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History of Stained Glass - From Romanesque to High Gothic: Lesson 1

This program traces the history of stained glass from Romanesque to High Gothic periods.
2018; 2011

China, One Million Artists

China has been the biggest art seller in the entire world since 2012. Yet they remain relatively unknown compared to these numbers. Who are these artists? What drives them and how do they circumvent censorship? Contemporary Chinese art took off spectacularly after Mao’s death. Artists have revisited Western art and some have hijacked communist propaganda, supplementing it with a vitriolic critic of western consumerism currently sweeping the country. Art is well placed to observe the excesses of Chinese society and it has become the flag bearer for aspirations to freedom. These contemporary works symbolize people’s wounds and hardships, as well as state violence. Although two artists—Basquiat and Koons—account for 50% of the American market, China has placed 47 artists in the top 100— [...]

Book Offers Portrait of Prolific Photographer Who Captured Native American Lives (11/22/12)

Backed by Theodore Roosevelt, Edward Curtis set out in 1900 to document the lives of Native Americans. Over the next 30 years, he took more than 40,000 pictures and 10,000 audio recordings. Jeffrey Brown talks to Pulitzer Prize winner Timothy Egan about his new biography of Curtis, Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher.
2017; 2012

Episode 2: Secrets

How do artists make the invisible visible? What hidden elements persist in their work? Is it the artist's role to reveal them, or not? In this episode, artists share some of the secrets that are intrinsic to their work.
2017; 2014

Romance: Art 21—Art in the Twenty-First Century (Season 4)

The "Art in the Twenty-First Century" documentary “Romance” explores questions about the role of emotion, regret, fantasy and nostalgia in contemporary art in the work of the four artists. In “The Music of Regret,” Laurie Simmons stages scenes with puppets, ventriloquist dummies and dancers costumed as everyday objects to create a nostalgic world that explores sentiments of love and romance. Lari Pittman draws inspiration from a creative childhood and an awareness of our country's attitude toward the gay community to create meticulously layered paintings transforming decoration, pattern and signage into elaborate scenes. Sculptor Judy Pfaff balances planning with improvisational decision making to design an exhibition around the sadness and loss she experienced following the deaths o [...]
2015; 2007

TEDTalks: Jeanne Gang—Buildings That Blend Nature and City

A skyscraper that channels the breeze ... a building that creates community around a hearth ... Jeanne Gang uses architecture to build relationships. In this engaging tour of her work, Gang invites us into buildings large and small, from a surprising local community center to a landmark Chicago skyscraper. "Through architecture, we can do much more than create buildings," she says. "We can help steady this planet we all share."
2018; 2017

This Is the Modern World

In the final episode, Andrew Graham-Dixon begins with the impressionists. He plunges into one of the most wildly creative periods in the history of art, when France was changing at a rapid pace and angry young artists would reinvent how to paint—finding their muses in the bars, brothels, and cabarets of Belle Époque Paris and turning the world of art on its head. Monet, Degas, and friends launched a febrile conversation about the role of painting in the modern world that would pave the way for just about every modern art movement of note—from the cubists to the fauves, from the surrealists to the existentialists, and from conceptual artists to the abstract expressionists.

TEDTalks: John Cary—How Architecture Can Create Dignity for All

If architect and writer John Cary has his way, women will never need to stand in pointlessly long bathroom lines again. Lines like these are representative of a more serious issue, Cary says: the lack of diversity in design that leads to thoughtless, compassionless spaces. Design has a unique ability to dignify and make people feel valued, respected, honored and seen—but the flip side is also true. Cary calls for architects and designers to expand their ranks and commit to serving the public good, not just the privileged few. "Well-designed spaces are not just a matter of taste or a questions of aesthetics," he says. "They literally shape our ideas about who we are in the world and what we deserve." And we all deserve better.

Protest: Art 21—Art in the Twenty-First Century (Season 4)

The "Art in the Twenty-First Century" documentary “Protest” examines the ways in which four artists use their work to picture war, express outrage and empathize with the suffering of others. Politics and the brutality of war underscore many of feminist art pioneer Nancy Spero's paintings. Landscape photographer An-My Lê's black-and-white images examine the impact, representation and meaning of war, as well as the relationship between military activity and the surrounding terrain. Basing his work on research, reflection and response to horrific events, Alfredo Jaar's installations, films and community-based projects communicate a specific experience to his audience, capturing beauty but also confronting horror. Jenny Holzer uses subversive text and poetry to focus on cruelty, devastat [...]
2015; 2007

