The Modern Art Notes Podcast

Episode No. 351 features curator Britt Salvesen and art historian Bridget Alsdorf.

Salvesen is the curator of "3D: Double Vision" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The exhibition features objects from mass culture, photography and fine art in which makers exploit the nature of perception, and binocular vision, the way our brains turn what our two eyes see into a single image. It is on view through March 31, 2019. (Yes, really.) The outstanding exhibition catalogue is both a good read and a fascinating object in its own right. It was copublished by LACMA and DelMonico Prestel. Amazon offers it for $38.

On the second segment, art historian Bridget Alsdorf discusses her contribution to "Women Artists in Paris, 1850-1900," which is now at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass. Alsdorf, who teaches at Princeton University, wrote an essay titled "Painting the Femme Peintre" for the exhibition catalogue. It was published by Yale University Press and American Federation of Arts. Amazon offers it for $43.

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Episode No. 350 features artists Lauren Halsey and Sadie Barnette.

Two Los Angeles museums are showing ambitious Halseys. The Hammer Museum has included Halsey's The Crenshaw District Hieroglyph Project (Prototype Architecture) (2018) in its "Made in LA 2018" biennial, and MOCA, is exhibiting Halsey's we still here, there. "Made in LA" was curated by Anne Ellegood and Erin Christovale and is on view through September 2. The Halsey installation at MOCA was curated by Lanka Tattersall with assistance from Karlyn Olvido; it's up through September 3.

Lauren Halsey is a Los Angeles and Atlanta-based artist whose work engages specific communities with architecture and sculpture that mines recent American history, Afrofuturism, the history of black representation and plenty more. She's been in group exhibitions at galleries in California, New York and Europe, and has had residencies at LA's Main Museum, at New York's Recess Art and Studio Museum.

On the second segment, Sadie Barnette discusses her Dear 1968... which is on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego through September 3. The installation is the result of Barnette's research into her family history, specifically her father's participation in the Black Panther Party and the FBI's surveillance of him. Barnette is an Oakland-based artist whose work often explores urbanity, architecture, resistance and survival. Dear 1968... was previously exhibited at Haverford College in Pennsylvania and at the Manetti Shrem at the University of California, Davis. She's been included in group exhibitions at the Berkeley Art Museum, the Pitzer College Art Galleries, MOCAD in Detroit, and more.


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Episode No. 349 features artist Sylvia Plimack Mangold and curator Naoko Takahatake.

Mangold is included in "Studio Visit: Selected Gifts from Agnes Gund," which was organized by MoMA's Ann Temkin and Cara Manes and is on view through July 22.

Mangold is among the most prominent painters to respond to emerge in the late 1960s in response to a decade dominated by minimalism and pop art. Her paintings, seemingly rooted in realism but often undermining it, played with perspective, flatness, and often engaged the centuries-long tradition of painters making paintings about painting. In 1994 the Albright-Knox Art Gallery organized a major retrospoective of her paintings; two years earlier the University of Michigan Museum of Art organized a works on paper survey. Her work has long been collected by major museums such as the Kunstmuseum Winterthur in Switzerland, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Nelson-Atkins, the Metropolitan, Brooklyn, the Whitney and more.

On the second segment, Los Angeles County Museum of Art curator Naoko Takahatake discusses "The Chiaroscuro Woodcut in Renaissance Italy," which is on view at LACMA through September 16. The exhibition charts the rapid and rich development of the chairoscuro woodcut from its introduction to Italy in 1516 until the end of the sixteenth century. The exhibition is the first major presentation on the subject in the United States. The fantastic exhibition catalogue was published by LACMA and DelMonico Prestel. Amazon offers it for $59.

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Episode No. 348 is a holiday weekend clips episode with curator Betsy Kornhauser.

Along with Tim Barringer, Kornhauser  is the co-curator of "Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire," which is at the National Gallery in London through October 7. (The re-titled exhibition debuted at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in January as "Thomas Cole's Journey: Atlantic Crossings.") Barringer and Kornhauser's show examines Cole's origins in the north of England during the Industrial Revolution and the impact Britain and Cole's travels through England and Italy had on his American career. It is the first time Cole's work has been examined in the context of his European experiences, and aims to present Cole as not just an American figure, but as a trans-Atlantic figure. The outstanding exhibition catalogue, one of the best of 2018, was published by the Met and is distributed by Yale University Press. Amazon offers it for $65.

For images of art discussed on this week's program, see Episode No. 326.

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