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MAURITS ESCHER: PAINTER OF FANTASIES

Art History  Short Films 

Profiles the late, world-renowned graphic artist whose work is a curious blend of fact and fantasy, with mirror images and interlocking figures flowing from symmetrical shapes.

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STEFAN ROLOFF: FACES OF AN ARTIST AT WORK

Art History  Short Films  Directed by Women 

Profiles the work of Berlin artist Stefan Roloff, now a New York City resident, who has produced an immense variety of original, colorful and provocative art.

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PUERTO RICO: ART AND IDENTITY

American History  American Studies  Art History  Economics  Latino Studies  Latin-American Studies  Puerto Rican Studies  Religion & Spirituality  Short Films  Sociology  Spanish Language  Women's Studies  Directed by Women 

Surveys the work of plastic artists in Puerto Rico during the 20th century, as well as significant forerunners in the 18th and 19th centuries, focusing on the artists' expression of national identity. The video combines illustrations of hundreds of art works with interviews with a dozen major contemporary artists and commentary by art critics.

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PAUL CADMUS: ENFANT TERRIBLE AT 80

American Studies  Art History 

An award-winning documentary portrait of the controversial American painter best known for his drawings of the male nude and paintings in the ancient medium of egg yolk tempera. Scenes of Cadmus at work are combined with commentary by the artist on his life and work, dating from his days as a WPA artist in the Thirties.

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JACK LEVINE: FEAST OF PURE REASON

Art History  American Studies 

An award-winning documentary portrait of one of America's foremost Social Realist painters, active since the 1930s, whose work skewers corrupt politicians and police, rages over social injustices, and satirizes the petty foibles of humankind.

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REVELACIONES/REVELATIONS:HISPANIC ART OF EVANESCENCE

Spanish Language  Short Films  Latin-American Studies  Art History  American Studies 

Documents the Fall 1993 construction at Cornell University of site-specific installations by eight acclaimed Hispanic artists, featuring interviews with the artists, scenes of the exhibit, as well as the controversy and protest it engendered on campus.

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AS SEEN BY BOTH SIDES:AMERICAN AND VIETNAMESE ARTISTS LOOK AT THE WAR

Asian Studies  Art History  American Studies 

Documents the history of a remarkable art exhibit which showcases the work of both American and Vietnamese veterans of the Indochina War.

ART  IN THE CULTURAL REVOLUTION
ART IN THE CULTURAL REVOLUTION

Performing Arts  Political Science  Asian Studies  Art History 

Examines the Communist Party's rigorously enforced art policies during China's Cultural Revolution from 1966-1976, when pictorial artists were given strict aesthetic guidelines for the production of works designed to promote the ideology and imagery of Mao Tse- tung's illusory new society.

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THE HAPPINESS OF STILL LIFE

World History  Europe  Art History  Short Films  Directed by Women 

After the Napoleonic wars and the revolutionary fervor of the late 18th century, Europeans were eager to retreat from the tumultuous arena of history to the uneventful calm of private life.

ERITREAN ARTISTS IN WAR AND PEACE
ERITREAN ARTISTS IN WAR AND PEACE

Art History  African Studies 

Portrays the aesthetic development of twelve artists in Eritrea, whose contemporary art movement was born during the Eritrean People's Liberation Front's thirty-year war against Ethiopian control.

AFRICA BETWEEN MYTH AND REALITY
AFRICA BETWEEN MYTH AND REALITY

Women's Studies  Art History  American Studies  African Studies  Short Films 

Showcases the view of African life featured in the paintings, drawings and etchings of Betty LaDuke, one of America's most accomplished multicultural artists.

BETTY LaDUKE: AN ARTIST'S JOURNEY FROM THE BRONX TO TIMBUKTU
BETTY LaDUKE: AN ARTIST'S JOURNEY FROM THE BRONX TO TIMBUKTU

Women's Studies  Art History  Cultural Studies  American Studies  Short Films 

This video takes us on a trip through six decades and over twenty countries in tracing the development of Betty LaDuke, one of America's leading multicultural artists. Her vision encompasses not only American culture, but also influences from Native American, Mexican and African cultures and lifestyles.

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RAT ART: CROATIAN INDEPENDENTS

Performing Arts  Eastern Europe  Cinema Studies  Art History 

Offers a fascinating overview of artistic activity in Croatia during the recent war in the former Yugoslavia, revealing the diversity and vitality of its artists as well as how their work was profoundly influenced by the conflict.

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THE MAN WHO DREW BUG-EYED MONSTERS

Cinema Studies  Art History  American Studies 

This fascinating and entertaining documentary celebrates the work of Reynold Brown, one of the most acclaimed movie poster artists of the Fifties and early Sixties, whose work colorfully encapsulated the nation's postwar social climate.

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LASTING IMPRESSIONS

Art History  American Studies  African-American Studies  Directed by Women 

Profiles lithograph artist Robert Blackburn, one of the few black printmakers to emerge from WPA-sponsored arts projects, including the Harlem Art Center, during the Thirties. His prints have been exhibited widely and he has also had a long teaching career, but the now 77-year-old Blackburn is best known as the founder and director of the Printmaking Workshop, which recently celebrated its fiftieth anniversary.

HARRY DEVLIN: AN ARTIST'S ODYSSEY
HARRY DEVLIN: AN ARTIST'S ODYSSEY

Short Films  Architecture  Art History  American Studies 

Documents the life and work of Harry Devlin, whose long and varied career as a commercial and fine arts artist has spanned more than half a century, with work in virtually every medium in the fields of syndicated cartooning, publishing and advertising.

CHARLES DANA GIBSON: PORTRAIT OF AN ILLUSTRATOR
CHARLES DANA GIBSON: PORTRAIT OF AN ILLUSTRATOR

Women's Studies  Art History  American Studies  Short Films 

The Gibson Girl, the first popular image of the American woman, was created by Charles Dana Gibson, one of the nation's greatest illustrators, during the "Golden Age" of illustration, when America's national magazines, such as Life and Collier's, influenced every aspect of American culture.

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THE STATE RUSSIAN MUSEUM

Russia  Eastern Europe  Art History 

This video offers a fascinating tour through the world's largest repository of Russian art, comprising some 400,000 exhibits covering the thousand-year period of Russian history.

BUILDING A CELLO WITH HAROLD
BUILDING A CELLO WITH HAROLD

Music  Art History 

This feature-length video features Harold Hayslett, a retired pipefitter and master builder of violins and cellos, and documents in fascinating detail, from start to finish, the entire process of his construction of a cello.

FROM A BALL OF CLAY
FROM A BALL OF CLAY

Art History  Short Films  Directed by Women 

This fascinating and informative video details the step-by-step procedures involved in modeling a clay sculpture, showing how professional sculptor and art instructor Margot McMahon creates a portrait of her model over several sessions (working from a knowledge of anatomy and a sensitivity to artistic rhythms) and then demonstrates the plaster mold-making process by which the final art work is cast in Fondu concrete for permanent exhibition.

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