Dorothea Lange: Grab A Hunk of Lightning


Her photograph Migrant Mother is one of the most recognized and arresting images in the world, a portrait that came to represent America's Great Depression. Yet few know the story, struggles and profound body of work of the woman who created the portrait: Dorothea Lange. Directed and narrated by Lange's granddaughter Dyanna Taylor.

Premiered August 29, 2014



THIRTEEN’s American Masters Presents Exclusive U.S. Broadcast Premiere of Itzhak Perlman Documentary October 14 on PBS Features new interviews with the world-renowned violinist, his family, friends and colleagues including Billy Joel, Alan Alda, pianist Martha Argerich and cellist Mischa Maisky From Schubert to Strauss, Bach to Brahms, Mozart to…Billy Joel, Itzhak Perlman’s violin playing transcends mere performance to evoke the celebrations and struggles of real life. Director Alison Chernick’s (The Jeff Koons Show, Matthew Barney: No Restraint) new documentary provides an intimate, cinéma vérité look at the remarkable life and career of this musician, widely considered the world’s greatest violinist. American Masters: Itzhak ...

Premieres October 14, 2018 at 10pm

Artists Flight: Eva Hesse


Premieres nationwide Friday, August 31 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) As the wild ride of the 1960’s came to a close, Eva Hesse, a 34 year-old German-born American artist was cresting the wave of a swiftly rising career. One of the few women recognized as central to the New York art scene, she had over 20 group shows scheduled for 1970 in addition to being chosen for a cover article in ArtForum Magazine. Her work was finally receiving both the critical and commercial attention it deserved. When she died in May, 1970 from a brain tumor, the life ...

Premieres August 31, 2018 at 9pm

Artists Flight: Everybody Knows…Elizabeth Murray


Premieres Friday, September 7 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) Available to stream September 8 on pbs.org/americanmasters and on PBS apps This intimate portrait of maverick painter and printmaker Elizabeth Murray explores the relationship between her family life and career, and reconsiders her place in contemporary art history. Excerpts from her journals voiced by Meryl Streep, verité footage and home videos show Murray’s internal struggles and incredible ambition. Exclusive interviews with art world luminaries describe the thriving New York art scene within which Murray challenged and captivated her viewers. In 2005, Murray was the fifth woman to be celebrated with a retrospective at ...

Premiered August 3, 2018

American Masters: Wyeth


Premieres Friday, September 7 at 10 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) Available to stream September 8 on pbs.org/americanmasters and on PBS apps Wyeth tells the story of one of America’s most popular, but least understood, artists – Andrew Wyeth. Son of the famous illustrator N.C. Wyeth, Andrew had his first exhibition at age 20, and his painting “Christina’s World” was acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in 1948. While Wyeth’s exhibitions routinely broke attendance records, art world critics continually assaulted his work. Detailing the stunning drawings and powerful portraits he created in Chadds Ford, Pa., and on the coast of Cushing, Maine, Wyeth explores his ...

Premieres September 7, 2018 at 10pm

American Masters — Basquiat: Rage to Riches


Premieres Friday, September 14 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) Available to stream September 15 on pbs.org/americanmasters and on PBS apps One of the most influential American artists of the 20th century, Jean-Michel Basquiat was a rock star of the early ’80s New York art scene. He lived fast, died young and created thousands of drawings and paintings. It took less than a decade for Basquiat, an accountant’s son from Brooklyn, to go from anonymous graffiti writer known as SAMO© to an epoch-defining art star. Today, Basquiat is in the top tier of the international art market along with Picasso, de ...

Premieres September 14, 2018 at 9pm

Ted Williams: “The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived”


American Masters: Ted Williams (w.t.) will also look at the impact the iconic hitter has had on the current generation of stars in Major League Baseball. Superstars like Kris Bryant, Daniel Murphy and Josh Donaldson have credited Williams’ methods to hitting as guides in their own approach today.

Premiered July 23, 2018
Video expires September 3, 2018

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story


Known as the world's most beautiful woman – Snow White and Cat Woman were both based on her iconic look – Hollywood star Hedy Lamarr's true legacy is that of a technological trailblazer. Discover how her inventions helped defeat the Nazis and pave the way for WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth.

Premiered May 18, 2018

Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart


Explore the inner life and works of the activist, playwright and author of A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry. Narrated by actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson and featuring the voice of Tony Award-winning actress Anika Noni Rose as Hansberry.

Premiered January 19, 2018