More Than the Rainbow

After three decades turning his lens on New York City, taxi driver turned street photographer Matt Weber has seen it all. More Than the Rainbow not only chronicles the life and times of Weber, but becomes a vibrant conversation about the photographic medium, artistic expression, and New York City. There is no telling how many stories Weber has attempted to capture since he first started taking pictures out of the window of the cab he used to drive. But his quarter century-plus devotion to candidly depicting the lives of his fellow New Yorkers, many of them from the fringes of society, has yielded a remarkable document of a New York that most of us will never experience. Shot partially in gorgeous 35mm and largely scored to the music of Thelonious Monk, More Than the Rainbow interweav [...]
2017; 2014

Ken Burns: Thomas Hart Benton

One of America's best-known, least-understood painters was Thomas Hart Benton. Ken Burns traces the pioneering artist's turbulent career in this bittersweet portrait, highlighting the fierce controversy over his work. The film combines rare archival material, commentary by those close to the artist, and a stunning selection of Benton's superb paintings and murals to create a moving profile of the 20th-century genius.
2017; 1989

Beauty of Anatomy: Part 1

In this series, Adam Rutherford looks at the work of second century anatomist of the Roman Empire, Claudius Galen.Galenused first hand experience to describe his anatomicalobservationsin writing so detailed that later Persian translations included illustrations. After the fall of Constantiople, classical works influenced Renaissance thinkers andartists likeLeonardo da Vinci, who also performed dissections to discover how the human body works. Following Galen's evidence based investigation, Andreas Vesalius performed public dissections in Padua, noting in detailed illustrations and descriptions the human skeleton, muscles, nerves, organ and brain. His illustrations were classically posed before a landscape, showing a body in motion. Vesalius is known as the Founder of Modern Anatomy b [...]
2015; 2014

Colosseum - Roman Death Trap

The Colosseum is a monument to Roman imperial power and cruelty. Its graceful lines and harmonious proportions concealed a highly efficient design and advanced construction methods that made hundreds of arches out of 100,000 tons of stone. In its elliptical arena, tens of thousands of gladiators, slaves, prisoners and wild animals met their deaths. Ancient texts report lions and elephants emerging from beneath the floor, as if by magic, to ravage gladiators and people condemned to death. Then, just as quickly, the Colosseum could be flooded with so much water that ships could engage in sea battles. Could these legends be true? Now, with access to one of the world’s most protected world heritage sites, archaeologists and engineers team up to re-create ancient Roman techniques to build [...]
2017; 2015

Restoration Process - Part 2: Lesson 8

This program continues following the restoration process for stained glass.
2018; 2011

Black Is the Color

Faced with racist caricatures, African American painters decided to present a different image of their community than the one imposed by the degrading stereotypes of a brutally racist society. Ignored and marginalized, they had to wait a century before they finally won recognition. This film tells the story of how African American artists took back their image, from the abolition of slavery to the present day.
2017; 2016

A Green Mark Singapore

Singapore is planning to make 80 percent of its buildings green by 2030.Intended to incentivize Singapore’s construction industry towards building more environmentally friendly buildings, the Building and Construction Authority’s (BCA) Green Mark Scheme is seen as a stamp of approval by the private sector and homeowners who want to boost their green credentials. The question is how are these companies and individuals going about sprucing up their buildings to meet the bill? A Green Mark Singapore delves into the practices and technologies that have been adopted at environmentally friendly buildings in Singapore. Buildings profiled include the following: Mapletree Anson—Noble Resources; The Galen Building—Ascendas Land; Fuji Xerox Tower; National Library Building; Khoo Teck Puat Hospi [...]
2018; 2010


Although Barcelona is famous for exuberant modernista buildings, the Gothic Quarter, and big names like Picasso, Janina and Alastair are determined to discover some less well-known cultural treats. Getting away from the crowds on the Ramblas, they seek out the designs of an engineer who arguably put more of a stamp on the city than its star architect, Antoni Gaudí; the Romanesque frescoes that inspired a young Miró, and a surprising collection of vintage fans. Through the Catalan capital’s art and artists, they show how Barcelona developed its distinctive cultural identity, and how the long-running fight for independence has shaped the exceptional artistic life of the city.

City: The Remarkable Urban Photographs of David Levene

For more than a decade, award-winning photographer David Levene has revealed an unparalleled cross-section of the urban 21st century, documenting how people live and work in 70 cities. From east to west, using archive and never-before-seen images, we hear the story behind three of the most moving photographs in his new book—Yangon in Myanmar, Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia, and Calais in France—and follow him back to his birthplace as he hunts for the final picture.
2018; 2017

Soldering: Lesson 5

This program shows how to solder stained glass.
2018; 2011

Design and Cartooning: Lesson 2

This program looks at the processes of designing stained glass and creating the cartoons for the drawing.
2018; 2011