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Dale Chihuly: Glass Master. In this 26 minute 1998 Vicki Dunakin video the artist demonstrates his creative process as it is manifested in three exquisite works: Sea Forms, Macchia, and Soft Cylinders. Dale Chihuly: Glass Master is 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.

David Hockney: Pleasures of the Eye is a 55 minute 1997 video directed by Gero von Boehm and Beatrice Monti Della Corte from RM Arts of the Netherlands. In this profile, David Hockney talks about his philosophy, his life, and his work, which ranges from painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, and stage design, including his recent Turandot for the San Francisco Opera. Filmed largely in his California home, the camera also captures him in his London home and studio, at the opening of the 1995 major retrospective of his work at the Royal Academy, and in Munich to view the stage designs and wall paintings of the Pulcinella motif he created for Eric Satie's Parade.

Daughters of the Anasazi is a 28 minute video in which "Famed Acoma potter Lucy Lewis and her daughters demonstrate their traditional methods from gathering and processing clay to forming finishing and firing. Emma and Delores explain their work and philosophy. Watching them work is a humbling experience for impatient modern techno-potters! (text courtesy of

David Hostetler: The Last Dance, produced by Too Much Media LLC, a 30-minute version of the documentary features Hostetler's entire body of work, with a focus on "The Last Dance," a recent sculpture that is in the David Hostetler, Wood and Bronze Sculpture exhibition that opened Oct. 12, 2007 at the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum at SVSU. Producer Keith Newman and director Casey Hayward were given unlimited access to Hostetler and his vast archives; their film is the first documentary to feature him. An accomplished sculptor, Hostetler's work has been included in over 200 group shows and has been the subject of one-person exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States. His work also is in numerous public collections, including Trump International Hotel & Tower, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Kennedy Library, Boston; Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio; Columbus (Ohio) Museum of Art; Milwaukee (Wis.) Museum; Speed Museum, Louisville, Ky.; Montgomery (Ala.)Museum of Fine Art; and De Cordova Museum, Lincoln, Mass. "You will see the process from the moment the tree is cut down to the finished product, a beautiful female form, one of David's stunning women," said Newman. Newman and Hayward plan to show their documentary at film festivals, gallery shows, and on public broadcasting stations following the premiere. David Hostetler is a graduate of Indiana University and was awarded a Master of Fine Arts degree from Ohio University where he taught for 37 years. He retired from teach as a full professor of sculpture in 1985 and is now Professor Emeritus.  Hostetler's art career spans 60 years and his showing in the Fredericks Sculpture Museum marks his first Michigan exhibition (right: David Hostetler in his studio, Athens, OH, photo by Larry Hamill Lambert. Photo courtesy of Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum)

Days of Waiting: The Life and Art of Estelle Ishigo is Steve Okizaki's video documentary published by National Asian American Telecommunication Association. Wikipedia says: "Days of Waiting (1990) is a documentary short film by Steven Okazaki, about Estelle Ishigo, a Caucasian artist who went voluntarily to an internment camp for Japanese Americans during World War II. The film was inspired by Ishigo's book, "Lone Heart Mountain", and won an Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject and a Peabody Award."

Deborah Butterfield: Dialogue with the Artist. In this 19 minute video Deborah Butterfield's horses have captured the attention of all those who have been fortunate to experience them. The sculptor creates three horses while she discusses the creative process and her philosophy of living. Filmed on location at her studio in Montana, a foundry in Washington State, and the installation in Denver, this is a vivid and insightful portrait of a remarkable artist. A related video is Deborah Butterfield: Horse in Wax. 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.

Deborah Butterfield: Horse in Wax is 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.

Defying Gravity: An Historic Achievement In Glass Featuring Josh Simpson is a 60 minute PBS television documentary in DVD format that follows renowned glass artist Josh Simpson as he crafts the largest glass object of his career: a luminous 100-pound "Megaplanet." Cameras capture every step of the year-and-a-half process from commission to creation. The film features interviews with the makers of custom tools required for the project; Simpson's triumphs, disappointments, technical obstacles and inspiration, and the grand unveiling of the "Megaplanet" at the Corning Museum of Glass in New York. WGBY, the PBS station in Springfield, Massachusetts, filmed the documentary. View online this clip from the WGBY video [9:04]

