- Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
- Language: English
- Rated: Not RatedNR
- Number of tapes: 6
- Studio: Wgbh / Pbs
- VHS Release Date: September 25, 2001
- Run Time: 360 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00005O5N5
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,144 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
Sister Wendy's American Collection, Box Set [VHS]
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Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas Share the museums carefully selected art collection, including Cézannes painting Man in a Blue Smock, the lacquered beauty of a Japanese wine flask, and Caravaggios The Cardsharps.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art Enjoy the museums wonderfully diverse works, including David Hockneys painting Mulholland Drive, a colorfully woven Chinese emperors robe, and examples of pre-Columbian sculpture.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Tour New Yorks legendary museum and its vast art collection, including Velázquezs stunning painting Juan de Pareja and a calligraphic page from the Koran. And join Sister Wendy to experience the heavenly beauty of The Cloisters.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Marvel at such masterpieces as Gauguins Polynesian painting Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?, the intricate Wedgwood inlays of an antique piano, and Paul Reveres silver Sons of Liberty Bowl.
Top Customer Reviews
In an interview with Bill Moyers (also available on video) that followed the American Collection, Oxford-educated Sister Wendy emphasized that her mission is to help people embrace art by making it accessible. (Even Moyers admitted to being intimidated by the thought that he might not evaluate a work of art correctly,i.e., according to how art critics see it.)
Sister Wendy mentions in the Moyers interview that she possesses an immense library of scholarly works on art. She feels her in-depth study of these books justifies her definite opinions about art.
Whether you agree or disagree with Sister Wendy's assessment of what a work of art is expressing, you won't be able to deny that her passion is inspiring.
Sister Wendy's credibility was, for me, increased when Moyers asked her what she thought of Andres Serrano's "Piss-Christ," a work in which a replica of Christ was immersed in a container of urine. She didn't dismiss the work as something created merely to shock, rather she thought the artist meant to represent the irreverence with which most people treat Christ and his teachings. She qualified her judgment by stating that she considered it a rather mediocre work because it didn't challenge the viewer: people had an immediate and visceral reaction that didn't require consideration or time to form.
Finally, in a society that seemingly hasn't moved beyond an adolescent attitude toward sex, Sister Wendy's perspective that human sexuality is a gift from God and an aspect of ourselves to be celebrated is refreshing.
In this charming series, Sister Wendy visits six of the United States' most renowned art museums and shares with her viewers some of their masterpieces. Her opinions, sometimes whimsical, sometimes wistful and sometimes reverent, are delivered with great passion and enthusiasm. This open love of her subject matter is infectious and draws the viewer to her and to the art works she so clearly loves. This is what makes her so effective as a guide and teacher.
Sister Wendy also makes a wonderfully evocative use of language, at one point, during a discussion of Grant Wood's "American Gothic" she describes the woman's hair as having been "...scraped back in a bun." This captured the woman's hairstyle with such economy and vividness that I, in my mind's eye, could see her combing her hair into a repressed little bun. Except for that one tendril, which Sister Wendy also points out to her viewers.
Like all those who view a work of art, Sister Wendy brings her own, unique perspective to each work she has chosen to discuss. Nowhere is this more powerfully shown than in her discussion of the Kinbell's "An Exiled Emperor on Okinoshima.Read more ›
As an art aficionado who has spent time in most of these museums, she really posits true and genuine opinions and interpretations based on her own thoughts, without imposing her own private religiousity on you!
Bravo, sister Wendy!
[...]! It is a great box set! And no, she is NOT boring as other reviewers who just don't appreciate fine art have reviewed her with one star!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am delighted with Sister Wendy's American Collection Box Set. I will treasure it!!!
I was hoping the book would still be with the box set, but it wasn't. Read more
I love Sister Wendy. She has the gift of bringing art to life. Her knowledge is so extensive. All of Sister Wendy's collections are excellent. Read morePublished on June 20, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I didn't see these programs when they were originally on PBS TV, but this collection visits six American art museums and she chose very interesting works of art in each museum. Read morePublished on July 9, 2013 by Bonita Bryant
Sister Wendy brings such fresh insight to art and a passion and joy that is completely infectious. It's like touring the world's greatest museums with a close friend.Published on May 3, 2013 by Michael Gruber
Sister Wendy visits 6 museums in the US and criticizes about 10 works of art in each. Rather than focusing on the most famous pieces, she chooses works that speak to her. Read morePublished on April 29, 2012 by MonsoonKing
Sister Wendy's American collection box set is an interesting survey of art collected in six American museums. Read morePublished on May 1, 2006 by 77 Sunset Strip
If you love Sister Wendy then there is no need for a review on this collection. She has a wonderful persona and opens up a knew understanding of art for those who know little about... Read morePublished on October 6, 2005 by A. Kennedy