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Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child

In his short career, Jean-Michel Basquiat was a phenomenon. He became notorious for his graffiti art under the moniker Samo in the late 1970s on the Lower East Side scene, sold his first painting to Deborah Harry for
2016; 2009

Exhibition on Screen Rembrandt

A unique opportunity to see up close a remarkable collection of great Rembrandt works. This once-in-a-lifetime event hosted by London’s National Gallery, in collaboration with Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum is a major exhibition of Rembrandt’s late masterpieces. Given exclusive access, the film documents this extraordinary show and interweaves Rembrandt’s life story with behind-the-scenes at the gallery. This wonderful exhibition film concentrates on the works Rembrandt produced during his final years - soulful, honest and in many ways defining our impression of Rembrandt as man and artist.
2017; 2014

Early Renaissance - Humanism Emergent

Contemplate the Renaissance phenomena of classicism and humanism in 15th-century Italian art, which focused - even in religious art - on the human body, nature, and depictions of earthly life and the individual. Learn how to recognize Early Renaissance art in characteristic subject matter and stylistic technique.
2018; 2011

Northern Renaissance - Devil in the Details

Flanders and Germany also witnessed an explosion of art in the 15th and early 16th centuries. Define the stylistics of great Northern Renaissance oil painting, such as the use of cool light, richness of detail, and the depiction of fabric. Conclude by charting the development of the historical "canon" of universally recognized artworks.
2018; 2011

High Renaissance - Humanism Perfected

The Italian High Renaissance saw the full flowering of humanism and classicism. With reference to the era's thought and practice, delve into masterpieces by three of history's greatest geniuses: Raphael, Leonardo, and Michelangelo. Last, explore the composition of Raphael's School of Athens as it represents the sublime embodiment of High Renaissance ideals.
2018; 2011

National Gallery

Frederick Wiseman’s NATIONAL GALLERY takes the audience behind the scenes of a London institution, on a journey to the heart of a museum inhabited by masterpieces of Western art from the Middle Ages to the 19th Century. NATIONAL GALLERY is the portrait of a place, its way of working and relations with the world, its staff and public, and its paintings. In a perpetual and dizzying game of mirrors, film watches painting watches film.. Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, and the New York Film Festival. Nominated for Best Documentary Film at the César Awards.. "Indeed, he’s America’s foremost practitioner of documentary-as-metaphor, building sweeping arguments of small details.” –Ben Kenigsberg, “This is one of Wiseman’s ri [...]
2018; 2014

Improvisation: What Does It Have to Do With Practicing Medicine?

Stephen Nachmanovitch, Ph.D. (violinist, author, computer artist, and educator; owner of Free Play Productions, Charlottesville, Virginia ) began by playing an improvisational piece with Loren Ludwig (Graduate Student, McIntire School of Music, University of Virginia) who played the viola da gamba. Dr. Nachmanovitch described the similarities between medicine (physician patient interaction)/science and art and the process of creativity and improvisation which involves intense listening, openness, presence and communication. He concluded by stating that both medicine/science and art involve data gathering and experimentation which leads to the discovery of what works.
Health Sciences (Rare Shelves)

Doesn't a Bird Fly by?: Credibility and Surprise in Writing and Art

Lincoln Perry, M.F.A. (Distinguished Visiting Artist, University of Virginia) described aspects of his creative process which concentrates on viewing the gaps between life and art and how this has been realized in his bifurcated and multi-panneled paintings. As an artist Perry is less concerned with credibility as he is with providing a surprise or shock and presenting an emotional credibility. Ann Beattie, M.A. (Edgar Allen Poe Professor of Literature and Creative Writing, Department of English, University of Virginia) shared her process of focusing on a subject for literary description, seeing objects in the periphery, and making the most ordinary into one of the most extraordinary. Perry showed selected images (his own and others) and Beattie read from her short fiction antholo [...]
Health Sciences (Rare Shelves)

Healing Arts: In the Hospital, in the Hands

Tina Mullen, M. F. A. (Director, Shands Arts in Medicine, Shands Healthcare at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida) presented the twenty year history and development of the Shands Arts in Medicine Healthcare Program. Ms. Mullen described their guiding principles and features such as: artists in residence; visiting artists; student and community volunteers; partnerships; and staff, student and community engagements. Lauren Catlett, B.A. (Co-Curator, "Shared Doings and Sayings," School of Architecture, University of Virginia) described and presented her work on "Shared Doings and Sayings," a project that brought art to persons residing in Charlottesville, Virginia who have dementia. This project enabled these persons with dementia to express themselves and be aware of and [...]
Health Sciences (Rare Shelves)

Mood Disorders and Artistic Creativity

Dr. Jamison, professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Dr. McGann, a UVa English professor discuss the relationship between affective illness (mood disorders) and creativity. Some of the world's most creative artists, writers and composers, including Byron, Van Gogh, Melville, Handel and others suffered from severe mood disorders.
Health Sciences (Rare Shelves)

Birth of a Language [electronic resource]