Diane Arbus is a 28-minute video produced in 1972 concerning the photographer Diane Arbus. A pivotal figure in contemporary documentary photography, Diane Arbus produced a substantial body of work before her suicide in 1971. This portrait features footage of her lecturing to a small class she held in her apartment and interviews with her daughter. "The work of photographer Diane Arbus as explained by her daughter, friends, critics, and in her own words as recorded in her journals. Illustrated with many of her photographs. Themes: Arbus' quirky go-it-alone approach. Her attraction to the bizarre, people on the fringes of society: sexual deviants, odd types, the extremes, styles in questionable taste, poses and situations that inspire irony or wonder. Where most people would look away she photographed. This program was made at the time of the major Museum of Modern Art retrospective of her work which followed her success at the Venice Bienalli and her suicide." -- Contemporary Arts Media

Directions in Sculpture with Alison Saar & Mel Kendrick, (c) 1998, running time: 28 minutes. DVD. Program 50 from Art/New York, which says of this video: "This program looks at two artists who make and show sculpture in New York. ALISON SAAR, whose work is seen at the Phyllis Kind Gallery and at the Brooklyn Museum, makes evocative figures covered with rusted tin, copper, tar and clay. These figures suggest a narrative history and a relationship to nature and the earth. MEL KENDRICKS's imposing abstract wood and cast sculptures, at the John Weber Gallery in SOHO, allude to the human body but with a sense of decay, repair and cloning, all complex concerns of our time. Interviewed are ALISON SAAR, MEL KENDRICK, art dealer PHYLLIS KIND and PETER PLAGENS, painter and art critic for Newsweek magazine."

Discovery Of Art: Maxfield Parrish (DVD) Distributor Notes: "Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966) was one of the greatest American painters and illustrators of the 20th century. Brilliant blue skies, pastoral landscapes and captivating figures are his art's signature characteristic. The scope of his work was enormous, including covers for magazines, theater sets, paintings, photographs, as well as murals and graphic work ranging from posters to calendars." Source: Kultur Films Inc. # Studio: Kultur Films Inc. DVD Release Date: February 26, 2008

Discovery of Art 2: Maxfield Parrish. This 50 minute 2000 film by Kultur Video " part of a series that showcases the lives and works of some of the greatest artists of the Western world, from the Renaissance through the 20th century. This episode features the work of the great American 20th century painter and illustrator Maxfield Parish. Maxfield Parish is also well known as a poster artist and muralist. Brilliant colors and decorative treatments are the trademark of his work. Art historians share their insights on the importance of this artist while the viewer sees some of his creations." -- All Movie Guide.

Divining the Human: The Cathedral Tapestries of John Nava is a 2003 feature-length television documentary in DVD format, directed by David Tlapek, produced by Brookwood Enterprises and narrated by Edward James Olmos, that follows the creation of tapestries by artist John Nava for the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, in Los Angeles, CA.

Documentary Urge: Tom Arndt, The. Narrated by Garrison Keillor, this 22 minute award-winning documentary from The Minneapolis Institute of Arts shows Minneapolis photographer Tom Arndt in action: "stalking his prey" at the Minnesota State Fair, printing his film in the quiet of his warehouse darkroom, and preparing for a retrospective of his work with photography curator Ted Hartwell. "I'm a common man and I photograph common people," says Arndt. But there's nothing common about Arndt's black-and-white images, which have been exhibited widely in the U.S., Japan, and Italy and avidly collected by the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, and The Minneapolis Institute of Arts. As a photographer of the American scene, Arndt follows in the tradition of Walker Evans and Robert Frank, his acknowledged heroes. But as this program intimately reveals, he is also an artist of deep compassion and humility, whose powerfully "simple" and "direct" photographs seek to record both the confidence and vulnerability of the American people.

Dorothea Lange: American Photographer  is a 13 minute, PPR 1988 video. "Trained as a portrait photographer in San Francisco, Dorothea Lange (1895-1965) abandoned her studio in the 1930s and began documenting the effects of the Depression on ordinary Americans. Her images spoke eloquently of the plight of the poor and brought the desperation of the Depression into the consciousness of the public. Her last exhibition, a retrospective held at the Museum of Modern Art in 1965, was a tribute to the human face. Lange's photographs remain singular symbols of America's 'Dust Bowl' era." Available from Media Resources Center, Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Dorothea Lange: A Visual Life is a 46 minute 1995 film directed by: Meg Partridge. The great photographer is revealed through examples of her work and interviews with both the artist and her family. Lange was pivotal to the development of documentary photography traditions and her work remains an aesthetic achievement that continues to inspire photographers today. "A tapestry of candid, often conflicting insights into the photographer Dorothea Lange's life and art. Lange reveals her philosophical approach to photography, her passion for her medium and the conflicts in her work and family life. We are taken into Lange's confidence as she strives to maker photographs emotionally charged as well as historically accurate. The result is an engaging portrait of this extraordinary and complex visual artist." (Arkansas Humanities Council) Available from Media Resources Center, Library, University of California, Berkeley. Also available through Partridge Pictures, Email contact:, 800/886-3135 tel

