The Modern Art Notes Podcast
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The Modern Art Notes Podcast is a weekly, roughly hour-long interview program featuring leading artists, historians, authors, curators and conservators. It is hosted and produced by award-winning critic Tyler Green.
Episode No. 463 features curator Shirley Reece-Hughes and artist Barry X Ball. Reece-Hughes is the curator of "Texas Made Modern: The Art of Everett Spruce" at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth. The exhibition will be on view through November 1. The excellent exhibition catalogue was published by Texas A&M University Press. It is available from Amazon and from Indiebound for $35. The exhibition includes nearly 50 works Spruce made between 1929 and 1977. Spruce was an Arkansas-born painter who lived and worked in Dallas. Across his career, Spruce applied lessons learned from early Renaissance painting and early modernism to the Texas landscape. He exhibited widely was collected by institutions across the United States, including those in San Francisco, Philadelphia, and New York. As the American art world began to narrowly focus on the coasts in the 1960s and beyond, Spruce's work and career were substantially neglected. On the second segment, sculptor Barry X Ball discusses his work on the occasion of a career-spanning survey at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas. That exhibition, “Barry X Ball: Remaking Sculpture,” has been extended through January 3, 2021. It was curated by Jed Morse. Ball’s sculptures are typically created out of rare stones with the assistance of 3-D scanning and printing technology and CNC milling machines. His work typically addresses and often updates mostly European major work from sculpture’s history, such as Michelangelo’s Rondanini Pieta or Medardo Rossos. This is Ball’s first survey exhibition in the United States; previous exhibitions of his work have been at Ca’ Pesaro in Venice, the Castello Sforzesco in Milan, and the Villa Panza in Varese. The fine exhibition catalogue was published by the Nasher.
Episode No. 462 features author Janis A. Tomlinson and Stuart Collection director and author Mary Beebe. Tomlinson is the author of "Goya: A Portrait of the Artist," which Princeton University Press will publish this week. It is just the second English-language biography of Francisco Goya y Lucientes. Beebe discusses "Landmarks: Sculpture Commissions for the Stuart Collection at the University of California San Diego," which was just published by University of California Press. The Stuart Collection is one of the leading public collections of contemporary sculpture.
Episode No. 461 is a holiday clips episode featuring curator Ann Temkin. Less than two weeks after opening on March 1, the Museum of Modern Art, New York's exhibition "Judd" was temporarily shuttered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both MoMA and "Judd" have re-opened. The museum has extended "Judd," the first posthumous retrospective of Donald Judd's work in the United States, through January 9, 2021. “Judd” was curated by Temkin along with Yasmil Raymond, Tamar Margalit and Erica Cooke.
Episode No. 460 features critic Nzinga Simmons and curator Elizabeth Turner. Simmons joins host Tyler Green to discuss the Vanity Fair cover featuring an Amy Sherald painting of Breonna Taylor. Simmons is a PhD candidate in art history and visual culture at Duke University. She was also the inaugural Tina Dunkley Curatorial Fellow in American Art at the Clark Atlanta University Art Museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia and at the Zuckerman Museum of Art at Kennesaw State University. Along with Austen Barron Bailly, Turner is the co-curator of “Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle.” The exhibition, which debuted at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York today (to members), and on August 29 (to the general public). It will be at the Met through November 1. The Metropolitan presentation was led by Randall Griffey and Sylvia Yount. "The American Struggle" presents Lawrence’s 1954-56 series “Struggle: From the History of the American People.” The paintings offer a revisionist and pictorial history of the first five decades of the American republic, or what Lawrence called “the struggles of a people to create a nation and their attempt to build a democracy.” The exhibition marks the first time in more than 60 years that the paintings have been together. The excellent catalogue was published by University of Washington Press.
Episode No. 459 is a listener Q&A episode with critic and journalist Catherine Wagley. Wagley is a Los Angeles-based critic who writes for a range of publications, including Artnet, Momus, CARLA, and Artnews.
Episode No. 458 features curators John Rohrbach and Mary Morton. Rohrbach is the curator of "Acting Out: Cabinet Cards and Modern Photography," which opens on Tuesday, August 18 at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth. The exhibition examines how cabinet cards became the primary format for photographic portraiture between roughly the end of the Civil War and 1900. It shows how photography studios and their customers used photography as a means of personal and individual expression, as well as how cabinet cards reflected celebrity culture. It will be on view through November 1. The exhibition catalogue was published by the Amon Carter in association with University of California Press. It is available from Amazon and through Indiebound for $45. On the second segment, Mary Morton discusses “True to Nature: Open-Air Painting in Europe, 1780–1870,” which is on view at the National Gallery of Art in Washington through November 29.
Episode No. 457 features art historian Michael W. Cole and historian John Edwin Mason. Cole is the author of "Sofonisba's Lesson: A Renaissance Artist and Her Work" which was recently published by Princeton University Press. Cole considers Sofonisba Anguissola's art, how her background, teaching and learning were important to her career and art, and how her relationships with her father Amilcare, her teacher Bernardino Campi, Michelangelo and a series of royals and royal courts resulted in her work -- and in work attributed to her. The book also includes a complete illustrated catalogue of the more than 200 paintings and drawings that have been associated with Sofonisba, and 256 color illustrations in all. Cole is a professor of art history and archaeology at Columbia University. Amazon offers the book for $40; it is also available through Indiebound. On the second segment, John Edwin Mason discusses his 2018 examination of National Geographic's presentation of race in its flagship magazine and the potential applicability of such an institutional audit to the art museum sector. Mason is a professor of African history and the history of photography at the University of Virginia. Mason and host Tyler Green discuss National Geographic editor Susan Goldberg's letter to readers from March 2018.
