The Modern Art Notes Podcast

Episode No. 425 is a holiday clips episode featuring curator H. Daniel Peck.

The Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, NY is presenting "Thomas Cole's Refrain: The Paintings of Catskill Creek." The exhibition considers Cole's paintings of Catskill Creek, a 46-mile long river that drains part of the Catskill Mountains and enters the Hudson just below the town of Catskill, as a series. It includes 12 Coles and paintings of Catskill Creek by artists who followed Cole, including Asher B. Durand and Frederic Edwin Church. It originated at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, New York.

"Thomas Cole's Refrain" was curated by H. Daniel Peck, a professor emeritus at Vassar College. It is on view through February 23, 2020. Peck is also the author of an excellent accompanying book also titled "Thomas Cole's Refrain." It was published by Cornell University Press's Three Hills imprint. Amazon offers it for $32.

For images of artwork discussed on the program see Episode No. 402.


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Episode No. 424 is a Christmas-week clips show featuring artist Leonardo Drew.

This weekend, the Hammer Museum debuts a Drew installation in its lobby space, the newest exhibition in its Hammer Projects series. The presentation was organized by Connie Butler and will remain on view through May 10, 2020.

Host Tyler Green's conversation with Drew was recorded in July on the occasion of "Leonardo Drew: City in the Grass," the public artwork Drew created for the Madison Park Conservancy. Next year City in the Grass will travel to the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh as part of an indoor/outdoor exhibition of Drew's work that opens in March.

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Episode No. 423 features curator Anna Katz and artist Robert Zakanitch.

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles is presenting "With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972-1985." The exhibition is the first broad scholarly survey of one of the most important art movements to emerge out out of American feminism. The exhibition features about fifty artists whose work addressed and embraced material typically coded as feminine and thus inferior, including the decorative, domestic, and ornamental. Katz curated the show, which will remain on view in Los Angeles through May 11 before traveling to the Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College. The terrific exhibition catalogue was published by MOCA in association with Yale University Press. Amazon offers it for $54.

Robert Zakanitch was one of the founders of P&D art. Starting in the early 1970s, his work turned away from minimalism and color-field painting to embrace motifs most often wielded as decoration. His work is in the collection of museums such as the Tate, MoMA, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. His most recent museum exhibition was at the Hudson River Museum.

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Episode No. 422 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Martine Gutierrez and curator Mari Carmen Ramírez.

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is exhibiting Martine Gutierrez's work in a "Focus" show that spotlights Gutierrez's 2018 Indigenous Woman project. Indigenous Woman is a 146-page fashion magazine-style publication for which Gutierrez acted as editor, writer, advertising producer, model, photographer -- and everything else. It sends up the traditional fashion magazine by expanding its brief to address white supremacy, to advance native cultures and to investigate the fashion industry's construction of beauty. The exhibition was curated by Alison Hearst and will be on view through January 12, 2020.

Gutierrez's work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, at the Boston University Art Galleries, the McNay Art Museum, and at the Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh. She has been featured in group exhibitions at the Venice Biennale, the New Museum and the Kunstmuseum Bonn. Much of her video and audio work is available on and on Vimeo.

On the second segment, Mari Carmen Ramírez discusses "Beatriz González: A Retrospective," the first large-scale U.S. exhibition devoted to the Colombian artist's career. Ramírez curated the exhibition with the Perez Art Museum Miami's Tobias Ostrander. González is one of the few living artists remaining from Latin America's 'radical women' generation of artists. Her work often examines class, taste, dictatorship, extra-judicial killings, and more. The exhibition debuted at the Perez Art Museum Miami, and is on view in Houston through January 20, 2020. The fine exhibition catalogue was published by DelMonico Prestel.

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