Dorothea Lange: A Visual Life, 1961-1986, The. Produced in 1986 on the occasion of an exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art, this 20 minute Edgar B. Howard/Seth Schneidman video provides a useful overview of the work of this seminal pop artist. Bernice Rose, who curated the exhibition, explains Lichtenstein's styles in different periods, and the artist himself discusses his approach. "This video was produced on the occasion of an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. It provides a useful overview to the work of this seminal Pop artist, and it also gets behind the sometimes impenetrably slick surfaces of Lichtenstein's canvases and prints, to show how such works have their genesis... Lichtenstein starts out drawing freehand, and the video shows many examples of his sketches that he later refines into finished paintings. Lichtenstein says about drawings, "It's a way of describing my thoughts as quickly as possible," and those thoughts are often on art history." (video available through Checkerboard Film Foundation, quote from Checkerboard Film Foundation)

Drawing the Line: A Portrait of Keith Haring. From Kultur Video. An inside view of a controversial artist whose passion for the contemporary human condition was the fervor that drove his art.  In 31 years, Haring went from being an anonymous graffiti artist to being called the successor to Warhol and Lichtenstein.  Includes interviews with gallery owners and leaders of the international art scene. 30 minutes. (quote courtesy Plains Art Msueum) View video clips via YouTube for Drawing the Line - Keith Haring (1989) Part 1 of 3 [9:25]; Part 2 of 3 [9:57]; Part 3 of 3 [9:39]

"Drawn to the Fire" (info from Museum of Wisconsin Art)

Duane Hanson: An Interview: 30 minutes 1977. "Super-Realist sculptor Duane Hanson talks about the development of his art. He explains his early beginnings, his education in the Midwest, his New York years, his worldwide success, and his work in Florida. In this 1977 interview, he also discusses the relationship of his art to America's materialistic suburban culture."

Duane Hanson in His Studio: 30 minutes 1977. "In this program, as 20th-century sculptor Duane Hanson works on a figure, he describes his methods and techniques of construction. He shows how he selects and poses the model, makes a plaster mold directly from the live model, casts the plaster body molds with a polyester-resin and fiberglass substance, and paints the completed cast. He also demonstrates how he positions the glass eyes, meticulously inserts strands of hair, chooses clothing and, finally, dresses the sculpture. His finished works are disturbingly realistic images of everyday Americans living in a consumer-oriented society."

Duaneland. Of this 56 minute 2004 DVD directed by Stephen Seliy and Joe Seamans, National Film Network says: "More than fifty years after he graduated from McKeesport High School, legendary photographer Duane Michals returns to his alma mater to address a class of photography students. This homecoming allows Michals the opportunity to reflect on his small-town roots, his family, his development as an artist, the varied work he has produced in his long career and the current projects that inspire him... Upon his return to the small Pennsylvania town of McKeesport, Michals explores the abandoned remains of his family home. Navigating through rooms on the verge of collapse, he reminisces about his Slovak parents, his Catholic school background and other events of his youth. He also recalls the life-altering trip he took to Russia at 26, when he found his calling... Duaneland offers a rare insight into the mind of a gifted artist. Michals' solitary musings are interspersed with the lecture at his old high school, where he pulls no punches. He regales his teenage audience with stories of high profile magazine assignments, as well as more personal work -- creations that are provocative, disturbing and even shocking."

Dublin Art Colony Collection at the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery, The 30-minutes. This video, produced and narrated by Paul Tuller, former president of the Dublin Historical Society -- available to libraries throughout New Hampshire -- explains and illustrates in detail the artists and the history of the colony, which flourished around Mount Monadnock in the late 19th century and into the mid 20th century. The video shows many of the wonderful paintings created by this prolific group of 30 artists in the Dublin Colony.

Duffy, William, Interview at the JB Speed Art Museum from The Sullivan Video Library at The Speed Art Museum.

Duncanson Murals: Nicholas Longworth's Legacy to the Taft Museum 15 minute / 1986 / TM - "Robert Scott Duncanson (1821-1872) distinguished himself as the first and most accomplished African-American artist to work in the 19th-century Romantic landscape tradition. This program briefly examines Duncanson's life and the 8 large wall murals that he executed for the Cincinnati home of his abolitionist patron, Nicholas Longworth. Concluding the program is a discussion of the role of mural painting throughout history."

Dye Transfer Process, The Demonstrates the four basic steps of making color photographic prints using the dye transfer process. Fort Worth photographer Luther Smith (b. 1950) hosts the program. 8-minute video. Description source: Amon Carter Museum Teacher Resource Center


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