The Modern Art Notes Podcast

Episode No. 412 features artist LaToya Ruby Frazier.

The Renaissance Society in Chicago is showing "LaToya Ruby Frazier: The Last Cruze." The exhibition features a new body of work that focuses on the United Auto Workers members at General Motors's Lordstown, Ohio plant. The facility, which had produced automobiles for over 50 years, was recently "unallocated" by GM -- a term-of-art that indicates the plant has been shut down. Until recently it produced the Chevrolet Cruze. Frazier's pictures present members of UAW Local 1112, and tell the story of their lives and the community they've built in northeastern Ohio. On September 14, the day the exhibition opened in Chicago, the UAW's current national contract with the Big Three automakers -- GM, Ford and Chrysler -- ended. The UAW instigate a strike at GM plants. It is already the longest strike against GM since 1970.

LaToya Ruby Frazier is a Chicago-based artist whose work most often examines the ways in which corporations have impacted the lives of workers, their families and their communities. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at numerous museums in France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and across the United States. She was the recipient of a 2015 MacArthur Foundation 'genius' grant, and has also received awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and USA Artists.

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Episode No. 411 features curator Corey Keller and museum director Johanna Burton.

Keller is the curator of "Signs and Wonders: The Photographs of John Beaslsey Greene," at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art through January 5, 2020. Greene, an American who was raised in France, learned photography from Gustave Le Gray and took it to archaeology, melding the two fields at a time when each was in its infancy.

On the second segment. Wexner Center for the Arts director Johanna Burton discusses "Out of Bounds: The Collected Writings of Marcia Tucker." Along with Lisa Phillips and Alicia Ritson, Burton co-edited the volume with assistance from Kate Wiener. The book includes a broad range of Tucker's writing, from essays about artists to lectures she gave about art and issues in the art museum field. Many of the writings are published here for the first time. "Out of Bounds" was published by the Getty Research Institute and the New Museum.

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Episode No. 410 features artist Susan Philipsz and art historian Matthew Simms.

The Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis is showing "Susan Philipsz: Seven Tears," a semi-survey selected and installed in response to the Pulitzer's building and site. It includes a work the Pulitzer commissioned for its Tadao Ando-designed building, Too Much I Once Lamented. The exhibition is on view through February 2, 2020. It was curated by Stephanie Weissberg.

Philipsz is a Turner Prize-winning artist whose work typically uses sound, often featuring Philipsz's own voice, to address architecture and location. Her recent exhibitions include installations at The Tanks at the Tate Modern in London; the Kunsthalle im Lipsiubau, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden; a House of Austrian History commission, Neue Burg at the Heldenplatz in Vienna, the Baltic Center for Contemporary Art in Gateshead England, the Scottish National Galleries, the Kunsthaus Bregenz, and more. Philipsz was previously a guest on MAN Podcast Episode No. 90.

On the second segment, art history Matthew Simms discusses Robert Irwin: Untitled (Dawn to Dusk), a new book detailing the Chinati Foundation's 1999-2016 Irwin commission of the same title. The book, especially Simms's essay in it, offers a history of the project and the phases through which it passed as it moved toward completion, as well as photographs of the work by Alex Marks. Amazon offers it for $57. Simms teaches art history at the California State University, Long Beach.

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Episode No. 409 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features curator Andrew Butterfield and artist Stephanie Syjuco.

Butterfield is the curator of "Verrocchio: Sculptor and Painter of Renaissance Florence," the first monographic exhibition in the United States to examine Verrocchio, one of the most influential teachers and artists of the early Renaissance. The exhibition opens at the National Gallery of Art on September 15 and continues through January 12, 2020. It includes roughly 50 works by Verrocchio and his students and collaborators, including Leonardo da Vinci, Domenico Ghirlandaio, and Pietro Perugino. The fantastic exhibition catalogue was published by the NGA and Princeton University Press. Amazon offers it for $60.

On the second segment, Stephanie Syjuco discusses her work on the occasion of "Stephanie Syjuco: Rogue States," which opens at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis on September 6. The exhibition, which is on view through December 29, was curated by Wassan Al-Khudhairi with Misa Jeffereis. Syjuco is also included in "Less is a Bore: Maximalist Art & Design" at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston through September 22. It was curated by Jenelle Porter with Jeffrey De Blois.

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