Melvyn Bragg begins the story of English in Holland, finding ancestral echoes in the Frisian dialect. What follows is a chapter on survival as the English language weathers Viking and Norman invasions, vying with and eventually absorbing rival tongues. Lively settings such as village pubs and markets bring home the lasting influence of Anglo-Saxon, Old Norse, and Old French. The connection between Christianity, Latin, and an alphabet is explored, as well as the role of the language's first champion, King Alfred the Great. Nobel prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney reads from and discusses the first epic in English, Beowulf.
2006; 2003

The Art of Departure [electronic resource]

This film explores the plight of artists from around the world who have come to America, drawn to the possibilities of a free society. The film profiles Taiwanese dancer Fang-Yi Sheu, now the star of the Martha Graham Dance Company; Russian artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, who fled the oppression of the Soviet Union; and examines an array of struggling artists and intellectuals who fled fascism in the 1930s, including celebrated conductor Arturo Toscanini.

Moyers & Company [electronic resource]: Decoding the Campaigns

We are saturated with deceptive political advertising, aided and abetted now with spending by citizens, corporations, and super PACs that seem to know no bounds. In this edition of Moyers & Company, Bill Moyers asks political communication expert and master media decoder Kathleen Hall Jamieson to separate fact from fiction in the national campaigns thus far. Jamieson runs the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, including the sites and

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Franco Sacchi - This Is Nollywood

The key to a healthy society is a thriving community of storytellers." Franco Sacchi's film This Is Nollywood represents one of the most compelling and profound stories of Nigeria's massive homegrown film industry, reputed to be the third-largest worldwide. The Zambia-born, Italy-bred documentary filmmaker says this is an irresistible story for anyone interested in self-generated storytelling and commerce in the developing world. Providing viewers with a guided tour through Nollywood, including the guerilla filmmaking and brilliance under pressure from crews that can shoot a full-length feature in a week, Sacchi gives a behind-the-scenes look in this inspiring TEDTalk.

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Scott McCloud - Understanding Comics

If not for Scott McCloud, graphic novels and webcomics might be enjoying a more modest Renaissance. The flourishing of cartooning in the '90s and '00s, particularly comic-smithing on the Web, can be traced back to his major writings on the comics form. His book Understanding Comics, a comic book about comics, has been translated into 13 languages and has made him an evangelist for comics as a valid literary form. McCloud coined the term "infinite canvas" for the new comics medium made possible with Web browsers. In this fun TEDTalk, McCloud bends the presentation format into a cartoon-like experience, where colorful diversions whiz through childhood fascinations and imagined futures. This captivating look at the magic of comics will prove to viewers why McCloud's admiring fans includ [...]

TV Iraqi Style [electronic resource]

For more than 20 years, Iraqi television was dominated by one familiar, heavily-moustached face. But since the fall of Saddam Hussein, propaganda films have been replaced by offerings such as "Iraqi Pop Idol" and "Labor and Materials" - a property makeover show that rebuilds bombed-out homes - and thanks to night curfews, a population too frightened to leave their houses, and the advent of satellite TV, viewing figures are booming. This program traces the development of television in Iraq, from government-sponsored programming to contemporary entertainment channels featuring home-grown soaps and reality TV.

2nd Verse [electronic resource]: The Rebirth of Poetry

Set in and around Oakland and San Francisco, this film examines urban teen life in the Bay Area through the rising popularity of poetry and spoken word. Youth performers include Emiliano Bourgois-Chacon, San Francisco's Youth Poet Laureate, who reveals what it's like to live with a physical disability; Meilani Clay, who voices her political and personal beliefs regarding race, body image, and family; San Francisco Youth Speaks slam champion Shannon Matesky; Yosimar Reyes, who explores the immigrant experience and personal challenges of race and sexuality; and George Watsky, who expresses his concerns about equality and privilege. Adult performers are also featured, including Marc Bamuthi Joseph, James Kass, Aya de Leon, Abiodun Oyewole, Raquel Topete, Saul Williams, and Ruben Zamora. [...]

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Thelma Golden - How Art Gives Shape to Cultural Change

Thelma Golden, curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem, talks through three recent shows that explore how art examines and redefines culture. The "post-black" artists she works with are using their art to provoke a new dialogue about race and culture - and about the meaning of art itself.

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Eli Pariser - Beware Online "Filter Bubbles"

As Web companies strive to tailor their services (including news and search results) to our personal tastes, there's a dangerous unintended consequence: we get trapped in a "filter bubble" and don't get exposed to information that could challenge or broaden our worldview. Eli Pariser argues powerfully that this will ultimately prove to be bad for us and bad for democracy.

Alexander McQueen [electronic resource]: Masters of Style

As one of the brightest stars on the British fashion scene, the late Alexander McQueen pushed the limits of what's possible while sparking a good deal of controversy along the way. During the early years, his provocative shows were confrontational enough to qualify as performance art, but underneath the showmanship McQueen was a master technician with an imagination that catapulted his career from the raw edginess of London to the aristocratic atelier of Hubert de Givenchy in Paris. Filmed in 2003, this program traces McQueen's career as it was rising to ever-greater heights.