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Sister Wendy's American Collection
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Episode #1: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Wednesday, September 5, 2001, from 8 to 9pm
Sister Wendy begins her tour of some of America's greatest museums with a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Here Sister Wendy introduces viewers to the beauty of Early American and British craftsmanship, explores Native American pottery and Asian art, and discusses the intensity of painters from Paul Gauguin to John Singer Sargent.
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Episode #2: Kimbell Museum of Art, Fort Worth, Texas
Wednesday, September 5, 2001, from 9 to 10pm
Sister Wendy visits Fort Worth's Kimbell Museum of Art, an American museum renowned not only for its artistic treasures, but also for the elegant building by Louis Kahn that houses them. Sharing her appreciation for the Kimbell's use of natural light and space, Sister Wendy admires a diverse collection that includes ancient Pakistani sculpture, Japanese screen art, Nigerian sculpture, and paintings by Caravaggio, Mondrian, and her personal favorite, Cézanne.
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Episode #3: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Wednesday, September 12, 2001, from 8 to 9pm
New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the world's largest museums, with more than two million square feet of exhibit space. The museum's famed galleries offer fertile ground for Sister Wendy, who shares with viewers some of her favorite pieces: Italian porcelain figurines of the Commedia dell'Arte; destroyed royal statuary of ancient Egypt; magnificent Islamic calligraphy; mysterious Polynesian ritual sculptures; and a painting by Vermeer considered a failure that she finds a work of beauty.
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Episode #4: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
Wednesday, September 12, 2001, from 9 to 10pm
At the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, viewers find Sister Wendy enjoying the high quality of the museum's wide-ranging collection. From its Japanese Pavilion and sculpture to 19th century works, or from the pre-Columbian collection to contemporary American works, Sister Wendy revels in the museum's many treasures.
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Episode #5: The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
Wednesday, September 19, 2001, from 8 to 9pm
Sister Wendy learns there's more to the Art Institute of Chicago than its world-renowned collection of French Impressionist paintings. She alerts viewers to the museum's treasures from elsewhere around the globe, from Latin American to West Africa, from Asia to the United States. In Sister Wendy's world, Korean pottery and a West African drum receive equal time with Grant Wood's American Gothic and the best in Abstract Expressionism.
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Episode #6: The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland
Wednesday, September 19, 2001, from 9 to 10pm
Sister Wendy's American Collection concludes with a visit to the Cleveland Museum of Art. From its noble Armor Court to its impressive Eastern collection, the museum offers a wide array of artistic delights. Highlights of Sister Wendy's Cleveland sojourn include a still life by Dutch painter Pieter Claesz, a contemporary painting by Susan Rothenberg, an illuminated manuscript made for Queen Isabella, American scenes by Church, Bierstadt, Eakins, and Bellows, and Rodin's vandalized Thinker.
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