Vermeer: Master of Light

Vermeer: Master of Light is a visual pilgrimage in search of what makes a Vermeer a Vermeer. It is a journey of discovery, guiding the viewer through an examination of three of Johannes Vermeer's paintings and exploring the "secrets" of his technique. Utilizing the potential of x-ray analysis and infrared reflectography as well as the power of computer technology, the program delves beneath the surface of the paintings to unveil fascinating insights into Vermeer's work. This film celebrates one of the most extraordinary painters in the history of art.


YBCA Now (34 videos)


A monthly Bay Area arts magazine featuring highlights, previews, and interviews with artists, curators, and artlovers on location in San Francisco. Hosted by YBCA staff and special guests, to share an inside look on what's happening now at YBCA and beyond.


Object Lab (14 videos)

Object Lab

Object Lab 1.1 was held at the Chipstone Foundation ( in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in June of 2009. Nine talented undergraduates were in attendance from a variety of schools and many different disciplines--art history, history, studio art, industrial design, geography, and architecture . The overall goal of this intensive material culture program was to explore innovative ways to think about and look at old things.

Whistler at The Frick Collection

Between 1914 and 1919, Henry Clay Frick acquired twenty works by James McNeill Whistler: five paintings, three pastels, and twelve prints, a remarkable ensemble that represents the breadth of Whistler’s artistic activity and testifies to Frick’s taste as a collector.

"Multiverse," Leo Villareal Installation

Multiverse (2008), a site-specific LED sculpture by Leo Villareal, is on view in the Concourse walkway connecting the East and West Buildings of the National Gallery of Art. The sculpture, which includes approximately 41,000 LED (light-emitting diode) nodes controlled by custom-designed software, is Villareal’s largest and most ambitious work to date. Learn more about the artist’s programming method as well as his conceptual and technological inspiration in this studio interview. The sculpture was generously funded by Victoria and Roger Sant and Sharon P. and Jay Rockefeller.


Green Furniture (11 videos)

Green Furniture

The Green movement used to be relegated to fringe makers and thinkers. But today it is a universally understood and lauded concept. All over the world innovative scientists, entrepreneurs, community leaders, and artists are exploring ways for all of us to live more responsibly and sustainably. The Green Furniture installation at the Milwaukee Art Museum featured the work of fifteen furniture makers who have been inspired by the call to be Green in different ways.


Who, what, wear. (7 videos)

Who, what, wear.

ArtBabble Monthly Theme: From street style to the high fashion runway to the museum gallery, we've got you covered. Literally. But don't say we didn't warn you- watching this series may give you the sudden urge to express your fierce side.

Reinventing Ritual: Contemporary Art and Design for Jewish Life

Reinventing Ritual surveys the explosion of new Jewish rituals, art, and objects that has occurred since the mid-1990s. This period is defined by the urge to discover beauty and meaning in first premises--the roots and ruptures--when ritual could be radical. This attitude of innovation is shared by a wide range of artists inclusive of generation, nationality, and religion. Contemporary artists and designers focus on Judaism as a lived experience by transforming the physical acts of ritual into new forms.


Conservation (4 videos)


ArtBabble Monthly Theme for January, 2010

Conservation is a profession devoted to the preservation of cultural heritage for the future. Conservation activities include examination, documentation, treatment, and preventive care. Learn about the tools of the trade from x-rays to spectrometers to cotton swabs. The videos are really cool, we promise.


Close Looking (2 videos)

Close Looking

Take a tour of the Milwaukee Art Museum's American Furniture galleries, which invert the nature of the museum by asking the visitor to look closely and provide information.