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The Modern Art Notes Podcast is a weekly, hour-long interview program featuring artists, historians, authors, curators and conservators. Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic Sebastian Smee called The MAN Podcast “one of the great archives of the art of our time.” When the US chapter of the International Association of Art Critics gave host Tyler Green one of its inaugural awards for criticism in 2014, it included a special citation for The MAN Podcast.

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Apollo's Muse, Barbara Bosworth
01:03:18

Episode No. 406 features curator Mia Fineman and artist Barbara Bosworth.

Fineman is the curator of "Apollo's Muse: The Moon in the Age of Photography" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The exhibition surveys how artists have looked at and considered the moon from the dawn of photography (and before!) to the present. It's on view through September 22. The marvelous exhibition catalogue was published by the Met and is distributed by Yale University Press. Amazon offers it for $42.

The second segment features Barbara Bosworth, whose work is included in "Shooting the Moon: Photographs from the Museum's Collection 50 Years after Apollo 11," at  the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. It's on view through September 2. Bosworth's work examines the relationship between humans and the natural world. Her work has been surveyed by the Denver Art Museum, the Peabody Essex in Salem, Mass., and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Aug 15, 2019
From the Schuykill to the Hudson, Early Rubens
51:57

Episode No. 405 features curators Anna O. Marley and Kirk Nickel.

Marley is the curator of "From the Schuykill to the Hudson: Landscapes of the Early American Republic" at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. The exhibition wields PAFA's collection to consider Philadelphia as a significant, even primary locus of landscape painting in the early 19th-century, and that Philadelphia's interest in the genre preceded the better-known Hudson River region painters' interest. It's on view through December 29. The exhxibition catalogue was published by PAFA.

The second segment features Legion of Honor curator Kirk Nickel discussing three major paintings in "Early Rubens." With about 30 paintings and 20 drawings, the exhibition examines work Rubens made from 1609, when he was in his early 30s, until 1621. It was curated by National Gallery of Canada director Sasha Suda, and Nickel. This segment previously ran, in extended form, in May. For images, click here.

Aug 08, 2019
"Art & Empire," William Forsythe
57:47

Episode No. 404 features curator Michael A. Brown and choreographer William Forsythe.

Brown is the curator of "Art and Empire: The Golden Age of Spain," at the San Diego Museum of Art. It is just the second American exhibition to join the art and decorative art of Golden Age Spain with art from Spanish-controlled centers such as Antwerp and Naples and the Spanish imperial lands in the Americas and the Philippines. The exhibition features outstanding works by Diego Velázquez, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Francisco de Zurbarán, Juan Sánchez Cotán and by New Spanish painters such as Miguel Cabrera. "Art and Empire" is on view through September 2. The outstanding exhibition catalogue was published by SDMA. Amazon offers it for $39.

Host Tyler Green mentions Los Angeles County Museum of Art curator Ilona Katzew's 2018 appearance on the program. It's here.

On the second segment, Forsythe discusses "William Forsythe: Choreographic Objects," which is at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston through September 15. The exhibition presents a series of works that reveal the ways in which visitors consciously and unconsciously move, interact and respond to each other and their own bodies. William Forsythe is the former director of the Ballet Frankfurt and later for the Forsythe Company, which was based in Dresden and Frankfurt am Main. The exhibition was curated by Alison de Lima Greene.

Aug 01, 2019
Lubiana Himid, Sheila Pepe
01:20:32

Episode No. 403 features artists Lubaina Himid and Sheila Pepe.

The New Museum is presenting "Lubaina Himid: Work from Underneath" through October 6. It is Himid's first solo museum exhibition in the United States. Lubaina Himid was a pioneer of the British Black Arts Movement of the 1980s and '90s. Her work has consistently examined the consequences of colonialism while celebrating the African diaspora, all while making use of the art historical constructs devised by the cultures she critiques. The exhibition was curated by Natalie Bell. The New Museum published an excellent catalogue for the show. Amazon offers it for just $17!

Himid's work has been the subject of recent solo shows at the Baltic Center for Contemporary Art and the Platt Hall Museum of Costume at the Manchester Galleries. She was included in the 2018 Berlin Biennale. Her work is well held by the Tate Britain. She won the 2017 Turner Prize.

On the second segment, Sheila Pepe discusses work of hers on view -- 19 in all! -- in "Queer Abstraction" at the Des Moines Art Center. Pepe's  work often brings craft techniques to sculpture and installation, expanding the possibilities of both technique and media. A recent mid-career survey of Pepe's work, titled "Hot Mess Formalism," originated at the Phoenix Museum of Art and traveled to the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, and to the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Mass.

"Queer Abstraction" is on view through September 8. It was curated by Jared Ledesma. The fine catalogue was published by DMAC, but is not yet available online. 

Jul 25, 2019
Cole's Catskill Creek, Book of Beasts
01:09:16

Episode No. 402 features curator and art historian H. Daniel Peck and curator Elizabeth Morrison.

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, New York is presenting "Thomas Cole's Refrain: The Paintings of Catskill Creek." For the first time, 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. "Thomas Cole's Refrain" was curated by H. Daniel Peck, a professor emeritus at Vassar College and is on view through November 3 before traveling to the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, NY. 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.

On the second segment, the J. Paul Getty Museum's Elizabeth Morrison discusses "Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World," which she curated with assistance from with Larisa Grollemond. The bestiary is the tradition that brought animals -- both real and imagined -- to the pages of manuscripts, tapestries and to all manner of objects during the Middle Ages. The Getty exhibition includes not just manuscripts and tapestries, but also paintings, sculpture, decorative arts and contemporary works that demonstrate the influence of the 1,500-year-old bestiary tradition. It's on view at the Getty Center through August 18. The terrific exhibition catalogue was published by the Getty. Amazon offers its for $60.

Jul 18, 2019
Leonardo Drew
01:02:54

Episode No. 401 features artist Leonardo Drew.

The Madison Square Park Conservancy in New York is presenting "Leonardo Drew: City in the Grass." Drew's over 100-foot-long work presents an abstracted cityscape atop a patterned, carpet-recalling panorama. It is on view through December 15. Drew's work is also on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in "Open House: Elliott Hundley," a collection installation that Hundley curated. It's at MOCA's Arata Isozaki-designed building through September 16.

