American Masters

How Rita Moreno auditioned and rehearsed for West Side Story

On December 12, 2006, Rita Moreno reflected on how Jerome Robbins’ toughness as a director and choreographer shaped the 1961 production of "West Side Story" and helped her sharpen her skillset. Interview conducted by director Judy Kinberg for "Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About" (2009).

How Rita Moreno auditioned and rehearsed for West Side Story

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    Searching for Augusta Savage

    21m 48s

    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.

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    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.

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    HOPPER: An American love story (Extended Audio Description)

    1h 7m

    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 includes extended audio description and open captions.

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