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



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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. Palmer Museum of Art partnered with the WGBH Forum Network for Banjo-Wielding Women, (57 minutes) a lecture by Leo G. Mazow, curator, American Art, Palmer Museum of Art in which he discusses the many female banjoists that appear in myriad American paintings, photographs, illustrations, and advertisements through history. [September 19, 2006] Accessed May, 2015.


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. Accessed May, 2015.


Park Slope Gallery produced a 10-minute online video titled Leon Bibel: Art & Activism in the WPA on behalf of the Leon Bibel Estate. The page on the gallery's website containing the video also features a 2013 essay by Phyllis Wrynn titled A Living Artist / An Intact Studio: Through the Archives With Leon Bibel. Accessed January, 2016.


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. Accessed May, 2015.

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. Accessed May, 2015.

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: [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

PBS WNET Mew York presents Hudson River School - Sunday Arts [05:09] [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

PBS maintains an online archive of individual segments from NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. "In Memorium: Chuck Jones" is a 4-minute February 25, 2002 NewsHour segment remembering Chuck Jones, the master of movie animation. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.] Transcript remains at site. Accessed May, 2015.

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. Accessed May, 2015.

PBS maintains I Hear America Singing by Thomas Hampson, 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 included video clips. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]


Peabody Essex Museum provides via it's online video library a 2007 video titled "Behind The Scenes: Phil Lowe, Making a Desk Rosette" featuring Samuel McIntire, carving an American style. Accessed July, 2015. The Museum 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. Accessed May, 2015.


Included in the Philadelphia Museum of Arts 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. Accessed May, 2015.


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. Clip 1 - Washington Arch Spring by painter Childe Hassam. Clip 2 - Bathers at Bellport by William Glackens. Clip 3 - Under The Trees by Maurice Prendergast. Clip 4 - The High Pasture by painter J. Alden Weir. Accessed May, 2015.

The Phillips Collection also produced a video titled Made in the USA: American Masters from the Phillips Collection, available online through ArtBabble. According to ArtBabble, "Associate Curator for Research Susan Behrends Frank introduces Made in the USA, on view at The Phillips Collection March 1 through August 31, 2014. Following an acclaimed worldwide tour, the Phillips's renowned collection of American masterworks returns to the museum. Made in the USA tells the story of American art from the late 19th-century to the mid-20th century when American art became a significant global force after World War II. This extensive exhibition features more than 200 works by over 120 artists and will occupy nearly two-thirds of the museum's galleries. Artists include Milton Avery, Stuart Davis, Richard Diebenkorn, Arthur Dove, Edward Hopper, Jacob Lawrence, John Marin, Robert Motherwell, Georgia O'Keeffe, Mark Rothko, John Sloan, Clyfford Still, and many others"

The museum also presents a video [1:33] about its photography collection. in connection with the exhibit "American Moments: Photographs from The Phillips Collection" Jun 6 - Sep 13, 2015. Accessed June, 2015.

Man Ray, African Art and the Modernist Lens, an exhibit held October 10, 2009 - January 10, 2010 at the Phillips Collection. Includes online videos. Accessed August, 2015.


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] Accessed May, 2015.


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 May, 2015.


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