Art & Architecture

How to Bend Concrete in 108 Easy Steps 27 min.

Engineering meets art as we follow a designer in his efforts to bend industrial material into beautiful furniture. Underneath the documenting of the physical process of manifesting the sculpture, we also watch the ethos and mental process of ideation, discovery, and presentation, capturing what all content creators struggle with on every project.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2020

Decoding the Great Pyramid 53 min.

New archaeological evidence provides clues about the Egyptians who built the Great Pyramid of Giza--and how they did it. Join researchers as they delve into the logbook of a work crew and discover how the massive project transformed Egypt.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2019

Gauguin: A Dangerous Life 60 min.

Paul Gauguin is one of the world’s most popular – and controversial – artists. Instantly recognizable, his paintings are in galleries across the globe and have been adored for their colorful beauty, the most famous celebrating serenely exotic women and landscapes of the Pacific Islands at a time when few could travel there. But he also led a life that was shocking, then and now. In recent years, G...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2019

Return of the Artisans 57 min.

Lidia Bastianich travels the country to meet with American makers who are mastering the art of meat curing, coopering, coppersmithing, jam-making, cider-making, and more—and finds out what inspires and fuels them. She sees how artisanal crafts and small businesses are a fulfilling way to earn a livelihood, and how many craftspeople are bringing their skills back to their own communities.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2019

Quilts 55 min.

Quilts hold history, share culture, and tell stories that would otherwise not be told. The Quilts episode features contemporary masters of this powerful art form, Susan Hudson, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Michael A. Cummings, Judith Content, as well as the International Quilt Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska and special guest Ken Burns.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2019

Rothko: Pictures Must Be Miraculous 54 min.

Celebrated painter Mark Rothko is considered one of the most renowned figures of the Abstract Expressionist movement. He transformed the world of art beginning in the 1940s. Rothko: Pictures Must Be Miraculous explores the artist’s tumultuous journey and includes interviews with Rothko’s daughter Kate and son Christopher, Academy Award-nominated writer John Logan, and scenes from the Tony Award-wi...

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2019

Leonardo da Vinci - An Uncomfortable Genius 49 min.

This program is a biography and examination of Leonardo da Vinci 's work. It explores the major paintings and drawings and uncovers some of the ways in which Leonardo does not easily fit into any category or creed either in his own times or now.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2019

Decoding da Vinci 54 min.

Journey to Florence to discover how Leonardo da Vinci used science, from human dissections to innovative painting techniques, to create his legendary artwork. Learn why Mona Lisa's smile is so captivating—and what it took to create it.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2019

State of the Art 56 min.

An exhilarating journey of artistic discovery … 100,000 miles, 1,000 destinations in the search for 100 under-recognized American artists for one unforgettable exhibition. The curatorial team of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas crisscrossed the nation to find extraordinary contemporary art happening in unexpected places: the woods of North Carolina, the deserts of Ne...

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2019

Bunkar: The Last of the Varanasi Weavers 68 min.

Bunkar is a documentary telling the story of the community of the handloom weavers of Varanasi, India. It uses animation to delve into its pre-Vedic origins and journeys with the story of the growth and subsequent decline of this art over the years. Bunkar is an attempt to awaken society to the reality of the life of a weaver and the price he pays so that this Indian legacy lives for one more day.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2018