Segments in this Video

Retrieving the Past (02:21)


Shimon Attie projects Jewish street life on buildings in Berlin. His work attempts to communicate the refugee experience.

Imagining History (02:03)

Mary Nooter Roberts describes the lukasa memory board. See how the history-recording device works.

Reflection of History (02:04)

Lowery Stokes Sims examines the technique of narrative in art through Jacob Lawrence's work; stories maintain the past.

Collective Memories (01:31)

Ferdowsi wrote "Shahnameh" around the year 1000; illustrations of the poem began 300 years later. Oleg Grabar discusses the representation of mythical and reality-based Islamic history.

Personal Histories (02:04)

Barbara Thompson describes the transformation of Native American art after Westerners introduced paper. Native prisoners used art for income.

Picturing History (06:42)

Mexican peoples maintained history through visual images. David Bernstein examines the strip narrative technique of the Bayeux Tapestry.

Picturing History: Historical Monuments (01:50)

Jonathan Brown describes the political context of the "The Surrender of Breda." Experts discuss the transformative nature of historical monuments.

Appropriating History (02:53)

Thomas Crow defines neoclassicism of the 18th century. He examines the historical story-telling of Jacques-Louis David's work.

Exploring Memory (02:48)

In 1966, a coal-mining avalanche buried an elementary school in Aberfan. Attie describes "Attraction of Onlookers."

Credits: History and Memory—Art Through Time: A Global View (00:29)

Credits: History and Memory—Art Through Time: A Global View

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History and Memory—Art Through Time: A Global View

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Art has been a medium through which people have not only documented, but also shaped history—both past and future. Periodically, individuals, groups, and societies have also drawn on or appropriated artistic forms of the past to make statements in and about the present. Art can commemorate existence, achievements, and failures, and it can be used to record and create communal as well as personal memories.

Length: 27 minutes

Item#: BVL113261

Copyright date: ©2009

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