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Visual Arts Curated Video/DVD Collection


Program for Art on Film Resources

Art on Screen Database
The Art on Screen Database is an international index to moving-image productions on the visual arts, compiled by the Program for Art on Film from 1984 through 1998. Taking a broadly encompassing perspective, the Database covers painting, sculpture, drawing, architecture, archaeology, photography, decorative arts, design, costume, crafts, folk arts, and related topics such as aesthetics and creativity. Each citation includes a synopsis of content, as well as credits, country, language, production date, format, and other filmographic data, including distribution sources. There is a related database of names and addresses of some 8,000 distributors and producers of moving-image productions. Although the database has not been updated since 1998, it is still an invaluable source of detailed information about visual arts productions.


Architecture on Screen
Edited by Nadine Covert, Vivian Wick and Elizabeth Scheines. New York: G.K. Hall & Co., 1994, 238 pages.
ISBN 0-8161-0593-6 (hard cover); ISBN 0-8161-0625-8 (paper).
$75 hard cover; $45 paper


Available from:
Gale Group, P.O. Box 9187, Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
Tel 800-223-1244 x247; Fax 800-558-4676.

Annotated list of more than 900 films and videos produced between 1927 and 1993 covering architecture, landscape architecture, historic preservation, and city and regional planning. Includes essays by experts in the field, subject indexes, name index, series index, and source index. Illustrated with approximately 50 black-and-white photographs.

Art on Screen: A Directory of Films and Videos
about the Visual Arts

Edited by Nadine Covert, Elizabeth Scheines and Vivian Wick. Boston: G.K. Hall & Co., 1992, 310 pages.
ISBN 0-8161-72943 (hard cover); ISBN 0-8161-058-3 (paper).
$75 hard cover; $45 paper


Available from:
Gale Group, P.O. Box 9187, Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
Tel 800-223-1244 x247; Fax 800-558-4676.

Annotated list of more than 900 films and videos produced between 1976 and 1990 covering the fine arts, archaeology, photography, the decorative arts, and other art-related topics. Includes essays by experts in the field, subject indexes, name index, series index, and source index. Illustrated with approximately 40 black-and-white photographs.

The Art on Screen Handbook: Practical Guidelines for Using and Producing Films, Videos, and Interactive Programs about Art
New York: Program for Art on Film, 1994, 40 pages.
$15 paper


Available from:
Getty Publications, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049-1682.
Tel 310-440-7365; Fax 310-440-7706.

Designed for museum professionals, educators, and media producers, these guidelines for evaluating, commissioning, and programming film/video and interactive multimedia productions are presented in the form of detailed, thought-provoking questions that take users step-by-step through the process of working with media. Librarians will also find the evaluation guidelines particularly useful. Includes selected bibliography.


Distributors of Visual Arts Videos
Many distributors handle a few visual arts titles.
Here are some whose catalogues specialize in productions on the arts.

