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Re: [teacherartexchange] Contemporary Art History Videos

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twoducks_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Wed Nov 30 2005 - 15:30:55 PST


In a message dated 11/30/05 9:11:00 AM, marregui@trener.edu.pe writes:

IŽd appreciate any suggestions ( for Middle and High School. I am
especially interested in contemporary art.>>

I have a Netflix membership and have had a lot of pleasure renting art
documentaries from their substantial collection. I would recommend
(synopses are from Netflix):
CHUCK CLOSE: A PORTRAIT IN PROGRESS
<< Photographic realist Chuck Close, the creator of groundbreaking
portraits, gets the up-close-and-personal treatment in this
documentary. Close's artistic vision and method are discussed, as well
as his "close call" recovery from a paralytic spinal blood clot that
almost ended his career. Avant-garde composer Philip Glass provides the
soundtrack.>>
ART 21: ART IN THE 21ST CENTURY
  <<What inspires a particular artist to create a certain piece? This
series explores that question by introducing a wide variety of
contemporary artists across the United States. Seasons 1 and 2 explore
what motivates and inspires these artists by focusing on eight themes:
place, spirituality, identity, consumption, stories, loss and desire,
time, and humor. Featured artists include William Wegman, Louise
Bourgeois, Laurie Anderson, and Kara Walker.>>

And these are two that I enjoyed for myself: there would be pieces of
them you could share with your students, but they probably not be
appropriate to watch straight through...try renting them...
HOW TO DRAW A BUNNY
  <<The cartoon rabbit that was artist Ray Johnson's signature inspired
the title for this documentary about the man, whose memorable life in
the arts was often so creative that it befuddled even his closest
friends. Johnson, once referred to as the "the most famous unknown
artist in America," took individuality to a new level with his art that
inventively infused pop-culture images, collages and even rubber
stamps.>>
STYLE WARS:
<< This documentary, first broadcast on PBS in 1983, opened the world's
eyes to the phenomenon taking over New York City. The urban landscape
-- in particular, the ramshackle subway system -- had been transformed
by graffiti artists who invented a new visual language to express
themselves. Adding to the phenomenon, MCs, DJs and B-boys rocked the
city with new sounds and moves, as street-corner break-dance battles
turned into performance art.>>

For younger students I second the recommendation for any part of the
BEHIND THE SCENES series.

regards,
kathy douglas
in massachusetts

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