Leonardo Drew makes sculptures and works on paper from natural materials that Drew has often oxidized, burned or otherwise nudged toward collapse. His work often references American and trans-Atlantic history and social injustice. In 2009 the Blaffer Gallery at the University of Houston organized a mid-career survey of his work.

Jul 11, 2019
Summer clips: Carrie Moyer
49:48

Episode No. 400 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features a previously aired conversation between host Tyler Green and Carrie Moyer. 

Moyer is included in "Queer Abstraction" at the Des Moines Art Center, a show which looks at how LGBTQ artists have used abstraction to address sexuality and gender. The show, which was curated by Jared Ledesma, is in Iowa through September 8.

Jul 05, 2019
Summer clips: Late Monet
45:46

Episode No. 399 is a summer clips episode that features curator George Shackelford.

Shackelford is the curator of "Monet: The Late Years", which has just opened at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth. The exhibition includes canvases Monet made at the end of the nineteenth century and in the mid-1900s, but primarily considers the paintings Monet made between 1913 and his death in 1926. The show debuted this past spring at San Francisco's de Young Museum. "Monet" is at the Kimbell through September 15.

Jun 27, 2019
Harmony Hammond, Anicka Yi
01:30:02

Episode No. 398 features artists Harmony Hammond and Anicka Yi.

Hammond is featured in three important exhibitions around the United States. The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Conn.  is showing "Harmony Hammond: Material Witness, Five Decades of Art," a survey of Hammond's career. The exhibition, which was curated by Amy Smith-Stewart, will be on view through September 5. The excellent catalogue, the first hardcover monograph on Hammond's career, was published by the Aldrich and Gregory R. Miller. Amazon offers it for $45.

Hammond is also included in two major summer historical surveys. "Art after Stonewall, 1969-89" is at the Grey Art Gallery at New York University and at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. It closes at the Grey on July 20; at the Leslie-Lohman on July 21. "Art after Stonewall" surveys the impact the LGBTQ movement had on visual art and culture in the two decades after the Stonewall Rebellion. It was curated curated by Jonathan Weinberg, Tyler Cann and Drew Sawyer for the Columbus Museum of Art, which organized the exhibition. It next travels to the Frost Art Museum in Miami before arriving in Columbus. "Queer Abstraction" is on view at the Des Moines Art Center through September 8. The exhibition, which was curated by Jared Ledesma, examines how LGBTQ artists have used abstraction to address sexuality and gender. It will travel to the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, Kan. An exhibition catalogue is forthcoming.

On the second segment, Anicka Yi, whose Le Pain Sympathetique (2014) is on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in "The Foundation of the Museum: MOCA's Collection." Organized by Bennett Simpson and Rebecca Lowery, the exhibition is at MOCA's Geffen Contemporary building through January 27. Yi talked with host Tyler Green in 2017 on the occasion of "Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon" at the New Museum in New York.

Jun 20, 2019
David Park, Nature's Nation
01:05:07

Episode No. 397 features curators Janet Bishop and Karl Kusserow.

Bishop is the curator of "David Park: A Retrospective," which is on view at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth through September 22. Park was the originator of what has become known as the Bay Area Figurative School, a key response to abstract expressionism that helped make San Francisco one of America's post-war art-making capitals.

On the second segment, Princeton University Art Museum curator Karl Kusserow discusses "Nature's Nation: American Art and Environment," an exhibition he co-curated with Alan C. Braddock. The exhibition offers an ecocritical take on the American landscape tradition through works by nineteenth-century painters, Native American basket-makers, photographers and more. It is on view at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark. through September 9. The exhibition catalogue was published by the Princeton University Art Museum and is distributed by Yale University Press. Amazon lists it at $50.

Jun 13, 2019
Sheila Hicks
55:43

Episode No. 396 features artist Sheila Hicks.

The Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas is presenting "Sheila Hicks: Seize, Weave Space," an exhibition that presents often site-engaged work both inside the Nasher and in its garden. The exhibition, which was curated by Leigh Arnold, is on view through August 18.

The Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach, Fla. is concurrently presenting "Sheila Hicks: Campo Abierto (Open Field)." It was curated by Frederic Bonnet and is on view through September 29.

Hicks, who has made fiber the foundation of her practice for 60 years, is one of the world's most celebrated artists. Last year in Paris, where Hicks lives, the Centre Pompidou, presented a retrospective of Hicks's career. Her last American retrospective was in 2010, an exhibition that originated at the Addison Gallery of American Art before traveling to the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia and the Mint Museum in Charlotte. (The catalogue for the Pompidou show is excellent; Amazon offers it for $31.)

The program was taped before a live audience at the Nasher.

Jun 06, 2019
Early Rubens, Alicia McCarthy
01:11:40

Episode No. 395 features curator Kirk Nickel and artist Alicia McCarthy.

The Legion of Honor in San Francisco is presenting "Early Rubens," an examination of the first phase of Rubens's career. With about 30 paintings and 20 drawings, the exhibition examines work Rubens made from 1609, when he was in his early 30s, until 1621. It was curated by National Gallery of Canada director Sasha Suda, and this week's guest, Kirk Nickel of the Legion of Honor. The exhibition is on view in San Francisco through September 8, when it will travel to the Art Gallery of Ontario (where Suda was previously the curator of European art). The excellent exhibition catalogue was published by Delmonico Prestel. Amazon offers it for just $31.

On the second segment, Alicia McCarthy discusses "Alicia McCarthy: No Straight Lines," a major commissioned mural at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio. The exhibition was curated by Lucy I. Zimmerman and will be on view through August 1. The Oakland-based McCarthy was the winner of the 2017 SFMOMA SECA Award. Her recent projects have included a 2018 show at the Berkeley Art Museum with Ruby Neri and a building-side mural in downtown San Francisco.

May 30, 2019
Holiday clips: John Akomfrah
41:31

Episode No. 394 is a holiday weekend clips program featuring John Akomfrah. It was recorded in April, 2018.

The ICA Boston is presenting the U.S. debut of John Akomfrah's Purple. It opens today to East Boston residents and ICA members, to the general public on May 26, and will remain on view through September 2. Purple is a six-channel video installation that addresses climate change and its effect on human communities, biodiversity and the wilderness. The work is installed at the new ICA Watershed.

