One in this series of programs on the performing and visual arts. This program focuses on Joseph H. Hirshhorn, private art collector, and the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., which houses his collection of 19th and 20th century art and sculpture. Highlights of this program include the following: Hirshhorn tells Rosamond Bernier of his decision in 1960 to place his art collection in a public museum, and of President Lyndon Johnson's suggestion of Washington as a location; designed by Gordon Bunshaft and directed by Abram Lerner, the museum opened in 1974; Hirshhorn recalls his childhood in Brooklyn and his early interest in art; Bernier notes Hirshhorn's admiration for Thomas Eakins; Hirshhorn discusses collecting French art from 1940 to 1946, and how he made his fortune in uranium mines in Canada. Other highlights include the museum's sculpture garden, featuring Rodin's "Burghers of Calais," and the museum's sculpture collection, which includes works by Degas, Rodin, and Matisse. The museum's collection also includes Reginald Marsh's "Steeple Chase Park," and Red Grooms's "Bohemian Party Scene." Other artists represented in the museum are John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, John Sloan, Winslow Homer, Robert Delaunay, George Segal, Edward Hopper, Constantin Brancusi, and Medardo Rosso.

(This series also aired locally on WCBS-TV in New York from 1953 to 1956 and on PBS from 1979 to 1980.)

Preservation of the Post–World War II American Television Documentary Collection is supported in part by a Federal Save America’s Treasures grant administered by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


  • DATE: August 17, 1975 Sunday 11:00 AM
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:30:00
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T81:0221
  • GENRE: Public affairs/Documentaries
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Art - Galleries and museums
  • SERIES RUN: CBS - TV series, 1953-1979


  • John Musilli … Producer, Director
  • Rosamond Bernier … Commentator
  • Stephen Paley … Still Photographs by
  • Gordon Bunshaft
  • Edgar Degas
  • Henri Matisse
  • Joseph H. Hirshhorn
  • Abram Lerner
  • Auguste Rodin
  • Constantin Brancusi
  • Mary Cassatt
  • Robert Delaunay
  • Thomas Eakins
  • Red Grooms
  • Winslow Homer
  • Edward Hopper
  • Reginald Marsh
  • Medardo Rosso
  • John Singer Sargent
  • George Segal
  • John Sloan
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