The Modern Art Notes Podcast

Episode No. 360 features curator Tamara Schenkenberg and artist Angela Fraleigh.

Schenkenberg is the curator of "Ruth Asawa: Life's Work" at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis. Ruth Asawa (1926-2013) was a San Francisco-based artist who melded traditional craft practices with industrial materials to make some of the most distinctive sculpture of the twentieth century. The exhibition includes 80 works including sculpture, works on paper and collages spanning the start of Asawa's career at Black Mountain College in western North Carolina to the intricate and complicated ceiling-hanging works of her later years. It is the first museum exhibition of Asawa's work in 12 years and the first away from the West Coast. The exhibition is on view until February 16, 2019. A catalogue is forthcoming from Yale University Press. Amazon offers it for pre-order for $40.

Angela Fraleigh is included in "The Un-Heroic Act: Representations of  Rape in Contemporary Women's Art in the U.S." at the Shiva Gallery at John Jay College. The exhibition includes artists such as Kara Walker, Yoko Ono, Senga Nengudi and Suzanne Lacy and was curated by Monica Fabijanska. It is on view through November 2. On Wednesday, October 3, the Shiva will host an evening symposium related to the exhibition.

Fraleigh is a painter and sculptor whose work engages issues of desire and power. Her work is in the collections of the Kemper Art Museum in Kansas City and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

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Episode No. 359 features artists lauren woods and Eva Struble.

Artist lauren woods was scheduled to open American MONUMENT this week at the University Art Museum at California State University Long Beach. woods "paused" American MONUMENT after CSULB fired UAM director and American MONUMENT curator Kimberli Meyer on September 11, just days before the project was set to open. American MONUMENT is an interactive sound installation that utilizes open records-sourced materials such as police reports.

On the second segment, artist Eva Struble discusses her work and her interest in California's migrant agricultural labor sector. Struble is one of 42 artists included in "Being Here with You/ Estando aquĆ­ contigo," which opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego this weekend.


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Episode No. 358 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Mickalene Thomas.

"Mickalene Thomas: I Can't See You Without Me" opens at The Wexner Center for the Arts on Friday, September 14. The exhibition features fifty artworks, including paintings, sculptures and installations, around the theme of four of Thomas's most significant muses: her late mother Sandra; her former girlfriend, Maya; her current partner, Racquel; and Thomas herself. The show was curated by Michael Goodson and will be on view through December 30. The exhibition catalogue was published by the Wexner. Amazon offers it for $40.

The exhibition will premiere Thomas's Je t'aime trois, a multichannel video set to music by Terri Lyne Carrington. It was enabled by a Wexner Center Artist Residency Award. On October 4, Thomas will perform entrepe, a live, improvised DJ set as a response to Carrington's work.

Thomas's work is also featured in "People Get Ready: Building a Contemporary Collection," at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. The show presents work that addresses issues ranging from identity to social justice and environmentalism. It was curated by Trevor Schoonmaker and will be on view through January 6, 2019.

Thomas's work has been the subject of solo exhibitions all over the world, including at the Brooklyn Museum, the ICA Boston, the former Santa Monica Museum of Art, New York's Aperture Foundation, the Aspen Art Museum, the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art and more.

Thomas was previously a guest on Episode No. 30 in 2012.

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Episode No. 357 features artist Rachel Whiteread.

The National Gallery of Art in Washington opens a retrospective of Whiteread's thirty-year career on September 16. The exhibition will feature more than 100 objects, from her earliest casts of domestic objects such as a swimming cap, to her most important sculptures, such as Ghost (1990) from the NGA's own collection. The show will extend into the atrium of the NGA's East Building, where the museum will install Whiteread's Untitled (Domestic) (2002), a 22-foot-tall plaster cast of the negative space of a fire escape staircase loaned by the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. "Rachel Whiteread" is on view in Washington through January 13, 2019. It was curated by Molly Donovan and Ann Gallagher. From Washington it will travel to the Saint Louis Art Museum. The excellent exhibition catalogue was published by the Tate, which originated the exhibition. Amazon offers it starting at $31.

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