The Modern Art Notes Podcast

Episode No. 658 features artists Jes Fan and Emilio Rojas.

Fan's work is included in two ongoing -ennials: the 2024 Whitney Biennial, which is at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York through August 11; and Greater Toronto Art 2024 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto through July 28. The Whitney exhibition was curated by Chrissie Iles and Meg Onli with Min Sun Jeon and Beatriz Cifuentes; GTA 2024 was organized by Ebony L. Haynes, Toleen Touq, and Kate Wong.

Fan's sculptures consider the constructs of race and gender and their relationship to the intersection of biology and identity. As part of his explorations, Fan often incorporates living matter, such hormones, and fluids, such as glass, into his work. Fan's work has been exhibited at the 2022 Venice Biennale, the 2021 New Museum Triennial at the New Museum, New York, the MIT List Visual Arts Center, the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, and more.

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Rojas is included in "Descending the Staircase" at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. The exhibition, presented across two floors of the MCA, presents ways in which artist have represented the human body. Curated by Jadine Collingwood and Jack Schneider, it is on view through August 25.

Rojas works across disciplines to investigate and reveal sites of knowledge that are rich with historical narrative. His work often specifically addresses colonial histories, and the relationships between those histories and the present. Rojas' work has been exhibited at museums such as the Art Institute of Chicago and Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, and he has participated in festivals and biennials in the US, Europe, and in Asia.

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Instagram: Jes Fan, Emilio Rojas, Tyler Green.

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Episode No. 657 features curator Natalie Dupêcher.

Dupêcher is the curator of "Janet Sobel: All-Over" at The Menil Collection, Houston. Across 30 paintings and drawings, the exhibition explores Sobel's short, meteoric, hugely influential career as one of the first New York artists associated with abstract expressionism as it began to coalesce in the early 1940s. Among other works, the Menil exhibition brings together six of Sobel's famed "all-over" paintings for the first time in 60 years.

Sobel was an emigrant from Ukraine who began to make art around 1940. She used non-traditional supports such as glass and cardboard, and unusual paints, including oil and enamel borrowed from her family's costume jewelery-making business. Contemporary critics credited her with developing the action-driven, dripping technique that would become core to the legends created around other, male artists. The exhibition is on view through August 11.

This episode was taped before a live audience at the Menil.

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Episode No. 656 features artist María Magdalena Campos-Pons and curator Lauren Applebaum.

"María Magdalena Campos-Pons: Behold", now at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, is the first multimedia survey of Campos-Pons' work in 17 years. The exhibition spotlights Campos-Pons' photography, installation, and performance-based practices, which typically address global histories of enslavement, indentured labor, motherhood, and migration -- how their impacts continue into the present. The exhibition is on view at Duke through June 9. It was curated by Carmen earmo Hermo and Mazie Harris with Jenée-Daria Strand. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue published by the Getty and the Brooklyn Museum. Amazon and Bookshop offer it for $33-42.

On the program host Tyler Green mentions this excellent website published by the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass. on the occasion of its 2016 Campos-Pons exhibition.

With Daniel Ackermann, Lea Lane, and Jenny Garwood, Applebaum is a co-curator of "Layered Legacies: Quilts from the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts at Old Salem" at the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh. The exhibition includes more than 30 quilts and related objects from the MESDA collection (as well as some from private collections) and presents new, revised investigations into their making. It is on view through July 21. NCMA published a catalogue to accompany the exhibition; it is only available at the museum.

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Episode No. 655 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast is a holiday clips episode featuring artist Teresita Fernández.

Fernández is included in "Forecast Form: Art in the Caribbean Diaspora, 1990s-today" at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. It is the first major group exhibition in the United States to envision a new approach to contemporary art in the Caribbean diaspora, foregrounding forms that reveal new modes of thinking about identity and place. Over 20 artists are featured in this exhibition, many of whom live in the Caribbean or are of Caribbean heritage. "Forecast Form originated at the MCA Chicago. It was curated by Carla Acevedo-Yates, with Iris Colburn, Isabel Casso and Nolan Jimbo.

This segment with Fernández was recorded in 2014 when Fernández  created a major new series of installations for MASS MoCA in North Adams, Mass. Titled “As Above So Below.” That show included three large-scale installations that are informed by Fernández’s interest in landscape, art about landscape, and our perception of landscape, including Black SunSfumato (Epic) and Lunar (Theatre)

In 2005 Fernández received a MacArthur Foundation “genius” fellowship. She has been the subject of solo exhibitions at MOCA North Miami, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Artpace, the ICA Philadelphia, Castello di Rivoli outside Turin, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and more.

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Episode No. 654 features curator Karen Hellman and artist Myra Greene.

With Carolyn Peter, Hellman is the curator of "Nineteenth-Century Photography Now" at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. The exhibition examines how many of the conventions and processes established in photography's early years remain of interest to artists working today. Historical artists within the exhibition include Anna Atkins, Gustave Le Gray, Nadar, Julia Margaret Cameron, Roger Fenton, and Carleton Watkins. The exhibition is on view through July 7. Claire L’Heureux and Antares Wells assisted the co-curators.

Greene is among the 21 contemporary artists on view. Her work uses photography and textiles to explore representations of the body and race. Core to her practice is an understanding that color is materially and culturally dependent on context, and historically has been. She has had solo exhibitions at museums such as the Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia, Atlanta, the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, and has been included in group exhibitions at the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, the Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, the Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and more.

Ten artists in the exhibition previously have been guests on The Modern Art Notes Podcast:

Instagram: Myra Greene, Tyler Green.

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Episode No. 653 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features critic and author Deborah Solomon and host Tyler Green's 2016 conversation with Frank Stella. 

Frank Stella died on May 4 at the age of 87. For two decades, from the late 1950s until the late 1970s or early 1980s, Stella was one of the United States' most important painters. The Museum of Modern Art, New York famously devoted two mid-career retrospectives to Stella's work, in 1970 and again in 1987.

Solomon is a critic whose work can often be found in the New York Times, and the author of biographies of Jackson Pollock, Joseph Cornell, Norman Rockwell. Her biography of Jasper Johns is forthcoming. She wrote this critical obit of Stella for the NYT.

The next segment is Stella's 2016 visit to the Modern Art Notes Podcast on the occasion of a Stella retrospective at the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth. The exhibition traveled to the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the de Young Museum, San Francisco. 

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Episode No. 652 features curators Denise Murrell and Larisa Grollemond.

Murrell is the curator of "The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The exhibition, which is on view through July 28, explores the ways in which Black artists portrayed everyday life and impacted art on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. An outstanding exhibition catalogue was published by the Met. Amazon and Bookshop offer it for $50-60.

Grollemond curated "Blood: Medieval/Modern," which is at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles through May 19. The exhibition looks at how and why blood has been represented in medieval manuscripts and in some contemporary art too.

Instagram: Denise Murrell, Larisa Grollemond, Tyler Green.

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Episode No. 651 features art historian Richard Shiff, curator and art historian Michelle White, and a clip from Kirk Varnedoe's 2003 National Gallery of Art Mellon Lectures. 

Serra died last month at age 85. He may be the most honored sculptor of the post-war era. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, which holds the most important institutional collection of his art, has produced Serra retrospectives in 1986 and 2007. The Menil Collection organized a drawings retrospective in 2011; it traveled to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Serra's hometown museum. The most extensive survey of Serra's films and videotapes was presented by the Kunstmuseum Basel in 2017. Serra was a guest on Episode No. 18 of this program.

Shiff is a professor at the University of Texas at Austin and the director of the Center for the Study of Modernism. He has written or contributed to books on Barnett Newman, Willem de Kooning, Donald Judd, and Serra, including "Forged Steel," which was published by Steidl and David Zwirner Books in 2016.

White is a curator at the Menil Collection. With Bernice Rose and Gary Garrels she curated the 2011 Serra drawings retrospective. 

Kirk Varnedoe was the chief curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York from 1988 to 2001. He delivered the 2003 Mellon Lectures at the National Gallery of Art on the subject "Pictures of Nothing: Abstract Art Since Pollock." 

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Episode No. 650 features curator Anne-Lise Desmas and author Jim Moske.

With Emerson Bowyer, Desmas is the co-curator of "Camille Claudel," a retrospective of the French modernist sculptor's career, at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. Until now, Claudel's work has often been under-considered as scholars have focused on her professional and personal relationship with Auguste Rodin; "Claudel" foregrounds the artist's work through a presentation of about 60 sculptures. The exhibition is on view through July 21. Getty Publications has published a excellent catalogue. Amazon and Bookshop offer it for about $65-75.

Moske is the author of "Deaths of Artists." The book uses two fragile scrapbooks in the archives of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York both to look at how newspapers in the early twentieth century covered the deaths of artists, and to jump off from that often sensational coverage to learn more about how artists were considered and remembered. The Met has recently digitized the scrapbooks that instigated Moske's examination. Amazon and Bookshop offer the book for about $37.

Instagram: Jim Moske, Tyler Green.

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Episode No. 649 features artist Patrick Martinez and author Nell Irvin Painter.

Dallas Contemporary is showing "Patrick Martinez: Histories" through September 1. The exhibition surveys work Martinez has made since 2016, including his Pee Chee folder-referencing paintings, cake paintings, neons, and his recent multi-media paintings which often feature stucco, paint, and neon. It was curated by Rafael Barrientos Martínez.

Martinez is a Los Angeles-based painter whose work investigates socio-economic position, immigration, police violence, and civic and cultural loss. He's had solo shows at museums and kunsthalles such as the ICA San Francisco, the Tucson (Ariz.) Museum of Art, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Vincent Price Art Museums. He's been in recent group shows at the Riverside (Calif.) Art Museum, The Broad, Los Angeles, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Ark., and El Museo del Barrio, New York.

Painter's new book is "I Just Keep Talking: A Life in Essays." The book features essays on Painter's experience of art school, the construction of whiteness, and a sub-collection of essays on visual culture that addresses topics such as Alma Thomas' life and career, and the exhibition "Soul of a Nation." "I Just Keep Talking" is available from Amazon and Bookshop for $30-35.

Painter's previous books include "The History of White People," "Standing at Armageddon," "Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol," and "Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over." The “starting over” of the title refers to Painter’s retirement after a career as a top Ivy League historian to return to college as a sixty-something student — first to take undergraduate studio art courses at Rutgers, then to pursue an MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Instagram: Patrick Martinez, Nell Irvin Painter, Tyler Green.

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Episode No. 648 features curator Dita Amory and artist Isabelle Frances McGuire.

Along with Ann Dumas, Amory is the curator of "Vertigo of Color: Matisse, Derain and the Origins of Fauvism," which is at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston through May 27. The exhibition presents works Henri Matisse and André Derain made in Collioure, a fishing village in the south of France, in the summer of 1905. The work the two men made that summer was crucial to the development of fauvism, the first significant movement of twentieth-century art. The exhibition catalogue was published by the Met. Amazon and Bookshop offer it for $42-47.

McGuire's work is on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in "Descending the Staircase." The exhibition, which considers artists' approaches to the human body, was curated by Jadine Collingwood and Jack Schneider. It is on view through August 25. McGuire is a Chicago-based artist whose work considers the body and how our understanding of it can be filtered by video games, film, animatronics, and other technologies. This is their first inclusion in a museum exhibition; they will also be on view at Artist's Space, New York, next month.

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Episode No. 647 is a holiday weekend clips episode featuring artist Kahlil Robert Irving.

The Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in Saint Louis is presenting "Kahlil Robert Irving: Archaeology of the Present" through July 29. "Archaeology of the Present" is a presentation of new Irving sculptures, video, and found objects. Irving has situated his sculptures and other items within a large plywood platform, resembling a stage. Viewers can move onto the structure to encounter both artworks and manufactured objects alike.

The episode was taped in 2023 when Irving was included in “I’ll Be Your Mirror: Art and the Digital Screen” at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. The exhibition was an examination of the screen’s vast impact on art from 1969 to the present. It was curated by Alison Hearst. Concurrently, the exhibition now at the Kemper had just opened at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. It was curated by William Hernández Luege. At the Kemper, the show was curated by Meredith Malone.

Irving’s assemblages of images and replicas of every day objects challenge constructions of Western identity and culture. His ceramic sculptures incorporate neglected objects that represent a historical moment, as do his room-sized, image-driven installations. Irving has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Contemporary Art Museum Saint Louis; he’s been featured in group exhibitions at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, MASS MoCA in North Adams, Mass., the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and more.

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Episode No. 646 features curators Edouard Kopp and Shelley Langdale.

