All eight episodes of The Shock of the New, the magisterial 1980 series about modern art, narrated by the great art critic and historian Robert Hughes, is now available on YouTube. Up above is Episode One, “The Mechanical Paradise.” The other episodes are “The Powers That Be,” “The Landscape of Pleasure,” “Trouble in Utopia,” “The Threshold of Liberty,” “The View from the Edge,” “Culture As Nature,” and “The Future That Was.”
Slavery as the midwife of American freedom.
Poetry as a game of chess.
In 1995, Disney did something quite unusual, for Disney at least — it told a veteran animator, Steve Moore, to make a short cartoon in the fractured fairy-tale mode, all with complete stylistic freedom. The result, Redux Riding Hood, mingled the Big Bad Wolf, time travel, and a jazz soundtrack inspired by Charles Mingus. Watch it here.