The Modern Art Notes Podcast

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

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

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

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Episode No. 289 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Nancy Rubins. It was recorded live at the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University in Columbus.

Rubins is included in "Grey Matters," an exhibition that opens Friday, May 19 at the Wexner. The show, curated by Michael Goodson, features the work of 37 contemporary women artists who have worked in grisaille. It is on view through July 30. The exhibition includes work by past MAN Podcast guests such as Carol Bove, Vija Celmins, Mickalene Thomas, Julie Mehretu, Mary Reid Kelley, Arlene Shechet, Amy Sillman, Xaviera Simmons and Lorna Simpson.

Rubins' often monumental sculpture amalgamates industrially produced objects into strikingly light, sometimes lyrical objects. Her enormous drawings, of built-up graphite on single sheets of paper often installed across multiple walls, are simultaneously minimal and baroque. Rubins has had solo exhibitions at museums such as the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Her public and institutional commissions include the University of Texas in Austin, MCASD, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, and the Universit√© Paris Diderot in France.

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Episode No. 288 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features Kimbell Art Museum director Eric Lee and Menil Collection curator Michelle White.

Lee joins the program to discuss the Kimbell's recent acquisition of a rare Amadeo Modigliani sculpture, Head (c. 1913). Only about 27 Modigliani sculptures survive. Head was a gift from collector Gwendolyn Weiner and is the first modern sculpture in the Kimbell's collection. It is on view now.

Then Michelle White discusses her Menil exhibition "Between Land and Sea: Artists of the Coenties Slip." The show looks at the early work of Chryssa, Robert Indiana, Ellsworth Kelly, Agnes Martin, Lenore Tawney, and Jack Youngerman, all of whom who lived in the Coenties Slip, an East River-adjacent neighborhood set apart from the rest of the Manhattan art world. The exhibition considers moments of communication and influence. It is on view through August 6.

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Episode No. 287 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features historian Kellie Jones and artist Shimon Attie.

Kellie Jones is the author of "South of Pico: African American Artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s," which is new from Duke University Press. Amazon offers it for $22.

This is Jones's second major project about art in Los Angeles during the 1960s and 1970s. She also curated "Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980" for the Hammer Museum in 2011. She was a 2016 recipient of a MacArthur Foundation 'Genius Grant,' and teaches art history at Columbia University.

Among the artists featured in Jones's book who have been featured on The Modern Art Notes Podcast are Melvin Edwards and Betye Saar. Curator and historian Yael Lipschutz came on the program to discuss Noah Purifoy on the occasion of LACMA's 2015 retrospective. Also discussed on this week's program: The extensive digital archive for "Now Dig This!" is maintained by the Hammer Museum.

On the second segment, Shimon Attie discusses two new works on view at the Saint Louis Art Museum: The Crossing, an eight-minute video installation that muses on the global refugee crisis via a group of gamblers playing roulette, and Lost in Space (After Huck) a sculptural installation that uses Mark Twain's famous Huckleberry Finn story to give Americans an empathetic gateway into stories of migration and displacement. They're on view in Saint Louis through June 25.

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