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Augusta Savage was the first person in the U.S. to open a gallery dedicated to African American art. A Harlem Renaissance sculptor and art educator, she was also one of the first Black women art activists of her time and fought for the inclusion of Black artists in the mainstream canon. Art historian Jeffreen M. Hayes, Ph.D. explores Savage's legacy, and why her artwork has been largely erased.

Episodes

  • HOPPER: An American love story: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    HOPPER: An American love story

    S38 E1 - 53m 3s

    Discover the secrets behind Edward Hopper’s most iconic and enigmatic works. Known for “Nighthawks” and other evocative paintings of American life, Hopper has left a lasting impression on our culture. Meet the man behind the brush, and see how his marriage to fellow artist Josephine Nivison Hopper shaped his art and career.

Extras + Features

  • Moynihan

    S38 E2 - 2m 50s

    Discover the life and legacy of former U.S. Senator and diplomat Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Going beyond the “Moynihan Report,” President Joe Biden, Ta-Nehisi Coates and others reflect on his decades-long fight to end national poverty.

  • A closer look at Edward Hopper's "Automat" and "Chop Suey": asset-mezzanine-16x9

    A closer look at Edward Hopper's "Automat" and "Chop Suey"

    S38 E1 - 2m

    Edward Hopper displayed a preference for quieter social commentary with his art. In "Automat," he paints a woman alone in an empty automat, conveying a sense of loneliness and isolation. In "Chop Suey," two women are depicted at lunch without male chaperones, reflecting the newfound independence many women were experiencing at the time.

  • HOPPER: An American love story (EAD + ASL + OC Trailer): asset-mezzanine-16x9

    HOPPER: An American love story (EAD + ASL + OC Trailer)

    S38 E1 - 2m 10s

    Discover the secrets behind Edward Hopper’s most iconic and enigmatic works. Known for “Nighthawks” and other evocative paintings of American life, Hopper has left a lasting impression on our culture. Meet the man behind the brush, and see how his marriage to fellow artist Josephine Nivison Hopper shaped his art and career. This version contains extended audio description and ASL interpretation.

  • Edward Hopper's simple lifestyle with wife Jo: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Edward Hopper's simple lifestyle with wife Jo

    S38 E1 - 1m 56s

    Edward and Jo Hopper lived an extremely frugal life, with just a hot plate to cook on and their living room used as an art studio. Hopper had a reputation for being gruff and unfriendly, while Jo loved to have drinks and chats with friends.

  • Rare interview footage of Edward Hopper on his process: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Rare interview footage of Edward Hopper on his process

    S38 E1 - 29m 8s

    In this rare archival footage from 1964, Edward Hopper joins host and art critic Brian O'Doherty at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston for a conversation about Hopper's process and inspirations, and his belief that "the important element in the picture cannot be defined."

  • HOPPER: An American love story: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    HOPPER: An American love story

    S38 E1 - 1m 2s

    Discover the secrets behind Edward Hopper’s most iconic and enigmatic works. Known for “Nighthawks” and other evocative paintings of American life, Hopper has left a lasting impression on our culture. Meet the man behind the brush, and see how his marriage to fellow artist Josephine Nivison Hopper shaped his art and career.

  • Edward Hopper's work showed a narrow view of New York: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Edward Hopper's work showed a narrow view of New York

    S38 E1 - 2m 40s

    Edward Hopper painted what he wanted to paint, showing no interest in the growing diversity of America or the social movements happening in New York City.

    "It's just almost comical for me to imagine Hopper, still in his button-down at his easel, when you have this great Bohemian culture happening right outside the window," says curator Kim Conaty. "And it's not really reflected in the work."

  • Edward Hopper's childhood in Nyack, New York: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Edward Hopper's childhood in Nyack, New York

    S38 E1 - 2m 4s

    Edward Hopper was raised in Nyack, New York, where his creativity was fostered by his supportive parents and his childhood home influenced his interpretation of light and space in his paintings.

  • Edward Hopper's career soared as wife Jo Nivison's faltered: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Edward Hopper's career soared as wife Jo Nivison's faltered

    S38 E1 - 2m 32s

    When Edward Hopper first met fellow painter and future spouse Josephine Nivison in 1923, he had not sold a painting in 10 years. Jo, on the other hand, was at her most productive, both showing and selling her artwork. When Jo recommended Hopper's paintings to gallerists, his career began to soar while hers faltered.