Episode No. 456 features museum director Trevor Schoonmaker and art historian Sarah Beetham. Schoonmaker, the director of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, joins host Tyler Green to discuss how art museums engage America's history. The Nasher, of which Schoonmaker was the chief curator before becoming director earlier this year, is a sector-leader in addressing under-represented histories in its collecting, exhibition and programming practices. Beetham is an assistant professor of art history at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She came onto the program in May 2019 to discuss art and its relationship to monuments and memorials in the United States. Beetham's forthcoming book on the subject is titled “Monumental Crisis: Accident, Vandalism and the Civil War Citizen Soldier.” It will examine how monuments have become central to a range of American discourses in the decades since the Civil War.
Episode No. 455 features curator Ilona Katzew and artist Lava Thomas. Katzew is the department head and curator of Latin American Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She joins host Tyler Green to discuss how she tries to do her work, especially investigation, research, and acquisition, at a time when the pandemic is challenging researchers to find ways to work without traveling to sites or the usual institutional resources (such as libraries). On the second segment, artist Lava Thomas discusses her experience with the San Francisco Arts Commission and the San Francisco board of supervisors regarding her proposed monument to Maya Angelou for the entrance to the San Francisco Public Library on Civic Center Plaza. Thomas had been the SFAC's top choice for the Angelou monument until a member of San Francisco's board of supervisors objected, demanding a simple, straightforward bronze statue.
Episode No. 454 features art historian Diane Waggoner and curator and historian Paul Farber. Waggoner is the author of "Lewis Carroll's Photography and Modern Childhood" which is new from Princeton University Press. The book examines how Carroll's photographs of children helped inform changing English ideas about childhood during the Victorian era. Amazon offers it for $60. Waggoner is a curator at the National Gallery of Art, Washington. On the second segment, Farber discusses Monument Lab's recent two-year research residency at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in Saint Louis. Farber is the co-founder of Monument Lab, a public art and history studio that cultivates conversations around civic monuments.
Episode No. 453 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features curators Naima J. Keith and Kelli Morgan. Along with Diana Nawi, Keith is the curator of the forthcoming Prospect triennial, "Yesterday We Said Tomorrow," in New Orleans. The fifth edition of Prospect was scheduled to open this fall, but was postponed a year, to Oct. 23, 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (The exhibition will now run through Jan. 23, 2022.) Keith joins host Tyler Green to discuss what postponing a 51-artist show requires, especially for artists who had built schedules around a 2020 time-frame, how postponing an exhibition of new work originally scheduled to open just a couple weeks before an American presidential election may change it, and more. In addition to co-curating Prospect 5, Keith is the vice president for education and public programming at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. On the second segment, Indianapolis Museum of Art curator Kelli Morgan discusses the challenges and opportunities within presenting permanent collection galleries of nineteenth-century American art when most American art museums' collections of the period consist of primarily white artists.
Episode No. 452 is a holiday clips episode featuring artist Beuford Smith and art historian Shaina Larrivee. Smith is featured in two exhibitions that are on view at recently re-opened American art museums: "Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power" at the MFA Houston, and "Working Together: Louis Draper and the Kamoinge Workshop" at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Hedda Sterne Foundation director Shaina Larrivee discusses “Hedda Sterne: Imagination & Machine” at the Des Moines Art Center.
Episode No. 451 features art historian Kathleen Pyne and curator Melissa Yuen. Pyne is the author of "Anne Brigman: The Photographer of Enchantment," which was published by Yale University Press. "Brigman" details Brigman's life and work, with a special emphasis on her pictorialist successes of the early twentieth century. Pyne is professor emerita of art history at the University of Notre Dame. Amazon offers "Brigman" for $53. On the second segment, Sheldon Museum of Art curator Melissa Yuen details recent Sheldon acquisition of works by Analia Saban, Rackstraw Downes, Stanley Whitney and Carlos Almoraz.
Episode No. 450 of is a listener Q&A episode with critic Jillian Steinhauer. Steinhauer is a New York City-based critic who writes for a range of publications, including the New York Times, The New Republic and The Nation.
Episode No. 449 features author Nicole R. Fleetwood and curator Allegra Pesenti. Fleetwood is the author of "Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration," an examination of how the imprisoned have turned to art-making in an attempt to resist the brutality and depravity of American imprisonment. The book was published by Harvard University Press. Amazon offers it for $30. An exhibition of the same title is forthcoming at MoMA PS1. It was curated by Fleetwood and Amy Rosenblum-Martin, with Jocelyn Miller. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, MoMA PS1 has yet to announce opening and closing dates for the exhibition. A museum spokesperson said that the exhibition will open whenever the museum re-opens. "Marking Time" features art made by people in prisons and by non-incarcerated artists concerned with issues related to repression and imprisonment in America. Fleetwood is a professor of American Studies and Art History at Rutgers University. On the second segment, Hammer Museum curator Allegra Pesenti discusses several recent acquisitions at the Hammer's Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts.