Art New York
A video series that brings art, artists, and exhibitions to a broad public interested in the latest developments on the New York art scene. Over the last 20 years, ART/new york has covered major exhibitions and artists who have defined and shaped contemporary art. Each program features visits to galleries, museums, and artists' studios, and includes interviews with artists as well as the views of critics, curators, and dealers.
Michael Blackwood Productions
A collection of documentaries, most produced and/or directed by Michael Blackwood, on the major artists and architects of the twentieth century.
Checkerboard Foundation
The foundation's mission is to document individuals who have made important contributions to American arts. Their catalogue lists about twenty titles, most about 30 minutes in length, with an emphasis on painters and photographers.
Electronic Arts Intermix
EAI is a leading distributor of artists' videotapes, offering over 2,500 titles by 175 artists for sale and rental. EAI's international collection of artists' tapes is one of the largest and most comprehensive of its kind, ranging from historical works of the 1960s to new works by emerging media artists of the 1990s.
Facets Video
An extensive (over 40,000 titles!) and eclectic catalogue of videos, including many titles on art and architecture. (Facets is a sub-distributor for Home Vision).
Films for the Humanities & Science
An extensive catalogue of productions geared to the institutional academic market, which offers several hundred titles on architecture, art history, arts education, and photography, including many European productions. Most of the catalogue entries do not list credits, country of origin, producing agency, or date of production.
Image Entertainment
Founded in 1981, the company has over 2500 exclusive DVD titles and approximately 200 exclusive audio titles in release. Image houses a complete full service graphic arts department that creates all of the packaging for the company’s products as well as all of the sales collateral; over 90% of the company's production work is completed internally with state-of-the-art equipment and a team of experienced technicians that carry out every step of the DVD creation process. The company continues to release an average of 30 new exclusive DVDs and four new exclusive audio titles per month across a wide range of programming.
Media for the Arts
Offers slides, videos, CD-ROMs, and other media on the visual arts. Video descriptions are very brief and do not include credits or production date. They sub-distribute many of the Home Vision titles.
PBS Video
An outlet for many of the productions broadcast on public television, including some on the arts.
The Roland Collection
A collection of over 640 titles, mostly European productions, including many on art before Impressionism and on architecture. The online catalogue offers extensive descriptions of each film, along with production credits and a color image. There is detailed subject indexing, as well as video clips and even full films available for download. A handsomely produced print catalogue of the collection is also available. The company is headquartered in England but has a U.S. distribution office.
University of California Center for Media and Independent Learning (CMIL)
A collection of more than 500 titles intended primarily for educational use, available for sale or rental to libraries and educational institutionals. You can download a 16-page brochure of arts and humanities titles, with detailed, well-written annotations, credits, dates, and reviews. Includes many titles on architecture, design, and folk art.
Video Data Bank
Affiliated with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, this extensive collection is an important resource for videotapes by and about contemporary artists, featuring video work made by artists from an aesthetic, political, or personal point of view.

General Resources

Art Historians' Guide to the Movies
Compiled by an art historian from suggestions submitted by art historians, the Art Historians' Guide to the Movies is a record of appearances of and references to famous works of art and architecture in the movies. Intended as a source for teachers of art history who want to show clips or entire films as part of their presentation of the traditional arts of painting, sculpture, and architecture, the site is also useful as a source of programming ideas for librarians. Citations are arranged in (very) approximate chronological order of the artworks, not the movies. Editor's caveat: "Anyone intrigued by the way that the film medium can increase our understanding of a work of art but for whom more art-historically accurate and informative material is desired should be directed not to the movies listed here but to documentaries (of which there are many excellent examples)."
The official exhibition calendar of the world's leading art museums, sponsored by the Association of Art Museum Directors. You can search by artist's name, exhibition title, city, keyword, museum name, or by region.
Institute of Museum & Library Services
The Institute of Museum & Library Services funds museum and library collaborative projects. The site lists publications, projects, and links to other library- and museum-related sites.
International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA), Montreal
Montreal hosts the only North American festival devoted to films on art. This annual event will celebrate its 20th anniversary in March, 2002. The 19th festival presented 180 films from some 25 countries, featuring productions on fine arts, performing arts, cinema, and literature. The festival publishes and sells a handsome annotated catalogue, with subject and distributor indexes, which is a useful resource for film programmers.
Internet Movie Database
The Internet Movie Database is a comprehensive listing of movies, with credits, cast lists, synopses, and reviews. User-supplied data is uneven but this is still a useful tool for identifying feature films and their sources.
Museums Magazine
Museums magazines cover museum exhibitions and activities in major metropolitan areas, with print editions for New York, Boston, Washington DC, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Their Web site is a useful guide to exhibitions nationwide.
UCBerkeley Media Resource Center
An essential resource for all media librarians, this extensive, well-researched site is a goldmine of pointers to Web sites, books, articles, and other resources on media.

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