The Modern Art Notes Podcast

Episode No. 315 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features photographer Beuford Smith and audio from "Teenie Harris Photographs: In Their Own Voice" at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.

With American art institutions increasingly looking at the long-neglected field of photography by African-Americans, this week's program looks at the work of two museums trying to tell a more complete story of America's history and art history.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond is now showing "Like a Study in Black History: P.H. Polk, Chester Higgins and The Black Photographers Annual, Volume 2." The Black Photographers Annuals were books that were created, published and edited by black artists and that featured the work of black photographers. The Annual was co-founded by Joe Crawford and photographer and editor Beuford Smith, who is the guest on the first segment of this week's MAN Podcast.

Curated by Sarah Eckhardt, "Like a Study in Black History" is on view through April 15, 2018. It is the second in a series of VMFA collection rotations exploring the four volumes of The Black Photographers Annual (1973-80). (The first exhibition may be accessed here.) In conjunction with the exhibitions, Smith granted the VMFA a license to present the four volumes of The Black Photographers Annual online for two years. Each volume may be accessed here:

Smith is social documentarian who was a founding member of the Kamoinge Workshop (which he later led), a black photography collective. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the New York Public Library and the VMFA; the Studio Museum in Harlem and the International Center for Photography in New York have held exhibitions of his work.

The second segment looks at "Teenie Harris Photographs: In Their Own Voice," an exhibition at the CMOA through January 28, 2018. The show, the CMOA's latest in a series of examinations of its Teenie Harris Archive, pairs oral histories with Harris's pictures. This week's program features six audio clips from those oral histories; the related photographs are below.

The oral histories were collected by Ben Houston for the Remembering African American Pittsburgh project at Carnegie Mellon University (which Houston leads). The project was developed by CMU's Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies & the Economy.

The exhibition and the related audio may be more fully accessed via its app, which is available for both Apple and Android devices.

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Episode No. 314 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artists An-My Lê and Katherine Bradford.

An-My Lê is in two exhibitions at the Yale University Art Gallery: "Artists in Exile: Expressions of Loss and Hope," which considers the work of artists who have left the countries of their birth, and "Before the Event/After the Fact: Contemporary Perspectives of War," which examines how photographers have portrayed war. "Artists in Exile" was curated by Frauke V. Josenhans; "Before the Event/After the Fact" was organized by Judy Ditner. Both exhibitions are on view through Dec. 31. The catalogue for "Artists in Exile" was published by Yale University Press. Amazon offers it for $45.

Lê is a Vietnamese-American photographer whose work considers the confluence of war, landscape and memory. Her series include:

  • "Viêt Nam," in which Lê's memories of a war-plagued country inform pictures of the contemporary Vietnamese landscape;
  • "Small Wars," an investigation of Vietnam War re-enactments in Virginia and North Carolina;
  • "29 Palms," a look at Marine training exercises in the California desert; and
  • "The Silent General," a look at the post-Civil War American South.

Lê has had solo exhibitions at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Dia Beacon and MoMA PS1. In 2012 she won a MacArthur 'genius' grant.

On the second segment, Katherine Bradford discusses recent work on the occasion of "FOCUS: Katherine Bradford" at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. The exhibition, curated by Alison Hearst, is on view through January 14, 2018. This fall she'll be exhibiting in Prospect 4, the New Orleans biennial that is curated by Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University curator Trevor Schoonmaker.

Bradford's paintings often address traditional painting standards, such as bathers or swimmers, with verve and freshness. Bradford has been included in group exhibitions at museums such as MoMA PS1 and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Her paintings are in the collections of museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Smith College Museum of Art.

 

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Episode No. 313 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Thomas Struth.

The Saint Louis Art Museum is set to open "Thomas Struth: Nature & Politics," a survey of 35 works Struth has made over the last decade. It opens to members tomorrow, Friday, November 3, and to the general public on November 5. It will remain on view through January 21. The exhibition was co-organized by the Museum Folkwang, Essen, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta  in collaboration with SLAM, whose installation was organized by Eric Lutz. The exhibition's catlaogue was published by Mack. Amazon offers it for $41.

Thomas Struth is one of the world's most prominent photographers. His work often looks at the construction of places, including most recently places that he describes as being weirdly invisible. His most recent retrospective, "Thomas Struth, Photographs 1978-2010," was organized by the Kustsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, in his hometown of Dusseldorf, the Whitechapel in London and the Museu Serralves in Porto, Portugal. His last American retrospective was in 2002-03, at the Dallas Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the MCA Chicago.

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Episode No. 312 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Martine Syms and art historian Petra Giloy-Hirtz.

Martine Syms is included in "Speech/Acts," a six-artist exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia that examines experimental black poetry and how language has shaped black American experiences. (Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Steffani Jemison, Tony Lewis, Tiona Nekkia McClodden, and Kameelah Janan Rasheed are the other artists.) The exhibition, which was curated by Meg Onli, will be on view through December 23. The museum's website includes a reading group syllabus, gallery guide, exhibition poster, installation views and more.

Syms is an artist and the founder of Dominica Publishing, a press dedicated to exploring blackness in contemporary art and culture. Her work most often uses video, installation and performance to investigate representations of blackness, especially in popular culture. She's been the subject of solo shows at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, White Flag Projects in St. Louis, the Camden Arts Centre and the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, Locust Projects in Miami and more.

On the second segment, Petra Giloy-Hirtz discusses her recent monograph of Hassel Smith, a major figure in the development of post-war painting in San Francisco. (Amazon offers it for just $20!) As Crocker Art Museum curator discussed with host Tyler Green last week, Smith was a major influence on Richard Diebenkorn. This segment originally aired in 2013. For Smith images, see Episode No. 65, and the Hassel Smith Estate's website. New York's Washburn Gallery will open an exhibition of Smith's work from 1959-62 on November 2.

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Episode No. 311 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features curators Eve Straussman-Pflanzer and Scott A Shields. At the top of the program, host Tyler Green shares some findings from our recently completed annual survey.

"The Medici's Painter: Carlo Dolci and 17th-Century Florence" is the first American exhibition devoted to the paintings and drawings by Carlo Dolci. Curated by Eve Straussman-Pflanzer, the Detroit Institute of Art's curator of European paintings, the exhibition is at the Nasher Museum at Duke University through January 14, 2018.

On the second segment, Crocker Art Museum curator Scott A. Shields discusses "Richard Diebenkorn: Beginnings, 1942-1955," which the Crocker co-organized with the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation. 

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Episode No. 310 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features curators Davide Gasparotto and Roni Baer.

Davide Gasparotto is the curator of "Giovanni Bellini: Landscapes of Faith in Renaissance Venice." The exhibition, which opened earlier this week at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, features 12 paintings and one drawing that explore Bellini's use of landscapes within his religious pictures.

On the second segment, two extraordinary gifts of 17thC Dutch and Flemish art and a 20,000-volume library to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Curator Ronni Baer discusses. 

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Episode No. 309 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artists Mark Dion and Anicka Yi.

This weekend, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston opens "Mark Dion: Misadventures of a 21st-Century Naturalist," a survey of over 20 years of Dion sculptures, installations and drawings. The exhibition, which was curated by Ruth Erickson with Jessica Hong, is on view through January 1, 2018. The exhibition catalogue, published by the ICA and Yale University Press, is one of the best art books of 2017. Amazon offers it for $48.

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.

On the second segment, Anicka Yi. She is included in "Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon" at the New Museum. The exhibition, which was curated by Johanna Burton with Sara O'Keeffe and Natalie Bell, looks at gender in the context of America's national political crisis. It is on view through January 21, 2018. The exhibition catalogue was published by the New Museum. Amazon offers it for $40.

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Episode No. 308 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features curators Cecelia Fajardo-Hill and Frederick Ilchman.

Along with Andrea Giunta, Fajardo-Hill is a curator of "Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985," one of the headline shows of the Getty Foundation-funded "Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA" series of exhibitions. The show is the first survey of art made by women in Latin America and US-born Chicanas and Latinas during the sixties, seventies and early eighties. It includes about 116 artists from 15 countries, including Lygia Pape, Zilia Sánchez and Ana Mendieta.

The show will be at the Hammer through December 31. The catalogue is a strikingly thorough English-language source. It was published by DelMonico Prestel. Amazon offers it for $43.

On the second segment, MFA Boston curator Frederick Ilchman discusses "Casanova: The Seduction of Europe," a broad look at the over-the-top luxury of European art and decorative arts in the pre-French Revolution decades. It's on view at the Kimbell Art Museum through December 31. The show is built around the famed Giacomo Casanova, a courtier, lothario and schemester whose memoir provides one of the best insights to an era in which those at the top of society milked their countries for wealth and prestige, leavin little for others. The exhibition was co-curated by Ilchman, the National Gallery's C.D. Dickerson (who started work on the show while he was at the Kimbell), and the Clark's Esther Bell. The exhibition catalogue, which was published by the MFA Boston, is one of the best art books of the year. Amazon lists it for $38.

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Episode No. 307 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Emmet Gowin. 

Gowin's "Mariposas Nocturnas: Moths of Central and South America, a Study in Beauty and Diversity" is just out from Princeton University Press. The book features photographs of hundreds of moths that Gowin has made in Central and South America over the last 15 years. The book includes essays by Terry Tempest Williams and Gowin. Amazon offers it for $41.

Gowin will show related work in "Here on Earth Now -- Notes from the Field" in an exhibition that opens on Sept. 28 at New York's Pace/MacGill Gallery. It will remain on view through Jan. 6, 2018.

See images of this week's program here.

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Episode No. 306 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features curators Idurre Alonso and Anne Ellegood.

Alonso is the co-curator of "Photography in Argentina, 1850-2010: Contradiction and Continuity" at the J. Paul Getty Museum. It opens this weekend and remains on view through January 28, 2018. The exhibition, which explores themes that emphasize Argentina's history, features nearly 300 works.

On the second segment, Hammer Museum curator Anne Ellegood discusses her exhibition "Jimmie Durham: At the Center of the World." The exhibition, the first US retrospective of Durham's work in 20 years, is at the Walker Art Center through October 7. 

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