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Hans Haacke: 4 Decades - A Conversation with the Conceptual Artist
Hans Haacke visits his retrospectives taking place simultaneously in Berlin and Hamburg with art historian Jon Bird. The work in these long awaited, non-chronologically arranged exhibitions reveals Haacke's strong convictions and desire for justice for all. Haacke is a key…
The State of Architecture at the Beginning of the 21st Century - A Historic Architecture Conference
This video documents a historic two-day conference organized in March, 2003 by Bernard Tschumi, then Dean of the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture. The conference assembled some of the greatest minds in architecture. Most participants presented cutting edge concepts and…
Motherwell/Alberti - A Painter and Poet Inspire Each Other
This documentary explores the artistic connection between Robert Motherwell's Open Series and Rafael Alberti's poetry cycle, A La Pintura. Infatuated with Alberti's text, Motherwood uses his words as the subject for his first venture into aquatints at Tatyana Grosman's printmaking…
Light in the West - Photographers of the American Frontier 1860-1880
When photography was in its infancy, the American West was still a frontier; and, for a period of about fifty years, the two interacted in a complex and fascinating way. Dramatic subject matter in the West became accessible to photographers…
O.M. Ungers - Designing a Museum of Architecture in Germany
In 1979, the city of Frankfurt commissioned Oswald Mathias Ungers, one of Germany's best-known architects, to design a museum for architecture. The museum was to be housed in an 80 year-old villa on the riverbank. Ungers came up with a…
Brice Marden: 4 Decades - A Retrospective of the American Abstract Painter
Brice Marden's paintings and drawings have long been at the forefront of contemporary abstract art. Marden's much acclaimed retrospective at MoMA in November 2006, provided an opportunity to accompany the artist and the curator Gary Garrels on a tour of…
The Artist's Studio: E.W. Nay - The Life and Work of the German Painter
A visit to the studio of Ernst Wilhelm Nay, a remarkable, if somewhat solitary German artist, who had established his own position at age 30 among the many 'isms' of the time, just before the advent of the Nazi takeover.…
Christo: Wrapped Walk Ways - Examining a Public Art Installation
Christo's Wrapped Walk Ways is a stunning work dedicated to public interaction and communal observation. As we follow Christo down his path, he shows us exactly what those who lend themselves to the piece experience. Covering a total of 2.8…
Christo: Works in Progress - The Artists' Environmental Installations
This film takes us around the world on a showcase of the artist's grand environmental installations. With both critique and praise from members of the communities that have hosted Christo and his works, the film takes a deep look into…
Germany’s Cold War Cultures 1949-1989 - An Exhibition of 20th Century German Art
During the Cold War (1949-89) in both Germanys, the creation of art, its reception, and its theorization were closely linked to their respective political systems: the Western liberal democracy of the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and the Eastern communist…
Spoleto USA: A Festival Discovers America - A Performing Arts Festival in South Carolina
When Gian Carlo Menotti created the Spoleto festival in 1958, he imagined it existing in two worlds, Europe and America. After years of debate as to where the beloved festival should take place in the United States, the city of…
Colin McPhee: The Lure of Asian Music - A Musicologist Studies Balinese Music
Through composer and musicologist Colin McPhee's passionate and detailed writing about his time in Bali it becomes immediately evident how strongly the country impacted the course of both his career and life. Seduced by recordings of Balinese music he heard…
The Artist's Studio: Meyer Schapiro Visits George Segal - A Conversation Between an Art Historian and an Acclaimed Sculptor
This film documents an intimate conversation between the art historian (Meyer Schapiro) and the artist (George Segal) as they discuss Segal's plaster sculptures in relation to the European tradition and to contemporaries, from Giotto to Abstract Expressionism. Focusing on process,…
Ezra Pound: Canto I - The American Poet Reads his Work
Breaking a vow of silence, Ezra Pound reads his Canto I of 1917 to friends at lunch during the Gian-Carlo Menotti's Spoleto Festival in 1967.
George Segal - The Work of an American Sculptor
George Segal constructs a type of human form and vulnerability that feels rare in the world of sculpture. As we follow his process at the isolated New Jersey farmhouse that serves as his studio, the intimacy between Segal and his…
The Revival - Black Lesbian Poets and Feminist Thinkers
This documentary chronicles the US tour of a group of Black lesbian poets and musicians, who become present-day stewards of a historical movement to build community among queer women of color. Their journey to strengthen their community is enriched by…
Love Between The Covers - A Look at the Billion Dollar Romance Fiction Industry
Romance fiction outsells all other genres of writing, from crime to science fiction, combined. So why is the genre so often dismissed as frivolous "scribble"? Could it be that it's because the overwhelming majority of writers and readers are women?…
Tracking Edith - A Renowned Photographer and Secret Soviet Agent
When she wasn't working as a Soviet agent, Edith Tudor-Hart was taking photos of workers and street children in Vienna and London, documenting poverty and social deprivation. But she also found time to recruit Kim Philby and act as one…
Planet of Snail - A Blind and Deaf Poet Navigates the World
An acclaimed documentary following the journey of a most extraordinary couple. Young-Chan is an accomplished poet who can no longer hear or see. He communicates with his wife Soon-Ho through finger braille, a unique form of communication where words are…
Flex is Kings - The World of Competitive Flex Dancing in Brooklyn
A riveting and awe-inspiring look inside the world of Brooklyn street dancing known as 'flexing.' FLEX IS KINGS takes audiences along on the emotional journey of several young dancers who vie for a chance to make something of themselves by…