With Kim Conaty, Kopp is the co-curator of "Ruth Asawa: Through Line," a survey of Asawa's lifelong drawing practice. (Kirsten Marples and Scout Hutchinson assisted Kopp and Conaty.) The exhibition, which is at Houston's Menil Collection through July 21, presents drawings, collages, watercolors, sketchbooks, paper-folds and other work. The show is accompanied by an excellent catalogue published by the Menil and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Amazon and Bookshop offer it for $36-$46. 

Langdale is the curator of "The Anxious Eye: German Expressionism and Its Legacy," an exhibition of German expressionist works on paper from the rich collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington. The show features a wide range of rarely exhibited (and little-known) drawings, as well as prints. It is on view through May 27.

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Episode No. 645 features curator María Elena Ortiz and artist Kenny Rivero.

Ortiz is the curator of "Surrealism and Us: Caribbean and African Diasporic Artists since 1940" at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. The exhibition investigates the history of surrealism in the Caribbean and posits that Caribbean intellectuals were key to the development of surrealism in other sites, such as Europe. The exhibition also examines the relationship between Caribbean surrealism and the Afrosurreal in the United States. The exhibition is at MAMFW through July 28. An excellent exhibition catalogue was published by DelMonico Books. Amazon and Bookshop offer it for about $50.

Rivero is among the artists whose work is included in "Surrealism and Us." Rivero's work deconstructs histories and explores the construction of identity through paintings, collage, drawings, and sculpture. His work is in the collections of museums such as the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Ark., the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, El Museo del Barrio, New York, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Instagram: María Elena Ortiz, Kenny Rivero, Tyler Green.

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Episode No. 644 features artists Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi and Trey Burns.

The Hammer Museum is presenting "Hammer Projects: Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi" through August 11. The exhibition features ARENA V (2024), Nkosi's latest investigation of the social and psychological experiences of Black gymnasts. "Nkosi" is curated by Ikechúkwú Onyewuenyi with Connie Butler.

Nkosi is a South Africa-based artist whose work often uses the world of sport, and especially athletes, to consider imperial histories and their impacts on the present, fellowship, competition, and performance.

She has been featured in group exhibitions at the 15th Sharjah Biennial, United Arab Emirates, at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Cape Town, the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, and more. In collaboration with East Side Projects, Nkosi presented the multimedia work Equations for a Body at Rest across many spaces in Birmingham, UK as part of the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Nkosi's short film The Same Track, referenced on the program, may be viewed here.

The Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas is showing "Nasher Public: Trey Burns" through April 21. The exhibition features Burns' Prairie Piece which examines north Texas' ecology through seemingly incongruent subjects such as Robert Smithson's unrealized proposals for the Dallas-Fort Worth airport, and the George W. Bush administration and Bush's presidential library at Southern Methodist University.

Burns has exhibited at the Pavilion Vendôme and the Ecole Nationale d'Architecture in Paris, at Wassaic Projects, and more. He is also the co-director of Dallas' Sweet Pass Sculpture Park, a non-profit that provides space and support for outdoor sculpture.

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Episode No. 643 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features curator and art historian John P. Bowles and artist Stacy Kranitz.

Along with Dennis Carr and Jacqueline Francis, Bowles is the co-curator of "Sargent Claude Johnson," a survey of the artist's career at The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, Calif. through May 20. The exhibition features over 40 works Johnson, a major Harlem Renaissance-era sculptor who lived in Oakland, Calif., made between the Great Depression and the civil rights era. It is the first Johnson exhibition in over 25 years. The excellent exhibition catalogue was published by the Huntington. Amazon and Bookshop offer it for about $40.

The second segment features photographer Stacy Kranitz. Earlier this month Pro Publica published "The year after a denied abortion," an extraordinary story and photo essay by Kranitz and Kavitha Surama. The piece follows Mayron Michelle Hollis as the state of Tennessee simultaneously questioned Hollis' fitness to care for her four children and forced her to continue a life-threatening pregnancy.

Kranitz was featured on the program in September 2023 when “A Long Arc: Photography and the American South since 1845” debuted at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. The exhibition opens at the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, Mass., this weekend. It will remain on view through July 31.

The exhibition considers the South as a forger of American identity and examines how Southern photographers have contributed to both the advance of their medium, and the US project. “A Long Arc” was curated by Gregory J. Harris and Sarah Kennel. The catalogue was published by Aperture. Bookshop and Amazon offer it for about $70.

Kranitz’s work, primarily made in the southern Appalachian Mountains, presents the complexity and instability of a rugged region on which industry has preyed. Her work is in the collection of museums such as the Harvard Art Museums and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Her 2022 book As it Was Give(n) to Me was published by Twin Palms and was shortlisted for a Paris Photo-Aperture First Photobook Award. Bookshop and Amazon offer it for about $75-80.

For images of Kranitz's work discussed on the program presented by series or project, please see Episode No. 620 and:

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Episode No. 642 features curator Simon Kelly and artist Marc Bauer.

Kelly is the curator of "Matisse and the Sea," at the Saint Louis Art Museum through May 12. The exhibition examines the significance of the sea across Matisse's oeuvre. It especially examines SLAM's own 1907-08 Bathers with a Turtle, long considered one of Matisse's most challenging, enigmatic paintings. The excellent exhibition catalogue was published by the museum and Hirmer. Amazon and Bookshop offer it for about $45.

Bauer is showing a 36-foot-wide charcoal and pastel mural titled RESILIENCE, Drawing the Line, 2023 in the latest installment of The Menil Collection's wall drawing series. The work adapts imagery from art history with cultural references specific to global and Houston-specific events. For this work Bauer is trying something new: he's repeatedly modifying the work over the course of its year-long display. It will be on view through this summer.

Bauer was the 2020 recipient of the Prix Meret Oppenheim, Switzerland's most prestigious art award. His work is in the collections of museums such as the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and the Museum Folkwang, Essen, and he was included in the 2022 Congo Biennial in Kinshasa.

Instagram: Simon Kelly, Marc Bauer, Tyler Green.

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Episode No. 641 is a President's Day weekend clips show featuring artist Stanley Whitney.

The Buffalo AKG Art Museum (née the Albright-Knox Art Gallery) is presenting "Stanley Whitney: How High the Moon," a retrospective of Whitney's fifty-year career. The exhibition features the square-format, semi-gridded abstract canvases Whitney has been making since 2002, as well as works preceding them as far back as the 1970s. The exhibition was curated by Cathleen Chaffee and will be on view through May 26. From Buffalo, the exhibition will travel to the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and the Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston. A catalogue was published by DelMonico Books and the museum. Amazon and Bookshop offer it for $70-75.

This program was taped on the occasion of an exhibition of Whitney's then-recent work at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in 2017. For images, see Episode No. 272.

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Episode No. 640 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Judy Ledgerwood and curator Lisa Volpe. 

Ledgerwood is included within "50 Paintings" at the Milwaukee Art Museum. The exhibition features paintings made in the last five years by 50 artists from around the world.  It was curated by Margaret Andera and Michelle Grabner and is on view through June 23. Ledgerwood is also on view in "Disguise the Limit: John Yau’s Collaborations" at the University of Kentucky Art Museum in Lexington through June 1.

Ever since the 1980s, Ledgerwood's paintings have engaged transatlantic histories related to abstraction and decoration from a distinctive feminist point-of-view. Her work is in the collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the MCA Chicago.  

Volpe is the curator of “Robert Frank and Todd Webb: Across America, 1955”, which opens at the Addison Gallery of American Art this weekend. It will remain on view through July 31. The exhibition presents work the famed Frank and the less-well-known Webb made as they traveled the United States on Guggenheim fellowships in 1955. The excellent exhibition catalogue was published by the MFAH in association with Yale University Press. Amazon and Bookshop offer it for $25-47.

Frank and Webb images are at Episode No. 630.

Instagram: Judy Ledgerwood, Lisa Volpe, Tyler Green.

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Episode No. 639 features artists Sin Wai Kin and Jacqueline Kiyomi Gork.

The Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, University of California, Berkeley is presenting "MATRIX 284/Sin Wai Kin: The Story Changing," the artist's first US exhibition. BAMPFA's exhibition includes Sin's two most recent video works: The Breaking Story (2022) and Dreaming the End (2023). "The Story Changing" was curated by Victoria Sung and is on view through March 10. BAMPFA's eight-page exhibition brochure features a conversation between Sung and Sin.

Sin often uses speculative fiction and narrative in performance and in filmic works. Informed by their experience in London's drag scene, Sin's work asks questions about history, the present, and the construction of reality and factuality. Sin was shortlisted for the UK's Turner Prize in 2022. Their work has been shown at museums such as Fondazione Memmo, Rome, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, Somerset House, London, The British Museum, London, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, the 2019 Venice Biennale, and more.

On the second segment, a re-air of a 2017 segment with Jacqueline Kiyomi Gork. The Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University is presenting "Poems of Electronic Air," Gork's East Coast institutional debut, through April 7. The exhibition combines recent sculpture with a commissioned, site-specific installation made for the CCVA's Le Corbusier-designed building. Gork has previously exhibited at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, SFMOMA, SculptureCenter, New York, BAMPFA, and in the Hammer Museum's 2019 Made in L.A. biennial. For images, see Episode No. 302.

Instagram: Sin Wai Kin, Jacqueline Kiyomi Gork, Tyler Green.

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Episode No. 638 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artists Saif Azzuz and Maryam Taghavi.

The Institute of Contemporary Art San Francisco is presenting "Saif Azzuz: Cost of Living," an exhibition of paintings, sculptures and installation that considers settler colonialism and gentrification as related processes. The exhibition is on view through May 19.

Azzuz is a Libyan-Yurok artist based in suburban San Francisco. His work, which often addresses nature, land, and California Native American cultural practices, is in the collections of museums such as the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh. He was a 2022 SFMOMA SECA Award finalist.

Taghavi's work is on view at the Museum of Contemporary Chicago in "Chicago Works: Maryam Taghavi مریم تقوی." Taghavi's work explores perception, often by wielding or adapting Persian calligraphy. The exhibition was curated by Bana Kattan with Kamala GhaneaBassiri.

Taghavi has previously exhibited at museums such as LAXART, Los Angeles and the Queens Museum. Chicago's O'Hare Airport has recently installed a commissioned work by Taghavi in its Terminal Five.

Instagram: Saif Azzuz, Maryam Taghavi.

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Episode No. 637 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features curator Jamillah James and author Brent Martin. 

James has organized "Faith Ringgold: American People," a retrospective of Ringgold's career as an artist and activist, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. The exhibition, which presents Ringgold as a key bridge between the Harlem Renaissance and contemporary practice, originated at the New Museum, New York, where it was curated by Massimiliano Gioni and Gary Carrion-Murayari. "Ringgold" is on view in Chicago through February 25. The outstanding catalogue was published by the New Museum and Phaidon. Amazon and Bookshop offer it for about $55-75.

On the occasion of photographer and scholar Angelyn Whitmeyer's launching of the George Masa Photo Database -- an important new website that makes images of Masa's pictures available via a single point-of-access for the first time, this week's show re-airs a 2022 segment with author Brent Martin. Masa was an Asheville, North Carolina-based photographer who had a significant impact on the establishment of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and on determining the Southern route of the Appalachian Trail, the two crown jewels of the eastern United States' natural infrastructure. His work was almost lost and forgotten, in part because the region in which he worked was remote, but also due to his status as a Japanese-American immigrant at a time of intense anti-Japanese bigotry.

Martin came onto the program to discuss his 2022 book "George Masa's Wild Vision," which was published by Hub City Press.  Amazon and Indiebound offer the book for around $25. For images, see Episode No. 567.

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Episode No. 636 features curators Furio Rinaldi and Jonathan Stuhlman.

Rinaldi is the curator of "Botticelli Drawings" at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco's Legion of Honor, the first exhibition dedicated to the drawings of Sandro Botticelli. The show follows Botticelli from his time with Fra Filippo Lippi to the establishment of his own workshop in Florence. The exhibition is on view through February 11. The exhibition catalogue was published by FAMSF in association with Yale University Press. Amazon and Bookshop offer it for about $55-70.

Stuhlman is the curator of “Southern/Modern,” a survey of modernism from artists who were from, worked in, or visited the American South. The exhibition opens arrives at the Frist Art Museum in Nashville on January 26, and will remain on view through April 28. The exhibition is accompanied by an excellent catalogue published by University of North Carolina Press. Bookshop and Amazon offer it for about $30-75. For images, see Episode No. 606.

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Episode No. 635 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Leslie Martinez and curator Anthony Graham.

