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Season 32

19 Jan. 2018
Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart
The life and work of playwright and activist Lorraine Hansberry, and her role in the civil rights movement.
18 May 2018
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
Produced by Reframed Pictures, the documentary of the same name has been added to the American Masters series. Hear and see the amazing story behind this incredible woman.
23 Jul. 2018
Ted Williams: "The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived"
Ted Williams, the iconic Hall of Fame hitter, fighter pilot and fisherman, will have his life profiled in the renowned American Masters Documentary series on PBS in a documentary that will premiere in the summer of 2018.
31 Aug. 2018
Eva Hesse
As the wild ride of the 1960s came to a close, Eva Hesse, a 34 year-old German-born American artist was cresting the wave of a swiftly rising career. One of the few women recognized as central to the New York art scene, she had over 20 group shows scheduled for 1970 in addition to being chosen for a cover article in ArtForum Magazine. Her inventive sculptures were finally receiving both the critical and commercial attention they deserved. When she died May 1970 from a brain tumor, the life of one of that decades' most passionate and brilliant artists was tragically ...
7 Sep. 2018
Wyeth tells the story of one of America's most popular, but least understood, artists - Andrew Wyeth. Son of the famous illustrator N.C. Wyeth, Andrew had his first exhibition at age 20, and his painting "Christina's World" was acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in 1948. While Wyeth's exhibitions routinely broke attendance records, art world critics continually assaulted his work. Detailing the stunning drawings and powerful portraits he created in Chadds Ford, Pa., and on the coast of Cushing, Maine, Wyeth explores his inspirations, including neighbor Christina ...
14 Sep. 2018
Basquiat: Rage to Riches
One of the most influential American artists of the 20th century, Jean-Michel Basquiat was a rock star of the early '80s New York art scene. He lived fast, died young and created thousands of drawings and paintings. It took less than a decade for Basquiat, an accountant's son from Brooklyn, to go from anonymous graffiti writer known as SAMO© to an epoch-defining art star. Today, Basquiat is in the top tier of the international art market along with Picasso, de Kooning, and Francis Bacon. 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of Basquiat's untimely death from a heroin ...

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