American Art Online Videos

a catalogue of online lectures and conversations with artists, scholars and others

with content focusing on representational art presented free of charge



San Antonio American Family Portraits is produced by produced by television station KLRN9 in San Antonio. Actor and art collector Cheech Marin speaks on aspects of Chicano Art in a 4-minute video. Accessed May, 2015.


The San Diego Museum of Art produced a video titled Asher Brown Durand, 1796-1886, Landscape-Composition: In the Catskills, available online through ArtBabble. According to ArtBabble, "Asher B. Durand is best known today for his enduring images of the American landscape, especially of the Hudson River Valley, the Catskills, and the Adirondack Mountains in New York. A founding member of the National Academy of Design, he studied engraving before devoting himself to landscape painting and was one of the primary painters of the Hudson River School. Durand's canvases reflect the great passion and unrelenting respect he possessed for the natural environment. In the detailed charcoal study for Landscape-Composition: In the Catskills, which he probably made on site, Durand included the small figural forms in the foreground; in this, the final painting of the subject, these tiny figures, juxtaposed with the immensity of the mountains and the breadth of the land before them, emphasize the awe-inspiring presence of the land itself." Accessed June, 2015. The San Diego Museum of Art also produced a video titled Thomas Moran, Below the Towers of Tower Falls, available online through ArtBabble. According to ArtBabble, "ArtStops are 15 minute, staff-led tours of one to three works on view. Museum curators and educators present these brief yet always enlightening and informative talks every Thursday and third Tuesday at noon. This week features: Thomas Moran, Below the Towers of Tower Falls, Yellowstone Park, 1909, with Lucy Eron, Art Educator" Accessed June, 2015. The San Diego Museum of Art also produced a video titled Portrait of Mrs. Robert Henri, available online through ArtBabble. According to ArtBabble, "Robert Henri studied at both the Académie Julian and the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Though Thomas Eakins was no longer teaching at the Academy when Henri arrived, Eakins was immensely influential for Henri, who regarded him as the superior portrait painter in the United States and followed Eakins's bluntly realist style. Accessed June, 2015.


The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art website contains as of 2013 an Interactive Features section with numerous video interviews including an interactive online feature, Robert Bechtle: A Retrospective, which contains videos. In one video the artist describes how he paints motion and stillness and in another he discusses still life vs. landscape painting. In another feature, Ansel Adams describes how he photographed "Moonrise" in a 1980 video clip from the exhibit Ansel Adams at 100. Accessed May, 2015.


San Jose Museum of Art produced a 5-part video series titled Todd Schorr: American Surreal, available online through ArtBabble. According to ArtBabble, "Todd Schorr has painted two large format paintings in which he addresses his influences as an artist - one reflects on the cartoon perspective and the other on the horror film perspective. In this video Todd offers insight into how the pieces came about and some of the subject matter in each. Todd Schorr: American Surreal is the first mid-career retrospective of the Los Angeles-based artist. Schorr is a leading figure in Southern California's cartoon-based movement, dubbed Pop Surrealism, which embraces low-brow culture and a ribald graphic style indebted to pop sources such as Mad magazine. Schorrs astonishing, highly polished realism, (inspired by Bosch, Brueghel and Dali), sets him apart from his best-known peers such as Camille Rose Garcia, Gary Baseman, and Mark Ryde" Accessed June, 2015.


The Seattle Art Museum offers dozens of videos including videos on Hispanic-American art, modernism and pop art. Accessed May, 2015.


Seattle Community Colleges Television is an educational and community television service from the three Seattle community Colleges. Art Work is a rare visit to the human side of the art. Individual artists allow SCCTV cameras, and often an artist-host, in to their working studios while they're in the middle of building on an idea. ArtsLink features noted National Public Radio Arts Reporter, Marcie Sillman, who takes to the field and talks with the visionaries and workhorses that make the arts accessible. Issues of politics, education, limited funding, censorship; partnership and innovation are explored each month as we're taken inside the process of nurturing Seattle Arts. Accessed May, 2015.

A Spirit Unbound: The Art of Peggy Strong was a 2016-17 exhibit at Cascadia Art Museum which says: "Born in Tacoma, Washington, Peggy Strong (1912-1956)  was one of the leading regional artists of the mid 20th century." See "Peggy Strong - Remembered by Her Sister Jean Walkinshaw" a 22 min. YouTube video from Seattle Colleges Cable Television. Accessed 10/16.


