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Frames of Reference; Henry Phipps Goes Skiing


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Frames of Reference
Henry Phipps Goes Skiing
Series Description

“Frames of Reference” was a series that began circa 1978. Half-hour shows were produced to showcase commissioned and already created works. It was around this time that the focus of the Workshop shifted, to concentrate more heavily on creating works for broadcast. During its time, “Frames of Reference” was the focus of the Workshop’s national arts programming effort. In an attempt to raise funds and foster collaboration, Workshop personnel approached and visited several public television stations nationwide. The major collaborative relationship was with WGBH’s “sister station,” WGBY (Springfield, Mass.). Among the featured artists were Meredith Monk, Remy Charlip, Trisha Brown, and Peter Campus. In 1981, “Frames of Reference” was packaged and offered to PBS, during what is known as “flex time” and was broadcast by WGBH, WNET (New York), and WGBY (Springfield, Mass.). “Frames of Reference” ended as a series ca. 1983, because of a lack of funding. Series release date: 1978

Asset Type

Broadcast program

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Film and Television
Chicago: “Frames of Reference; Henry Phipps Goes Skiing,” 03/23/1946, GBH Archives, accessed June 17, 2024,
MLA: “Frames of Reference; Henry Phipps Goes Skiing.” 03/23/1946. GBH Archives. Web. June 17, 2024. <>.
APA: Frames of Reference; Henry Phipps Goes Skiing. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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