MoMA PS1 in Queens is presenting "Leslie Martinez: The Fault of Formation," through April 8. The exhibition features paintings built with paint, folds, pools, and collaged materials such as rags and dried acrylics. Martinez's way of making paintings both mines the history of abstraction, but also a no-waste approach informed by methodologies of rasquachismo, a term coined by scholar Tomás Ybarra-Fausto to describe a Chicano "attitude rooted in resourcefulness yet mindful of stance and style." The show was curated by Elena Ketelsen González.

Martinez was previously featured in a solo show at the Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston. Their work is in the collection of museums such as the Dallas Museum of Art, the Pérez Art Museum Miami, and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.

The Speed Art Museum in Louisville is showing Martinez's work in "Current Speed: Angel Otero/Leslie Martinez" through March 24. The exhibition features works by the two artists that are new to the Speed's collection. The presentation was organized by Tyler Blackwell.

On the second segment, a re-presentation of curator Anthony Graham on the Alexis Smith retrospective he organized at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in 2022. Smith died earlier this week. She was 74. For images, see Episode No. 568.

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Episode No. 634 is a holiday clips episode featuring artist Amalia Mesa-Bains. 

The Phoenix Art Museum is presenting “Amalia Mesa-Bains: Archaeology of Memory,” the first retrospective of the pioneering Chicana artist. The exhibition includes nearly 60 works including fourteen of Mesa-Bains’ major installations. It was curated by María Esther Fernández and Laura E. Pérez and is on view in Phoenix through February 25, 2024. The exhibition originated at the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive. The outstanding catalogue was published by BAMPFA in association with University of California Press. Amazon and Indiebound offer it for about $50.

Across a half-century, Mesa-Bains has foregrounded Chicana forms such as altares (home altars), ofrendas (offerings to the dead), descansos (roadside resting places), and capillas (home yard shrines) within contemporary art. Her work often spotlights domestic spaces and the construction of landscape in ways that highlight colonial erasure. Among the museums which have presented solo exhibitions of Mesa-Bains’ work are the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Williams College Museum of Art, the Fowler Museum at UCLA, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

As promised on the program:

For more images, see Episode No. 592.

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Episode No. 633 is a holiday weekend clips episode featuring artist Gary Simmons.

The Pérez Art Museum Miami is presenting “Gary Simmons: Public Enemy,” a survey of Simmons’ 35-year career. The exhibition reveals how Simmons has addressed race, class and US history in ways that have remained persistently au courant. It was curated by René Morales and Jadine Collingwood, with Jack Schneider. It's on view in Miami through April 28, 2024. The exhibition originated at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. The MCA and DelMonico Books have published an outstanding catalogue. Bookshop and Amazon offer it for $56-60.

For images of artworks discussed on the program, see Episode No. 613. 

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Episode No. 632 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features curators Philip Brookman and Julian Brooks.

Brookman is the curator of "Dorothea Lange: Seeing People," at the National Gallery of Art, Washington. The exhibition presents Lange's decades-long portraiture practice in over 100 photographs, pictures that range from the Great Depression through the 1960s. "Seeing People" is on view through March 31, 2024. The exhibition catalogue was published by the NGA in association with Yale University Press. Amazon and Bookshop offer it for $43-51.

With Edina Adam, Brooks is the co-curator of "William Blake: Visionary," at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. Blake was a printmaker and painter who built an unconventional, fantastical, often narrative world view that he presented across both poetry and art. The presentation includes a colored copy of Blake's illuminated book America a Prophecy, a mindfully careful telling of the story of the American Revolution. "Blake" is at the Getty through January 14, 2024. The Getty-published exhibition catalogue is available from Bookshop and Amazon for $29-33.

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Episode No. 631 features curators Anne Umland and Kelly Montana. 

Umland is the curator of "Picasso in Fontainebleau" at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The exhibition examines work Pablo Picasso made during the summer of 1921 in Fontainebleau, an exurb of Paris. It reunites four major works on canvas, both versions of Three Musicians and Three Women at the Spring. The exhibition is on view through February 17, 2024. Umland was assisted by Alexandra Morrison and Francesca Ferrari. The excellent catalogue was published by MoMA. Bookshop and Amazon offer it for $55-60.

Montana is the curator of "Hanne Darboven -- Writing Time" at the Menil Collection in Houston. The exhibition explores three kinds of work Darboven produced -- abstract drawings, date calculations, and monumental installations -- and explains how they were informed by Darboven's involvement in New York's embrace of conceptualism in the 1960s. The exhibition is on view through February 11, 2024. A fine exhibition catalogue was published by the Menil. Amazon and Bookshop offer it for about $35.

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Episode No. 630 features curators Stephan Wolohojian and Lisa Volpe.

With Ashley Dunn and in collaboration with Laurence des Cars, Isolde Pludermacher, and Stéphane Guégan, Wolohojian is the co-curator of "Manet/Degas" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The exhibition explores the artistic dialogue between Édouard Manet and Edgar Degas and considers their work in the context of their shared family relationships, friendships, and intellectual circles. It is on view through January 7, 2024. The exhibition catalogue was published by the Met. Bookshop and Amazon offer it for $32-60.

Volpe is the curator of "Robert Frank and Todd Webb: Across America, 1955" at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The exhibition presents the work the famed Frank and the enormously less-well-known Webb made as they traveled the United States on Guggenheim fellowships in 1955. It is on view through January 7, 2024. The excellent exhibition catalogue was published by the MFAH in association with Yale University Press. Amazon and Bookshop offer it for $25-47.

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Episode No. 629 features artist Alexandro Segade of My Barbarian, and a re-air of a 2013 conversation with artist Eleanor Antin.

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is presenting "Eleanor Antin and My Barbarian," a fiftieth anniversary celebration of Antin's landmark 100 Boots (1973). The exhibition also includes work featuring Antin's alter ego, the King of Solana Beach, and My Barbarian's Universal Declaration of Infantile Anxiety Situations Reflected in the Creative Impulse (2013), a feminist performance work that centers matrilineal creative inheritance. The work's title references the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was co-authored by Eleanor Roosevelt in 1948, and Melanie Klein's 1929 essay "Infantile Anxiety Situations Reflected in a Work of Art and the Creative Impulse." Performers include Segade and his My Barbarian mates Malik Gaines and Jade Gordon, as well as artists Mary Kelly and Antin. "Eleanor Antin and My Barbarian is on view through February 18, 2024.

My Barbarian's work has been presented at museums such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Hammer Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and in a 2021-22 survey at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

This Bomb magazine interview between My Barbarian and Andrea Fraser was referenced on the program. 

For Antin images, see Episode No. 104.

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Episode No. 628 features artist Lyle Ashton Harris and curator Scott Allan. 

The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University is presenting "Lyle Ashton Harris: Our first and last love," a survey of Harris' career featuring photographs, collage, archival material, and more. It's on view through January 7. 2024. Harris' work engages transatlantic social and political dialogues even has he foregrounds personal struggles, sorrows, and self-illuminations. The exhibition was co-curated by Caitlin Julia Rubin and Lauren Haynes. A catalogue is forthcoming. 

Harris' work is also included in "Going Dark: The Contemporary Figure at the Edge of Visibility," at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. The exhibition, which was curated by Ashley James with Faith Hunter, presents works of art that feature partially obscured or hidden figures, works that conceal the body to explore a key tension in contemporary society: the desire to be seen, and the desire to be hidden from sight. It's on view through April 7, 2004. A catalogue was published by the museum. Amazon and Indiebound offer it for about $60-65.  

With Nii Obodai, Harris is the co-editor of the latest issue of Aperture magazine, which considers the Ghanaian capital of Accra as a site of dynamic photographic voices and histories that connect visual culture in West Africa to the world. It's available from Aperture for $25.

Allan curated "Reckoning with Millet's Man with a Hoe," at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. The exhibition is an intensive look at arguably the most historically significant painting in the JPGM's collection of nineteenth-century European art. Man with a Hoe debuted in Paris in 1863, where it was attacked for its depiction and glorification of peasant labor. The exhibition is on view through December 10. The Getty-published catalogue is available from Amazon and Indiebound for about $27-30.

Instagram: Lyle Ashton Harris, Scott Allan, Tyler Green. 

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Episode No. 627 features artists Erica Mahinay and Teresa Baker.

Mahinay and Baker (Mandan/Hidatsa) are both included in "Made in L.A. 2023: Acts of Living," the sixth iteration of the Hammer Museum's biennial. The exhibition, which is on view through December 31, was curated by Diana Nawi and Pablo José Ramírez, with Ashton Cooper. This is the second of two MAN Podcast episodes that will feature artists from the program. The first featured artists Melissa Cody and Roksana Pirouzmand.

Mahinay is a painter and sculptor whose work references and updates modernism in address of the body. She has had solo exhibitions at galleries in New York, Los Angeles, and Rome.

Baker's mixed-media works combine artificial and natural materials to make abstracted landscapes that explore space and movement. She has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Scottsdale (Ariz.) Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, and in group exhibitions at Ballroom Marfa, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kan., and Marin MOCA, Novato, Calif. 

Instagram: Erica Mahinay, Teresa Baker, Tyler Green.

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Episode No. 626 features curator Michelle White and artist Kenneth Tam. 

With Megan Holly Witko, White is the co-curator of "Chryssa & New York," a survey of work the Greek-born Chryssa made while living in New York from the late 1950s to the early 1970s. It's at the Menil Collection in Houston through March 10, 2024. During the years featured in the exhibition, Chryssa used neon and elements of commercial signage to bridge ideas rooted in the pop, conceptual, and minimalist movements. It is the first major survey of the artist’s work in the United States in more than fifty years. The excellent exhibition catalogue was co-published by the Menil and the Dia Art Foundation, with which the Menil co-organized the show. Amazon and Bookshop offer it for about $49.

The Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive is exhibiting "MATRIX 281 / Kenneth Tam: The Founding of the World" through November 26. The exhibition presents The Founding of the World, a video and sculptural installation in which Tam explores the history and practices of fraternities as a way of probing the dynamics of male intimacy and ritualized violence. The presentation was curated by Victoria Sung.

Tam's work is also included in:

  • "Cowboy," at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver through February 18, 2024. "Cowboy" features the work of 27 artists who are shifting cowboy mythology. It was curated by Nora Burnett Abrams and Miranda Lash. 
  • "Kenneth Tam: All of M" at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University. All of M is Tam's re-staging of the high school prom as a way of exploring how men perform their identities in spaces of social ritual. It is on view through November 11. 

Instagram: Michelle White, Kenneth Tam, Tyler Green.

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Episode No. 625B features artists Tammy Nguyen and Jammie Holmes.

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston is presenting "Tammy Nguyen," an exhibition of Nguyen's new paintings, works on paper, and unique artist books. The interconnected body of work, informed by East Asian landscape painting, addresses the relationship between man and nature and landscape as presented by Ralph Waldo Emerson in his 1836 book Nature. The exhibition, which is on view through January 28, 2024, was organized by Jeffrey De Blois.

Nguyen was a recipient of a 2023 Guggenheim fellowship, and has exhibited at museums such as MoMA PS1, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Factory Contemporary Arts Center in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and more. Her work is in the collection of museums such as the Institute of Contemporary Art Miami and the Dallas Museum of Art. This is her first museum solo exhibition.

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is presenting "Jammie Holmes: Make the Revolution Irresistible," a survey of approximately 15 paintings Holmes has made since 2019. The exhibition reveals Holmes' interest in Black domestic spaces, particularly as they relate to his hometown of Thibodaux, Louisiana, and the continuing impacts of the Black Panther Party. The exhibition, which was curated by María Elena Ortiz, is on view through November 26. The MAMFW-published catalogue is available from the museum for $65.

Instagram: Tammy Nguyen, Jammie Holmes, Tyler Green.

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Episode No. 625A remembers artist Robert Irwin.

Nota bene: Episode No. 625B, which will post here on the evening of Friday, October 27, will feature artists Tammy Nguyen and Jammie Holmes.

Irwin, a painter and anti-sculptor who substantially invented the Light and Space movement (and responses to it as a teacher), died on October 25, 2023. He was 95. This program remembers Irwin with two curators who worked with him, and by re-playing Irwin's two appearances on The Modern Art Notes Podcast.

Michael Auping retired from the chief curatorship of The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in 2017 after curatorial stints at the University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, the Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Fla., and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY. He organized "Robert Irwin / Matrix 15" for what is now the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive in 1978.

Evelyn Hankins is head curator at the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC. She organized "Robert Irwin: All the Rules Will Change," a survey of Irwin's transition from painting to installation, in 2016.

The two Irwin interview segments on the program are from 2012's Episode No. 26; and 2016's Episode No. 231.

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Episode No. 624 features curator Leigh Arnold and artist Sarah Crowner.

