Streamlines and Breadlines

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Streamlines and Breadlines

  • 1996 ----- color ----- 54 min ----- vhs
  • (American Visions series, Part 6) (Written and presented by Robert Hughes, art critic for Time Magazine) The mythic images of the 1920' and 30's are as urban as the skyscrapers rising up in New York and as rural as the heartland idealized by Regionalists like Thomas Hart Benton, Isamu Noguchi, Lewis Hine and the artists of the WPA celebrate the worker as hero, Jacob Lawrence tells stores of black America, and ambitious New Deal projects like Hoover Dam project self-confidence in hard times. Which is the real modern America--the isolation painted by Edward Hooper, or the jazzy vitality captured by Stuart Davis? (Closed-Captioned).
  • Topics: (Architecture, Art, Art: History, History: American)