The Modern Art Notes Podcast

In a special bonus episode, artists Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley, and Ursula von Rydingsvard discuss being artists in the midst of a global pandemic.

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Episode No. 438 features curator Ann Temkin and editor Caitlin Murray.

The Museum of Modern Art, New York has organized "Judd," the first posthumous retrospective of Donald Judd's work in the United States. "Judd" was curated by our guest, Ann Temkin, with Yasmil Raymond, Tamar Margalit and Erica Cooke. The exhibition features over 70 sculptures, paintings, drawings and prints. It highlights Judd's important sculpture practice, especially his eagerness to eliminate many of art's usual pillars, such as narrative or metaphor. While MoMA is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the exhibition is scheduled to be at the museum through July 11. The show is accompanied by an excellent catalogue. Amazon offers it for $75.

MoMA has posted 80 installation shots from the exhibition and an extensive audio playlist.

On the second segment, Caitlin Murray discusses "Donald Judd Interviews," a new, 1,024-page compilation of over sixty interviews Judd conducted during his career. Murray, the director of archives and programs at Judd Foundation, co-edited the volume with Flavin Judd, the foundation's artistic director. "Interviews" is a companion to the 2016 book "Donald Judd Writings." Both volumes were published by Judd Foundation and David Zwirner Books. Amazon offers "Donald Judd Interviews" for $26.

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Episode No. 437 features artist Renée Stout and curator Mary Morton.

Renée Stout is featured in "Person of Interest," at the Sheldon Museum of Art at the University of Nebraska. The exhibition examines portraiture from the late nineteenth century to the present, with a special emphasis on questions about self-fashioning, cultural memory, gender identity, and the performance of identity. While the Sheldon Museum is temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the exhibition is scheduled to be on view through July 3.

Stout has explored many of these ideas throughout her more than 30-year career. Her work, which is often built from assembled found elements but which is sometimes also made from elements made to look as if it was found, addresses identity, spirituality, migration, appropriation and more. Her work is in the collections of museums such as the National Gallery, SFMOMA, the Hirshhorn, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Detroit Institute of Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, and dozens of others.

On the second segment, Mary Morton discusses "True to Nature: Open-Air Painting in Europe, 1780–1870," which is scheduled to be at the National Gallery of Art in Washington through May 3. The NGA is temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Morton co-curated "True to Nature" with Ger Luitjen and Jane Munro. The exhibition examines how painting en plein air was a core practice for European artists in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and how they traveled to sites as diverse as the Roman Campagna, the Swiss Alps, the Baltic coast and the streets of Paris to paint outdoors. The exhibition features over 100 oil sketches made by artists such as Corot, Constable, Denis and more.

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Episode No. 436 features artist Ebony G. Patterson and art historian Shaina Larrivee.

The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University is showing "Ebony G. Patterson... while the dew is still on the roses...", a survey of work Patterson has made over the last decade. The exhibition originated at the Perez Art Museum Miami, and was curated by Tobias Ostrander. The exhibition is on view at the Nasher through July 12. The exhibition catalogue was published by DelMonico Prestel. Amazon offers it for $30.

Patterson's installations, tapestries, videos and sculptures wield beauty to address disenfranchised communities, violence, masculinity and the impacts of colonialism. "... while the dew" especially examines her consideration of gardens. Patterson's work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Bermuda National Gallery, and more.

Patterson was previously a guest on The MAN Podcast's monuments-and-memorials program in May 2019.

On the second segment, Hedda Sterne Foundation director Shaina Larrivee discusses "Hedda Sterne: Imagination & Machine" at the Des Moines Art Center. The exhibition, which was curated by DMAC's Jared Ledesma, features work informed by John Deere tractor parts that Fortune magazine commissioned from Sterne in 1961. It is on view through April 15. Larrivee wrote the essay in the exhibition's brochure.

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Episode No. 435 features curator Elizabeth Hutton Turner and artist Bethany Collins.

Along with Austen Barron Bailly, Turner is the co-curator of "Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle." The exhibition, which is at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts through April 26, presents Lawrence's 1954-56 "Struggle: From the History of the American People." The series presents a revisionist and pictorial history of the first five decades of the American republic, or what Lawrence called "the struggles of a people to create a nation and their attempt to build a democracy." The PEM exhibition marks the first time in more than 60 years that the paintings have been together. 

The exhibition also features three artists engaging with Lawrence's work and ideas: Derrick Adams, Hank Willis Thomas and Bethany Collins, who presents her America: A Hymnal, a 2017 artist's book featuring 100 versions of the song "My Country 'Tis of Thee," written from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. The song's ever-changing lyrics remain legible, while the tunes that (ostensibly) unify the songs has been nearly burned away in favor of scorch marks and other residue. The gallery includes artist-made wallpaper and a six-track audio recording of six different versions of the song.

Collins's work frequently addresses language, song and how they relate to national and racial identities. She's had solo shows at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, the University of Kentucky and at the Birmingham Museum of Art. Last year alone she was featured in group exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Richmond, Va. 

On June 26 the Frist Art Museum in Nashville will present "Evensong," an exhibition featuring Collins's address of a related song, "The Star Spangled Banner." 

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