Arnold is the curator of "Groundswell: Women of Land Art," a survey of artists who have worked in the land that revises ossified male-centric histories at the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas. The exhibition provides a broad overview of themes, interests, and artworks that women created beginning in the 'usual' land art era, the 1960s and 1970s, and updates our understanding of land art to include not only work made in the most rural reaches of North America, but also work made and installed in and around urban and suburban centers. The exhibition is on view through January 7, 2024. An excellent catalogue was published by the Nasher and DelMonico Books. Bookshop and Amazon offer it for about $55.

The Pulitzer Arts Foundation is presenting "Sarah Crowner: Around Orange," a presentation of site-specific artworks that engage with the Pulitzer's Tadao Ando building and Ellsworth Kelly, whose monumental sculpture Blue Black is on permanent view at the Pulitzer. The exhibition, which was curated by Stephanie Weissberg, is on view through February 4, 2024. Concurrently, The Hill Art Foundation, New York, is showing "The Sea, the Sky, a Window," an exhibition of site-specific works Crowner is presenting with sculptures and paintings from several private collections. The exhibition is on view through February 17, 2024.

Instagram: Leigh Arnold, Sarah Crowner, Tyler Green.

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Episode No. 623 features artists Melissa Cody and Roksana Pirouzmand.

Cody and Pirouzmand are both included in "Made in L.A. 2023: Acts of Living," the sixth iteration of the Hammer Museum's biennial. The exhibition, which is on view through December 31, was curated by Diana Nawi and Pablo José Ramírez, with Ashton Cooper. This is the first of two MAN Podcast episodes that will feature artists from the program.

Cody, a fourth-generation Navajo weaver, creates tapestries from traditional techniques that engage both ancestral and contemporary ideas and forms. Her work is partly informed by the Germantown style, developed in the nineteenth century by weavers who used industrially dyed yarns produced in Germantown, Pennsylvania and shipped west to be used by Diné weavers. Cody's work has been included in exhibitions at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Ark., the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, SITE Santa Fe, the Institute of American Indian Arts, and more.

Pirouzmand is an Iranian multidisciplinary artist whose work reference and use the human body to address diaspora and memory. She has exhibited across southern California at venues such as the California Institute of the Arts' REDCAT.

Instagram: Melissa Cody, Roksana Pirouzmand, Tyler Green.

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Episode No. 622 is a holiday clips episode that features artists Otobong Nkanga and Griselda Rosas. 

Nkanga was just awarded the 2025 Nasher Prize, for "weaving together powerful works that delve into the complex, often fragile relationships between humans, the land, and its resources, touching on issues of consumption, global circulation, connectivity, and care." 

This segment was taped in 2018 on the occasion of “Otobong Nkanga: To Dig a Hole That Collapses Again” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. The exhibition, a survey of her work, was curated by Omar Kholeif. For images, see Episode No. 340.

Rosas' work is on view at the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive in "Matrix 282/Griselda Rosas: Yo te cuido." The exhibition presents Rosas’ textile drawings and sculptural installations that explore themes of inheritance, colonialism, and intergenerational knowledge. The exhibition, which debuted at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and which is on view in Berkeley through November 19, was curated by Anthony Graham with assistance from Jill Dawsey. This segment was taped in the spring when the MCASD presentation was on view. For images, see Episode No. 607.

Instagram: Otobong Nkanga, Griselda Rosas, Tyler Green.

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Episode No. 621 features artist Carmen Winant and curator Negar Azimi.

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is exhibiting Winant's "The last safe abortion" through December 31. It features Winant's assemblages of historical photographs gathered from across the Midwest that detail the work of providing health care to women. That work includes answering phones, presenting training sessions, scheduling appointments, and more. "The last safe abortion" was curated by Casey Riley.

Winant's work typically explores representations of women through strategies such as collage and installation. Her exhibition credits include the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University, the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Sculpture Center, Queens, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, and many venues in Europe.

Azimi discusses her exhibition "Becoming Van Leo," the first international survey of the photography of the late Armenian artist known as Van Leo. It's on view at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles through November 5. Born Levon Boyadjian in Turkey, Leo became a leading studio photographer in Cairo between the 1940s and the 1960s. Azimi's exhibition includes some of Leo's earliest pictures from the 1930s, his extensive experiments with self-portraiture, and his challenging of East-West binaries.

Instagram: Carmen Winant, Tyler Green.

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Episode No. 620 features artists Stacy Kranitz and Kristine Potter.

Kranitz and Potter are included in "A Long Arc: Photography and the American South since 1845" at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. The exhibition considers the South as a forger of American identity and examines how Southern photographers have contributed to both the advance of their medium, and the US project. "A Long Arc" was curated by Gregory J. Harris and Sarah Kennel, and will be on view through January 14, 2024 before traveling to the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Mass., and to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. The catalogue was published by Aperture. Bookshop and Amazon offer it for about $70.

Kranitz's work, primarily made in the southern Appalachian Mountains, presents the complexity and instability of a rugged region on which industry has preyed. Her work is in the collection of museums such as the Harvard Art Museums and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Her 2022 book As it Was Give(n) to Me was published by Twin Palms and was shortlisted for a Paris Photo-Aperture First Photobook Award. Bookshop and Amazon offer it for about $75-80.

Aperture has just published Potter's second monograph, Dark Waters. The book extends Potter's interest in using the US landscape as an ideological site by exploring how nineteenth and twentieth-century 'murder ballads' marry site to misogynistic violence. Bookshop and Amazon offer it for about $43-61.

Instagram: Stacy Kranitz, Kristine Potter, Tyler Green.

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Episode No. 619 features artists Edra Soto and José Lerma.

Soto and Lerma are among the 18 artists featured in "entre horizontes: Art and Activism Between Chicago and Puerto Rico" at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. The exhibition examines the artistic genealogies and social justice movements that connect Puerto Rico with Chicago, which is home to third-largest mainland population of Puerto Ricans. "entre horizontes" was curated by Carla Acevedo-Yates with Iris Colburn. It is on view through May 5, 2024. 

Edra Soto's sculpture and installations prompt viewers to reconsider cross-cultural dynamics, the legacy of colonialism, and personal responsibility. Her work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, in the 2020-21 El Museo del Barrio, New York, triennial, at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, the Pérez Art Museum Miami, and more. In 2023 Soto was awarded a US LatinX Art Forum fellowship. Soto also is the co-director of the outdoor project space The Franklin. 

Lerma is a painter whose work blends the historical, autobiographical, art historical and mythological, often through portraits that suggest (or name) specific individuals while pointing to how much of their public personae are manufactured. Simultaneously riffing on European portraiture traditions and popular representation, his work is smart, funny, and always painterly. The Kemper Museum of Art in Kansas City, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and the MCA Chicago have all presented solo exhibitions of his work. 

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Episode No. 618 is a holiday clips episode that remembers Steve Roden. He died yesterday after fighting Alzheimer's disease. Roden was 59. 

The program features:

  • a 2012 segment with Roden and Stephen Vitiello on the occasion of their inclusion in the Menil Collection, Houston exhibition "Silence," and a related improvised performance at the Rothko Chapel;
  • an excerpt from that performance;
  • the full sound Roden created for The Modern Art Notes Podcast; and
  • a 2013 segment with Roden pegged to concurrent exhibitions at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects and at CRG Gallery in New York.
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Episode No. 617 is a holiday clips episode featuring artist vanessa german.  

german is one of six artists featured in "Beyond Granite," a series of installations on the National Mall in Washington, DC. The exhibition, which was curated by Paul Farber and Salamishah Tillet for Monument Lab, is on view through September 18, 2024. german's Of Thee We Sing (2023) considers Marian Anderson's 1939 performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial (near which german's work is installed).

Two other artists included in the exhibition have been featured on The MAN Podcast: Tiffany Chung and Wendy Red Star. 

Instagram: vanessa german, Tyler Green.

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Episode No. 616 features artist Gary Simmons and curator Sarah L. Eckhardt.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is presenting "Gary Simmons: Public Enemy," a survey of Simmons' 35-year career. The exhibition reveals how Simmons has addressed race, class and US history in ways that have remained persistently au courant. It was curated by René Morales and Jadine Collingwood, with Jack Schneider. After closing on October 1, the exhibition will be on view at the Pérez Art Museum Miami from December 5 through April 24, 2024. The MCA Chicago and DelMonico Books have published an outstanding catalogue. Bookshop and Amazon offer it for $56-60.

Along with Drew Thompson, Eckhardt is the co-curator of "Benjamin Wigfall & Communications Village." It's at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond through September 10. The exhibition is a survey of Richmond-native Wigfall's work, and a historicization of Communications Village, the interdisciplinary artist-run project that Wigfall instigated while teaching at the State University of New York, New Paltz in the early 1970s, as the instigator of what we now call social practice. The excellent catalogue was published by the VMFA, which offers it for $40.

Instagram: Gary Simmons, Tyler Green.

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Episode No. 615 features historian and author David Bindman, and artist Nicki Green.

Bindman's new book is 'Race Is Everything': Art and Human Difference. It examines nineteenth and early twentieth-century racializing science (sometimes referred to as pseudoscience) and how European art both influenced it, and was itself influenced by it. The book pays special attention to the racialization of people of African and Jewish descent. It considers the skull as a racializing marker, Darwin and Darwinism, the construction of the Mediterranean 'race,' Anglo-Saxonism, the racializing debate over Egyptians, and plenty more. 'Race is Everything' was just published by Reaktion Books. Bookshop and Amazon offer it for about $37.

Bindman is an emeritus professor at University College London, and a fellow of the Hutchings Center, Harvard University. He is the author and editor of numerous books, including Ape to Apollo: Aesthetics and the Idea of Race in the 18th Century.

Green's work is included in "What Has Been and What Could Be: The BAMPFA Collection" which runs through July 7, 2024 at the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, University of California, Berkeley. The exhibition was curated by Julie Rodrigues Widholm with Anthony Graham. Green is a transdisciplinary artist who works primarily in clay. Her work explores topics such as history preservation, conceptual ornamentation, and aesthetics of otherness. She has exhibited at the biennial in Lyon, France, at the New Museum, New York, and at the Musée d'Art Moderne, Paris. Next spring she'll be included in "New Worlds: Women to Watch 2024" at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC.

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Episode No. 614 features curator Kate Clarke Lemay and artist Maia Cruz Palileo.

With Taína Caragol, Lemay is the co-curator of "1898: US Imperial Visions and Revisions" at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington. (Carlina Maestre assisted them.) The exhibition examines late-nineteenth-century US imperialism, especially the War of 1898 (often called the Spanish-American War), the Congressional Joint Resolution to annex Hawai'i (which was passed in July 1898), the Philippine-American War (1899-1913) and the US extension of its sphere to include Cuba, Guam, and Puerto Rico. The exhibition particularly -- but not exclusively -- looks at how portraiture was used by the US in an attempt to define peoples, and by both the US and by the leaders of other countries to establish status within the community of nations, and to project power. "1898" is on view through February 25, 2024.

The forthcoming exhibition catalogue features an essay by Caragol that looks at how several contemporary artists are addressing the legacies of US imperialism in their work. Among the artists on whom Caragol focuses is Palileo, whose work often addresses their family’s arrival in the United States from the Philippines, as well as the colonial relationship between the two countries. (The other artists Caragol addresses in her essay are Stephanie Syjuco, Gisela McDaniel, and Miguel Luciano.)

Palileo's work often extends from research she conducted at the Newberry Library in 2017. The library holds significant research collections related to the US imperial project in the Philippines, including a watercolor album by Damián Domingo and photographs made by Dean C. Worcester, a US zoologist who worked in the Philippines. Worcester's work was influential in shaping US public opinion about Filipinos. Palileo's work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Katzen Arts Center at Washington's American University and at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts at the California College for the Arts in San Francisco. They have been in group shows at institutions such as the Moderna Museet in Sweden, the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, the Bemis Center, Omaha, and the NPG.

On September 8-9 the NPG will convene over 40 scholars and artists from the Philippines, Guam, Puerto Rico, Hawai‘i, Cuba, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the US for a two-day symposium. In addition to panel discussions and gallery talks, the event will feature a keynote address by Pulitzer Prize-winner Ada Ferrer. All panels and the keynote address will take place in the McEvoy Auditorium in the Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture in Washington. RSVP here (it's free).

Instagram: Kate Lemay, Tyler Green.

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Episode No. 613 features author Prudence Peiffer and museum director Timothy Potts.

