The Modern Art Notes Podcast

Episode No. 274 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artists Sarah Oppenheimer and Richard Misrach.

This weekend the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University in Columbus debuts "Sarah Oppenheimer: S-337473," an exhibition of a newly commissioned work developed  for the Wexner's Peter Eisenman-designed building. Oppenheimer created her new work as a two-year-long Wexner Center Artist Residency Award recipient, during which she collaborated with OSU's Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering to develop a patent-pending pivot mechanism that allows this new work to rotate at a 45-degree angle. The exhibition opens on Saturday, February 4 and will be on view through April 16. As soon as images of the new work are available, probably on or around February 7, we'll add them to this post.

Sarah Oppenheimer is an artist who creates installations that engage with both architecture and space. She's previously made work for the Perez Art Museum Miami (on view through April 30), the Kunsthaus Basel, the Rice University Art Gallery, the Queens Museum, and the Saint Louis Art Museum. A project she is developing for Mass MoCA will debut in 2019. Oppenheimer has also created a permanent installation at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Multiple views of all her installations are on her website.

On the second segment, the re-airing of a 2016 segment with Richard Misrach on his "Border Cantos," a book and exhibition on which he has collaborated with Mexican composer and performer Guillermo Galindo. Since 2004, and especially since 2009, Misrach has been making pictures along the 2,000-mile-long United States border with Mexico, the latest investigation of American deserts that make up what Misrach calls his Desert Cantos series. As Misrach traveled the borderlands, he accumulated discarded objects such as water bottles, backpacks, clothing and shotgun shells and turned them over to Galindo, who made that material into instruments and who then performed on them. The book, "Border Cantos," is out from Aperture; Amazon offers it $45, a forty percent discount.

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Tony Oursler, American Art during WWI

The Museum of Modern Art is showing Tony Oursler's Imponderable (2015-16), a 90-minute film shown in an immersive, so-called "5-D" environment, as well as archival material related to the film from Oursler's own collection. The film mines Ourlser's interest in experiments in technological advancement that didn't quite work out and occult phenomena to offer a kind of alternative history of modernism. The film is richly informed by Oursler's own life history. His grandfather was Charles Fulton Oursler, a journalist and author who teamed up with Harry Houdini to campaign against fraudulent mediumship. The exhibition was curated by MoMA's Stuart Comer and Erica Papernik-Shimizu. Imponderable is at MoMA through April 16.

Oursler is a multimedia and installation artist whose work often examines and uses new technologies to explore topics such as facial recognition, paranormal phenomena and the relationship between multiple personality disorder and mass media.

On the second segment, historian and curator Anne Classen Knutson discusses "World War I and American Art," which is at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts through April 9. The exhibition looks at how American artists responded to and engaged with the war, both in Europe and in the United States. Knutson co-curated the show with Robert Cozzolino and David Lubin. 

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Artist Stanley Whitney.

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Francis Picabia, John McLaughlin

"Francis Picabia" co-curator Anne Umland, "John McLaughlin" curator Stephanie Barron.

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Lorna Simpson

Artist Lorna Simpson, who is showing new work at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

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MAN Podcast host Tyler Green's 2016 top ten list, curator Paul Martineau on Minor White.

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Holiday clips: The Le Nain

Curator and historian C.D. Dickerson.

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Pipilotti Rist, Mark Speltz

Artist Pipilotti Rist and historian and "North of Dixie: Civil Rights Photography Beyond the South" author Mark Speltz.

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Matisse/Diebenkorn, Klimt's Portraits

SFMOMA curator Janet Bishop, art historian Jill Lloyd.

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Early Monet, Picasso's Drawings

Curators George Shackelford, David Breslin.

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