The Seattle Channel features City A Go Go with five minute monthly programs designed to draw people out of their living rooms, into Pacific Northwest art venues. See Gretchen Batcheller in the December 2004 edition. Nancy Guppy interviews Seattle artist Anne Baumgartner's new show of paintings and collages at Cafe Lulu in the October 2004 edition. A Frye Art Museum photographic exhibit of 19th century American Landscape photographs is in the September 2004 edition. (Links found expired as of 8/12/09 audit. Source site may contain this content via a revised URL)


Recorded at the Sheldon Museum of Art, the Audio/Video Library enhances the understanding and enjoyment of visitors. Quotes are from the museum's website. Recordings include: Permanent Collection: American Narratives - "This seven-minute videocast introduces American Narratives, the 2007-2008 installation of Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery's permanent collection. This videocast includes artworks from the exhibitions and scenes from the First Friday opening on August 3, 2007;" Georgia O'Keeffe's New York, Night - "Sheldon Director Jan Driesbach and Ashley Conaster, a graduate student in Art History, discuss Georgia O'Keeffe's painting, New York, Night, now on view in the Sheldon's permanent collection galleries. The videocast uses still and video images to show aspects and details of the painting. The videocast lasts about ten minutes and thirty seconds." [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]


The Signilar Video Collection offers instructional videos in VHS and DVD by master artists for art students. There are several videos by American artists in the series. Video clips of the presentations are available online. Accessed May, 2015.


The WGBH/Boston Forum Network is an audio and video streaming web site dedicated to curating and serving live and on-demand lectures, including a number of videos on Art and Architecture. Partners include a number of museums, colleges, universities and other cultural organizations. See listings of related videos in this catalogue indexed by partner name. Simmons College Institute for Leadership & Change partnered with the WGBH Forum Network for Drawing Diversity with Jennifer Camper, (56 minutes) is a lecture by Jennifer Camper, comic artist and editor of the new comic anthology Juicy Mother, who brings contributing artists together to discuss comics as an expressive medium that is not representative enough in terms of diversity of perspectives. [June 2, 2005] Accessed May, 2015.


The Smart Museum of Art - University of Chicago produced a video titled SYLVIA SLEIGH: EQUALITY available online through ArtBabble. According to ArtBabble, "Sylvia Sleigh talks about painting male nudes and stressing the equality of men and women." Accessed June, 2015.


Paul Smith, afflicted with severe cerebral palsy, has created many art works through use of a typewriter over a span of seven decades. The Paul Smith Foundation web site offered six video clips from a segment that ABC produced about the artist in 1988 and broadcast on the program Incredible Sunday.


The Smithsonian American Art Museum provides streaming media programming. Some videos are available through the Museum's website section Online Exhibitions for selected exhibitions, and others through a YouTube channel. Selected videos include:

To Make a World: George Ault and 1940s America, in connection with an exhibition held March 11, 2011 - September 5, 2011: 58:47 video of Alexander Nemerov's talk about artist George Ault
Alexis Rockman: A Fable for Tomorrow, in connection with an exhibition held November 19, 2010 - May 8, 2011: 1:09:30 video of Alexis Rockman's lecture.
A Revolution in Wood: The Bresler Collection, in connection with an exhibition held September 24, 2010 - January 30, 2011: explanatory video regarding the exhibition plus 59 minute "Shop Talk" video.
John Gossage: The Pond, in connection with an exhibition held August 27, 2010 - January 17, 2011: 51:26 video of conversation about "The Pond" with Curator Toby Jurovics and John Gossage.
Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art presents a 45 min. video from the Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art titled Four Photographers on Three Wheels: William Eggleston's Tricycle and Before, October 27, 2010 by Mark Feeney, arts and photography critic for the Boston Globe and winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for criticism.
Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art presents a one hour 15 min. video from the Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art titled Looking at John Singer Sargent, September 15, 2010, by Erica Hirshler, Croll Senior Curator of American Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art presents a one hour 26 min. video from the Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art titled Consider the Difference: American Women Artists from Cassatt to Contemporary, November 18, 2009 by Linda Nochlin, the Lila Acheson Wallace Professor of Modern Art at the New York University Institute of Fine Arts.
Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art presents a video from the Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art titled Tom Wesselmann: Pop Artist, or Not, October 22, 2008 by John Wilmerding is emeritus professor of American art at Princeton University and adjunct curator in the Princeton University Art Museum.
Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art presents a video from the Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art titled Fine Art is Not A Career, November 28, 2007 by James Rosenquist, renowned for his large-scale paintings that combine images from advertising and mass media with vibrant color and abstraction.
Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art presents a 81 min. video from the Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art: David Driskell - An Introspective Art Account: Personal Entitlement October 10, 2007. Distinguished scholar and curator David Driskell is cited as one of the world's leading authorities on the subject of African American Art. He currently holds the title of Distinguished University Professor of Art, Emeritus, at the University of Maryland, College Park. Upon his retirement from the University of Maryland in 1998, The David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the African Diaspora was founded to promote his scholarship and service to the University. Driskell is the recipient of ten honorary doctoral degrees in art, and has authored numerous books, essays, and catalogues including Narratives of African American Art and Identity: The David C. Driskell Collection, published in 1998. In 1997, he received the National Humanities Medal from President Clinton. A highly regarded artist working in collage and mixed media, Driskell has exhibited his work in museums and galleries worldwide. Text courtesy Google Video.
Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art presents David Park Curry, William Merritt Chase: A Little Fish Story, November 8, 2006. SAAM says: "David Park Curry is a distinguished curator and scholar of American art. He is the senior curator of decorative arts, American painting, and sculpture at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Over the course of his career, Curry has served as curator at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Denver Art Museum, and the Freer Gallery of Art. He has organized several award-winning exhibitions of James McNeill Whistler's work and is currently planning an exhibition on Theodore David and the Hayes presidential china. Curry has authored American Dreams: Paintings and Decorative Arts from the Warner Collection; Fabergé: The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; American Impressionism and Realism: The Painting of Modern Life, 1885-1915; Childe Hassam: An Island Garden Revisited; Winslow Homer: The Croquet Game; and most recently, James McNeill Whistler: Uneasy Pieces, which was released in November 2004."
The virtual exhibition The White House Collection of American Crafts contains several streaming videos. The Introduction section features three videos with introductions by Dr. Elizabeth Braun, Director, SAAM, Hillary Rodham Clinton, First Lady, and Michael Monroe, Curator-in-Charge, Renwick Gallery. Mr. Monroe conducts a ten-part tour of the collection with both audio and video elements. Many objects in the collection are accompanied by audio clips.
The Monotype Process (8-minutes) requires the Vivo plug-in.
At the 2005 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, employees of the U.S. Forest Service demonstrated traditions of their communities. A Quicktime video shows Angie Bullets, a member of the Kaibab Band of Paiute, creating a cradleboard. (Link found expired as of 8/12/09 audit. Source site may contain this content via a revised URL) (8/12/09 advanced search failed to locate content on source's site)
Smithsonian American Art Museum guest curator William Christenberry answers seven questions about his life and work posed by Web viewers. (Link found expired as of 8/12/09 audit. Source site may contain this content via a revised URL) (8/12/09 advanced search failed to locate content on source's site)
The Lunder Conservation Center of the Smithsonian presents 22 video interviews of leading art conservators on their work including remarks by Dr. Joyce Hill Stoner on her Maxfield Parrish project.
A Conversation with the Halffs. An Impressionist Sensibility: The Halff Collection (2006)

The above video listings contain biographical information courtesy of Smithsonian American Art Museum. Accessed May, 2015.

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, an exhibit held October 25, 2013 - March 2, 2014 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Includes online video and audio podcasts. Accessed April, 2015.

Jean Shin: Common Threads, an exhibit held May 1, 2009 - July 26, 2009 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Includes brochure, online video and press coverage. Accessed April, 2015.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum produced a video titled Meet William Christenberry, available online through ArtBabble. According to ArtBabble, "From the American Art Museum at the Smithsonian Institution: Meet artist William Christenberry in his studio as he talks about his childhood inspirations growing up in Alabama. Working with found objects and constructing pieces based on memory, Christenberry describes his unique approach to art making." Accessed June, 2015. The Smithsonian American Art Museum also produced a video series titled American Art in Dialogue with Africa, available online through ArtBabble. According to ArtBabble, "Opening session on Day 1 of "American Art in Dialogue with Africa and Its Diaspora." This two-day symposium examined the role of Africa and its diaspora in the development of art of the United States, from nineteenth-century portraiture to American modernism; from the Harlem Renaissance to the contemporary art world.." Accessed June, 2015.

