The Modern Art Notes Podcast

Episode No. 469 features artist Alia Ali and historian Molly Rogers.

The New Orleans Museum of Art is exhibiting "Alia Ali: FLUX" through November 15. 

The Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College is showing Alia Ali's work in a "projects series" exhibition. The Benton is closed to the public as a result of the pandemic. The Benton will offer four bodies of Ali's work, three at the museum and one which is will soon be streaming on the Benton's website.

Along with Ilisa Barbash and Deborah Willis, Rogers is the editor of "To Make Their Own Way in the World: The Enduring Legacy of the Zealy Daguerreotypes." The book, which was co-published by Aperture and Peabody Museum Press, provides a broad historical and artistic consideration of fifteen daguerreotypes of two enslaved women and five enslaved men acquired by Harvard professor Louis Agassiz in support of his notion that Black men and women were inferior to whites.

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Episode No. 468 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artists Jeffrey Gibson and Jess T. Dugan.

The Brooklyn Museum is showing "Jeffrey Gibson: When Fire Is Applied to a Stone It Cracks," an exhibition in which Gibson selected artworks and archival material from Brooklyn's collection to be shown with his recent work. It was organized by Gibson and Christian Ayne Crouch with assistance from a Brooklyn Museum team and will be on view through January 10, 2021.

Gibson will also be in several soon-to-open group exhibitions including "Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church and Our Contemporary Moment," which opens at the Cummer Museum in Jacksonville on October 28 before traveling to Olana State Historic Site and Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill and Hudson, New York, and to Crystal Bridges in Bentonville, Ark.; and "Radical Tradition: American Quilts and Social Change" which opens at the Toledo Museum of Art on November 21.

Gibson, who is of Choctaw and Cherokee descent, often addresses America's past and present by bringing elements of Native American craft and art to his paintings, sculptures and installations. Gibson was awarded a MacArthur Foundation 'genius' fellowship in 2019.

Photographs from Jess. T. Dugan's "To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults" project are on view at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts as part of the MIA's year-long exploration of contemporary photographic portraiture. Dugan produced "To Survive on This Shore" with their partner, Vanessa Fabbre, a social worker and professor at Washington University in St. Louis. The exhibition, which was curated by Casey Riley, is on view in Minneapolis through March 7, 2021. The book related to the project was published by Kehrer Verlag in 2018. It is available from Amazon and from Indiebound. Dugan's work is also on view in half a dozen group exhibitions scheduled to be on view around the United States, including "Never Done: 100 Years of Women in Politics and Beyond" at the Tang Museum at Skidmore College.

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Episode No. 467 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Tomashi Jackson and curator Stephen Wicks.

The Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University is showing "Tomashi Jackson: Love Rollercoaster," an exhibition of five new Jackson paintings that address disenfranchisement and voter suppression in Ohio's Black communities. The exhibition was originally conceived by Michael Goodson and was curated by Kristin Helmick-Brunet, Dionne Custer Edwards, and Megan Cavanaugh. It is on view in Columbus through December 27.

Jackson is also included in "States of Mind: Art and American Democracy" at the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University in Houston. The exhibition investigates how artists have addressed issues before the nation this season, including equality, voting access, gun control and immigration policy. It was curated by Ylinka Barotto along with Julia Fisher and Julia Kidd. It's on view through December 19.

Jackson's work examines the relationship between politics, race, history and aesthetics, most often in ways that emphasize how history has created the present. She's previously had solo exhibitions at Kennesaw State University and at Michigan State University; with exhibitions at the Parrish Art Museum and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University forthcoming. Her work is in the collections of MOCA in Los Angeles, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the Baltimore Museum of Art.

On the second segment, Stephen Wicks discusses his exhibition "Beauford Delaney and James Baldwin: Through the Unusual Door" at the Knoxville Museum of Art. It is on view through October 25. The exhibition uses over 50 paintings and works on paper and unpublished archival material to examine the nearly four-decade-long relationship between the Knoxville-born Delaney and Baldwin and the ways in which their friendship and intellectual exchange impacted their work.

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Episode No. 466 is a holiday weekend clips episode featuring curators Eleanor Jones Harvey and Adrienne L. Childs.

Harvey is the curator of “Alexander von Humboldt and the United States: Art, Nature, and Culture” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington. The exhibition examines the impacts of Humboldt’s six-week visit to the United States in 1804, and how his influence extended into American art, science, literature, diplomacy, and more. It will remain on view through January 3, 2021. SAAM has re-opened and "Humboldt" is on view. Timed entry passes are required. The excellent exhibition catalogue was published by Princeton University Press. Amazon offers it for $63.

Images are on the show page for Episode No. 445.

Childs is the curator of “Riffs and Relations: African American Artists and the European Modernist Tradition” at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. The museum has extended the show through January 3, 2021. “Riffs and Relations” offers works by African American artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries alongside works of the European modernists whose work they engaged. The Phillips is re-opening on Oct. 15. Timed tickets will be required. The exhibition catalogue includes contributions from Childs, Renee Maurer, Valerie Cassel Oliver and Dorothy Kosinski. It was published by Rizzoli Electa. Amazon offers it for $43.

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Episode No. 465 features artist Virginia Jaramillo.

The Menil Collection is presenting "Virginia Jaramillo: The Curvilinear Paintings, 1969-74" through July 3, 2021. It is the first solo museum exhibition of Jaramillo's sixty-year career. Curated by Michelle White, the show features a series of paintings that Jaramillo made featuring the joining of line to color against mostly monochromatic backgrounds.

The exhibition is also a celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of "The De Luxe Show," one of the first racially integrated exhibitions in the United States, which was presented in Houston in 1971. (Art historian Darby English's book 1971: A Year in the Life of Color examined the exhibition. English discussed the book on The MAN Podcast in 2017.)

Jaramillo is a California-born painter whose abstractions have long explored space, line, geography and the physical remnants of civilizations. In the last decade alone, she has been included in major scholarly exhibitions such as curator and art historian Kellie Jones's "Now Dig This: Art and Black Los Angeles, 1960-80" and "Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties," which Jones curated with A. Carbone, and Mark Godfrey and Zoe Whitley's "Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power." Jaramillo's paintings are in the collections of museums such as the Brooklyn Museum, the Kemper in Kansas City, the Metropolitan in New York, the Norton Simon in Pasadena and the Virginia MFA in Richmond.

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