The Modern Art Notes Podcast

Episode No. 324 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Wayne Thiebaud and curator Julia Dolan.

Thiebaud is one of the world's greatest living painters. The Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at the University of California, Davis has just opened "Wayne Thiebaud, 1958-1968," an examination of Thiebaud's early work and a look at how he developed his signature style and subjects. The exhibition was curated by Rachel Teagle and is on view through May 13. The exhibition's strong catalogue was published by the museum in association with University of California Press. Amazon offers it for $43.

This is part one of host Tyler Green's conversation with Thiebaud. Part two will air next week.

On the second segment, Portland Art Museum curator Julia Dolan discusses her exhibition "In the Beginning: Minor White's Oregon Photographs," which is on view through October 21. White is best known for co-founding Aperture magazine, establishing the photography program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and work he made in the mid-20th century (which curator Paul Martineau discussed on The MAN Podcast on the occasion of a 2014 exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum). Dolan's exhibition features the work with which White effectively began his career in the late 1930s, work White made for the Oregon Art Project, a division of the federal Works Project Administration. The exhibition is split into two phases; the first, featuring works of Portland's industrial infrastructure and more, is up through May 6.

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Episode No. 323 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features curator Deborah Wye and artist Livia Corona Benjamin.

Wye curated "Louise Bourgeois An Unfolding Portrait," which is on view at the Museum of Modern Art, New York through January 28. She is the world's foremost expert on Bourgeois's work. The exhibition, mostly taken from MoMA's collection, features 300 works, mostly prints and works on paper, but also works on cloth, sculptures and more. In association with the exhibition and its long-term commitment to Bourgeois's (and Wye's) work, MoMA has published an online catalogue raisonne of Bourgeois's prints and books. It features over 4,300 works. The exhibition is also accompanied by an excellent MoMA-published catalogue. Amazon offers it for $34.

Several of the artist's books that host Tyler Green and Wye discussed can be 'paged' through in their entirety on MoMA's Bourgeois website, including:

On the second segment, artist and photographer Livia Corona Benjamin discusses her work. She's included in "Home -- So Different, So Appealing," which is at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston through January 21. The exhibition, a Pacific Standard Time-series exhibition that debuted at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and which was co-curated by MFAH's Mari Carmen Ramírez, Chon Noriega and Pilar Tompkins Rivas, looks at how artists have used the concept of 'home' to examine socioeconomic and political changes in the Americas.

To see more from the two Corona Benjamin series discussed on the program, visit her website:

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Episode No. 322 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features curators Ilona Katzew and Kenneth Myers.

Along with Jaime Cuadriello, Paula Mues Orts, and previous MAN Podcast guest Luis Elena Alcala, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Ilona Katzew is a co-curator of "Painted in Mexico, 1700-1790: Pinxit Mexici." The exhibition is a broad survey of a many kinds of 18th-century Mexican painting, including religious narratives, altarpieces, portraits, casta painting and more. It is on view at LACMA through March 18. The remarkable exhibition catalogue was published by DelMonico Prestel. Amazon offers it for $60.

Katzew is one of the world's foremost experts on New Spanish painting. She was previously on the program to discuss LACMA's acquisition of a significant Miguel Cabrera casta painting.

On the second segment, Detroit Institute of Arts curator Kenneth Myers discusses "Church: A Painter's Pilgrimage." The exhibition considers the paintings Frederic Edwin Church made in the late 1860s and 1870s of his trip to the Middle East and the Mediterranean. It's on view in Detroit until January 15. The exhibition's strong catalogue was published by the DIA. Amazon offers it for $41.

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Episode No. 321 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast is a holiday weekend re-air of host Tyler Green's March conversation with National Gallery of Art curator Diane Waggoner.  

Waggoner is the curator of “East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography.” For several decades, the story of America’s nineteenth-century photographic history has mostly run through the West. Waggoner’s exhibition instead looks at how photographers looked at the region between the Mississippi River and the Atlantic Ocean. The exhibition features 175 nineteenth-century photographs, including daguerreotypes, salted paper prints, albumen prints, stereographic prints and even paintings. It debuted at the National Gallery of Art this past spring, and it's now at the New Orleans Museum of Art, where it will be on view through January 7. The exhibition catalogue was published by the NGA and Yale University Press. Amazon offers it for $41.

Images of art discussed on the program are available here.

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Episode No. 320 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast is a holiday weekend re-air of host Tyler Green's June, 2017 conversation with Leah Dickerman.

Along with the Tate Modern's Achim Borchardt-Hume, Dickerman is the co-curator of "Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends," a retrospective at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art through March 25. The exhibition features Rauschenberg's early photography, body prints, combines, performances, prints and more. The exhibition catalogue was published by MoMA.

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Episode No. 319 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast spotlights three exhibitions from the Getty-funded Pacific Standard Time series of exhibitions.

Julieta González discusses "Memories of Underdevelopment: Art and the Decolonial Turn in Latin America, 1960-85," which is at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego through February 4, 2018.

Adela Goldbard talks about her work, especially her interest in fire. Her work is included in "Prometheus 2017: Four Artists from Mexico Revisit Orozco" at the Pomona College Art Museum.

Finally,  Los Angeles County Museum of Art curator Wendy Kaplan discusses "Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico, 1915-1985."

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Episode No. 318 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features author and critic Jed Perl and author Jo Steffens.

Perl is the author of "Calder: The Conquest of Time, The Early Years, 1898-1940," the first in a planned two-volume biography of American sculptor Alexander Calder. The book was recently published by Knopf.

Jo Steffens discusses "Unpacking My Library: Artists and Their Books," which was recently published by Yale University Press. Steffens edited the book with Matthias Neumann. It is the third in a series that has also spotlighted the libraries of architects and writers.

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Episode No. 317 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features curators Carmen Bambach and Alexandra Munroe.

Bambach is the curator of "Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The exhibition, which features 133 drawings, three sculptures, a painting and a wood architectural model, all by Michelangelo, and contextualizing contemporary works by his teachers, peers and pupils, is on view through February 12, 2018. The lavish, extensive exhibition catalogue was published by the Met and is distributed by Yale University Press. Amazon offers it for $58.

Bambach is a curator at the Met. Her previous exhibitions include a 2010 survey of Bronzino's drawings, a 2003 exhibition of Leondardo da Vinci's drawings, and a 2001 show spotlighting the draftsmanship of Correggio and Parmigianino.

On the second segment, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum curator Alexandra Munroe discusses "Art and China After 1989: Theater of the World." The exhibition, which presents work made in or about China by 71 artists and groups between 1989 and the 2008 Beijing Olympics, is at the Guggenheim through January 7, 2018. Munroe co-curated the exhibition with Philip Tinari and Hon Hanru.

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Episode No. 316 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features Raw Material hosts Jessica Placzek and Maddie Gobbo and artist Andrea Chung.

This week the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's Raw Material podcast began its third season. This season's hosts are Jessica Placzek, a reporter for San Francisco National Public Radio affiliate KQED, and Madeline Gobbo, an illustrator and graduate fiction candidate at the University of California, Davis. Season Three of Raw Material looks at California's land and landscapes and how artists and other creatives have made work there.

On the second segment, we'll hear a conversation between host Tyler Green and artist Andrea Chung from July. At the time the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego was presenting an exhibition of Chung's work. Now she's in a two-artist installation at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles, as well as the Prospect 4 triennial in New Orleans.

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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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