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Art Babble showcases art content in video format from a variety of sources, including many major museums. The Indianapolis Museum of Art created this forum and contributed 333 videos to date. To browse decorative arts videos, start at the "medium" subsection. Some of the major partner institutions are listed specifically below.

The Multimedia Archive of the Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design, History, Material Culture provides access to full length videos of academic lectures and symposia. See for example, the presentation of Nathan Schlanger on "Material Culture": the concept and its use in historical perspective, given April 23, 2014.

Ceramic Arts Daily's pottery video archive contains demonstrations of techniques.

Chipstone (on Art Babble) provides videos associated with exhibitions at the Milwaukee Art Museum, such as "Close Looking - American Furniture" in which the curator explains the concept behind the reinstallation of the furniture gallery. Also provided are a rich collection of videos focusing on makers, objects and tools.

Colonial Williamsburg's Archive Video collection includes videos on the trades of the cabinetmaker and cooper, as well as videos associated with their Southern Furniture exhibit.

Craft in America (PBS series) provides some full episodes online, as well as an associated website of additional information.

J. Paul Getty Museum (on Art Babble) provides videos on techniques of stone carving, making parchment manuscripts, more. See their demonstration of an 18th century French mechanical table.

Metropolitan Museum of Art videos are available on their website, via YouTube and Art Babble. See, for example, "American Furniture in a New Light."

Monticello Explorer uses video and digital technology to provide tours and interpretative information about the home of Thomas Jefferson.

The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts provides access to a variety of videos and podcasts on their website. See, for example, "A River Runs Through It": A Regional Perspective on American Stoneware, by Robert Hunter (January 9, 2013).

Portal Wisconsin's video collection contains 100 videos on Wisconsin arts and culture, including "Frank Lloyd Wright: Designing an American Way of Living."

VIctoria and Albert Museum's V&A Channel provides films on exhibits, objects and artists, including "20 Great Reasons to Visit" and "How It's Made: a watchcase."

Winterthur's Conservation Department provides videos on caring for collections of paintings and basketry.

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