The interview was taped on the occasion of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University's presentation of Precarity, (2017-18), a work that it commissioned for its collection and that debuted at the Ogden Museum as part of the recent Prospect 4 triennial in New Orleans.

May 24, 2019
Suzanne Lacy, Thomas Nozkowski
01:05:07

Episode No. 393 features artists Suzanne Lacy and Thomas Nozkowski.

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts are jointly presenting the retrospective "Suzanne Lacy: We are Here." The exhibition explores Lacy's roots in early conceptualism and her emergence as a pioneer of what has become known as social practice, the use of community organizing and media-focused strategies to prompt events and discussions. The exhibitions are on view in San Francisco through August 4.

On the second segment, a clip from host Tyler Green's 2013 conversation with painter Thomas Nozkowski, who died last week. He was 75. Nozkowski was a painter's painter. He had over seventy solo shows around the world and his work is in almost every major museum collection you can think of, all to little fanfare. His last retrospective was a decade ago, at the National Gallery of Canada.

May 16, 2019
Julie Ault on Nancy Spero, American Pre-Raphaelites
01:23:52

Episode No. 392 features artist and curator Julie Ault and curator Linda S. Ferber.

Ault is the curator of "Nancy Spero: Paper Mirror" at MoMA PS1 through June 23. Spero was a pioneering feminist artist whose work often addressed contemporary events and archetypal representations of women across cultures, all in an attempt to present histories in which women were protagonists. "Paper Mirror" includes over 100 works Spero made over six decades. It is the first major exhibition of her work in the U.S. since her death in 2009.

Julie Ault is an artist whose work frequently consists of curatorial activity as artistic practice. She was a co-founder of the art collective Group Material (1979-1996), and her work has been exhibited in the Sao Paulo and Whitney Biennials. In 2018 she was awarded a MacArthur 'genius' fellowship.

On the second segment, historian and curator Linda S. Ferber discusses "The American Pre-Raphaelites: Radical Realists" at the National Gallery of Art. The exhibition examines a group of artists who Ferber and artist Nancy K. Anderson argue coalesced around the ideas of John Ruskin around and after the American Civil War. Their work frequently used nature and landscape to address contemporary politics via metaphor. The exhibition is on view in Washington through July 21.

May 09, 2019
Monuments and memorials
01:29:53

Episode No. 391 looks at art and its relationship to monuments and memorials in the United States and features art historian Sarah Beetham, activist Julia Pulawski and artist Ebony G. Patterson.

Sarah Beetham (Twitter) is an assistant professor of art history at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She's working on a book titled "Monumental Crisis: Accident, Vandalism and the Civil War Citizen Soldier," a look at how monuments have become central to a range of American discourses in the many decades since the Civil War.

Julia Pulawski is a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and along with artist Annie Simpson is part of an ad hoc group of Chapel Hill activists that erected guerilla monuments to James Cates and an anonymized Negro Wench in Chapel Hill. 

Ebony G. Patterson is an artist whose work updates the memorial form and expands it to include people and groups typically excluded from the American memorial and monument tradition. The Perez Art Museum Miami is presenting a solo exhibition of Patterson's work titled ... while the dew is still on the roses... through May 5.

May 02, 2019
Barry Schwabsky, Shara Hughes
01:04:13

Episode No. 390 features critic and author Barry Schwabsky and artist Shara Hughes.

Distributed Art Publishers has just published "Landscape Painting Now: From Pop Abstraction to New Romanticism," a look at how painters from all over the world are addressing landscape in their work. It features more than 80 artists and over 400 artworks. Amazon offers it for $43.

The book was edited by Todd Bradway. The text is by Barry Schwabsky, with contributions from Susan A. Van Scoy, Robert R. Shane, and Louise Sørensen.

Schwabsky is art critic for The Nation and the coeditor of international reviews for Artforum, a New York art magazine.

Shara Hughes is a New York-based painter. She has been included in group exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, MASS MoCA and at the Katonah (NY) Art Museum, In 2020 La Consortium in Dijon, France will host a solo exhibition of Hughes's work. Her paintings address both landscape and elements of landscape assembled in sometimes fantastical ways.

Apr 25, 2019
Holiday clips: Rachel Whiteread
55:18

Episode No. 389 is a holiday clips episode featuring a previously aired conversation with artist Rachel Whiteread.

After originating at the Tate Britain and traveling to the National Gallery of Art, the 30-year-retrospective "Rachel Whiteread" is at its final stop, the Saint Louis Art Museum. Curated by Molly Donovan and Ann Gallagher, it is on view through June 9. The excellent exhibition catalogue was published by the Tate, which originated the exhibition. Amazon offers it starting at $34.

Whiteread’s work has long explored domestic spaces and objects through casting and the presentation of negative space. Her sculptures have given us new ways to look at familiar places and spaces, and nudge us toward new understandings of the familiar.

Apr 18, 2019
Sonya Clark, Analia Saban
01:03:17

Episode No. 388 features artists Sonya Clark and Analia Saban.

The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia is exhibiting "Sonya Clark: Monumental Cloth, The Flag We Should Know" through August 4. The exhibition considers a common dishcloth that was used as the flag of surrender by General Robert E. Lee's Army of the Potomac at Appomattox. Sonya Clark's address of the surrender flag asks why we know the infamous Confederate battle flag instead of the South's most prominent surrender flag? The exhibition includes five installations on two of FWM's floors. Clark's work is informed by the original surrender flag, now in the collection of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

Clark teaches at Amherst College. She is the recipient of a United States Artist fellowship and many other major grants, including a Pollock Krasner Award, the Anonymous was a Woman Award and a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship.  She was a guest on Episode No. 150.

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth's latest "Focus" exhibition features Analia Saban. It includes new work, both tapestry and painting-referencing objects, that address abstraction and the grid via circuit boards and computer chips. As is typical in her work, Saban addresses her subjects through the playful subversion of her materials, in this case copper wire and acrylic paint woven into place. The exhibition is on view through May 12.

Saban has exhibited in group exhibitions at the Hammer Museum, LACMA, the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne and more.

Apr 11, 2019
American art and the Vietnam War
01:06:00

Episode No. 387 features curator Melissa Ho.

