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Titles available on DVD, VHS and streaming video as of June 2011

Arts Management Filmography

Titles available on DVD and streaming video as of June 2011. 

Most streaming videos listed are available exclusively to AU students, staff and faculty after an online authentications by AUID#.

This is a selective list of video holdings in the American University Library. Filmographies are created by doing multiple keyword searches in the ALADIN catalog to capture as many titles on a topic as possible. For complete up-to-date holdings please refer to the library ALADIN catalog (


The Art of the Steal. 2010. 1 videodisc (101 min.). "Founded in 1922 by wealthy American drug developer and art collector Albert C. Barnes, the Barnes Foundation became the finest collection of paintings by Renoir, Cezanne, Matisse, Van Gogh and other masters. Housed in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania, the Barnes Foundation was envisioned by Barnes as an art school, not a public museum, but ever since Barnes death in 1951, the fight over its future has been underway. On one side are the artists, historians and lawyers defending Barnes wish that the entire collection (valued at over $25 billion) never be moved, loaned or sold; and on the other side, the politicians, huge charitable trusts, tourism boards and rich socialites pushing to relocate it to downtown Philadelphia." --taken from container. DVD 7698


Artwatch. 2005. 1 videodisc (59 min.). "The museum-going public has taken it on faith that museums are preserving our art heritage. However, James Beck, professor at Columbia University, called that assumption into question with the publication of his book, 'Art Restoration.' He asserted that many of our treasures are being 'restored' by art institutions to coincide with popular taste, cleaned up to a point where the original spirit of the art work is lost forever. A cadre of world renowned art critics and painters appear in the film and echo Beck's concerns." -- from container. Documentary film that looks at the controversy surrounding the restoration of art works: is the convservation being undertaken in museums preserving artistic masterpieces, or permanently damaging them? The story focuses on art history professor James Beck, whose criticism of the methods used to restore Jacopo della Quercia's Ilaria del Carretto in Lucca and Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling in Rome resulted in his being sued for libel. The concerns of Professor Beck and others led to the formation of the organization ArtWatch. Restoration of art works owned by the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the National Gallery in London are also presented. DVD 1607


Birth of an Icon Frank Gehry's Disney Hall. 2003. (11 minutes). The symphony of construction at Disney Hall is finally completed. The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra's long-awaited new home-a sculptural arrangement of billowing stainless steel-clad shapes-is the topic of this NewsHour program. Frank Gehry comments on how he designed the concert hall using 3-D computer modeling, while the Philharmonic's executive director and two musicians extol the virtues of master acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota's efforts. Sounding a dissonant note is urban planning critic Sam Hall Kaplan, who calls L.A.'s new signature civic icon an elitist misuse of money better spent on numerous smaller renewal projects. Streaming video.


Building Boards That Work a Video Workshop. 1996. 1 videocassette (68 min.). Identifies major responsibilities of boards and their individual members and explores strategies for strengthening composition and structure of boards. VHS 6478


Displaying Modern Art the Tate Approach. 2003. (32 minutes). How did modernist ideas reshape the presentation of art in museums and galleries? And how did that approach evolve in the postmodern era? This program examines intellectual and aesthetic issues associated with the display of art, using rooms in the Tate Modern as case studies. Overviewing the exhibition style Alfred Barr established during his transformation of MOMA in the 1930s, the video shows how Tate curators developed a new method utilizing theme-based museum sections. Students are guided through numerous Tate holdings-notably the juxtaposition of Monet's Water Lilies with Richard Long's work-as well as pieces by Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Denis Oppenheim, and others. Original Open University broadcast title: Displaying Modern Art. Streaming video.


Downside up How Art Can Change the Spirit of a Place. 2002. 1 videocassette (57 min.). Shows the beginnings of the United States' largest museum of contemporary art, MASS MoCA, and how it has affected its host city, North Adams, Massachusetts. VHS 7638


Excellence in the Public Sector. 1989. 1 videocassette (ca. 53 min.). Tom Peters shows examples of success in government and non-profit organizations. VHS 618


Fearless Fund-Raising Helping the Board Rise to the Challenge. 2000. 1 videocassette (46 min.). Explains the non-profit board's role in the fund-raising process. VHS 6665


The Grantwriter's Start-up Kit a Beginner's Guide to Grant Proposals. 2000. 1 videocassette (ca. 30 min.). Designed for the fundraiser looking for practical skills and guidance, this video and workbook help start the process of writing a successful grant proposal to a foundation or other donor. VHS 7719


John Carver on Board Governance a Video Presentation. 1993. 1 videocassette (120 mins.). John Carver presents a new model of board governance that energizes board members to build a strong, vibrant organization that achieves its goals. VHS 7940


Meeting the Challenge an Orientation to Nonprofit Board Service. 2006. 1 videodisc (34 min.). Highlights four basic principles of nonprofit board responsibility: mission, resources, outreach, and oversight. DVD 6964


A Place to Be the Construction of the East Building of the National Gallery of Art 1968-1978. 2004. 1 videodisc (57 min.). "A Place to Be documents the design and construction of the East Wing of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and the realization of the monumental art commissioned to occupy the building's public spaces." --taken from film's website. DVD 3507


Robbing the Cradle of Civilization the Looting of Iraq's Ancient Treasures. 2004. 1 videocassette (ca. 42 min.). "It has been said that the first casualty of war is truth; the second casualty of war is history. The war in the 90's and the Second Gulf war were an occasion for 7000-year-old treasures to be pillaged from sites such as Babylon, and most recently, the Baghdad Museum. Organized gangs of criminals have systematically looted the treasures, finding escape routes across borders and managing their transport into the hands of wealthy collectors and museums in New York, Canada, Switzerland and Norway, and wherever else the money is to be made. This documentary takes us into the Baghdad Museum to see the shards and broken glass which remained from seven days of pillage." -- Container. VHS 7718


Speaking of Money a Guide to Fundraising for Nonprofit Board Members. 2006. 1 videodisc (30 min.). Eight board members representing a diverse group of nonprofits discuss how they raise money for the organizations they serve by making contacts, cultivating prospects, and asking for gifts. DVD 6963


Stolen. 2006. 1 videodisc (85 min.). In 1990 thieves disguised as policemen gained access into Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner museum and executed the largest art heist in modern history. Among the important works stolen was Vermeer's painting, "The Concert." To date, none of the works have been recovered. Features Blythe Danner as the voice of Isabella Stewart Gardner and Campbell Scott as the voice of Bernard Berenson. DVD 3807