Peiffer is the author of "The Slip: The New York City Street That Changed American Art Forever." The book, out this week from Harper, is a group biography of seven artists -- Robert Indiana, Ellsworth Kelly, Agnes Martin, James Rosenquist, Delphine Seyrig, Lenore Tawney, and Jack Youngerman -- who worked on Coenties Slip in the 1950s and '60s. Coenties Slip was a street that overlooked the East River in lower Manhattan. Peiffer's book argues for not only the importance of the artists themselves, but for where and how they worked as being important to the development of post-war art in New York. Peiffer is director of content at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.  Amazon and Bookshop offer "The Slip" for $22-36.

Potts discusses the J. Paul Getty Museum's co-acquisition (with the National Portrait Gallery, London) of Joshua Reynolds' Portrait of Mai (ca. 1776). The painting, among Reynolds' finest works, is on view at the National Portrait Gallery. The first presentation at the Getty will be in 2026.

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Episode No. 612 features curators Susan Davidson and Stephanie Schrader.

Davidson is the curator of "Robert Motherwell: Pure Painting," which is at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth through September 3. The exhibition is the first Motherwell paintings retrospective in a quarter-century. Motherwell was a New York-based painter prominent in the development of abstract expressionism. The exhibition catalogue was published by Hatje Cantz Verlag. Amazon and Bookshop offer it for about $55. From Fort Worth, "Motherwell" will travel to the Bank Austria Kunstforum in Vienna.

Along with Freyda Spira and Thomas Lederballe, Schrader is a co-curator of "Beyond the Light: Identity and Place in 19th-Century Danish Art," which is at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, through August 20. The exception looks at the development of Danish art across both paintings and drawings, and shows how artists helped develop the nation's cultural identity. The excellent catalogue was published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, which originated the show. Amazon and Bookshop offer it for about $45.

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Episode No. 611 features artist Wendy Red Star.

The Columbus Museum of Art is presenting the career-length survey "Wendy Red Star: A Scratch on the Earth." It's on view through September 3. The exhibition was curated by Tricia Laughlin Bloom and Nadiah Rivera Fellah, and is accompanied by a publication from the Newark Museum of Art, which originated the exhibition.

An enrolled member of the Apsáalooke (Crow) Tribe, Red Star's work explores both Native American ideologies and colonialist structures in ways that point to both the past and the present. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at The Anderson Collection at Stanford University, the Joslyn Art Museum, MASS MoCA, the Missoula (Mont.) Art Museum, and more.

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Episode No. 610 features artist Dyani White Hawk and curator Kelly Montana.

White Hawk is included in "Rising Sun: Artists in an Uncertain America" at the African American Museum in Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. The exhibition presents new works that examine the question, "Is the sun rising or setting on the experiment of American democracy?" The exhibition was organized by a six-person curatorial team and is on view through October 8.

White Hawk (Sičáŋǧu Lakota) makes works multiple media that often foreground Lakota art forms and cultural knowledge and blend both Native American and non-Native interests and art histories. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver and the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston. She's also been in group shows at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Ark., and more.

Montana is the curator of "Si Lewen: The Parade" which is at the Menil Drawing Institute in Houston through September 3. The Parade is an epic narrative that unfolds across 63 drawings. Lewen, a Polish-born immigrant who lived and worked in New York and Pennsylvania, witnessed the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp in 1945 while serving in the United States Army. In the 1950s he published a graphic novel that responded to the horrors he encountered as part of his war-time experience. This exhibition is the first in the United States to bring together the complete set of works from The Parade.

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Episode No. 609 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast is a summer clips episode featuring artist Virginia Jaramillo.

The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City is presenting "Virginia Jaramillo: Principle of Equivalence," the first retrospective of Jaramillo's work. The exhibition includes 73 paintings and handmade paper works extending back over 70 years. The exhibition was curated by Erin Dziedzic and will be on view through August 26. A catalogue is forthcoming.

This episode was recorded on the occasion of  “Virginia Jaramillo: The Curvilinear Paintings, 1969-74” which was at the Menil Collection in 2020. The show was the first solo museum exhibition of Jaramillo’s career. Curated by Michelle White, it featured a series of paintings that Jaramillo made featuring the joining of line to color against mostly monochromatic backgrounds.

See Episode No. 469 for images.

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Episode No. 608 is a holiday clips episode featuring artist Ebony G. Patterson.

The New York Botanical Garden is presenting "…things come to thrive…in the shedding…in the molting…," a site-specific exhibition that immerses Patterson's work in the NYBG's spaces. It is on view in the Bronx through October 22.

This episode was taped in 2020 on the occasion of “Ebony G. Patterson… while the dew is still on the roses…”, a survey of work Patterson had made in the previous decade that was on view at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

Patterson’s installations, tapestries, videos and sculptures wield beauty to address disenfranchised communities, violence, masculinity and the impacts of colonialism. “… while the dew” especially examines her consideration of gardens. Patterson’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Bermuda National Gallery, and more.

For images, see Episode No. 436.

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Episode No. 607 features curator C.D. Dickerson III and artist Griselda Rosas.

With Emerson Bowyer, Dickerson is the co-curator of "Canova: Sketching in Clay." The exhibition features more than 30 of the 60 surviving sketch models Antonio Canova made in clay, handsy works which helped him plan his designs for his large sculptures. In addition to clay models, the exhibition also includes a number of plaster works and final marbles, such as Canova's iconic, influential 1805/07 portrait of Letizia Bonaparte, often known as Madame Mère. "Canova" is at the National Gallery of Art through October 9. The excellent catalogue was published by the NGA. Amazon and Bookshop offer it for $60-65.

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is presenting "Griselda Rosas: Yo te cuido" an exhibition of Rosas' textile drawings and sculptural installations that explore themes of inheritance, colonialism, and intergenerational knowledge. The exhibition, which was curated by Anthony Graham with assistance from Jill Dawsey, is on view through August 13.

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Episode No. 606 features curators Samantha Friedman and Jonathan Stuhlman.

Friedman is the curator of "Georgia O'Keeffe: To See Takes Time" at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. (Laura Neufeld and Emily Olek also worked on the exhibition.) The exhibition presents works on paper that O'Keeffe made in series. Some of these series informed paintings, several of which are also included. The exhibition is on view through August 12. A catalogue was published by MoMA. Bookshop and Amazon offer it for about $40.

Stuhlman is the curator of "Southern/Modern," a survey of modernism from artists who were from, worked in, or visited the American South that opens this weekend at the Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia. It will remain on view through December 10. The exhibition is accompanied by an excellent catalogue published by University of North Carolina Press. Bookshop and Amazon offer it for about $30-75.

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Episode No. 605 features artist Gio Swaby, and curator Leslie Jones.

The Art Institute of Chicago is presenting "Gio Swaby: Fresh Up," a solo exhibition of work Swaby made in 2017-2021. Swaby's embroidered portraits celebrate both Blackness and her subjects' self-awareness and self-empowerment. The AIC's Melinda Watt co-curated the show with the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Fla. curator Katherine Pill. Rizzoli Electa published an accompanying catalogue in association with the two museums. Amazon and Bookshop offer it for about $35.

This is Swaby's first museum solo exhibition. Her work is in the collection of museums such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Jones is the curator of "Coded: Art Enters the Computer Age, 1952-1982" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The exhibition examines how artists embraced computer technology in the first decades of the computer age. It is on view through July 2. DelMonico Books and LACMA co-published the exhibition catalogue. Amazon and Bookshop offer it for about $60-70.

Instagram: Gio Swaby, Tyler Green.

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Episode No. 604 features artist Lotus Laurie Kang and curator Apsara DiQuinzio.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is presenting "Atrium Project: Lotus Laurie Kang," a large-scale installation in the MCA's two-story entrance lobby. Kang's work, Molt (New York-Lethbridge-Los Angeles-Toronto-Chicago- ) (2018–2023), hangs from the atrium ceiling. To make it, Kang exposed to natural light lengths of light-sensitive, unfixed photographic film, resulting in colors that evoke the body and landscape. Lotus root-shaped chimes made of cast aluminum and bronze hang alongside these light-sensitive surfaces. Curated by Jack Schneider, the work will be on view through February 11, 2024.

Kang's work is also at London's Chisenhale Gallery in a solo presentation titled "In Cascades." It's up through July 30.

Kang's work often blends sculpture, photography and installation in address of bodies, memories, and histories change over time. Kang has been featured in exhibitions at the Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, and in the 2021 triennial at New York's New Museum.

On the second segment, DiQuinzio discusses "Adaline Kent: The Click of Authenticity," the artist's first retrospective. Kent (1900-1957), was a leading modernist sculptor whose work addressed nature and the drama of the Sierra Nevada, especially within the context of narratives promoted by the Sierra Club and the nascent second-generation environmental movement. "Kent" is at Reno's Nevada Museum of Art through September 10. The show's fine catalogue was published by Rizzoli Electa. Amazon and Bookshop offer it for about $45-60.

Instagram: Lotus Laurie Kang, Apsara DiQuinzio, Tyler Green.

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Episode No. 603 is a holiday clips episode featuring artist Eamon Ore-Giron.

Ore-Giron is one of twenty artists that the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the African American Museum in Philadelphia asked to respond to the question: is the sun rising or setting on the experiment of American democracy? The artists' answers are featured in the two-venue exhibition "Rising Sun: Artists in an Uncertain America." Ore-Giron's work is in the PAFA section of the exhibition. The exhibition was organized by a six-person curatorial team and is on view through October 8. 

Ore-Giron’s work joins histories, geographies and abstraction as a means by which to explore the layered past and present of the Americas. He’s been featured in solo shows and two-person shows at the MCA Denver, LAXART, Los Angeles, the 18th Street Arts Center in Los Angeles, and at PAFA.

This episode was taped in January 2022 when The Anderson Collection at Stanford University presented “Eamon Ore-Giron: Non Plus Ultra.” For images, see Episode No. 534.

 

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Episode No. 602 features artist Christina Fernandez and curators Nolan Jimbo and Rachel Federman.

Fernandez's work is included in the Hammer Museum, University of California, Los Angeles' post-renovation-and-expansion debut exhibition "Together in Time: Selections from the Hammer's Contemporary Collection." It's on view through August 20.

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth is also showing "Christina Fernandez: Multiple Exposures," a survey of Fernandez's career, through July 9. It was curated by Joanna Szupinska and Chon Noriega. A fine catalogue was published by the California Museum of Photography, University of California, Riverside, which organized the show, and the Chicano Studies Research Center, University of California, Los Angeles. Fernandez is a photographer whose work examines migration, labor, gender, and Mexican American identity. Amazon and Bookshop offer it for about $50.

Jimbo is the curator of "Endless," at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. The exhibition brings together art that touches upon the concept of infinity, including works by Hiroshi Sugimoto, David Lamelas, Etel Adnan, and Charles Gaines. It's on view through April 14, 2024.

With Cynthia Burlingham and Jay A. Clarke, Federman is the co-curator of "Bridget Riley Drawings: From the Artist's Studio," a survey of Riley's drawing practice primarily drawn from the artist's own collection. It is on view at the Hammer through May 28 before traveling to the Art Institute of Chicago and the Morgan Library, New York. An excellent exhibition catalogue was published by Modern Art Press, London. Amazon and Bookshop offer it for about $30.

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Episode No. 601 features artists Jonathan Lyndon Chase and Sheldon Scott.

Jonathan Lyndon Chase is included in "The Culture: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century" at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The exhibition, on view through July 16, presents art, fashion and high-end consumer goods in consideration of the influence hip hop has had on contemporary society. It was curated by Asma Naeem, Gamynne Guillotte, Hannah Klemm, and Andréa Purnell. A catalogue was published by the BMA, the Saint Louis Art Museum and Gregory R. Miller & Co. Amazon and Bookshop offer it for about $55.

Chase's paintings, video, sound, and sculpture depicts queer Black love and community. Their work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia; they have been included in recent group shows at the ICA Miami, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Columbus Museum of Art, the RISD Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and soon at the Whitney Museum of American Art (opening June 28).

Scott is included in "Spirit in the Land" at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. The exhibition considers today’s ecological concerns and demonstrates how our identities and natural environments are intertwined. The show particularly focuses on the relationship between the mainland United States and the Caribbean. Curated by Trevor Schoonmaker, it is on view through July 9. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue which is available only at the Nasher. Scott is presenting a performance titled "Portrait, numba 1 MAN (day clean ta sun down)" at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans on May 13.

Scott's work builds upon his upbringing in Gullah/Geechee culture and his background in storytelling to examine the Black male form. His work has been exhibited at the Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, and more.

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Episode No. 600 features artist Anna Tsouhlarakis and curator Michael Hartman.

