Art & Architecture


10 Homes that Changed America 55 min.

10 Homes that Changed America highlights ten architecturally adventuresome dwellings, which provided Americans with more than just a “roof over their heads”—these homes elevated living to an art form. Meet the talented architects who brought these buildings to life, along with their often-eccentric clients, and the lucky individuals who live in these historic homes today. A primer in domestic arch...

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2016

10 Parks that Changed America 55 min.

10 Parks that Changed America tells the story of ten visionaries who took open canvases of God-forsaken land, and transformed them into serene spaces that offer city dwellers a respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life. From the elegant squares of Savannah, Georgia, to a park built over a freeway in Seattle, to the more recent High Line in New York, each story introduces the heroes who brou...

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2016

10 Towns that Changed America 55 min.

"10 Towns that Changed America" focuses on ten “experimental” towns that did not evolve organically over time, but instead were designed (or redesigned) from the ground up by visionary architects, corporations, and citizens, who sought to change the lives of residents using architecture, design, and urban planning. Some of these visionaries were driven by an ideology, others were trying to serve t...

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2016

Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures 109 min.

In 1989, on the floor of Congress, Senator Jesse Helms implored America to “Look at the pictures,” while denouncing the controversial art of Robert Mapplethorpe, whose photographs pushed social boundaries with their frank depictions of nudity, sexuality and fetishism – and ignited a culture war that rages to this day. More than 25 years later, the HBO Documentary Films presentation Mapplethorpe: L...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016

Art of Scandinavia 150 min.

Andrew Graham-Dixon dissects the art of Scandinavia in a series of three programs that join the highly successful Art of strand. It’s the story of art in a land without light for months on end and of how a landscape (and the art it inspired) gave us 20th Century existentialism. However it is also the story of eroticism, where the light is white and ultra-brilliant; the world of the Snow Queen and...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016

Dark Night of the Soul: Episode 1—Art of Scandinavia 51 min.

The art of Scandinavia shares many characteristics of the Scandinavian landscape: hardness, sharpness, clarity. In the first of three episodes, Andrew Graham -Dixon explores works to come out of the dark Norwegian soul, most famous for producing The Scream by Edvard Munch. He explores the history of Norway through its most influential artworks, and the story that these pieces tell about Norwegian...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016

Democratic by Design: Episode 3—Art of Scandinavia 51 min.

In the final installment of Andrew Graham-Dixon's journey through Scandinavian art, we arrive in Sweden—home of IKEA and a tradition of brilliant furniture design stretching back to the early years of the 20th century. Sweden has made its modern democratic mission one of comfort and civilized living for the masses, but many would argue that the dream of equality has fallen short. Graham-Dixon exam...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016

Once Upon a Time in Denmark: Episode 2—Art of Scandinavia 51 min.

In episode two of Andrew Graham-Dixon's epic journey through Scandinavian art and landscape, Denmark emerges from modest beginnings to become a great power and arbiter of taste in northern Europe, a story of transformation befitting the homeland of the greatest fairytale spinner of them all, Hans Christian Andersen. In this film, Graham-Dixon traces Denmark’s failed imperial experiment, beginning...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016

Soup Cans and Superstars: How Pop Art Changed the World 50 min.

Alastair Sooke champions Pop Art as one of the most important art forms of the 20th century, peeling back Pop’s frothy, ironic surface to reveal an art style full of subversive wit and radical ideas. He brings a fresh eye to the work of Pop Art superstars Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, and tracks down Pop’s pioneers, from American artists like James Rosenquist, Claes Oldenburg and Ed Ruscha to...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2015

The Helping Hands Of Contemporary Art 53 min.

Leading contemporary artists delegate whole sections of the production of their works. Increasingly today, contemporary art is the result of a collective effort. Engineers, designers, architects, artisans, workers, glass-makers, smelters, blacksmiths, coppersmiths, jewelry-makers, “highbrows” and “helping hands”, whether they possess high-tech or ancestral know-how –they all work in the shadows to...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2015