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Program for Art on Film records, 1951-1999, undated (bulk 1984-1997)

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Program for Art on Film records

Scope and Content of Collection

Records consist of correspondence, letters, press releases, clippings, articles, memos, notes, reports, photographs, films, magazines, journals, CD-ROMs, audio cassettes, slides, financial documents, legal documents, curriculum vitae, catalogs, brochures, inventories, books, posters, minutes, surveys, and transcripts created and collected by the Program for Art on Film, 1951-1999 and undated. Included in the collection are records created by the Program for Art on Film (publications and films), and a large collection of records collected by the Program.

The records created by the Program describe the development, production, promotion and distribution of Art on Film projects. The Program for Art on Film produced a number of reference works that are included or mentioned in the records, such as the Art on Film Database, begun in 1984; Art on Screen: A Directory of Films and Videos about the Visual Arts (G.K. Hall & Co., 1992); Art Museums and Media (1994); and The Art on Screen Handbook: Practical Guidelines for Using and Producing Films, Videos and Interactive Programs about Art (1994). The Program's Production Laboratory produced 14 films for its Art on Film/Film on Art series, many of which received awards and all of which are described and included in the records. Among the filmmakers, artists and art historians who collaborated on some of these films are Philip Haas, David Hockney and Ernst Gombrich. The records also describe the day-to-day administrative management of the Program through strategic planning reports and advisory and managing committee meeting minutes, information on the Program's joint ventures with the J. Paul Getty Trust, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Columbia University and Pratt Institute. The Program's work on symposia, conferences, and educational outreach activities is documented in the records describing Art on Screen and Architecture on Screen, Art on Film, and screenings of its films. The activities of the Production Laboratory are also documented in the records, and can be found throughout all the subseries.

The records also include materials collected by the Program, such as informational materials (in the form of press releases, brochures and catalogs) on national and international companies and organizations that produce and distribute films on art; individual films (both feature and documentary) that take as subject artists or art; and conferences that screen films on art. The "people files" document filmmakers, art historians, and other individuals with interest in film and/or the arts; some of the individuals represented in the records served as evaluators for the Program's publications (including its films). The Program collected a variety of material on national and international film festivals that screen films about art; these are represented in the records primarily by brochures and catalogs. The "subject files" represent material used for research. These records primarily describe artists, films, organizations, art historical time periods and movements. Lastly, the Program collected posters for films (both art and non-art related); these are included in the records.


These records are organized in two series:

Series I. Program for Art on Film and Production Laboratory records, 1971-1999;

Series II. Records collected by the Program for Art on Film, 1951-1998.

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