Ho is the curator of "Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965-75" at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The exhibition examines how artists responded to the war, and reveals the impact the war had on pushing artists into greater engagement with their world. "Artists Respond" is on view through August 18. The exceptional exhibition catalogue was published by Princeton University Press. Amazon offers it for $45.

Apr 04, 2019
Late Monet, Zilia Sánchez
01:10:19

Episode No. 386 features curators George Shackelford and Vesela Sretenović.

Shackelford is the curator of "Monet: The Late Years" at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. The exhibition includes canvases Monet made at the end of the nineteenth century and in the mid-1900s, but primarily considers the paintings Monet made between 1913 and his death in 1926. Shackelford is the deputy director of the Kimbell Art Museum, to which the exhibition travels from San Francisco. "Monet" remains on view at the de Young through May 7. The Kimbell published the catalogue, which Amazon offers for $40.

Shackelford discussed "Early Monet" on Episode No. 265. The series of paintings Monet finished just before his death and gave to the French state, now installed in the Orangerie, are presented on this website.

On the second segment, Phillips Collection curator Vesela Sretenović discusses "Zilia Sánchez: Soy Isla (I am an Island)." The exhibition surveys the work Sánchez, a Puerto-Rico based Cuban artist, has made since the 1950s. It is on view at the Phillips through May 19. The exhibition's catalogue, the go-to publication on Sánchez's work, was published by Yale University Press. Amazon offers it for $40.

Mar 28, 2019
Tintoretto
01:18:15

Episode No. 385 features curators Frederick Ilchman and John Marciari.

Along with Robert Echols, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston curator Frederick Ilchman has organized "Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice" at the National Gallery of Art. The exhibition, the first Tintoretto retrospective in the United States, opens on Sunday and will remain on view through July 7. It includes nearly 50 paintings and over a dozen works on paper. The outstanding exhibition catalogue was published by the NGA and Yale University Press.

On the second segment, Morgan Library curator John Marciari discusses "Drawing in Tintoretto's Venice," a survey of roughly 80 drawings by Tintoretto and his Venetian cohorts. It also opens on Sunday and will remain on view at the NGA through June 9. Its excellent catalogue was published by Paul Holberton Publishing.

Mar 21, 2019
Joan Miró, Pop América
01:28:32

Episode No. 384 features curators Anne Umland and Esther Gabara.

The Museum of Modern Art, New York is presenting "Joan Miró: Birth of the World." While most of the exhibition comes from MoMA's excellent Miró collection, it is augmented by several key loans, including the early The Table (Still Life with Rabbit) (1920-21). Umland curated the presentation with assistance from Laura Braverman. It is on view through June 15.

On the second segment, Duke University professor Esther Gabara discusses her exhibition "Pop América, 1965-75," which is on view at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University through July 21. The exhibition examines how Latin American and Latinx artists engaged with pop art  alongside their American and European peers. The exhibition is accompanied by a terrific catalogue published by the Nasher and distributed by Duke University Press. Amazon offers it for $29.

Mar 14, 2019
Yinka Shonibare, Pontormo
01:12:30

Episode No. 383 features artist Yinka Shonibare and art historian Bruce Edelstein.

In the first exhibition of its new contemporary series, the Richard M. Driehaus Museum in Chicago is showing "A Tale of Today." The exhibition surveys Yinka Shonibare's output, including photography and sculpture installations, all presented within a notable Gilded Age mansion. (Shonibare has frequently referred to the excesses of the nineteenth-century in his work.) The exhibition was organized by the Driehaus and is on view through September 29.

On the second segment, art historian and curator Bruce Edelstein discusses "Miraculous Encounters: Pontormo from Drawing to Painting" at the J. Paul Getty Museum. The exhibition most prominently features Pontormo's Visitation (~1528-29) and a drawing for the work. Edelstein, the coordinator for graduate programs and advanced research at NYU in Florence, co-curated the presentation with the Getty's Davide Gasparotto. It is on view at the Getty through April 28. The excellent catalogue for the presentation, which includes a wealth of conservation-related information, was published by the Getty.

Mar 07, 2019
Allen Ruppersberg, Hans Hofmann
01:18:47

Episode No. 382 features artist Allen Ruppersberg and curator Lucinda Barnes.

The Hammer Museum is presenting "Allen Ruppersberg: Intellectual Property, 1968-2018." The exhibition is a retrospective that reveals Ruppersberg's pioneering role in the development of conceptual art and how he has advanced his ideas into painting, collage and installation in the decades since. It includes extensive presentation of both of Ruppersberg's most important and groundbreaking projects: Al's Cafe (1969), in which Ruppersberg created a cafe and served customers artist-made meals that included ingredients such as rocks and pine cones; and Al's Grand Hotel (1971), a fully functioning hotel (named after a 1932 MGM movie) with artist-designed rooms. The exhibition was curated by Siri Engberg with assistance from curatorial fellows Jordan Carter and Fabián Leyva-Barragán, and debuted at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. It is on view at the Hammer through May 12. The exhibition catalogue was published by the Walker. Amazon offers it for $41.

On the second segment, Lucinda Barnes discusses "Hans Hofmann: The Nature of Abstraction," a broad survey of Hofmann's painting from 1930 through the end of his life in 1966. The exhibition is at the Berkeley Art Museum through July 21, when it will travel to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. Hofmann was a German-born painter and teacher whose came to the United States in 1930, when he was 50 years old, to teach and to continue his career. The exhibition's excellent catalogue was published by University of California Press. Amazon offers it for $48.

Feb 28, 2019
Trevor Paglen, Bernardo Bellotto
01:11:40

Episode No. 381 features artist Trevor Paglen and curator Nancy Edwards.

From Friday, Feb. 22, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is presenting "Trevor Paglen: Sites Unseen," a mid-career survey. Paglen's work examines the nexus of power, systems, state intelligence and the military, usually in an effort to make the invisible visible. Among the institutions devoting exhibitions to Paglen's art are the Vienna Secession, and the Kunstverein in Frankfurt. He's written five books and is a MacArthur 'genius' fellowship recipient. "Paglen" is at MCASD's downtown location through June 2. It was curated by John P. Jacob and organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, which published the show's terrific catalogue. Amazon offers it for $37.

On the second segment, Kimbell Art Museum curator Nancy Edwards discusses "The Lure of Dresden: Bellotto at the Court of Saxony." The exhibition features onetime Canaletto studio-hand Bernardo Bellotto's extraordinary broad, yet detailed view paintings of Dresden and its environs. (Bellotto was the court painter in Dresden from roughly 1748-58.) The exhibition is on view through April 28. The excellent catalogue was published by Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden and Sandstein Verlag. Amazon offers it for $33.

Feb 21, 2019
Holiday clips: Charles White
50:08

Episode No. 380 is a holiday weekend clips episode featuring a previously recorded interview with curator Esther Adler.

With Sarah Kelly Oehler, Adler is the co-curator of "Charles White: A Retrospective" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The exhibition is the first major museum full-career survey of White's work in over three decades. It spotlights White's painting, drawing and photographs, and includes archival material especially related to his mural practice. "Charles White" is on view at LACMA from Sunday, February 17 through June 9, 2019. 

Feb 14, 2019
Amy Sherald, Lucio Fontana
01:16:02

Episode No. 379 features artist Amy Sherald and curator Iria Candela.

The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art is showing "Amy Sherald," an exhibition of recent paintings, through May 18. The exhibition was organized by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and curated by its director, Lisa Melandri.

On the second segment, Metropolitan Museum of Art curator Iria Candela discusses "Lucio Fontana: On the Threshold," a retrospective of the Argentine-Italian artist. The exhibition is primarily on view at the Met Breuer through April 14, but Fontana environments are also on view at the Met's Fifth Avenue building at the El Museo del Barrio. The catalogue was published by the Met and is distributed by Yale University Press. Amazon offers it for $42.

Feb 07, 2019
Twombly's Fifty Days at Iliam, Sadie Barnette
01:13:42

Episode No. 378 features historian Richard Fletcher and artist Sadie Barnette.

Yale University Press has just published "Cy Twombly: Fifty Days at Iliam," a monograph about Twombly's famed 1978 paintings series at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The book features the paintings and related works, as well as a conversation with Annabelle D‘Huart and essays by Carlos Basualdo, Emily Greenwood, Olena Chervonik, and Nicola Del Roscio and this week's guest, Richard Fletcher. Amazon offers it for $32.

Over the course of the ten paintings of "Fifty Days at Iliam," Twombly addresses the Trojan War through Alexander Pope’s 18th-century translation of Homer’s Iliad. Fletcher is a professor at The Ohio State University. His previous work has examined how contemporary artists have engaged with classical antiquity.

On the second segment, Sadie Barnette discusses her Dear 1968… on the occasion of an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego last year. The installation was the result of Barnette’s research into her family history, specifically her father’s participation in the Black Panther Party and the FBI’s surveillance of him. For images, please see the show page for Episode No. 350. Barnette is an Oakland-based artist whose work often explores urbanity, architecture, resistance and survival. "Phone Home," an exhibition of Barnette's recent work, is on view at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco through April 14.

Jan 31, 2019
Maxwell Anderson, Kellie Jones
42:04

Episode No. 377 features art historians Maxwell Anderson and Kellie Jones.

This week's episode spotlights two different approaches to addressing gaps in our understanding of American art history.

First, Souls Grown Deep Foundation president Maxwell Anderson discusses his organization's project to document, preserve and promote the work of artists from the African-American South and to more fully include their cultural traditions within American art. In 2014 Souls Grown Deep began a program to transfer the majority of the works in its collection -- by artists such as Ronald Lockett, Thornton Dial, Mary T. Smith, Joe Minter and the quiltmakers of the Gee's Bend community in Alabama -- to American and international art museums. So far Souls Grown Deep's efforts have led to the acquisition of hundreds of works by museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the High Museum of Art, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art and more. Many of those museums have organized exhibitions of those acquisitions. FAMSF's de Young Museum and the Met have included Souls Grown Deep-sourced works in a new, ongoing installations from their modern and contemporary collections.

Then, Kellie Jones, an art history professor at Columbia University, discusses the Getty Research Institute's new African American art history initiative. Jones is the senior consultant to the new program. It will acquire and make available artist archives, establish a dedicated curatorship in African American art history, make available annual research fellowships and conduct oral histories of key figures across the field. When the Getty announced the program it also announced it was acquiring the archive of Betye Saar, one of the most influential artists of the post-war period.

Jan 25, 2019
Robert Pruitt, Maggie Cao
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Episode No. 376 features artist Robert Pruitt and art historian Maggie Cao.

The California African American Museum is showing "Robert Pruitt: Devotion," a survey of Pruitt's large-scale drawing and sculpture that is installed with art that has informed Pruitt's work. The exhibition was curated by Mar Hollingsworth and will be on view through February 17.

Robert Pruitt's drawings, sculpture, animation and more brings together spiritual traditions, fictional narrative, technology and science fiction in a way that suggests new stories and new black identities. Pruitt has received solo shows at museums such as the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Ulrich Museum of Art in Wichita. His work is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the ICA Boston, the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, the Studio Museum and more.

On the second segment, art historian Maggie Cao discusses her book "The End of Landscape in Nineteenth-Century America." The book, which was published by University of California Press, offers some ideas about why Cao thinks landscape declined as a subject of American art near the end of the nineteenth century. Amazon offers it for $59.

Jan 18, 2019
"Posing Modernity" and Ralston Crawford
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Episode No. 375 features curators Denise Murrell and Keith Davis.

Murrell is the curator of "Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today" at the Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University. It examines the changing modes of representation of the black figure in modern and contemporary art, as well as the models' influence on the artists with whom they worked. The exhibition is on view in New York City through February 10 before traveling to the Musee d'Orsay in Paris. The outstanding catalogue for the exhibition was published by Yale University Press. Amazon offers it for $50.

Davis is the curator of "Structured Vision: The Photographs of Ralston Crawford" at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. The exhibition is a survey of Crawford's photographic practice, from his street photography to his pictures of dams and the Western landscape. It is on view through April 7. The excellent exhibition catalogue was published by Yale University Press. Amazon offers it for $47.

Jan 10, 2019
Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Bierstadt's West
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Episode No. 374 features artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby and curator Laura Fry.

Njideka Akunyili Crosby's work is on view at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in its latest "Focus" show, titled "Njideka Akunyili Crosby | Counterparts." MAMFW's "Focus" series is curated by Alison Hearst. "Crosby" originated at the Baltimore Museum of Art and curated by Kristen Hileman. The exhibition is on view in Fort Worth through January 13. Crosby has also designed a printed mural wrapped around the exterior of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles's Arata Isozaki-designed building.

Crosby's paintings typically feature elements such as textiles, printed media and flora from her experiences growing up in Nigeria and, now, living in the United States. Her solo show credits include the National Portrait Gallery, London; the Tang Museum at Skidmore College, the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach and a Hammer "Projects" exhibition. In 2017 she was awarded a MacArthur 'genius' grant.

On the second segment, Gilcrease Museum curator Laura Fry discusses "Albert Bierstadt: Witness to a Changing West," which is at the Gilcrease in Tulsa, Oklahoma through February 10. The exhibition spotlights Bierstadt's depictions of native cultures of the Great Plains as well as his views that include American bison. The Gilcrease co-organized "Bierstadt" with the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming. Peter H. Hassrick, the Buffalo Bill Center's director emeritus and senior scholar, curated it. The exhibition catalogue was published by University of Oklahoma Press. Amazon offers it for $35.

Jan 03, 2019
Holiday clips: Ursula von Rydingsvard
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Episode No. 373 is a holiday clips episode that features a previously aired conversation with artist Ursula von Rydingsvard.

The program was taped on the occasion of The Fabric Workshop and Museum's presentation of "Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling," an exhibition of roughly 20 von Rydingsvards mostly made since 2000. The exhibition was curated by Mark Rosenthal.

Dec 27, 2018
Holiday clips: Deborah Roberts
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Episode No. 372 is a holiday clips episode featuring a previously aired conversation with artist Deborah Roberts.

Roberts recently won a 2018 Anonymous Was a Woman grant. The program provides an unrestricted grant that "enables women artists, over 40 years of age and at a significant juncture in their lives or careers, to continue to grow and pursue their work."

Roberts came onto the program in February, 2018 on the occasion of the Spelman College Museum of Art exhibition "Deborah Roberts: The Evolution of Mimi."

Dec 20, 2018
Kehinde Wiley, Nevelson & Hood
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Episode No. 371 features artist Kehinde Wiley and curator Alison de Lima Greene.

The Saint Louis Art Museum is presenting "Kehinde Wiley: Saint Louis," an exhibition of 11 paintings for which Wiley chose his models from northern Saint Louis City and from Ferguson, in Saint Louis County, and posed them in ways informed by paintings in SLAM's collections. The exhibition was curated by Simon Kelley and Hannah Klemm, with assistance from Molly Moog. It's on view through February 10, 2019. An exhibition catalogue is forthcoming.

Wiley's work is also included in "People Get Ready: Building a Contemporary Collection" at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. (Curators Trevor Schoonmaker installed Wiley in the museum's European galleries.) "People Get Ready"  is on view through January 6, 2019.

Kehinde Wiley is the first African-American artist to paint an official U.S. Presidential portrait (Barack Obama) for the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. Wiley has also been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, the Jewish Museum in New York City, the Columbus Museum of Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem.

On the second segment, Museum of Fine Arts Houston curator Alison de Lima Greene discusses "Kindred Spirits: Louise Nevelson & Dorothy Hood." The exhibition presents the work of two mid-century artists who synthesized elements such as cubism and surrealism into American abstraction. The show is on view through February 3, 2010.

Dec 13, 2018
Laura Owens, Mark Lamster
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Episode No. 370 features artist Laura Owens and author Mark Lamster.

"Laura Owens," a survey of Owens's work since the mid-1990s, is on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art's Geffen Contemporary location through March 25, 2019. The exhibition, which was curated by Scott Rothkopf and originated at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, features about 60 paintings. The exhibition is accompanied by a book published by the Whitney. Amazon offers it for $30.

Throughout her career, Laura Owens has made paintings that address art history, how paintings are made, how images are produced and how painters have left marks on canvas, often within single artworks. Her previous museum exhibitions have come at MOCA (in 2003), the Fabric Workshop and Museum, the Bonnefanten Museum Maastricht, Kunsthalle Zurich, the Secession in Vienna and at The Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts at the California College for the Arts in San Francisco.

On the second segment, Mark Lamster discusses his new biography "The Man in the Glass House: Philip Johnson, Architect of the Modern Century." The book, which was published by Little, Brown and Co., reveals how important the New York art world was to Johnson's professional rise, and how Johnson's affiliation with Nazis almost ended his architecture career before it began. Lamster is the architecture critic of the Dallas Morning News and he teaches at the University of Texas at Arlington. His previous books include "Master of Shadows: The Secret Diplomatic Career of Peter Paul Rubens," and "Spalding's World Tour: The Epic Adventure that Took Baseball Around the Globe - And Made It America's Game." Amazon offers "The Man in the Glass House" for $21.

Dec 06, 2018
The Renaissance Nude, Nature's Nation
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Episode No. 369 features curators Thomas Kren and Karl Kusserow.

Kren is the lead curator of "The Renaissance Nude" at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Over the course of more than 100 paintings, prints and sculpture, the exhibition examines how artists represented the human figure between the early fifteenth and the early sixteenth centuries. The show was co-curated by Jill Burke, Stephen J. Campbell with assistance from Andrea Herrera and Thomas de Pasquale. "The Renaissance Nude" is on view through January 27, 2019. It is accompanied by a fantastic catalogue published by the Getty. Amazon offers it for $61.

On the second segment, Princeton University Art Museum curator Karl Kusserow discusses "Nature's Nation: American Art and Environment," an exhibition he co-curated with Alan C. Braddock. The exhibition offers an ecocritical take on the American landscape tradition through works by nineteenth-century painters, Native American basket-makers, photographers and more. It is on view at Princeton through January 6, 2019 before traveling to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass., and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark. The exhibition catalogue was published by the Princeton University Art Museum and is distributed by Yale University Press. Amazon lists it at $50.

Nov 29, 2018
No. 368: Thanksgiving clips: Gary Simmons
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Episode No. 368 is a Thanksgiving weekend clips episode featuring artist Gary Simmons.

Gary Simmons's newest installation is on view at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles. Titled "Gary Simmons: Fade to Black," the work is a multi-wall installation in the museum's atrium. The presentation was curated by Naima J. Keith and will remain on view through December 31, 2019. Simmons is also included in a collection installation titled "I am you, you are too" at the Walker Art Center.

Nov 23, 2018
Charline von Heyl, Rebecca Bedell
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Episode No. 367 features artist Charline von Heyl and art historian Rebecca Bedell.

Washington's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is showing "Charline von Heyl: Snake Eyes," a survey of paintings von Heyl has made since 2005.  The exhibition, which is on view through January 27, 2019, was curated by the Hirshhorn's Evelyn C. Hankins and Dirk Luckow of Hamburg's Deichtorhallen (with assistance from Sandy Guttman), which originated the exhibition. The exhibition catalogue was published by Delmonico Prestel. Amazon offers it for $95.

von Heyl is a New York and Marfa-based abstract painter whose work engages art history and the way images are built and constructed. She has been the subject of solo exhibitions at museums such as the Tate Liverpool, the Kunsthalle Nurnberg, the ICA Boston, the ICA Philadelphia, the Vienna Secession and more. She was previously a guest on Episode No. 2 (!) of The MAN Podcast.

On the second segment, Rebecca Bedell discusses her new book Moved to Tears: Rethinking the Art of the Sentimental in the United States, a fresh assessment of art that was intended to prompt empathy, nostalgia and patriotism in the context of its time, but that has often been read as saccharine when considered through the standards of the present. Bedell teaches at Wellesley College. She is the author of The Anatomy of Nature: Geology and American Landscape Painting, 1825-1875 and the curator of the 2009 Fitzwilliam Museum exhibition "Endless Forms: Charles Darwin, Natural Science and the Visual Arts." Moved to Tears was published by Princeton University Press. It is available from Amazon for $45.

Nov 15, 2018
Matisse and decoration, Kimbell's new Bonnard
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Episode No. 366 features art historian John Klein and curator George Shackelford.

Klein is the author of "Matisse and Decoration," a new look at how Matisse's interest in the French decorative tradition informed and motivated his work throughout his career, but especially between 1935 and his death in 1954. The book details how Matisse translated decoration into easel painting, as well as into significant commissions for private individuals in the United States and Europe. The book also reveals how Matisse responded to the crisis of World War II and helped participate in France's post-war revival through decorative projects. The book was published by Yale University Press. It is available from Amazon for $39.

On the second segment, Kimbell Art Museum curator and senior deputy director George Shackelford discusses his museum's recent acquisition of a major Pierre Bonnard, Landscape at Le Cannet (1928). The painting, a four-foot-by-nine-foot Bonnardian address of the French decorative tradition, is now on view at the Kimbell.

Nov 08, 2018
Charles White, Alida Cervantes
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Episode No. 365 features curator Esther Adler and artist Alida Cervantes.

With Sarah Kelly Oehler, Adler is the co-curator of "Charles White: A Retrospective" at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The exhibition is the first major museum full-career survey of White's work in over three decades. It spotlights White's painting, drawing and photographs, and includes archival material especially related to his mural practice. "Charles White" is on view at MoMA through January 13, 2019, when it will travel to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The exhibition catalogue was published by the Art Institute of Chicago, which originated the show, and is distributed by Yale University Press. Amazon offers it for $34.

On the second segment, artist Alida Cervantes discusses her work on the occasion of "Being Here with You/ Estando aquí contigo" at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. The exhibition presents the work of 42 artists and collectives living and working in the San Diego and Tijuana region. The exhibition, which is at MCASD's downtown Jacobs Building, is on view through February 3, 2019. The exhibition catalogue is available at the museum. Concurrently, Cervantes's work is on view in in "Hello hero, hero hello. Hello Hero, Hello hello" at Efrain Lopez Projects in Chicago. It's up through November 10.

Nov 01, 2018
Tyler Green with Eleanor Harvey
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Episode No. 364 features historian and curator Eleanor Harvey and historian Tyler Green.

Tyler Green is the author of "Carleton Watkins: Making the West American," a new biography-ish of the most influential American artist of the 19th century, and that century’s greatest photographer too. He his best known for his pictures of Yosemite Valley and the nearby Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias made at the outbreak of the Civil War.

Watkins’s pictures helped shape America’s (and the world’s) idea of the West, and helped make the West a full participant in the Union and then the nation. His pictures of California, Oregon, and Nevada, as well as modern-day Washington, Utah, and Arizona, not only introduced entire landscapes to America but were important to the development of American business, finance, agriculture, government policy, painting and science.

Green is (usually) the producer/host of The Modern Art Notes Podcast.

Green is interviewed by Eleanor Harvey, the senior curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Her most recent major exhibition was "The Civil War and American Art" (2012). She's presently working on an exhibition about Alexander von Humboldt's influence on American art and culture.

Watkins is available at bookstores and from Amazon (for just $23!), UC Press, Bookfinder and your local independent bookstore (via IndieBound).

Oct 25, 2018
Hilma af Klint, Frans Hals
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Episode No. 363 features curators Tracey Bashkoff and Lawrence W. Nichols.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York is showing "Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future," a survey of Swedish artist Hilma af Klint (1862-1944). The exhibition features more than 170 of af Klint’s artworks with a focus on the artist’s most significant period, from 1906–20, when her interest in spirtualism helped push her toward non-objective imagery.  It is the first major solo exhibition of af Klint's work in the United States. Tracey Bashkoff curated the exhibition with assistance from David Horowitz. It will be on view through April 23, 2019. The exhibition's excellent catalogue was published by the Guggenheim. Amazon offers it for $40.

On the second segment, Lawrence W. Nichols discusses "Frans Hals Family Portraits: A Reunion," at the Toledo Museum of Art. It is the first exhibition devoted to Hals's family portraiture. The show was motivated  by Toledo's 2011 acquisition of Hals's Van Campen Family Portrait in a Landscape and the recent conservation of Hals's Three Children of the Van Campen Family at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium in Brussels. The Toledo and Brussels canvases were originally a single painting, separated for unknown reasons in either the late 18th or early 19th century. Toledo has reunited the two paintings for this show, along with a third, a fragment of a painting presently in a private collection. The exhibition is in Toledo through Jan. 6, 2019. The exhibition catalogue was published by Hirmer. Amazon offers it for $33.

Oct 18, 2018
Laurie Simmons, Victor Hugo
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Episode No. 362 features artist Laurie Simmons and curator Allegra Pesenti.

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth opens "Laurie Simmons: Big Camera/Little Camera," a retrospective of Simmons's career, on October 14. The exhibition spotlights Simmons's long-standing interest in gender roles, most famously in series of pictures that have used dolls and props. It will be on view through January 27, 2019.

On the second segment, Hammer Museum curator Allegra Pesenti discusses "Stones to Stains: The Drawings of Victor Hugo," a survey of Hugo's drawing practice. Hugo was a poet, novelist, playwright and critic best known for novels such as Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He was a prolific draftsman -- he made at  least 3,000 drawings -- but did not much exhibit during his own lifetime. "Stones to Stains" features 75 drawings mostly made on the Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey betwene 1852 and 1870. Pesenti co-curated the show with Cynthia Burlingham in association with Florian Rodari. The beautiful catalogue was published by DelMonico Prestel. Amazon offers it for $31.

Oct 11, 2018
Jean Arp, Kay Sage
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Episode No. 361 features curator Catherine Craft and historian Jessie Sentivan.

Craft is the curator of "The Nature of Arp," which is at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas through January 6, 2019. The exhibition is a retrospective of Jean Arp (or in German, Hans Arp), one of the most important artists of both the Dada and surrealist movements. Arp investigated chance and spontaneity in his collage-based work and the human form, abstraction and the processes of nature in his sculpture. The exhibition at the Nasher features over 80 works from throughout his career. The exhibition is accompanied by an excellent catalogue published by the Nasher.

On the second segment, curator and historian Jessie Sentivan discusses two Kay Sage-related projects. Sentivan is the editor of the Kay Sage catalogue raisonne, newly out from Delmonico Prestel. Amazon offers it for $100. Sentivan has also curated "Kay Sage: Serene Surrealist," an exhibition at the Williams College Museum of Art that recreates Sage's inaugural 1950 exhibition with the Catherine Viviano Gallery in New York. It's on view through January 13, 2019.

Oct 04, 2018
Ruth Asawa, Angela Fraleigh
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Episode No. 360 features curator Tamara Schenkenberg and artist Angela Fraleigh.

Schenkenberg is the curator of "Ruth Asawa: Life's Work" at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis. Ruth Asawa (1926-2013) was a San Francisco-based artist who melded traditional craft practices with industrial materials to make some of the most distinctive sculpture of the twentieth century. The exhibition includes 80 works including sculpture, works on paper and collages spanning the start of Asawa's career at Black Mountain College in western North Carolina to the intricate and complicated ceiling-hanging works of her later years. It is the first museum exhibition of Asawa's work in 12 years and the first away from the West Coast. The exhibition is on view until February 16, 2019. A catalogue is forthcoming from Yale University Press. Amazon offers it for pre-order for $40.

Angela Fraleigh is included in "The Un-Heroic Act: Representations of  Rape in Contemporary Women's Art in the U.S." at the Shiva Gallery at John Jay College. The exhibition includes artists such as Kara Walker, Yoko Ono, Senga Nengudi and Suzanne Lacy and was curated by Monica Fabijanska. It is on view through November 2. On Wednesday, October 3, the Shiva will host an evening symposium related to the exhibition.

Fraleigh is a painter and sculptor whose work engages issues of desire and power. Her work is in the collections of the Kemper Art Museum in Kansas City and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

Sep 27, 2018
lauren woods, Eva Struble
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Episode No. 359 features artists lauren woods and Eva Struble.

Artist lauren woods was scheduled to open American MONUMENT this week at the University Art Museum at California State University Long Beach. woods "paused" American MONUMENT after CSULB fired UAM director and American MONUMENT curator Kimberli Meyer on September 11, just days before the project was set to open. American MONUMENT is an interactive sound installation that utilizes open records-sourced materials such as police reports.

On the second segment, artist Eva Struble discusses her work and her interest in California's migrant agricultural labor sector. Struble is one of 42 artists included in "Being Here with You/ Estando aquí contigo," which opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego this weekend.

 

Sep 21, 2018
Mickalene Thomas
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Episode No. 358 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Mickalene Thomas.

"Mickalene Thomas: I Can't See You Without Me" opens at The Wexner Center for the Arts on Friday, September 14. The exhibition features fifty artworks, including paintings, sculptures and installations, around the theme of four of Thomas's most significant muses: her late mother Sandra; her former girlfriend, Maya; her current partner, Racquel; and Thomas herself. The show was curated by Michael Goodson and will be on view through December 30. The exhibition catalogue was published by the Wexner. Amazon offers it for $40.

The exhibition will premiere Thomas's Je t'aime trois, a multichannel video set to music by Terri Lyne Carrington. It was enabled by a Wexner Center Artist Residency Award. On October 4, Thomas will perform entrepe, a live, improvised DJ set as a response to Carrington's work.

Thomas's work is also featured in "People Get Ready: Building a Contemporary Collection," at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. The show presents work that addresses issues ranging from identity to social justice and environmentalism. It was curated by Trevor Schoonmaker and will be on view through January 6, 2019.

Thomas's work has been the subject of solo exhibitions all over the world, including at the Brooklyn Museum, the ICA Boston, the former Santa Monica Museum of Art, New York's Aperture Foundation, the Aspen Art Museum, the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art and more.

Thomas was previously a guest on Episode No. 30 in 2012.

Sep 14, 2018
Rachel Whiteread
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Episode No. 357 features artist Rachel Whiteread.

The National Gallery of Art in Washington opens a retrospective of Whiteread's thirty-year career on September 16. The exhibition will feature more than 100 objects, from her earliest casts of domestic objects such as a swimming cap, to her most important sculptures, such as Ghost (1990) from the NGA's own collection. The show will extend into the atrium of the NGA's East Building, where the museum will install Whiteread's Untitled (Domestic) (2002), a 22-foot-tall plaster cast of the negative space of a fire escape staircase loaned by the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. "Rachel Whiteread" is on view in Washington through January 13, 2019. It was curated by Molly Donovan and Ann Gallagher. From Washington it will travel to the Saint Louis Art Museum. The excellent exhibition catalogue was published by the Tate, which originated the exhibition. Amazon offers it starting at $31.

Sep 06, 2018