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    Buddy Guy: The Blues Chase the Blues Away

    Sunday
    Feb 25

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    The career of blues guitarist Buddy Guy, a pioneer of Chicago's West Side sound, and his influence on rock musicians including Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton.
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    Buddy Guy: The Blues Chase the Blues Away

    Monday
    Feb 26

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    The career of blues guitarist Buddy Guy, a pioneer of Chicago's West Side sound, and his influence on rock musicians including Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton.
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    Buddy Guy: The Blues Chase the Blues Away

    Monday
    Feb 26

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    The career of blues guitarist Buddy Guy, a pioneer of Chicago's West Side sound, and his influence on rock musicians including Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton.
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    Marian Anderson: The Whole World in Her Hands

    Friday
    Mar 1

    2 Hours

    Exploring the life and legacy of singer Marian Anderson and her work as an advocate for the civil rights advocate.
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    Marian Anderson: The Whole World in Her Hands

    Saturday
    Mar 2

    2 Hours

    Exploring the life and legacy of singer Marian Anderson and her work as an advocate for the civil rights advocate.
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    Marian Anderson: The Whole World in Her Hands

    Saturday
    Mar 2

    2 Hours

    Exploring the life and legacy of singer Marian Anderson and her work as an advocate for the civil rights advocate.
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    Marian Anderson: The Whole World in Her Hands

    Sunday
    Mar 3

    2 Hours

    Exploring the life and legacy of singer Marian Anderson and her work as an advocate for the civil rights advocate.
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    Marian Anderson: The Whole World in Her Hands

    Sunday
    Mar 3

    2 Hours

    Exploring the life and legacy of singer Marian Anderson and her work as an advocate for the civil rights advocate.
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    Marian Anderson: The Whole World in Her Hands

    Sunday
    Mar 3

    2 Hours

    Exploring the life and legacy of singer Marian Anderson and her work as an advocate for the civil rights advocate.
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    Marian Anderson: The Whole World in Her Hands

    Sunday
    Mar 3

    2 Hours

    Exploring the life and legacy of singer Marian Anderson and her work as an advocate for the civil rights advocate.
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    Marian Anderson: The Whole World in Her Hands

    Monday
    Mar 4

    2 Hours

    Exploring the life and legacy of singer Marian Anderson and her work as an advocate for the civil rights advocate.
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    Becoming Helen Keller

    Wednesday
    Mar 6

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    The life and legacy of Helen Keller, including how she used her celebrity to advocate for human rights and social justice for women, the poor and people with disabilities.
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    Becoming Helen Keller

    Thursday
    Mar 7

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    The life and legacy of Helen Keller, including how she used her celebrity to advocate for human rights and social justice for women, the poor and people with disabilities.
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    Becoming Helen Keller

    Thursday
    Mar 7

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    The life and legacy of Helen Keller, including how she used her celebrity to advocate for human rights and social justice for women, the poor and people with disabilities.
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    Marian Anderson: The Whole World in Her Hands

    Friday
    Mar 8

    2 Hours

    Exploring the life and legacy of singer Marian Anderson and her work as an advocate for the civil rights advocate.
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    Becoming Helen Keller

    Saturday
    Mar 9

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    The life and legacy of Helen Keller, including how she used her celebrity to advocate for human rights and social justice for women, the poor and people with disabilities.
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    Becoming Helen Keller

    Saturday
    Mar 9

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    The life and legacy of Helen Keller, including how she used her celebrity to advocate for human rights and social justice for women, the poor and people with disabilities.
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    How It Feels to Be Free

    Saturday
    Mar 9

    2 Hours

    Black female entertainers Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln, Nina Simone, Diahann Carroll, Cicely Tyson and Pam Grier change American culture through films, fashion, music and politics.
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    How It Feels to Be Free

    Sunday
    Mar 10

    2 Hours

    Black female entertainers Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln, Nina Simone, Diahann Carroll, Cicely Tyson and Pam Grier change American culture through films, fashion, music and politics.
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    Mae West: Dirty Blonde

    Monday
    Mar 11

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    The life and career of performer Mae West, whose work spanned eight decades and included acting, vaudeville, dance and playwriting.

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