The Modern Art Notes Podcast

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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Episode No. 305 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features journalist Carolina Miranda and artist Leyla Cárdenas.

Carolina Miranda is a journalist at the Los Angeles Times. She joins host Tyler Green to preview "Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA," a Getty Foundation-funded series of exhibitions, catalogues and events across southern California.

Cárdenas discusses her recent work, especially Excision (2012), which is included in "Home -- So Different, So Appealing" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It is the first PST: LA/LA show to open. Curated by Chon Noriega, Pilar Tompkins Rivas and Mari Carmen Ramirez, it will remain on view through October 15, when it will travel to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

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Episode No. 304 features a re-air of host Tyler Green's 2016 conversation with Anthony Hernandez.

In two weeks the Milwaukee Art Museum will present one of the best shows of 2016, a retrospective of Anthony Hernandez curated by San Francisco Museum of Modern Art curator Erin O'Toole.

It was Hernandez's first retrospective. His photographs have consistently looked at parts of America, especially parts of Los Angeles, that hide in plain sight. The catalogue was one of last year's best books, especially for the introduction by Robert Adams and a conversation between Hernandez and Lewis Baltz. Milwaukee's presentation of the exhibition opens on September 15 and will be on view through January first, 2018. 

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Episode No. 303 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast is a summer clips episode featuring a previously aired interview with curator Simon Kelly.

Along with Esther Bell, Kelly is the co-curator of "Degas, Impressionism & the Paris Millinery Trade." The exhibition melds the social history of modernizing 19th-century Paris with the ways in which painters, especially Edgar Degas, portrayed one of the city's boomingest industries, the manufacturing and selling of hats. As it turns out, millinery was a gateway into the city, employment and the bourgeoisie for tens of thousands of French women. The exhibition is at San Francisco's Legion of Honor through September 24. It debuted at the Saint Louis Art Museum, where Kelly is a curator. The exhibition's superb catalogue was published by the two museums and DelMonico Prestel. Amazon offers it for $48.

For images of artworks discussed on the program, see Episode No. 280.

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Episode No. 302 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artists Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon and Amor Muñoz.

This is the second of two MAN Podcast episodes spotlighting artists in "Soundtracks," a new exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art that examines the role of sound in art. The show, which was curated by Rudolf Frieling and Tanya Zimbardo, will remain on view through January 1, 2018. It features nearly three dozen artworks that are or include sound.


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Episode No. 301 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features curators Ronda Kasl and Rima Girnius.

Along with Jonathan Brown and Clara Bargellini, Metropolitan Museum of Art curator Ronda Kasl is the co-curator of "Cristóbal de Villalpando: Mexican Painter of the Baroque," which is at the Met in New York through October 15. Villalpando is considered one of the two major artists of seventeenth-century New Spain. The Met's small survey of his work features eleven paintings, including Villalpando's 28-feet-high Transfiguration of Jesus (1683), his first masterpiece.

On the second segment, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art curator Rima Girnius discusses two recently re-attributed paintings in the N-A's collection: Hieronymus Bosch's The Temptation of St. Anthony (about 1500-1510) and Albrecht Bouts's Christ Crowned with Thorns (about 1490-95). The N-A is presenting the paintings and information about the re-attributions in "Rediscovering Hieronymus Bosch and Albrecht Bouts," which is on view in Kansas City through May 27, 2018.


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Episode No. 300 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features 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 July 31, 2018.

Over the course of a quarter-century-long career, Simmons has explored how to make the typically invisible visible, often within the context of America's troubled history. In 2002 the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago debuted a mid-career survey of Simmons's work that traveled to SITE Santa Fe and The Studio Museum in Harlem. Simmons has also been featured in solo shows at the Whitney Museum of American Art, MASS MoCA, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Saint Louis Art Museum, MCASD, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, The Drawing Center in New York and more. Simmons was first a guest on The MAN Podcast in 2013.

During the program MAN Podcast host Tyler Green references this Los Angeles Times video of Simmons working on the installation.

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