Episode No. 448 features artist Dread Scott. Scott's 2015 "A Man Was Lynched by Police Yesterday" is one of the major American artworks of the decade, and is sadly, immediately relevant in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police last week. For thirty years, across sculpture, installation, performance, photography and video, Scott's art has relentlessly addressed the racism within and failures of the American system. Scott's work is in the collections of art museums such as the Whitney Museum of American Art and the New Museum, both in New York, and the Brooklyn Museum. He recently presented "Slave Rebellion Reenactment," a performance which re-enacted a march by formerly enslaved people to seize Orleans territory in 1811. Scott is collaborating with two-time MAN Podcast guest John Akomfrah to make a film installation based on the performance's ideals.
Episode No. 447 is a post-holiday weekend clips episode featuring artist Mark Dion. This week, Amazon Prime Video debuted "The Perilous Texas Adventures of Mark Dion," an hour-long documentary showing how Dion re-traced the steps of four nineteenth-century Texas explorers: Sarah Ann Lillie Hardinge, Charles Wright, John James Audubon and Frederick Law Olmsted. The film, which premiered on Texas PBS stations, was directed by Erik Clapp and produced by Maggie Adler. The Amon Carter Museum exhibition chronicled by the documentary is also titled "The Perilous Texas Adventures of Mark Dion." Curated by Adler, it features both Dion's discoveries and related works from its collection. The exhibition's closing date is TBD.
Episode No. 446 features artists John Edmonds and Tamara Johnson. This month the Brooklyn Museum had planned to open "John Edmonds: A Sidelong Glance," an exhibition of 25 new and recent pictures including portraits and still-lifes of Central and West African sculpture, including works in Brooklyn's own collection (some of which were donated by writers Ralph and Fanny Ellison). Edmonds is the first winner of the Uovo Prize, a new annual exhibition award for an artist living or working in Brooklyn. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the exhibition's opening date is to be determined; it is scheduled to be on view through August 8, 2021. The Brooklyn exhibition was curated by Drew Sawyer. A mural-sized Edmonds, "A Lesson in Looking with Reverence," is installed at Uovo's forthcoming storage facility in Bushwick, where it will remain on view into November. John Edmonds is also included in "Riffs and Relations: African American Artists and the European Modernist Tradition" at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. The museum has extended the show through January 3, 2021. "Riffs and Relations" offers works by African American artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries alongside works of the European modernists whose work they engaged. The exhibition includes art from Edmonds's "Tribe" series, which examines early modernism. The exhibition was curated by Adrienne L. Childs, who was recently on Episode No. 444. On the second segment, Tamara Johnson discusses her installation of Deviled Egg and Okra Column (2020) at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas. The Nasher is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it has scheduled installations for its new "Nasher Windows," series of exhibitions sited within the Nasher’s entrance vestibule on Flora Street. ("Nasher Windows" installations may be seen from outside the institution's Renzo Piano-designed building.) Johnson's sculpture goes up Friday, May 22, and will remain on view through Wednesday, May 27. Johnson is a Dallas-based artist who has previously exhibited her work at CUE Art Foundation, New York, in Maria Hernandez Park in Bushwick in partnership with the NYC Parks and Recreation Department, at Wave Hill in the Bronx, and at and in partnership with Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City. Along with Trey Burns, she operates the Sweet Pass Sculpture Park in West Dallas. Sweet Pass presents the work of early and mid-career artists in an outdoor setting, and on a rotating basis. Johnson and host Tyler Green mention Paulina Pobocha's 2018 presentation of Brancusi at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Pobocha discussed the exhibition on Episode No. 353.
Episode No. 445 features curator Eleanor Jones Harvey. Harvey is the curator of "Alexander von Humboldt and the United States: Art, Nature, and Culture" at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington. The exhibition examines the impacts of Humboldt's six-week visit to the United States in 1804, and how his influence extended into American art, science, literature, diplomacy, and more. SAAM is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic; it is unclear when the exhibition will re-open and close. The excellent exhibition catalogue was published by Princeton University Press.
Episode No. 444 features curator and historian Adrienne L. Childs. Childs is the curator of "Riffs and Relations: African American Artists and the European Modernist Tradition" at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. The museum has extended the show through January 3, 2021. "Riffs and Relations" offers works by African American artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries alongside works of the European modernists whose work they engaged. The exhibition catalogue includes contributions from Childs, Renee Maurer, Valerie Cassel Oliver and Dorothy Kosinski. It was published by Rizzoli Electa. Amazon offers it for $43. Nota bene: This conversation was recorded before the death of artist, historian and collector David C. Driskell.
Episode No. 443 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features author Blake Gopnik. Gopnik is the author of "Warhol," a new biography of artist Andy Warhol. The book was published by Ecco, a HarperCollins imprint. Amazon offers it for $34. Gopnik was formerly the art critic at the Washington Post and Toronto's Globe and Mail.
In a special pandemic bonus episode, art museum directors Sabine Eckmann (Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in Saint Louis) and Rebecca Rabinow (Menil Collection, Houston) discuss operating art museums in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Episode No. 442 features curators Nathaniel Silver and Alison de Lima Greene. Silver is the curator of "Boston's Apollo: Thomas McKeller and John Singer Sargent" at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. The museum is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic; pending re-opening, it has extended the exhibition through September. The exhibition examines Sargent works for which McKeller, an elevator attendant at Boston's Hotel Vendome, modeled. Those works include the Sargent murals in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and drawings. The exhibition also includes historical materials that animate McKeller's life and his engagements with Sargent. The terrific exhibition catalogue was published by the Gardner and distributed by Yale University Press. Amazon offers it for $44. On the second segment, de Lima Greene discusses "Francis Bacon: Late Paintings" at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The museum is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "Bacon" is scheduled to run through May 25. The exhibition, which was organized by the Centre Pompidou, considers the paintings Bacon made between 1971, as he prepared for a major retrospective at the Grand Palais in Paris, and his death in 1992. The exhibition was curated by Didier Ottinger; de Lima Greene organized the Houston presentation.