Anna Tsouhlarakis is in several exhibitions around the United States. A solo presentation of her "The Native Guide Project" (2019-present) is at the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University through July 9. The indoor-outdoor exhibition presents the Wexner's commissioning of "The Native Guide Project: Columbus," which includes boldface phrases such as "I LIKE HOW YOU SEE NATIVE AMERICANS AS YOUR INTELLECTUAL EQUAL" both within and around the Wexner's famed Peter Eisenman-designed building. The presentation was curated by Kelly Kivland with Bethani Blake.

Tsouhlarakis is among the artists included in the second edition of the St. Louis triennial Counterpublic, which weaves contemporary art into the fabric of St. Louis. Counterpublic's curatorial ensemble included Allison Glenn, Diya Vij, NEw Red Order, and Risa Puleo. Counterpublic is on view through July 15.

At the Scottsdale Museum of Art through August 27, Tsouhlarakis is in "Language in Times of Miscommunication," an exhibition of artworks that use language to critically examine the complexities of social reality. It was curated by Lauren R. O’Connell with Keshia Turley.

Next month the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver will present a survey of Tsouhlarakis's Indigenous Absurdities sculptures which center Indigenous knowledge and systems as ways of teaching starting points. Curated by Leilani Lynch, the exhibition will be on view from June 14 to September 10.

Tsouhlarakis, who is Navajo, Creek and Greek, often challenges and stretches the aesthetic and conceptual boundaries of Native art, often with humor and even sarcasm.

Michael Hartman discusses "Historical Imaginary," at the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College. The exhibition pairs an unfinished study for Emanuel Leutze's Washington Crossing the Delaware with other works to explore how artists have constructed American memory. It's on view through November 11.

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Episode No. 599 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features curators David Pullins and Veronica Roberts.

With Vanessa K. Valdés, Pullins is the co-curator of "Juan de Pareja: Afro-Hispanic Painter in the Age of Velázquez" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The exhibition is the first examination of the life and oeuvre of Pareja, who was enslaved in Velázquez's studio before developing his own independent practice. The Met's exhibition features works by Velázquez and Pareja, as well as examinations of how Spanish painters presented Black and Morisco populations. It is on view through July 16. A superb exhibition catalogue was published by the Met. Amazon and Bookshop offer it for about $46.

Roberts discusses "Day Jobs" at the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas. The exhibition explores how artists have taken jobs beyond their studios, and how those jobs have informed their work. "Day Jobs" is on view through July 23.

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Episode No. 598 features artist Faye HeavyShield and curator Glenn Phillips.

The Pulitzer Arts Foundation in Saint Louis is presenting "Faye HeavyShield: Confluences," a career-spanning presentation of HeavyShield's work that includes drawings, sculptures and installations, and two commissions that engage the landscapes and histories of the Saint Louis region. HeavyShield's spare, often minimal vocabulary and use of modest materials often addresses land, traditional Kainai stories, and HeavyShield's experiences in the residential school system. The exhibition, which was curated by Tamara Schenkenberg, will be on view through August 6.

A member of the Kainai (Blood) Nation, part of the Blackfoot Confederacy, Heavyshield lives and works in the foothills of southern Alberta.

Phillips discusses "Barbara T. Smith: The Way to Be," a presentation of work from the first 50 years of Smith's career (1931-81). Phillips co-curated the exhibition with Pietro Rigolo. It's on view at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles through July 16.

Smith is a pioneering second-wave feminist artist whose work addressed the seemingly limited options available to women from Smith's class and racial background. Phillips worked with Smith to present the exhibition in her own voice, which coincides with the Getty's publication of Smith's memoir, "The Way to Be: A Memoir." Amazon and Bookshop offer it for $24-46.

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Episode No. 597 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Binh Danh and curator Jeffrey Richmond-Moll.

Radius Books has just published a two-volume monograph titled, "Binh Danh: The Enigma of Belonging." The book, Danh's first monograph, brings together Danh's prints on plant matter that consider images associated with the war in Vietnam, and Danh's daguerreotypes of scenic vistas in the American West, his attempt to negotiate the land and history of a still-contested region. The book features essays by Danh, Boreth Ly, Joshua Chuang, Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, and Andrew Lam. Bookshop and Amazon offer it for about $60.

Danh's work is on view in "Ansel Adams in Our Time" at the de Young Museum, San Francisco. The exhibition, which was curated by Karen Haas for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is on view through July 23.

Danh has had solo shows at museums such as the Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University; the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh; and the Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska. He's in many major US museum collections, including at the Eastman House in Rochester, NY; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Harvard Art Museums, and the Huntington Library, San Marino, Calif.

Richmond-Moll discusses "Object Lessons in American Art: Selections from the Princeton University Art Museum" at the Georgia Museum of Art. The exhibition features work from PUAM that present artworks about American history, culture, and society in ways that reveal how Princeton has taught and presented US art history. It's on view through May 14. A catalogue was published by PUAM. Bookshop and Amazon offer it for $30-40.

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Episode No. 596 is a holiday weekend clips show featuring artist Renée Stout.

Stout is included in the Nasher's "Spirit in the Land," an exhibition that considers today’s ecological concerns and demonstrates how our identities and natural environments are intertwined. The show particularly focuses on the relationship between the mainland United States and the Caribbean. Curated by Trevor Schoonmaker, it will be on view through July 9. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue which, as of the show posting date, is available only at the Nasher.

Her work is also in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's version of "Afro-Atlantic Histories." LACMA's presentation is a mostly contemporary version of an exhibition that originated at the Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand (MASP) and the Instituto Tomie Ohtake in Brazil in 2018 before traveling to the National Gallery of Art, Washington last year. "Afro-Atlantic Histories" is at LACMA through September 10.

If it seems like Stout has been in every major contemporary group show in the last year, it may be because she has been: she was included in both "The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse," organized last year by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and "Supernatural America: The Paranormal in American Art," which was put together by the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

An exhibition of Stout's recent work, "Renée Stout: Navigating the Abyss," closed at New York's Marc Straus gallery last month.

This program was taped on the occasion of Stout's inclusion in "Person of Interest" at the Sheldon Museum of Art at the University of Nebraska in 2020. For images related to this program, see Episode No. 437.

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Episode No. 595 features curators JR Henneman and Stephanie Tung.

Henneman is the curator of "Near East to Far West: Fictions of French and American Colonialism" at the Denver Art Museum. The exhibition explores how the style and substance of French Orientalism -- art inspired by French colonial expansion into North Africa and the Islamic world -- informed United States artists and their representations of lands the US acquired as part of its imperial expansion. The exhibition is on view through May 29. Its superb catalogue was published by the Denver Art Museum. Amazon offers it for about $65.

Along with Karina H. Corrigan, Tung is the curator of "Power and Perspective: Early Photography in China" at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. The exhibition reveals how photographers helped determine how the world viewed nineteenth-century China. The exhibition features 130 photographs, as well as paintings, decorative arts, and prints. It is on view through April 2. The excellent exhibition catalogue was published by the museum. Amazon offers it for about $60.

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Episode No. 594 features curators Stephanie Mayer Heydt and Isabel Casso.

With Audrey Lewis, Heydt is the co-curator of "Joseph Stella: Visionary Nature," a survey of the American modernist's nature-based artworks at Atlanta's High Museum of Art. While Stella is best known today for his futurism-informed studies of urbanity, most especially for his paintings of the Brooklyn Bridge, Lewis and Heydt's exhibition reveals him to be every bit as much as interested in re-making America's century-long Emersonian landscape and nature traditions as his Precisionist colleagues were. The exhibition features over 100 paintings and works on paper. It's on view through May 21. A fine catalogue was published by the High Museum of Art and DelMonico Books. Amazon and Indiebound offer it for about $55.

With Kate Green, Casso is the curator of "Celia Álvarez Muñoz: Breaking the Binding," the artist's first retrospective, at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. The exhibition features over 40 of Muñoz's large-scale installations, book projects, and shows how Muñoz built a witty, often funny style built from conceptualist puns even as she styled herself as an "artivist" who engaged issues informed by her experiences living along the US-Mexico borderlands. It's on view at MCASD's La Jolla location through August 13. A catalogue is forthcoming.

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Episode No. 593 remembers artist Phyllida Barlow.

Barlow died this week. She was 78.

Barlow came from an illustrious British family, one thick with Huxleys and Wedgwoods, a royal physician, and one particularly famous Darwin. Instead of joining a parade of ancestors within the British establishment, she devoted her life and career to questioning, upturning, and reinventing. Her chosen profession was teaching, at University College London's Slade School of Fine Art, and sculpting, a medium which she seemed to reject and change in equal measure. She represented Britain in the Venice Biennale, and had had solo shows in at museums in Nuremberg, West Palm Beach, Des Moines, Munich, and Zurich, and in London at the Tate and the Royal Academy. Her first US shows were in Dallas, in 2003 and 2005.

This week's episode features Barlow's two visits to The MAN Podcast: in 2013 on the occasion of the Carnegie International (in which Barlow was the breakout star); and in 2015 when Barlow installed a spectacular solo exhibition at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas.

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Episode No. 592 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Amalia Mesa-Bains and curator Michael Duncan.

The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive is presenting "Amalia Mesa-Bains: Archaeology of Memory," the first retrospective of the pioneering Chicana artist. The exhibition includes nearly 60 works including fourteen of Mesa-Bains' major installations. It was curated by María Esther Fernández and Laura E. Pérez and is on view through July 23. The outstanding catalogue was published by the Berkeley Art Museum in association with University of California Press. Amazon and Indiebound offer it for about $50.

Across a half-century, Mesa-Bains has foregrounded Chicana forms such as altares (home altars), ofrendas (offerings to the dead), descansos (roadside resting places), and capillas (home yard shrines) into contemporary art. Her work often spotlights domestic spaces and the construction of landscape in ways that highlight colonial erasure. Among the museums which have presented solo exhibitions of Mesa-Bains' work are the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Williams College Museum of Art, the Fowler Museum at UCLA, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

As promised on the program:

On the second segment, curator Michael Duncan discusses "Another World: The Transcendental Painting Group, 1938-45," which is at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art through June 19.  The exhibition presents a group of mostly northern New Mexico-based artists, including Raymond Jonson and Agnes Pelton, who built a spiritually-informed abstraction with a painterly language that included symbols and images drawn from the collective unconscious. The show's catalogue was published by the Crocker Art Museum and DelMonico Books. Amazon and Indiebound offer it for about $60.

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Episode No. 591 features artists Kahlil Robert Irving and Rogelio Báez Vega.

Kahlil Robert Irving is included in "I’ll Be Your Mirror: Art and the Digital Screen" at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Across more than 25,000 square feet, the exhibition examines the screen’s vast impact on art from 1969 to the present. It was curated by Alison Hearst and remains on view through April 30. Irving will deliver a lecture at MAMFW on March 7 at 6 pm.

Walker Art Center in Minneapolis has just opened "Kahlil Robert Irving: Archaeology of the Present", a presentation of new Irving sculptures, video, and found objects. Irving has situated his sculptures and other items within a large plywood platform, resembling a stage. Viewers can move onto the structure to encounter both artworks and manufactured objects alike. The show, which was curated by William Hernández Luege, will be on view through January 21, 2024.

Irving's assemblages of images and replicas of every day objects challenge constructions of Western identity and culture. His ceramic sculptures incorporate neglected objects that represent a historical moment, as do his room-sized, image-driven installations. Irving has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Contemporary Art Museum Saint Louis; he's been featured in group exhibitions at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, MASS MoCA in North Adams, Mass., the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and more.

Rogelio Báez Vega is included in "no existe un mundo poshuracán: Puerto Rican Art in the Wake of Hurricane Maria" at the Whitney. The exhibition, organized to coincide with the fifth anniversary of Maria, explores how artists have responded to the years since that event. It includes 15 artists from Puerto Rico and the diaspora. It was curated by Marcela Guerrero with Angelica Arbelaez, and will be on view through April 23.

Báez Vega's paintings often portray modernist buildings dating from Puerto Rico's post-war boom. While his pictures sometimes show the island's rich vegetation overtaking physical structures, they imply both a dystopian future and nature's promise.

Instagram: Kahlil Robert Irving, Rogelio Báez Vega, Tyler Green.

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Episode No. 590 features artist Monique Verdin. It was taped live at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

Verdin is included in the Nasher's "Spirit in the Land," an exhibition that considers today’s ecological concerns and demonstrates how our identities and natural environments are intertwined. The show particularly focuses on the relationship between the mainland United States and the Caribbean. Curated by Trevor Schoonmaker, it will be on view through July 9. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue which, as of the show posting date, is available only at the Nasher.