Until 2006 Smithsonian TV was a central index of multimedia content and a multimedia hosting service of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Smithsonian TV was streaming programs on its website until the service was discontinued. Smithsonian TV streamed programs on its website including: May 6 and 7, 2005 The National Museum of the American Indian presented the two-day symposium Native Modernism. featuring the art of George Morrison and Allan Houser. The 45 minute Keynote Address: Native Modernism, by Mr. Truman Lowe (Ho-Chunk), National Museum of the American Indian was presented online; March 16, 2005 The National Museum of the American Indian hosted a one hour lecture titled "Two Grey Hills Navajo Tapestry Traditions," presented by master weavers Barbara Teller Ornelas and Lynda Teller Pete. The video incuded a movie shown during the lecture. The citations are preserved above in the event readers may wish to contact the Smithsonian about means of access.


Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art website features SAMA-TV which maintains a YouTube playlist of recordings of lectures and symposiums. As of October, 2013 videos included: Colleen Browning: The Enchantment of Realism (13:20); Colleen Browning: Symposium on 20th Century American Realism, Parts 1-13 (total runtime: approx. 2 hours, 23 minutes) Accessed May, 2015.


Stanford University's Human Experience channel on YouTube presents Gordon H. Chang, Stanford Professor of History and co-director of the Stanford Asian American Art Project, discussing the book Asian American Art: A History, 1850-1970. Accessed May, 2015.


Stark / University Center Galleries website has a videos page which includes Amanda Cagle on Allan Houser [3:28] and Artist Harold Osman, or H.O. "Cowboy" Kelly [8:02]. Accessed June, 2015.


The State Museum of Pennsylvania offered a guided exhibit tour of A Common Canvas or Pennsylvania's Heritage with editor Michael O'Malley's interview with curator David Lembeck. The exhibit ran November 23, 2008 through May 17, 2009: Videos include a Full Presentation (1:50:30 length), Preview (7:50 length), Just the Tour (1:31:07 length), Short Tour (20:00 length), and Just the Interview (18:01 length). [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

Steinbeck Now presents a [17:01] video: John Steinbeck's Storied Artists: Monterey County Art in American History. Accessed May, 2015.


The Stillman-Lack Foundation presents two streaming videos: Ary Stillman: 58 Years of Painting, narrated by Frances Stillman, in which she discusses her husband's paintings as they are shown.This 55-minute video is produced and directed by Henry L. Thomas; A Conversation, contains excerpts of a conversation Sid Lash held with Frances Stillman on Ary Stillman's paintings for KHOU-TV, Houston, TX., February 20, 1969. This 10-minute video is produced by Pearlman Productions, Houston,TX. Accessed May, 2015.


Thanks to a team of conservators from the Straus Conservation Center at Harvard University, Edwin Austin Abbey's murals depicting the Holy Grail are becoming visible to Sir Galahad -- and to the many visitors to the Boston Public Library -- who will be able to enjoy the room's refurbished splendor. The Straus Center, which previously completed a restoration of the Library's celebrated John Singer Sargent murals, has been working alongside other contractors dedicated to returning the room to its original glory, from its gold-leaf ceilings to the rich oak paneling and extravagantly carved marble fireplace to the Italian marble floors.

The Stuart Collection at the UC San Diego offers interview, panel discussion and lecture videos about individual artists. The Stuart Collection includes outdoor site-specific abstract and representational works by noted artists. Accessed December, 2015.


Dr. Mark Sublette, owner of Medicine Man Gallery in Tucson and Santa Fe, has created a channel of YouTube online videos on topics relating to Native American baskets, weavings, pottery and carvings. As of 2011, titles included:

For pottery:

For weavings:

For carvings:

For baskets:


Accessed May, 2015.

Sullivan Goss, Ltd. maintains a page titled SGTV Videos devoted to videos concerning American art. Historic artists include Colin Campbell Cooper Lockwood de Forest, Edward Potthast, and Ray Strong. Accessed May, 2015.

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