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Walls of Mexico: Art and Architecture
This beautifully filmed program looks at the wall paintings of some of the most famous Mexican muralists-Diego Rivera, Juan O'Gorman, Jose Clemente Orozco-and at the work of Luis Barragan, the greatest Mexican architect of the 20th century.
The most advanced of the pre-Hispanic peoples of Central America, the Mayans rose to great prominence, only to suddenly decline around the year AD 900. In this program, cultural historian Iain Grain delves into Mayan history, investigating topics such as the Mayans' mastery of mathematics, their extremely hierarchical society, their use of human sacrifice to induce rain, and Mayan art.
Art in Modern Latin America
At the beginning of the 20th century, several trends characterized Latin American art as it moved away from the visual and meticulous realism of the 19th century. Much of new art was highly self-conscious, with an emphasis on aesthetic value rather than subject matter.
The first real appreciation of American folk art began during the 1920s when artists, returning from World War I, began to search for what was American about American art. Since that time, collectors and scholars have attempted to identify and classify the naive art that at different times has been called by such diverse terms as amateur, artisan, pioneer, popular, primitive, and provincial.
Culture and History of the Americas
This is "an exhibition featuring fifty highlights from the rare books, maps, documents, paintings, prints, and artifacts that make up the Jay I. Kislak Collection at the Library of Congress.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Includes organizational information; events; job postings for "art librarians, visual resources professionals, and related positions"; online publications; a discussion list; and related Web sites.