Verdin's work is also on view at the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans in "The Float Lab: The Heartbeat of Invisible Rivers." It is a project of Verdin's The Land Memory Bank, Mondo Bizarro and Jeff Becker that uses music, theater, visual art, and boat-building to respond to Louisiana's interconnected struggles against land loss, environmental racism, and displacement. "The Float Lab" is on view through Oct. 1.

Verdin's photography, filmmaking and collages most often examine how climate change and industry are impacting traditional lifeways in a part of southwest Louisiana known to the Houma people as Yakni Chitto. Among her many exhibition credits is Prospect Four in New Orleans. Verdin is also the director of the Land Memory Bank & Seed Exchange, a former member of the United Houma Nation Tribal Council and is part of the Another Gulf Is Possible Collaborative core leadership circle of brown (indigenous, latinx and desi) women, from Texas to Florida, working to envision just economies, vibrant communities and sustainable ecologies.

Instagram: Monique Verdin, Tyler Green.

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Episode No. 589 is a holiday clips episode featuring artist Rose B. Simpson.

Rose B. Simpson is included in two ongoing presentations in New England: her Counterculture is installed at Field Farm, a Trustees property in Williamstown, Mass.; and in "Ceramics in the Expanded Field," at MASS MoCA through April 10. Counterculture was organized by Jamilee Lacy and will be on view through April 30, 2023. "Ceramics," which is up until April 10, was curated by Susan Cross.

Elsewhere, the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia is featuring "Rose B. Simpson: Dream House" through May 7, and Simpson is included with in "Thick as Mud" at the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington. The exhibition examines how eight artists use mud as material or subject. Curated by Nina Bozicnik, it's on view through May 7.

Across ceramic sculpture, performance, installation, and more, Simpson's work addresses ideas as far ranging as resistance, apocalypse, spirituality, and automobile design. Museums such as the University of New Mexico Art Museum (Simpson lives in Santa Clara Pueblo), Nevada Museum of Art, the Savannah College of Art and Design's SCAD Museum of Art, and the Pomona College Museum of Art have all presented solo exhibitions of her work, and Simpson has been in group shows at the Henry Art Gallery, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Denver Museum of Art, and plenty more.

The program was taped on the occasion of these shows and the ICA Boston exhibition "Rose B. Simpson: Legacies." 

From the program:

For images, see Episode No. 567.

Air date: February 16, 2023.

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Episode No. 588 features author Jennifer Van Horn and curator Elizabeth Kornhauser.

Van Horn is the author of "Portraits of Resistance: Activating Art During Slavery," which was recently published by Yale University Press. The book investigates American portraiture, a discipline which until recently was dominated by European-American artists and their wealthy, self-image-creating clients. The book discovers within some of these portraits and the artists who made them histories of Black resistance, agency, viewership, and even iconoclasm. While the book primarily focuses on the era before the Civil War, it also reaches well into the twentieth century. Amazon and Indiebound offer "Portraits of Resistance" for about $60.

Kornhauser discusses a new installation of portraiture miniatures in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's American galleries. Portrait miniatures -- often tiny watercolor pictures on ivory -- were popular in the US in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The production of portrait miniatures was one form of production particularly open to women artists.

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Episode No. 587 features curators Jed Morse and Perrin Lathrop.

Morse is the curator of "Mark di Suvero: Steel Like Paper" at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas. The exhibition surveys di Suvero's career with a special focus on di Suvero's in-studio practice, such as his drawings and his little-considered modestly scaled sculptures (which make up the vast majority of his oeuvre). It is the most extensive survey of di Suvero's work in over 30 years, and the largest museum exhibition of such since 1975. "di Suvero" is on view through August 27. The excellent catalogue was published by the museum.

Along with Nikoo Paydar and Jamaal Sheats, Lathrop is a co-curator of "African Modernism in America, 1947-67" at the Fisk University Galleries in Nashville. The exhibition investigates the connections between African artists and American patrons, artists, and cultural organizations such as the Harmon Foundation, the Museum of Modern Art, and HBCUs during the early Cold War. It also features The Politics of Selection, a commission from Lagos-based sculptor Ndidi Dike that interrogates the collecting histories presented in the exhibition. "African Modernism" is on view through February 12, after which it will travel to the Kemper Art Museum at Washington University, Saint Louis; the Phillips Collection in Washington; and the Taft Museum of Art in Cincinnati. The outstanding catalogue was published by the American Federation of Arts. Amazon and Indiebound offer it for about $45.

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Episode No. 586 features artist Justine Kurland.

The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford recently acquired a complete vintage set of Kurland's 69-picture "Girl Pictures" suite (1997-2002) and has installed it in the museum's 1934 Avery Court. (The building is known for having the first international style spaces of any American art museum.) The exhibition is on view through August.

Kurland's series presents a fictional semi-narrative of an empowered, self-sufficient, ever-traveling community of young women. It is a feminist recasting of the long tradition of adolescent and vagabond narratives that foreground boys and young men. Aperture published the entire series in a book that includes a story by Rebecca Bengal. Amazon and Indiebound offer it for about $47.

Instagram: Justine Kurland, Tyler Green.

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Episode No. 585 features artist Matthew Ritchie.

The Frist Art Museum in Nashville is presenting "Matthew Ritchie: A Garden in the Flood," a survey of the last 20 years of Matthew Ritchie's career. The exhibition shows how Ritchie has brought together biology, physics, creation stories, epic poetry and history across painting, sculpture, video and installation. At the core of the exhibition is a new Ritchie video work featuring composer Hanna Benn in collaboration with the Fisk Jubilee Singers and their late music director Dr. Paul T. Kwami. The exhibition was curated by Mark Scala and is on view through March 5. An exhibition catalogue was published by DelMonico Books in association with the Frist. Amazon and Indiebound offer it for about $50.

Ritchie's most recent institutional solo exhibitions have been at the CVAD Galleries at the University of North Texas, the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University, and the ICA Boston.

Instagram: Matthew Ritchie, Tyler Green.

Air date: January 19, 2023.

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Episode No. 584 features curators Gretchen Hirschauer and Aleesa Pitchamarn Alexander.

The National Gallery of Art in Washington is presenting "Vittore Carpaccio: Master Storyteller of Renaissance Venice," through February 12. The exhibition was curated by Peter Humfrey in collaboration with Andrea Bellieni and Hirschauer. It presents Carpaccio, a Venetian master who worked in the period between Bellini and the rise of Tintoretto, as the producer of spectacular narrative pictures that brought storytelling more fully into the practice of Venetian painters. The exhibition includes 45 paintings and 30 drawings. The NGA and Yale University Press copublished an excellent catalogue. It is available from Indiebound and Amazon for $51-65.

  • For Carpaccio's Scuola degli Albanesi 'Life of the Virgin' cycle, see here.

Alexander discusses "East of the Pacific: Making Histories of Asian American Art" at Stanford University's Cantor Arts Center. The exhibition engages an American art history centered on transpacific migration and discourse rather than the traditional transatlantic address. It features roughly chronological sections that highlight key narratives in Asian American art between the late nineteenth and twenty-first centuries. "East of the Pacific" is one of the three inaugural Asian American Art Initiative exhibitions at the Cantor. It is on view through February 12.

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After a brief introduction, this episode is a re-air of host Tyler Green's 2014 conversation with artist Michael Snow.

Snow died on January 5. He was 94.

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Episode No. 583 features artist William Cordova and curator Michelle White.

Cordova is featured in "Beyond the Surface: Collage, Mixed Media and Textile Works from the Collection" at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. The exhibition is on view through May 14.

Cordova's work uses a range of media to address and re-make historical narratives. His practice understands that present knowledge of history is always changing, and that artists are part of the process of revising our understandings of the past. Cordova has had solo shows at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Pérez Art Museum Miami, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and at LAXART in Los Angeles. In 2019 he was included in the Havana Biennial, previously he was included in -ennials at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and in Prague, Venice, and New Orleans (Prospect).

On the second segment, White discusses "Walter De Maria: Boxes for Meaningless Work," a survey of De Maria's career drawn mostly from the Menil Collection's outstanding de Maria collection. The exhibition is on view in Houston through April 23.

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Episode No. 582 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast is a holiday clips episode with artist Lari Pittman.

Museo Jumex in Mexico City is presenting "Lo que se ve, se pregunta," a retrospective of Pittman's work that descends from a 2019 version of the exhibition that originated at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. The exhibition was curated by Connie Butler; the Mexico City presentation was coordinated with Adriana Kuri Alamillo. It is on view through February 26, 2023.

This program, the second of two, was taped in 2019 on the occasion of the debut iteration of this project, “Lari Pittman: Declaration of Independence,” at the Hammer. The exhibition revealed Pittman’s engagements with America’s history and with issues and subjects that have been core to our history and identity, including landscape, violence, citizenship, belonging and more. The excellent exhibition catalogue was published by DelMonico Prestel. Amazon and Indiebound offer it for $50-65.

Pittman is one of America’s most-honored artists. His work is in the collection of virtually every important American art museum. Pittman has received awards from the International Association of Art Critics, the Skowhegan Medal, and he has been granted three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. His work has been featured in many important international exhibitions, including Documenta and the Venice Biennale.

For images, see Episode No. 415.

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Episode No. 581 is a holiday clips episode with artist Lari Pittman.

Museo Jumex in Mexico City is presenting "Lo que se ve, se pregunta," a retrospective of Pittman's work that descends from a 2019 version of the exhibition that originated at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles in 2019. The exhibition was curated by Connie Butler; the Mexico CIty presentation was coordinated with Adriana Kuri Alamillo. It is on view through February 26, 2023.

This program, the first of two, was taped in 2019 on the occasion of the debut iteration of this project, “Lari Pittman: Declaration of Independence,” at the Hammer. The exhibition revealed Pittman’s engagements with America’s history and with issues and subjects that have been core to our history and identity, including landscape, violence, citizenship, belonging and more. The excellent exhibition catalogue was published by DelMonico Prestel. Amazon and Indiebound offer it for $50-65.

Pittman is one of America’s most-honored artists. His work is in the collection of virtually every important American art museum. Pittman has received awards from the International Association of Art Critics, the Skowhegan Medal, and he has been granted three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. His work has been featured in many important international exhibitions, including Documenta and the Venice Biennale.

For images, see Episode No. 415.

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Episode No. 580 features artist Sheila Pree Bright.

Sheila Pree Bright is included in "Reckonings and Reconstructions: Southern Photography from the Do Good Fund," which is at the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia through January 8, 2023.  The Do Good Fund is a Columbus, Ga.-based charity that collects and makes available to museums photography of the American South made from the 1950s to the present. The exhibition includes artists such as Jill Frank, Baldwin Lee, Deborah Luster, Gordon Parks, and RaMell Ross.

Bright's work builds narratives about social, political and historical events through series of pictures of landscape, social justice movements, suburbia, and more. Solo exhibitions of Bright's work have been held at the Clark Atlanta University Art Museum, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, and more. Bright's book "#1960Now: Photographs of Civil Rights Activists and Black Lives Matter Protests" was published by Chronicle Books in 2018. Amazon and Indiebound offer it for $18-30.

This episode was taped live at the GMOA.

Air date: December 15, 2022.

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Episode No. 579 features artist Uta Barth.

The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles is presenting "Uta Barth: Peripheral Vision," a retrospective of Barth's work. For over forty years Barth has made work about the act of looking, perception, movement and the passage of time. The exhibition debuts Barth's newest work: a project commissioned in celebration of the Getty Center’s twentieth anniversary. The exhibition was curated by Arpad Kovacs, and is on view through February 19, 2023. A catalogue is forthcoming in 2023.

A previous mid-career survey, "Uta Barth: I Between Places" was organized by the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington in 2000. Barth's work is in nearly every major museum collection in North America.

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Episode No. 578 features curators Diana Tuite and Allegra Pesenti.

Tuite is the curator of "Bob Thompson: This House Is Mine," a retrospective of Thompson's brief but hugely productive career. It is at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles through January 8, 2023. The Hammer's presentation was coordinated by Erin Christovale with Vanessa Arizmendi. An outstanding catalogue was published by the Colby College Museum of Art, which organized the exhibition, in association with Yale University Press. Indiebound and Amazon offer it for $45.

Pesenti discusses "Picasso Cut Papers," an examination of artworks Pablo Picasso made by cutting paper. The exhibition features work Picasso made between his childhood and the end of his life. Pesenti co-curated the exhibition with Cynthia Burlingham. The exhibition is on view through December 31. The catalogue was published by the Hammer Museum and DelMonico Books. Indiebound and Amazon offer it for about $45.

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Episode No. 577 is a holiday clips episode featuring author Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore.

