAULT, curator and critic and noted art historian, LINDA NOCHLIN, both of whom vividly recollect their sittings with the formidable, yet endearing, Alice Neel."
Alice Neel, (NR, USA, 86 mins.). Alice Neel is a 2007 documentary by Andrew Neel, grandson of the artist, who tells the story of an artist who painted people ranging from Communist Party leaders to her neighbors in New York's Spanish Harlem and created an impressive body of work that documents New York and America during the 20th century. Alice Neel premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and won the Audience Award at the Newport Beach Film Festival that same year. The film has been screened at numerous film festivals. "Mr. Neel juxtaposes relaxed interview footage and archival clips (including a black-and-white video interview in Ms. Neel's cluttered apartment where she feeds pigeons outside her kitchen window) with more ragged, personal footage that reveals a filmmaker struggling to define an indefinable woman," wrote New York Times film critic Matt Zoller Seitz in his review. "It achieves the documentary format's basic goal of illuminating history while also demonstrating through filmmaking choices how an artist's style reveals his or her personality." (above source material from Asheville Art Museum in connection with a June 12, 2008 showing at Ashville's Fine Arts Theatre.) A portraitist's grandson creates her portrait on film in a fascinating documentary. The biography of this influential, emotionally troubled painter could have been titled "Form Follows Function" since it achieves the documentary format's basic goal of illuminating history while also demonstrating through filmmaking choices, how an artist's style reveals his or her personality. Cape Cod Museum of Art showed this film in January, 2008. (9/5/08 note: Google Video contains a 3-minute trailer on the documentary)
Alice Neel: Collector of Souls 28 minute / 1977 / CINE - "Cringing at the term 'portrait painter,' Alice Neel preferred to refer to herself as a "collector of souls." Combining bold brushstrokes, vibrant colors and sharply contrasting highlights and shadows, Neel deftly captured the human psyche on canvas. The film uses a variety of techniques to reveal the character of the ebullient Neel."
Alice Neel painting Ginny in a Blue Shirt, 1969, by Hartley Neel, American, born 1941. 8 minutes. "This short film shows Alice Neel painting Ginny in a Blue Shirt, a portrait of her future daughter-in-law that Neel painted when she visited her son Hartley and Ginny in San Francisco. Hartley documented the sitting with a 16 mm Bolex, a professional motion-picture camera. In the middle of the sitting, Ginny received a phone call from a friend with sad news, which is evident in her demeanor in the film and in the final painting." The above quote is an art object label from the exhibition Alice Neel: Painted Truths on exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, March 21 - June 13, 2010.
Alice Neel: Painting Margaret, 1978, by Michael Auder, French, born 1945. 31 minutes. "In this film, Michel Auder documents Alice Neel painting Margaret Evans Pregnant, a psychologically complex and socially audacious nude portrait of Margaret Evans, the wife of artist John Evans, who was pregnant with twins. Posing over three summer days in 1978, Margaret not only endured the intense gaze of Neel, but also that of Auder. Emerging from the Parisian bohemia of the 1960s, Auder has been making films indebted to Andy Warhol's let-the-camera-roll aesthetic for the last 40 years. He considers Alice Neel to have been one of his closest friends." The above quote is an art object label from the exhibition Alice Neel: Painted Truths on exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, March 21 - June 13, 2010.
Allan Houser - Haozous: The Lifetime Work of an American Master is a 54 minute, 1998, award winning documentary released by Allan Houser provides a thorough biographical summary as well as displaying hundreds of his important works both as a painter and sculpture. DVD format. Available through the Fine Arts Museum, Santa Fe. (9/5/08 note: Google Video contains several clips on the artist)
Allen True's West is a 2009 documentary film on the artist and his life, produced by KBDI PBS, Colorado Public Television. The film arose from a joint endeavor of the Denver Public Library, the Denver Art Museum, and the Colorado History Museum.
ALONSO G. SMTIH: A Half Century of Social Surrealism. by Scott Beale. The Web page for the video says: "Produced during Alonso Smith's final years, this half-hour documentary explores the life and work of one of America's most fascinating surrealist painters whose legacy is an amazing body of work that stands as a visual document of the last half of the 20th Century."
America and Lewis Hine "Provides biographical documentary of the life, work, and times of America's pioneer industrial photographer and social activist Lewis W. Hine (1874--1940)." " This documentary portrays the life and times of America's pioneer social photographer, Lewis Hine (1874-1940) who recorded the development of industrial America during the first 4 decades of the 20th century. Between 1902 and 1926, 14 million men, women, and children poured through Ellis Island. Lewis Hine was present at this great drama; his photographs capture the essence of the immigrants' courage and aspirations as they faced the rigors of life in the New World. America and Lewis Hine is not only an important biographical documentary on one of our nation's greatest photographers, it is also a compelling testament to the character and strength of the men, women, and children who built America. Red Ribbon, American Film Festival." 60 minutes Daedalus Productions, 1985 VHS. (9/5/08 note: Google Video contains several clips on the artist)
America Quilts is a one hour video by PBS Home Video released in 2000. "Handmade quilts, besides keeping people warm, have been a vital part of American folk life and tradition through the centuries. This PBS video examines the colorful craft of quilts from three perspectives---as historical records, symbols of family and community, and works of art. Quilts are shown crossing the barriers of class, age, and ethnicity and reflecting personalities and passions from women's points of view."
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