Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive

The intent of art

7 episodes, 1959, WGBH (Boston)

From WNET:

"This series explores some of the purposes which underlie works of art, with reference to their meaning for the average person in today’s world. Drawing principally on the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Bartlett H. Hayes Jr. discusses such topics as art as utility, social order and natural knowledge, and considers such questions as “Is it really true that modern art doesn’t communicate as clearly as art of the past?” The programs originated live from the galleries of the Museum of Fine Arts."