Episode No. 441 features curator Sarah Eckhardt and author and art historian Anne Monahan. Eckhardt is the curator of "Working Together: Louis Draper and the Kamoinge Workshop" at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. The VMFA is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic; the exhibition is scheduled to be on view through June 14. From Richmond, the exhibition will travel to the Whitney Museum of American Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Cincinnati Art Museum. The exhibition is accompanied by a revelatory catalogue. Amazon offers it for just $32. "Working Together" features nearly 180 photographs by 15 of the early members of the Kamoinge Workshop, a collective of Black artists dedicated to photography during the 1960s and 1970s. The exhibition had its roots in the work and archive of Louis Draper, a Richmond-area native who moved to New York in 1957 and who built a community of photographers who came together as the Kamoinge Workshop. In 2015, the VMFA acquired Draper's archive. On the second segment, art historian Anne Monahan discusses her new book "Horace Pippin, American Modern," a Yale University Press-published monograph about the mid-century American modernist painter. Amazon offers it for $32.
In a special pandemic bonus episode, artists Paul Mpagi Sepuya and Kate Shepherd discuss the extraordinary experience of having an exhibition of new work open and close at just about the same time.
Episode No. 440 is an Easter weekend and Passover holiday clips edition featuring author and artist Nell Painter. Painter is the author of Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over. The “starting over” of the title refers to Painter’s retirement after an elite career as an Ivy League historian to return to college as a sixty-something student — first to take undergraduate studio art courses at Rutgers, then to pursue an MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design. Painter’s memoir details her interactions with students and faculty, and how she tried to think through how to make art after having spent decades teaching and writing history. Before going to art school, Painter was one of America’s most distinguished historians. She is the Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, at Princeton University. Her books include Standing at Armageddon, Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol, and the New York Times bestseller The History of White People. She is a past president of both the Organization of American Historians and the Southern Historical Association. Earlier this year, Painter assumed the chairmanship of The MacDowell Colony. Old in Art School came out in paperback late last year; Amazon offers the Kindle edition for just $4.
COVAD-19 pandemic bonus episode No. 2. Critics on looking (or not) during a pandemic. Christopher Knight is the longtime art critic at the Los Angeles Times. Earlier this year he won the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award in Art Journalism from the Rabkin Foundation, just the second time that's been awarded. Antwaun Sargent's most recent book is titled "The New Black Vanguard." His writing regularly pops up in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books Daily, and a whole bunch of other places.
Episode No. 439 features author and art historian William E. Wallace and curator Julian Brooks. Wallace is the author of "Michelangelo, God's Architect: The Story of His Final Years and Greatest Masterpiece." The book offers a rich and lively biographical examination of the last two decades of Michelangelo's life, a period when he became the architect of St. Peter's Basilica and other buildings, even as he continued to sculpt and draw. Wallace is a professor of art history at Washington University in St. Louis. He is the author or editor of seven books on Michelangelo. "Michelangelo, God's Architect" was published by Princeton University Press. Amazon offers it for $21, $16 on Kindle. Along with Emily J. Peters, Julian Brooks is the co-curator of "Michelangelo: Mind of the Master" at the J. Paul Getty Museum. (The Getty is temporarily closed due to the COVAD-19 pandemic.) The exhibition features 28 drawings, many on sheets that feature sketches on both sides of the paper. It is scheduled to be at the Getty through June 7. The Cleveland Museum of Art, which debuted the exhibition, has produced an accompanying catalogue which is distributed by Yale University Press. Amazon offers it for $29.
In a special bonus episode, artists Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley, and Ursula von Rydingsvard discuss being artists in the midst of a global pandemic.
Episode No. 438 features curator Ann Temkin and editor Caitlin Murray. The Museum of Modern Art, New York has organized "Judd," the first posthumous retrospective of Donald Judd's work in the United States. "Judd" was curated by our guest, Ann Temkin, with Yasmil Raymond, Tamar Margalit and Erica Cooke. The exhibition features over 70 sculptures, paintings, drawings and prints. It highlights Judd's important sculpture practice, especially his eagerness to eliminate many of art's usual pillars, such as narrative or metaphor. While MoMA is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the exhibition is scheduled to be at the museum through July 11. The show is accompanied by an excellent catalogue. Amazon offers it for $75. MoMA has posted 80 installation shots from the exhibition and an extensive audio playlist. On the second segment, Caitlin Murray discusses "Donald Judd Interviews," a new, 1,024-page compilation of over sixty interviews Judd conducted during his career. Murray, the director of archives and programs at Judd Foundation, co-edited the volume with Flavin Judd, the foundation's artistic director. "Interviews" is a companion to the 2016 book "Donald Judd Writings." Both volumes were published by Judd Foundation and David Zwirner Books. Amazon offers "Donald Judd Interviews" for $26.
