The Modern Art Notes Podcast

Episode No. 417 features artist Julie Mehretu and curator Jane Aspinwall.

This weekend, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art opens "Julie Mehretu," a mid-career survey of Mehretu's work. The exhibition will include approximately 40 paintings and 40 works on paper from the first 25 years of Mehretu's career. After closing at LACMA on March 22, 2020, "Mehretu" will travel to the Whitney Museum of American Art, the High Museum of Art, and the Walker Art Center. The exhibition was curated by LACMA's Christine Y. Kim and the Whitney's Rujeko Hockley.

On the second segment, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art curator Jane L. Aspinwall discusses her new exhibition "Golden Prospects: California Gold Rush Daguerreotypes." The show argues that the Gold Rush was the first "broadly significant event in American history" to be broadly documented in substantial depth by photography. It includes rich images of San Francisco and of the Sierra foothills transformed by miners in pursuit of gold. It's on view in Kansas City through January 26, 2020, and will travel to the Yale University Art Gallery. 

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Episode No. 416 features artist Robyn O'Neil. It was taped before a live audience at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

MAMFW is showing a 20-year survey of O'Neil's work titled "Robyn O'Neil: WE THE MASSES." The exhibition spotlights O'Neil's signature works of graphite-on-paper, many of which are multi-paneled. O'Neil's drawings have long addressed the landscape tradition and issues related to climate change, the human presence within nature, human struggles within nature, and the tenuousness and temporality of beauty. The exhibition was curated by Alison Hearst and will be on view through February 9, 2020.

Among the museums that have presented solo exhibitions of O'Neil's work are the Des Moines Art Center and the Contemporary Art Museum Houston. Her work is in many major collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Blanton Museum of Art, the MFA Houston, and of course MAMFW.

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Episode  No. 415 features artist Lari Pittman.

The Hammer Museum recently debuted "Lari Pittman: Declaration of Independence," a retrospective of Pittman's nearly forty-year career. The exhibition reveals 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 exhibition was curated by Hammer chief curator Connie Butler. It is on view through January 5, 2020. The excellent exhibition catalogue was published by DelMonico Prestel. Amazon offers it for $51.

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Episode No. 414 features curators Scott Allan and Emily A. Beeny and artist Xiaoze Xie.

Along with Gloria Groom, Allen and Beeny are the co-curators of "Manet and Modern Beauty," on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum through January 12, 2020. It is the first exhibition to examine the work Manet made near the end of his short life (he died at 51), including portraits, still-lifes, watercolors, cafe and garden scenes and even his correspondence. The excellent exhibition catalogue was published by the Getty. Amazon offers it for $43.

On the second segment, Xiaoze Xie discusses his paintings, video and more on the occasion of "Xiaoze Xie: Objects of Evidence" at the Asia Society Museum in New York City. The exhibition, which was curated by Michelle Yun, is on view through January 5, 2020. Xie was born in Guangdong Province, China before moving to the United States for graduate school at the University of  North Texas in the mid-1990s. His work is in the collections of the MFA Houston, the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin, the Oakland Museum of California and more.

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Episode No. 413 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Tiffany Chung and art historian and museum director Gary Tinterow.

Chung is currently featured in "Unquiet Harmony: The Subject of Displacement" at the Sheldon Museum of Art at the University of Nebraska. The exhibition spotlights how painter Carlos Alfonzo, the collective SUPERFLEX and Chung have examined issues surrounding migration. It's on view in Lincoln through December 31. This episode was taped before a live audience at the Sheldon on September 25.

New York's Tyler Rollins Fine Art is offering a solo show of Chung's work titled "passage of time." It's up through November 2.

Last year the Smithsonian American Art Museum presented "Tiffany Chung: Vietnam, Past is Prologue," a solo show that explored the legacies of the Vietnam War, including on Chung's own family. In recent years she has exhibited in the Sydney, Gwangju and Venice biennials, and in exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and SFMOMA.

On the second segment, MFA director and art historian Gary Tinterow discusses Eugène Delacroix's Women of Algiers in Their Apartment (1833-34), which appears to be the first version of Delacroix's great Femmes d'Alger (1834) at the Louvre. The museum announced the acquisition last week; it's already on view.

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