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Richard Demarco discusses the importance of riding the art experience of snobbery and the importance of art as relevant to everyone. In addition, Richard speaks on the work of Jimmy Boyle, convicted criminal turned successful artist. Demarco prompts the question: "Is art the language that transcends philosophy?"
Discussing American photographer Diane Arbus (the first American photographer to have photographs displayed at the Venice Biennale) with Patricia Bosworth, author of Diane Arbus: A Biography, published in 1985.
Micheál Mac Liammóir, actor and playwright, discusses his upcoming performance based on the writings of Irish playwright and poet Oscar Wilde.
In Mary Lynn Kotz's book, "Rauschenberg, Art and Life," Kotz recounts the works and story of 20th century art pioneer Robert Rauschenberg. They survey his career beginning in Port Arthur, TX, discussing his Depression-era upbringing which caused him to reuse and salvage virtually any object and transform it into art, his studies in Paris, made possible by the G.I.
Architect John Vinci, art and architectural historian David Van Zanten, and curator Wim de Wit discuss Louis Sullivan and the Chicago Historical Society’s exhibition “Louis Sullivan: The Function of Ornament.” The group discusses Sullivan’s use of ornament to add an organic element to his architecture; as well as some of Sullivan’s most prominent work including the Chicago Stock Exchange Building, the Auditorium Building, and the Sullivan Center. This program includes a clip from 1956 of Frank Lloyd Wright discussing Sullivan and his impact on architectural design.
Eddie Balchowsky tells stories about being an Observation Scout during the Spanish Civil War and marching with a British battalion. He plays and sings several songs of the time.(unknown titles)
When looking at the set design, David Hockney, doesn’t want the viewer to see a tree but to see “tree-ness”. A true fan of music, but Hockney reveals that he is unable to paint if there’s music playing in the background. Hockney said it’s important to stay for more than opening night of “Turandot”. To see the opera on different nights, from different seats in the audience, allows him to make his current work and/or future work better. Program also includes an excerpt of an interview with British poet Stephen Spender 4:56 to 5:51.
According to David Hockney, all photographs have perspective in them. With pictures, there is no time and there are no close ups, said Hockney. As for a picture on the television, Hockney said a picture of grief stricken poverty can bring on an emotional toll but then because the next picture of image appears, we immediately forget about the poverty image.
Carol Wald's book, "Myth America: Picturing Women, 1865-1945", came about after she saw some pictures of women and how they were depicted. Wald asked herself if the images of the tacky, frail American women represented her. Various images like sheet music, postcards, and advertisement posters showed women as good girls, nice girls, pious and pure. Wald's point is women are not perfect angels nor are they angelic all the time.
Anna Deavere Smith discusses and demonstrates her unique character portrayals from her works "Fires in the Mirror" and "Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992."
Abena Joan Brown, President of ETA Creative Arts Foundation, a Chicago-based African American cultural performing arts institution discusses some upcoming shows and past activities. Artists, Paul Robeson, Mahalia Jackson, Billie Holiday, Sam Cooke and poet Angela Jackson are discussed.