Episode No. 437 features artist Renée Stout and curator Mary Morton. Renée Stout is featured in "Person of Interest," at the Sheldon Museum of Art at the University of Nebraska. The exhibition examines portraiture from the late nineteenth century to the present, with a special emphasis on questions about self-fashioning, cultural memory, gender identity, and the performance of identity. While the Sheldon Museum is temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the exhibition is scheduled to be on view through July 3. Stout has explored many of these ideas throughout her more than 30-year career. Her work, which is often built from assembled found elements but which is sometimes also made from elements made to look as if it was found, addresses identity, spirituality, migration, appropriation and more. Her work is in the collections of museums such as the National Gallery, SFMOMA, the Hirshhorn, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Detroit Institute of Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, and dozens of others. On the second segment, Mary Morton discusses "True to Nature: Open-Air Painting in Europe, 1780–1870," which is scheduled to be at the National Gallery of Art in Washington through May 3. The NGA is temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Morton co-curated "True to Nature" with Ger Luitjen and Jane Munro. The exhibition examines how painting en plein air was a core practice for European artists in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and how they traveled to sites as diverse as the Roman Campagna, the Swiss Alps, the Baltic coast and the streets of Paris to paint outdoors. The exhibition features over 100 oil sketches made by artists such as Corot, Constable, Denis and more.
Episode No. 436 features artist Ebony G. Patterson and art historian Shaina Larrivee. The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University is showing "Ebony G. Patterson... while the dew is still on the roses...", a survey of work Patterson has made over the last decade. The exhibition originated at the Perez Art Museum Miami, and was curated by Tobias Ostrander. The exhibition is on view at the Nasher through July 12. The exhibition catalogue was published by DelMonico Prestel. Amazon offers it for $30. Patterson's installations, tapestries, videos and sculptures wield beauty to address disenfranchised communities, violence, masculinity and the impacts of colonialism. "... while the dew" especially examines her consideration of gardens. Patterson's work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Bermuda National Gallery, and more. Patterson was previously a guest on The MAN Podcast's monuments-and-memorials program in May 2019. On the second segment, Hedda Sterne Foundation director Shaina Larrivee discusses "Hedda Sterne: Imagination & Machine" at the Des Moines Art Center. The exhibition, which was curated by DMAC's Jared Ledesma, features work informed by John Deere tractor parts that Fortune magazine commissioned from Sterne in 1961. It is on view through April 15. Larrivee wrote the essay in the exhibition's brochure.
Episode No. 435 features curator Elizabeth Hutton Turner and artist Bethany Collins. Along with Austen Barron Bailly, Turner is the co-curator of "Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle." The exhibition, which is at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts through April 26, presents Lawrence's 1954-56 "Struggle: From the History of the American People." The series presents a revisionist and pictorial history of the first five decades of the American republic, or what Lawrence called "the struggles of a people to create a nation and their attempt to build a democracy." The PEM exhibition marks the first time in more than 60 years that the paintings have been together. The exhibition also features three artists engaging with Lawrence's work and ideas: Derrick Adams, Hank Willis Thomas and Bethany Collins, who presents her America: A Hymnal, a 2017 artist's book featuring 100 versions of the song "My Country 'Tis of Thee," written from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. The song's ever-changing lyrics remain legible, while the tunes that (ostensibly) unify the songs has been nearly burned away in favor of scorch marks and other residue. The gallery includes artist-made wallpaper and a six-track audio recording of six different versions of the song. Collins's work frequently addresses language, song and how they relate to national and racial identities. She's had solo shows at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, the University of Kentucky and at the Birmingham Museum of Art. Last year alone she was featured in group exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Richmond, Va. On June 26 the Frist Art Museum in Nashville will present "Evensong," an exhibition featuring Collins's address of a related song, "The Star Spangled Banner."
Episode No. 434 features artists Peter Saul and Barry X Ball. The New Museum in New York City is presenting "Peter Saul: Crime and Punishment," a survey of Saul's career. The exhibition includes 60 paintings Saul has made over the last 60 years, from his investigations of domestic space and consumerism, to his pioneering anti-war paintings of the Vietnam War era, to his arch looks at right-wing politicians (which continue into the present). It is on view through May 31. On the second segment, sculptor Barry X Ball discusses his work on the occasion of a career-spanning survey at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas. That exhibition, "Barry X Ball: Remaking Sculpture," is on view through April 19. It was curated by Jed Morse. Ball's sculptures are typically created out of rare stones with the assistance of 3-D scanning and printing technology and CNC milling machines. His work typically addresses and often updates mostly European major work from sculpture's history, such as Michelangelo's Rondanini Pieta or Medardo Rossos. This is Ball's first survey exhibition in the United States; previous exhibitions of his work have been at Ca' Pesaro in Venice, the Castello Sforzesco in Milan, and the Villa Panza in Varese. The fine exhibition catalogue was published by the Nasher.
Episode No. 433 features curator Simon Kelly and author/historian Robin Mitchell. Along with Maite van Dijk of Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum, Kelly is the curator of "Millet and Modern Art: From Van Gogh to Dali." It's at the Saint Louis Art Museum through May 17. The exhibition examines, for the first time, Jean-François Millet's influence on succeeding generations of painters, from Cezanne and Pissarro to Monet, Gauguin and even Homer, Modersohn-Becker, Munch and Picasso. The smart, richly illustrated exhibition catalogue was published by the museums in association with Yale University Press. Amazon offers it for $27. On the second segment, Robin Mitchell discusses her new book "Vénus Noire: Black Women and Colonial Fantasies in Nineteenth-Century France." The book examines how images of Black women helped shape France's post-revolutionary identity, particularly in response to the French defeat in the Haitian Revolution. Mitchell particularly focuses on Sarah Baartmann, Ourika, a West African girl effectively kept as a house pet by a French noblewoman, and Jeanne Duval, the partner of Charles Baudelaire who was painted (and un-painted) by Courbet and Manet. Mitchell is an assistant professor at California State University, Channel Islands. "Venus Noire" was published by University of Georgia Press. Amazon offers it for $35.
Episode No. 432 is a President's Day weekend clips show featuring artist LaToya Ruby Frazier. The Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University is showing "LaToya Ruby Frazier: The Last Cruze." The exhibition features a new body of work that focuses on the United Auto Workers members at General Motors's Lordstown, Ohio plant. The facility, which had produced automobiles for over 50 years, was recently "unallocated" by GM -- a term-of-art that indicates the plant has been shut down. Until recently it produced the Chevrolet Cruze. Frazier's pictures present members of UAW Local 1112, and tell the story of their lives and the community they've built in northeastern Ohio. On September 14, the day the exhibition opened in Chicago, the UAW's current national contract with the Big Three automakers -- GM, Ford and Chrysler -- ended. The UAW instigate a strike at GM plants. It is already the longest strike against GM since 1970. "The Last Cruze" is on view at the Wexner through April 26. It was curated by Karsten Lund and Solveig Øvstebø. On Tuesday, February 18, Frazier and documentary filmmaker Julia Reichert, whose American Factory just won the Academy Award for best documentary, will be in conversation with Sen. Sherrod Brown at the Wexner. (Last year the Wexner organized a touring 50-year retrospective of Reichert's work.) The conversation is free, but an RSVP is strongly recommended to ensure entry. LaToya Ruby Frazier is a Chicago-based artist whose work most often examines the ways in which corporations have impacted the lives of workers, their families and their communities. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at numerous museums in France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and across the United States. She was the recipient of a 2015 MacArthur Foundation 'genius' grant, and has also received awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and USA Artists. For images of the work discussed on this week's program, please see Episode No. 412.
Episode No. 431 features artists Mark Dion and Nancy Lupo. This weekend, the Amon Carter Museum opens "The Perilous Texas Adventures of Mark Dion." For the exhibition, Dion retraced the steps of four nineteenth-century Texas explorers: Sarah Ann Lillie Hardinge, Charles Wright, John James Audubon and Frederick Law Olmsted, accumulating material and experiences all along. The Carter exhibition features both Dion's discoveries and related works from its collection. Curated by Margaret C. Adler, it will remain on view through May 17. The Amon Carter has published an extraordinary book in association with the project, in some ways an adaptation of and Dion & Co. updating of Olmsted's Texas travel diary, that is distributed by Yale University Press. Amazon offers it for $40. Dion works at the intersection of art, natural history, history and anthropology. His work examines and often critiques humanity’s approach to nature, landscape and science through witty address of scientific methodologies and installations that often have roots in Victorian-era presentation. Dion has fulfilled commissions and had exhibitions at museums all over the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Tate, and the British Museum of Natural History in London. He is also a co-director of Mildred’s Lane, a visual art education and residency program in Beach Lake, Pennsylvania. Dion was previously a guest on Episode No. 309. Olmsted's books on his travels through Texas and the South are available for free and in multiple formats from the Internet Archive's Open Library. Installation and related Dion images will be available early on the week of Feb. 10. On the second segment, Lupo discusses her work on the occasion of "Nancy Lupo: Scripts for the Pageant" at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Curated by Anthony Edwards, the exhibition is on view at MCASD's downtown location through March 15. Lupo's previous exhibition credits include the 2018 version of the Hammer Museum's "Made in LA," and solo exhibitions at the Swiss Institute, New York, LAXART, and the Visual Arts Center at the University of Texas.
Episode No. 430 features artists Alison Rossiter and David Maisel. Rossiter is featured in "Unseen: 35 Years of Collecting Photographs" at the J. Paul Getty Museum. The exhibition shares photographs from the Getty's rich collection that have never been shown at the museum, including many Rossiters. The exhibition is organized by Jim Ganz in collaboration with Mazie Harris, Virginia Heckert, Karen Hellman, Arpad Kovacs, Amanda Maddox, and Paul Martineau. It's on view through March 8. On March 6, Yossi Milo Gallery in New York will debut new Rossiters in "Substance of Density." It will remain on view through April 25. In just the last couple years, Rossiter has been featured in group exhibitions at the George Eastman Museum, the National Gallery of Canada, the High Museum of Art, the McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, the New York Public Library, the Tate Modern, the Denver Art Museum, the Musee de l'ELysee and Lausanne and the Centre for COntemporary Photography, Melbourne. In 2017 Radius published "Alison Rossiter: Expired Paper." Amazon offers it for $40. On the second segment, Maisel discusses his new book "Proving Ground." The book presents aerial and on-site photographs made at Dugway Proving Ground, a military facility covering nearly 800,000 acres south of Salt Lake City. The U.S. government uses Dugway to develop, test and implement chemical and biological weaponry and related defense programs. The book is an extended meditation on land use in the American West, secrecy, and the dangers present in that which we can and cannot see. MAN Podcast host Tyler Green wrote an essay for the book. It was published by Radius. Amazon lists it for $65.
Episode No. 429 features curators Sarah Meister and Lauren Palmor. On February 9, the Museum of Modern Art, New York opens "Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures," the first significant solo presentation of Lange's work at MoMA since this 1966 survey. The exhibition, which is drawn from MoMA's collection, was curated by Meister with River Bullock and Madeline Weisburg. It will be on view through May 9. It is accompanied by a book featuring contributions by Julie Ault, Sandy Phillips, Sally Mann, Wendy Red Star, and others. Amazon offers it for $55. "Lange" specifically examines the way words -- including Lange's own, which Lange often presented in extended captions, and the words in Lange's photographs -- have guided our understanding of Lange's work. Host Tyler Green and Meister discuss Lange and Pirkle Jones's 1956 series "Death of a Valley." See each picture on SFMOMA's website. On the second segment, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco curator Lauren Palmor discusses additions FAMSF made to "Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983." The exhibition, which is at the de Young Museum through March 15, examines art made during two decades during which Black political and cultural power ascended in the United States. "Soul of a Nation" originated at the Tate Modern and was curated by Mark Godfrey and Zoé Whitley. Palmor and a team of FAMSF curators added a range of Bay Area-made art to the exhibition.
Episode No. 428 features curators Courtenay Finn and Jay Clarke. Finn is the curator of "Margaret Kilgallen: that's where the beauty is." The exhibition, which originated at the Aspen (Colo.) Art Museum last year opens at moCa Cleveland on Jan. 31 and will be on view through May 17. On the second segment, Art Institute of Chicago curator Jay Clarke discusses "Käthe Kollwitz: Prints, Process, Politics" which is at the Getty through March 29.
Episode No. 427 features artists Sanford Biggers and Michelle Angela Ortiz. Sanford Biggers's work is on view in "Cosmic Rhythm Vibrations," at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. The exhibition, substantially but not entirely from the Nasher's collection, considers artworks that engage visual and musical rhythm. It was curated by the Nasher's Trevor Schoonmaker and will be on view through March 1. On April 8, the Bronx Museum of Art will originate a major survey of Biggers's quilts titled "Sanford Biggers: Codeswitch." Curated by Antonio Sergio Bessa and Andrea Andersson, the exhibition will feature around 80 of the quilt-based works Biggers has made between 2009 and 2019. From the Bronx it will travel to New Orleans and Los Angeles. On the second segment, Michelle Angela Ortiz discusses her work on the occasion of "When Home Won't Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art" at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. The exhibition was curated by Ruth Erickson and Eva Respini and will be on view through January 26, when it will travel to the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University. Ortiz is a Philadelphia-based artist whose artworks, often made in and for public sites, activate, embolden and advocate for the under-represented. In 2018 she was a fellow at the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage and was a Rauschenberg Foundation Artist as Activist fellow.
Episode No. 426 features artist Paul Mpagi Sepuya and art historian/curator ShiPu Wang. The Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston is presenting the survey exhibition "Paul Mpagi Sepuya." The exhibition originated at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and was curated by Wassan Al-Khudhairi with Misa Jeffereis. The Houston presentation was coordinated by Tyler Blackwell. It's on view at the Blaffer through March 14. Sepuya's photographs of himself, his friends and his colleagues advance portraiture through layering, fragmentation, confusion and a certain kind of trompe l'oeil. They make us question what we see, how it's constructed, and encourage us to contemplate the relationship between reality and artifice. His work is in the collection of museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York (which included his work in "Being: New Photography 2018"), MOCA (where his work may be seen in "The Foundation of the Museum: MOCA's Collection" through January 20), the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Studio Museum in Harlem. On the second segment, art historian and curator ShiPu Wang discusses "Chiura Obata: An American Modern," a retrospective of Obata's career. Obata, who was born in Okayama, Japan, melded modernism and American landscapes with Japanese traditions to make a body of work that both engaged the United States and critiqued its racism. "Obata" debuted at the Art, Design & Architecture Museum at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum through May 25. The exhibition catalogue was published by University of California Press.
Episode No. 425 is a holiday clips episode featuring curator H. Daniel Peck. The Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, NY is presenting "Thomas Cole's Refrain: The Paintings of Catskill Creek." The exhibition considers Cole's paintings of Catskill Creek, a 46-mile long river that drains part of the Catskill Mountains and enters the Hudson just below the town of Catskill, as a series. It includes 12 Coles and paintings of Catskill Creek by artists who followed Cole, including Asher B. Durand and Frederic Edwin Church. It originated at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, New York. "Thomas Cole's Refrain" was curated by H. Daniel Peck, a professor emeritus at Vassar College. It is on view through February 23, 2020. Peck is also the author of an excellent accompanying book also titled "Thomas Cole's Refrain." It was published by Cornell University Press's Three Hills imprint. Amazon offers it for $32. For images of artwork discussed on the program see Episode No. 402.
Episode No. 424 is a Christmas-week clips show featuring artist Leonardo Drew. This weekend, the Hammer Museum debuts a Drew installation in its lobby space, the newest exhibition in its Hammer Projects series. The presentation was organized by Connie Butler and will remain on view through May 10, 2020. Host Tyler Green's conversation with Drew was recorded in July on the occasion of "Leonardo Drew: City in the Grass," the public artwork Drew created for the Madison Park Conservancy. Next year City in the Grass will travel to the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh as part of an indoor/outdoor exhibition of Drew's work that opens in March.
Episode No. 423 features curator Anna Katz and artist Robert Zakanitch. The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles is presenting "With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972-1985." The exhibition is the first broad scholarly survey of one of the most important art movements to emerge out out of American feminism. The exhibition features about fifty artists whose work addressed and embraced material typically coded as feminine and thus inferior, including the decorative, domestic, and ornamental. Katz curated the show, which will remain on view in Los Angeles through May 11 before traveling to the Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College. The terrific exhibition catalogue was published by MOCA in association with Yale University Press. Amazon offers it for $54. Robert Zakanitch was one of the founders of P&D art. Starting in the early 1970s, his work turned away from minimalism and color-field painting to embrace motifs most often wielded as decoration. His work is in the collection of museums such as the Tate, MoMA, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. His most recent museum exhibition was at the Hudson River Museum.
Episode No. 422 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Martine Gutierrez and curator Mari Carmen Ramírez. The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is exhibiting Martine Gutierrez's work in a "Focus" show that spotlights Gutierrez's 2018 Indigenous Woman project. Indigenous Woman is a 146-page fashion magazine-style publication for which Gutierrez acted as editor, writer, advertising producer, model, photographer -- and everything else. It sends up the traditional fashion magazine by expanding its brief to address white supremacy, to advance native cultures and to investigate the fashion industry's construction of beauty. The exhibition was curated by Alison Hearst and will be on view through January 12, 2020. Gutierrez's work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, at the Boston University Art Galleries, the McNay Art Museum, and at the Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh. She has been featured in group exhibitions at the Venice Biennale, the New Museum and the Kunstmuseum Bonn. Much of her video and audio work is available on Martine.tv and on Vimeo. On the second segment, Mari Carmen Ramírez discusses "Beatriz González: A Retrospective," the first large-scale U.S. exhibition devoted to the Colombian artist's career. Ramírez curated the exhibition with the Perez Art Museum Miami's Tobias Ostrander. González is one of the few living artists remaining from Latin America's 'radical women' generation of artists. Her work often examines class, taste, dictatorship, extra-judicial killings, and more. The exhibition debuted at the Perez Art Museum Miami, and is on view in Houston through January 20, 2020. The fine exhibition catalogue was published by DelMonico Prestel.
Episode No. 421 is a holiday weekend clips episode featuring a clip from the Getty's "Recording Artists" podcast series, and artist Robert Pruitt. The program first features a clip from the Betye Saar episode of the six-part "Recording Artists" podcast series recently released by the Getty. The series, which is hosted by art historian Helen Molesworth, builds on collections at the Getty Research Institute. On the second segment, a re-air of host Tyler Green's January conversation with Robert Pruitt. The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is exhibiting three large-scale Pruitt works as the inauguration of its Banner Project. Pruitt's work depicts members of the Boston community wearing and interacting with works from the MFA’s collection, including an ancient Egyptian beadnet dress, 20th-century Yoruba wrappers, and an American pictorial quilt by Harriet Powers. The exhibition will be on view through the end of 2020.
Episode No. 420 features the second part of a two-part conversation with artist Lari Pittman, and curator George Shackelford. The Hammer Museum recently debuted "Lari Pittman: Declaration of Independence," a retrospective of Pittman's nearly forty-year career. The exhibition reveals Pittman's engagements with America's history and with issues and subjects that have been core to our history and identity, including landscape, violence, citizenship, belonging and more. The exhibition was curated by Hammer chief curator Connie Butler. It is on view through January 5, 2020. Along with Esther Bell, Shackelford is the curator of "Renoir: The Body, The Senses." The exhibition focuses on Renoir's art about the human form, and features the work of artists at whose art Renoir was looking intently, as well as art by early modern artists who were looking at Renoir. It's at the Kimbell Art Museum through January 26, 2020.
Episode No. 419 features artist Shirin Neshat and curator Melissa E. Buron. The Broad is exhibiting "Shirin Neshat: I Will Greet the Sun Again," a career-spanning survey that places special emphasis on Neshat's address of her home country of Iran and her 2010s turn toward addressing the United States and the ways in which the United States has come to resemble Neshat's theocratic homeland. The exhibition was curated by Ed Schad and will remain on view through February 16, 2020. The excellent catalogue was published by The Broad and DelMonico Prestel. Amazon offers it for $45. Neshat was previously a guest on The MAN Podcast in 2012 and 2013. On the second segment, Melissa E. Buron discusses her exhibition "James Tissot: Fashion & Faith," which is on view at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. The exhibition examines Tissot's career, his engagement with and distance from impressionism, his multi-national career, and his late-in-life turn toward Biblical subjects (in part to attract American patronage). The exhibition is on view through February 9, 2020. The beautifully designed, smart exhibition catalogue was published by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and DelMonico Prestel.
Episode No. 419 features artists Nayland Blake and Ann Hamilton. The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles is exhibiting "No Wrong Holes: Thirty Years of Nayland Blake." Curated by Jamillah James, the exhibition is the most comprehensive survey of Nayland Blake's art. The exhibition spotlight's Blake's interest on feminism and queer liberation and their investigation of subcultures ranging from punk to the BDSM and leather communities. The exhibition, which is on view through January 26, 2020, will be accompanied by a forthcoming catalogue. On the second segment, Ann Hamilton talks about her recent work. She's included in "Here: Ann Hamilton, Jenny Holzer, Maya Lin" at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus. The exhibition presents work by three Ohio-born artists whose careers have overlapped with the Wexner's own thirty-year history. Elements of the exhibition extend beyond the Wexner and across The Ohio State University campus and Columbus. It was curaetd by Michael Goodson with Lucy I. Zimmerman and Kristin Helmick-Brunet, and remains on view through December 29. Hamilton also discusses this recent installation at the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute.