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1. Thomas Hart Benton   Publication: Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. 1996 . 86 min. ; color & b/w , Thomas Hart Benton: His paintings were burly. Energetic. And as uncompromising as the midwestern landscapes and laborers they celebrated. "Thomas Hart Benton" depicts a self-reliant America emerging from the Depression. Today his works hang in museums. During his life, Benton preferred to hang them in saloons, where ordinary people could appreciate them in congenial settings. A fierce defender of the aesthetics of realism, Benton took on the art establishment and railed against abstraction. His reputation suffered as his star rose, fell and rose once again. While Benton failed to stem the tide of modernism, his influence can be seen in the works of his master student, Jackson Pollack. Ken Burns uses long-lost footage, penetrating interviews and the magnificent art of Benton to tell the bittersweet story of an extraordinary American artist who became emblematic of the price all artists must pay to remain true to their talents and themselves. Date: 1996 Availability: No items available:

2. World of art : Works in progress, program 1 & 2   Publication: Boston : WGBH 1997 . 30 minutes each program , Listening to the artists and observing them at work provides insight into the artworks themselves. The series penetrates the world of the contemporary artist - how the artist effectively tackles visual communication, solving problems they face in their work of art, why they do what they do, why they have chosen their particular medium. The series includes painting, photography, sculpture, video, and performance art. The artwork is exciting, reflective of its time (turn of the 21st century in the U.S.) As one performance artist says: "as performance artists we can always justify what we do as extreme esthetic behavior, and really speak the truth." At times it is provocative. 1. Lorna Simpson, photographer, explores the ambiguous terrain connecting words and images in large-scale landscapes silkscreened on felt. 2. Guillermo Gsmez-Peqa, Mexican performance artist, poet, journalist, and activist, calls attention to relations between the U.S. and Mexico. Date: 1997 Availability: No items available:

3. World of art : Works in progress, program 3 & 4   Publication: Boston : WGBH 1997 . 30 minutes each program , Listening to the artists and observing them at work provides insight into the artworks themselves. The series penetrates the world of the contemporary artist - how the artist effectively tackles visual communication, solving problems they face in their work of art, why they do what they do, why they have chosen their particular medium. The series includes painting, photography, sculpture, video, and performance art. The artwork is exciting, reflective of its time (turn of the 21st century in the U.S.) As one performance artist says: "as performance artists we can always justify what we do as extreme esthetic behavior, and really speak the truth." At times it is provocative. 3. Bill Viola, video artist, combines video and sound in intriguing ways, as seen in The Greeting, a piece created for the Venice Biennale. 4. Hung Liu, painter, comments on traditional Chinese society as she paints a series of works on the Last Emperor and his court. Date: 1997 Availability: No items available:

4. World of art : Works in progress, program 5 & 6   Publication: Boston : WGBH 1997 . 30 minutes each program , Listening to the artists and observing them at work provides insight into the artworks themselves. The series penetrates the world of the contemporary artist - how the artist effectively tackles visual communication, solving problems they face in their work of art, why they do what they do, why they have chosen their particular medium. The series includes painting, photography, sculpture, video, and performance art. The artwork is exciting, reflective of its time (turn of the 21st century in the U.S.) As one performance artist says: "as performance artists we can always justify what we do as extreme esthetic behavior, and really speak the truth." At times it is provocative. 5. Beverly Buchanan, photographer, sculptor, and painter, focuses on an important symbol of rural Southern culture: the shack. 6. June Wayne, printmaker and painter, reveals her interest in science and scientific discovery as she works on a new print in New York City. Date: 1997 Availability: No items available:

5. World of art : Works in progress, program 7 & 8   Publication: Boston : WGBH 1997 . 30 minutes each program , Listening to the artists and observing them at work provides insight into the artworks themselves. The series penetrates the world of the contemporary artist - how the artist effectively tackles visual communication, solving problems they face in their work of art, why they do what they do, why they have chosen their particular medium. The series includes painting, photography, sculpture, video, and performance art. The artwork is exciting, reflective of its time (turn of the 21st century in the U.S.) As one performance artist says: "as performance artists we can always justify what we do as extreme esthetic behavior, and really speak the truth." At times it is provocative. 7. Milton Resnick, died in 2004, one of the longest living members of the New York School of painters, also known as the Abstract Expressionists, creates five large oil paintings over eight months. 8. Judy Baca, painter and activist known for her mile-long mural in Los Angeles depicting Chicano history, works on two public art projects in Southern California. Date: 1997 Availability: No items available:

6. World of art : Works in progress, program 9 & 10   Publication: Boston : WGBH 1997 . 30 minutes each program , Listening to the artists and observing them at work provides insight into the artworks themselves. The series penetrates the world of the contemporary artist - how the artist effectively tackles visual communication, solving problems they face in their work of art, why they do what they do, why they have chosen their particular medium. The series includes painting, photography, sculpture, video, and performance art. The artwork is exciting, reflective of its time (turn of the 21st century in the U.S.) As one performance artist says: "as performance artists we can always justify what we do as extreme esthetic behavior, and really speak the truth." At times it is provocative. 9. Goat Island, a performance group that uses visual imagery, music, dance, and narrative, rehearses and performs a new piece on a U.K. tour. 10. Mierle Ukeles, artist-in-residence at the New York City Department of Sanitation, works on an installation at the Fresh Kills landfill. Date: 1997 Availability: No items available: