The Modern Art Notes Podcast

Episode No. 299 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Glenn Ligon and curator Stephen Brown.

Ligon is the curator of "Blue Black" at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis. Informed by the Pulitzer's Ellsworth Kelly wall sculpture Blue Black, the exhibition features more than 50 artworks that use color to address questions related to language, identity and more. The exhibition is on view through October 7. The catalogue of the exhibition is complimentary save the cost of shipping ($7 in the US, $14 abroad). 

Ligon is an artist whose 2011 mid-career survey was organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art and traveled to LACMA and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. His work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Power Plant in Toronto, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Studio Museum in Harlem. 

On the second segment, curator Stephen Brown discusses his exhibition "Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry," which is at The Jewish Museum in New York through September 24. He co-curated  the show with Georgiana Uhlyarik at the Art Gallery of Ontario. The exhibition's catalogue was published by Yale University Press.  

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**In stereo**

Episode No. 298 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features sound artists Bill Fontana and Christina Kubisch.

This is the first 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. SFMOMA has built out an extensive digital infrastructure for the show, including an exhibition guide, a catalogue, and interviews with artists such as Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon, Christina Kubisch, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, and Richard T. Walker.

This week's MAN Podcast features exhibition artists whose work makes the invisible audible. San Francisco-based artist Bill Fontana has been making what he calls 'sound sculptures' for 40 years. He's exhibited all over the world, including at the Venice Biennale, Madrid's Reina Sofia, London's Tate Modern, New York's Madison Square Park, and more.

Christina Kubisch is a Berlin-area-based composer and artist who works with electromagnetic induction, making both walks for which listeners/viewers wear a special set of headphones and move through a city to hear sounds to which Kubitsch has guided them on a map, and sound sculptures that feature sound related to their physical presence. Kubisch has created dozens of electrical walks all over the world, has been featured in the Venice Biennale, Documenta and in scores of group and solo shows.


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Episode No. 297 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artists Richard Deacon and Daniel Heidkamp.

The San Diego Museum of Art is showing "Richard Deacon: What You See Is What You Get," a survey of the artist's career. Curated by Ariel Plotek, it's on view through Sept. 4. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue published by the museum. Host Tyler Green and Deacon also mention passages from Deacon's 2014 book of writings, titled "So, If, And, But: Writings 1970-2012."

Throughout a nearly 50-year career as a sculptor, draftsman and print-maker, Deacon has explored form, volume and space with unusual rigor. Much of his work is motivated by the exploration of shapes within shapes, with the tension between the two shapes and the material in which the work is made providing the artwork's activating tension. Deacon's dozens of major exhibitions include a 2014 retrospective at the Tate Britain, and last year the Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany presented a career-length survey of Deacon's drawings.

On the second segment, Daniel Heidkamp discusses his paintings and the pictures of them on view in "Taking Pictures: Camera Phone Conversations Between Artists" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Breuer location. The exhibition was curated by Mia Fineman and is on view through Dec. 17. Heidkamp is showing paintings related to the exhibition at New York's Half Gallery through July 21.

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Episode No. 296 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features curator Matthew Affron and artist Andrea Chung.

Matthew Affron, a curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, is one of the co-curators of "Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910-1950," which is on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston through October 1. The exhibition chronicles the history of Mexican modernism at the beginning of the twentieth century and the social, political, and cultural forces that shaped it. Among other critical plaudits, MAN Podcast host Tyler Green named it to his 2016 top ten list.

The curatorial team for the exhibition includes Renato González Mello, Director of the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Dafne Cruz Porchini, a post-doctoral researcher at the Colegio de México in Mexico City; and Philadelphia Museum of Art curator Mark A. Castro.

On the second segment, Andrea Chung discusses an exhibition of her work titled "You Broke the Ocean in Half to be Here," at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Curated by Jill Dawsey, the exhibition is on view at MCASD's downtown location through August 20.  Chung's work, including an installation she's planning for the forthcoming Prospect ennial, explores the legacies of migration and colonialism in the Caribbean.

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Artist Barkley L. Hendricks

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Episode No. 294 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Roni Horn.

The Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas is showing the first American museum exhibition devoted to Horn's cast glass sculptures. Eight of them are on view in the Nasher's Renzo Piano-designed building through August 20. In New York, Hauser & Wirth is presenting the debut of four new Horns, including the photographic series "The Selected Gifts, (1974-2015)," two series of works on paper, "The Dog's Chorus" (2016), "Th Rose Prblm" (2015), and two recent glass sculptures.

Horn has been mining the intersection of minimalist object making and conceptualism in sculpture, photography and works on paper -- and particularly the relationships between discrete objects -- since the mid-1970s. In 2009 the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, the Tate Modern and the Collection Lambert in France surveyed her career in an exhibition titled "Roni Horn, aka Roni Horn." She has had other solo shows at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Dia Center for the Arts in New York, among others.

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Episode No. 293 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features Museum of Modern Art, New York curator Leah Dickerman and artist Ken Ashton.

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Along with the Tate Modern's Achim Borchardt-Hume, Leah Dickerman is the co-curator of "Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends," a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art through September 17. The exhibition features Rauschenberg's early photography, body prints, combines, performances, prints and more. The exhibition catalogue was published by MoMA. Amazon offers it for $34 in paperback and $51 in cloth.

Leah Dickerman is a curator at MoMA. Her previous exhibitions include Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925," and a 2005-06 dada survey that Dickerman curated while working at the National Gallery of Art.

On the second segment, Ken Ashton discusses his new book "Portsmouth: Collected Saturdays," which is new from Daylight. The book features Ashton's documentation of the deindustrialization and emptying out of Portsmouth, Ohio, a small town on the Ohio River at the southern end of Appalachia. Amazon offers it for $30. Ashton's work is in the collection of institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago and the National Gallery of Art.

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Episode No. 292 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Spencer Finch and curator Frederick Ilchman.

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Spencer Finch is presenting two new installations at two venues on opposite sides of the United States: His The Western Mystery (2017), a commission from the Seattle Art Museum for its Olympic Sculpture Park, is up through March 3, 2019. At MASS MoCA, Finch's Cosmic Latte (2017) is on view at least through 2018.

Finch's work typically addresses light and its relationship to memory at specific geographic locations, and often specific times. He has fulfilled commissions for and had exhibitions at The Morgan Library, the Rhode Island School of Design, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the Pulitzer Arts Foundation (then the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts), the Corcoran Gallery of Art and more. His work is in the collections of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Kemper Museum of Art in St. Louis, the Guggenheim and more.

Frederick Ilchman has organized the Museum of Fine Arts Boston's showing of "Botticelli and the Search for the Divine," the largest exhibition of Botticelli paintings ever shown in the United States. The exhibition, which is on view through July 9, includes 15 works by 15th-century Florentine master Sandro Botticelli, as well as works by Filippo Lippi, Antonio del Pollaiuolo, Jacopo del Sellaio and more. The exhibition was co-organized by the MFA Boston and the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary. Ilchman is the MFA Boston's curator of paintings.

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Episode No. 291 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Mark Ruwedel and curator Jed Morse.

Yossi Milo Gallery in New York is showing "Mark Ruwedel: Hell and Home" through June 24.  The show includes Ruwedel's 'pictures of hell,' an inventory of Western landscapes named for hell or the devil, his pictures of 'home,' of desert homes fighting a losing battle against the ravages of the harsh surrounding environment, and Opportunities Realized, Ruwedel's revisiting of Ed Ruscha's 1970 Real Estate Opportunities, in which Ruwedel photographed how the vacant lots in Ruscha's book were filled in.

Ruwedel's most recent book is "Pictures of Hell," which features essays by Tate curator Simon Baker and Chiara Siravo a historian whose work has examined our concepts of hell. 

Ruwedel is one of America's most honored photographers. In 2014 he won both the Scotiabank Photography Award and a Guggenheim fellowship. His work is in the collections of major museums such as the Metropolitan, the National Gallery of Art, the Tate, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and SFMOMA.

Ruwedel and host Tyler Green refer several times to Ruwedel's 2008 book "Westward the Course of Empire," a classic which looked at what remains in places where railroads once ran across the landscape.

On the second segment, Nasher Sculpture Center curator Jed Morse discusses his museum's recent acquisition of a suite of major Manuel Neri sculptures and works on paper. They are on view at the Nasher through July 16.

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Episode No. 290 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features a previously aired conversation with artist Pipilotti Rist. 

This summer, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston will exhibit two immersive installations that are new to its collection: Pipilotti Rist's Pixel Forest and Worry Will Vanish. They go on view on June 11 and will remain up through September 17.

Rist, who is based in Zurich, has been the subject of many single-artist museum exhibitions, especially in the last half-decade. Among the museums to give her shows are the Kunsthaus Zurich, the Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul, the Hayward in London, the Wexner in Columbus, MoMA in New York and the Pompidou Center in Paris.

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