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



Palmer Divide Productions


Palmer Museum of Art partnered with the WGBH Forum Network for:


Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum created a YouTube page named PPHMConnectionCast which contains "videocasts" of curator tours of exhibitions in the museum's galleries. As of February 4, 2009 videos have been created for the exhibits Don Ray: A Retrospective and Studer and Johnson: Treasures of the Panhandle.


PBS provides a variety of streaming video sources for American art:

PBS's two-season television series Art-21, Art in the Twenty-First Century welcome page explains that the series is "the only series on television to focus exclusively on contemporary visual art and artists in the United States, and it uses the medium of television to provide an experience of the visual arts that goes far beyond a gallery visit. Fascinating and intimate footage allows the viewer to observe the artists at work, watch their process as they transform inspiration into art, and hear their thoughts as they grapple with the physical and visual challenges of achieving their artistic visions." The Art-21 web site contains video clips relating to each of the many featured artists including Laurie Anderson, Margaret Kilgallen, Sally Mann, Bruce Nauman, Raymond Pettibon, Martin Puryear, Susan Rothenberg, Collier Schorr, Kiki Smith, William Wegman and Fred Wilson.

The Art:21 series and its companion materials answer the following questions: who are today's artists?; what are they thinking about?; how do they describe their work? and why do they do what they do? The Season One and Two home videos are two sets with four hours each. Viewers meet "a diverse group of contemporary artists through revealing profiles that take viewers behind the scenes-into artists' studios, homes, and communities -- to provide an intimate view of their lives, work, sources of inspiration, and creative processes." Representational as well as abstract artists are featured in the videos. The Emmy nominated Season One video set features 21 artists and is divided into four general themes spanning four hours on two separate tapes. Season Two of the series features 16 engaging artists and is divided into four general themes spanning four hours on two tapes.

The PBS American Masters series includes a documentary concerning Alfred Stieglitz. PBS's web site offers a page that includes eight video clips from four to nine minutes in length not found in the original documentary. Stieglitz-experts in the clips include Historian Thomas Bender; Alan Trachtenberg, Professor of American Studies at Yale; Richard Whelan, Stieglitz Biographer; Elizabeth Hutton Turner, Curator at Philips Gallery; Sarah Greenough, Curator of Photographs, National Gallery of Art; Joanna Steichen, Author, and widow of Edward Steichen; Sue Davidson-Lowe, author and grand-niece of Stieglitz; and Wanda Corn, art historian at Stanford.

More from American Masters:

PBS maintains an online archive of individual segments from NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Several segments covering the visual arts are available by video search in the Arts & Entertainment category by keyword "Jeffrey Brown". Arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown reports:

Hudson River School - Sunday Arts [05:09]

"In Memorium: Chuck Jones" is a 4-minute February 25, 2002 NewsHour segment remembering Chuck Jones, the master of movie animation

PBS previously broadcast Egg: The Arts Show. A segment presents Manhattan's annual Outsider Art Fair features 32 galleries and hundreds of artists from around the world. For the past 8 years, the Puck Building in Manhattan's chic Soho neighborhood has opened its doors to city folk seeking out the most unique and creative works of Outsider Art.

I Hear America Singing by Thomas Hampson is a section of the PBS web site where viewers can find biographies of the key composers, poets and writers, artists, and artistic and cultural movements including

The American Renaissance & Transcendentalism
Albert Bierstadt & Frederic Remington
Matthew Brady
Edward S. Curtis
Walker Evans
Daniel Chester French
Harlem Renaissance
The Hudson River School
William Sidney Mount
Norman Rockwell
Henry Ossawa Tanner

Some pages include Quicktime video clips.


The Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA produced an online presentation titled Indian Market: New Directions in Southwestern Native American Pottery to accompany a 2002 exhibition. The "Indian Market" segment describes the annual event in a video interview with Sicangu Lakota artist and psychiatrist Thomas Haukass.


Included in the Philadelphia Museum of Arts website presentation for the exhibition "Great and Mighty Things": Outsider Art from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection, held at the Museum March 3 - June 9, 2013, is an eight minute online gallery tour narrated by Curator Ann Percy and Curatorial Assistant Cara Zimmerman. Descriptions of certain other exhibitions include similar videos.


The Phillips Collection exhibited American Impressionism: Paintings from the Phillips Collection in 2007. Four YouTube clips feature exhibition curator Susan Behrends Frank giving a brief overview of the exhibit in the exhibition galleries.


Philocetes Center presents a discussion with Chuck Close, Vincent Katz, and Matthew von Unwerth about the film "Chuck Close," directed by Marion Cajori. [32:40]


Portland Museum of Art, Maine presents a review by Jessica May, Curator of Contemporay and Modern Art at PMA, of the exhibit Richard Estes' Realism. The exhibit was held May 22, 2014 to September 7, 2014. [03:40] Accessed September, 2014.


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