Gilmore is the author of "Romare Bearden in the Homeland of His Imagination," which was just published by the University of North Carolina Press. The book examines how Bearden's address of his native South -- he was born and was initially raised in the Charlotte, NC area before his family was effectively forced to leave the South -- was informed by the vagaries of memory and even imagination. Gilmore is the Peter V. & C. Vann Woodward Professor Emerita of History at Yale University. Her previous books include "Gender and Jim Crow: Women and the Politics of White Supremacy in North Carolina, 1896-1920," and "Defying Dixie: The Radical Roots of Civil Rights, 1919-1950." Indiebound and Amazon offer "Bearden" for $26-40.

 

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Audio from Session Six of The Darkwater Project's 2022 digital colloquium, "Historical American Art, Whiteness, and the Idea of the American Nation." 

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Episode No. 576 features photographer Anthony Barboza and curator Maika Pollack.

"Eye Dreaming," a monograph spanning Barboza's sixty-year career was just published by Getty Publications. The book comes out just as the two-year, four-venue exhibition "Working Together: Photographers of the Kamoinge Workshop," an exhibition which presented Barboza as a major and instigating figure in Kamoinge, concluded. "Eye Dreaming" features Barboza's 1960s addresses of the condition of the United States, his portraits of major figures in the humanities, sport, and entertainment, his photographs of jazz musicians, street photography, fashion photography, examples of his editorial, album cover and advertising work, and more. The book features contributions from Aaron Bryant, Mazie M. Harris and Hilton Als. Indiebound and Amazon offer it for about $40.

Pollack discusses "Tadashi Sato: Atomic Abstraction in the Fiftieth State, 1954-63" at the John Young Museum of Art at the University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa. The exhibition examines the first decade of Sato's car. Sato, melded New York-informed engagements with modernism with influences from nature to become one of the most significant Hawaiʻi-born painters of the twentieth century. This is the first major exhibition of Sato's work in over two decades. It also includes work by several of his Hawaiʻian colleagues and reveals how they helped create space for artists and public art in what was then the new state of Hawaiʻi. It is on view through December 11.

Instagram: Maika Pollack, Tyler Green.

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Episode No. 575 features curators Vincenzo de Bellis and Leo Mazow.

de Bellis is the curator of the retrospective "Jannis Kounellis in Six Acts," which is at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis through February 26, 2023. Kounellis was a significant figure in the arte povera movement of the 1960s and 1970s whose work was on the vanguard of melding sculpture, installation and performance as is common in today's artistic practice. "Kounellis" will travel to Museo Jumex in Mexico City in April 2023. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue published by the Walker. Indiebound and Amazon offer it for about $55.

Mazow is the curator of "Storied Strings: The Guitar in American Art" at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. It's on view through March 19, 2023. The exhibition follows artists' interest in the guitar as a visual subject, revealing its cultural significance as a tool that reveals class, gender, identity and that amplifies protest and progressive change. "Storied Strings" will travel to the Frist Art Museum in May 2023. The exhibition catalogue was published by VMFA. It is available from the museum for $40.

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Audio from Session Five of The Darkwater Project's 2022 digital colloquium, "Historical American Art, Whiteness, and the Idea of the American Nation." 

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Episode No. 574 features curator Emily Braun and artist Mark Steinmetz.

With Elizabeth Cowling, Braun is the co-curator of "Cubism and the Trompe L'Oeil Tradition" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The exhibition considers cubist works by Georges Braque, Juan Gris and Pablo Picasso in the context of the centuries-long trompe l'oeil painting tradition. In addition to dozens of major cubist works, the exhibition includes paintings by Samuel van Hoogstraten, William Harnett, and more. "Cubism" is on view through January 22, 2023. It is accompanied by an outstanding catalogue that was published by the museum. Indiebound and Amazon offer it for $43-50.

Steinmetz is included in "Reckonings and Reconstructions: Southern Photography from the Do Good Fund" at the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia. The Do Good Fund is a Columbus, Ga.-based charity that collects and makes available to museums photography of the American South made from the 1950s to the present. The exhibition, which includes artists such as Jill Frank, Baldwin Lee, Deborah Luster, Gordon Parks, and RaMell Ross. It's at the GMOA through January 8, 2023.

Steinmetz also contributed a portfolio titled "Irina & Amelia" to the new, 70th anniversary issue of Aperture magazine. The issue also features work by John Edmonds, Hannah Whitaker, Dayanita Singh, and others, and is available from Aperture for $25.

Air date: November 3, 2022.

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Episode No. 573 features artists Matthew Ronay and Jade Doskow.

The Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas is presenting "Matthew Ronay: The Crack, the Swell, an Earth, an Ode" through January 15, 2023. The exhibition features a nearly 24-foot-long sculpture that functions as both an introduction to Ronay's exploration of surrealism, abstraction, representation and art's history, and also as a summary of the last decade of his work. The exhibition was curated by Leigh Arnold and is accompanied by a catalogue published by the Nasher and Gregory R. Miller & Co. Indiebound and Amazon offer it for about $55.

Ronay's work has been featured in solo shows at the Blaffer Art Gallery and at the Pérez Art Museum Miami. He has been included in group shows at the Dallas Museum of Art, the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Williams College Museum of Art, and more.

The John Hartell Gallery at the Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning is presenting "A New Wilderness: Freshkills." The exhibition features photographs by Freshkills photographer-in-residence Jade Doskow and a series of soundscapes by Heather Campanelli. The work shows the evolution of Staten Island's Freshkills from a landfill -- the world's largest household garbage dump -- into a 2,200-acre city park. The exhibition is on view through November 4.

Doskow's Freshkills work debuted in The New York Times. Black Dog London published a monograph of Doskow's "Lost Utopias" work in 2016.

Instagram: Matthew Ronay, Jade Doskow, Tyler Green.

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Audio from Session Four of The Darkwater Project's 2022 digital colloquium, "Historical American Art, Whiteness, and the Idea of the American Nation." 

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Episode No. 572 features curators Reto Thüring and Lisa Volpe.

With Akili Tommasino, Thüring is the co-curator of "Frank Bowling's America's," which opens at the MFA Boston this weekend. The exhibition work that the British Guiana–born Bowling made when he lived in New York from 1966-75 (at which point he returned to London, his previous home). The show features the often enormous paintings Bowling made in those years, and considers them within the context of his art criticism and curatorial projects. The exhibition is on view through April 9, 2023. The outstanding exhibition catalogue was published by the museum. Indiebound and Amazon offer it for $40-50.

Volpe discusses "Gordon Parks: Stokely Carmichael and Black Power," which is at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston through January 16, 2023. The exhibition presents and considers pictures of Carmichael that Parks made for Life magazine in 1967. Also included in the show are footage of Carmichael’s speeches and interviews. Indiebound and Amazon offer the catalogue, a co-publication of Steidl, The Gordon Parks Foundation, and the MFAH, for $45-50.

Instagram: Lisa Volpe, Tyler Green.

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Episode No. 571 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast is a holiday week clips episode featuring curator Elyse Nelson.

Along with Wendy S. Walters, Nelson is the co-curator of "Fictions of Emancipation: Carpeaux Recast" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition interrogates French sculptor Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux's 1868/73 marble bust Why Born Enslaved! and places the sculpture in the context of French history, racialization, and in the representation of Black men and women by sculptors in Europe and the US during and after the nineteenth century. It's on view through March 5, 2023.

The Met has published an excellent catalogue for the project. It includes contributions from Sarah E. Lawrence, Iris Moon, Caitlin Meehye Beach, Rachel Hunter Himes, James Smalls, Adrienne Childs, Nelson, and Walters. It is available from Indiebound and Amazon for about $25.

For images, see Episode No. 543.

Instagram: Elyse Nelson, Tyler Green.

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Audio from Session Three of The Darkwater Project's 2022 digital colloquium, "Historical American Art, Whiteness, and the Idea of the American Nation." 

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Episode No. 570 features artist vanessa german and curator Kimberli Gant.

german is included in "Start Talking: Fischer/Shull Collection of Contemporary Art," an exhibition of gifts to the North Carolina Museum of Art pledged by Hedy Fischer and Randy Shull. The show is on view through February 5, 2023.

The Mount Holyoke College Art Museum is presenting "THE RAREST BLACK WOMAN ON THE PLANET EARTH," german’s response to the Joseph Allen Skinner Museum, an early 20th-century cabinet of curiosities at Mount Holyoke. The exhibition is in previews through October 12, the artist will perform at the museum on October 13, at which point the show will remain on view through May 28, 2023.

german is showing recent work at New York City's Kasmin Gallery in "Sad Rapper" through October 22.

With Ndubuisi Ezeluomba, Gant is the co-curator of "Black Orpheus: Jacob Lawrence and the Mbari Club" which is at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Va. through January 8, 2023. The exhibition explores the connection between Lawrence and his contemporaries based in the Global South via the Nigerian journal "Black Orpheus" and the presentation of their work at Nigeria's Mbari Artists & Writers Club. After debuting in Norfolk, the show will travel to New Orleans and Toledo. The exhibition is accompanied by an outstanding catalogue published by Yale University Press in association with the Chrysler and the New Orleans Museum of Art. Indiebound and Amazon offer it for $50.

Instagram: vanessa german, Kimberli Gant, Tyler Green.

Air date: October 6, 2022.

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Episode No. 569 features curator Stephanie Weissberg and artist Rosamond Purcell.

Weissberg is the curator of "Barbara Chase-Riboud Monumentale: The Bronzes," the artist's first retrospective in 40 years and the largest exhibition of her work to date. In addition to sculptures, such as from Chase-Riboud's "Malcolm X," "Zanzibar," and "La Musica" series, the exhibition includes nearly two dozen works on paper and a selection of Chase-Riboud’s poetry. "Chase-Riboud Monumentale" is on view through February 5, 2023. A catalogue will be available in January 2023.

Purcell discusses her work on the occasion of "Rosamond Purcell: Nature Stands Aside" at the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. The retrospective exhibition examines how Purcell has collaborated with paleontologists, anthropologists, historians, curators, and more in exploration of the shifting lines between art and science. The exhibition was curated by Gordon Wilkins and is on view through December 31. The museum has published an excellent catalogue in collaboration with Rizzoli Electa. Amazon and Indiebound offer it for $45-65.

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Audio from Session Two of The Darkwater Project's 2022 digital colloquium, "Historical American Art, Whiteness, and the Idea of the American Nation." 

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Episode No. 568 features curators Anthony Graham and Brian Piper.

Graham is the curator of the retrospective "Alexis Smith: The American Way." Across Smith's career she has used collage and installation to explore how we are shaped by the culture and media around us.  The exhibition is on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego's new La Jolla building through January 29, 2023. The excellent exhibition catalogue was published by Scala. Indiebound and Amazon offer it for about $50.

Piper discusses his exhibition "Called to the Camera: Black American Studio Photographers," which is at the New Orleans Museum of Art through January 8, 2023. The show examines how Black photographers have worked to produce beautiful portraits, while also engaging in a range of other photographic work. "Called to the Camera" also reveals how Black studio photographers engaged movements such as pictorialism, modernism, and abstraction. The museum will publish the exhibition catalogue next month; Amazon offers it for $50.

Instagram: Anthony Graham, Brian Piper, Tyler Green.

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Episode No. 567 features artist Rose B. Simpson and author Brent Martin.

The Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston is showing "Rose B. Simpson: Legacies," an exhibition of 14 sculptures Simpson has made over the last eight years. It was curated by Jeffrey De Blois and is on view through January 29, 2023.

Rose B. Simpson is included in two other New England presentations: her Counterculture is installed at Field Farm, a Trustees property in Williamstown, Mass.; and in "Ceramics in the Expanded Field," at MASS MoCA. Counterculture was organized by Jamilee Lacy and will be on view through April 30, 2023. "Ceramics," which is up until early March 2023, was curated by Susan Cross.

This fall The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia will feature "Rose B. Simpson: Dream House." The exhibition opens October 7.

Across ceramic sculpture, performance, installation, and more, Simpson's work addresses ideas as far ranging as resistance, apocalypse, spirituality, and automobile design. Museums such as the University of New Mexico Art Museum (Simpson lives in Santa Clara Pueblo), Nevada Museum of Art, the Savannah College of Art and Design's SCAD Museum of Art, and the Pomona College Museum of Art have all presented solo exhibitions of her work, and Simpson has been in group shows at the Henry Art Gallery, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Denver Museum of Art, and plenty more.

Martin discusses his new book "George Masa's Wild Vision," which was recently published by Hub City Press. Masa was an Asheville, North Carolina-based photographer who had a significant impact on the establishment of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and on determining the Southern route of the Appalachian Trail, the two crown jewels of the eastern United States' natural infrastructure. Amazon and Indiebound offer the book for around $25.

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