The Modern Art Notes Podcast

Episode No. 478 is a holiday weekend clips episode featuring artist Dread Scott.

For thirty years, across sculpture, installation, performance, photography and video, Scott’s art has relentlessly addressed the racism within and failures of the American system.

This program was recorded and aired the week after George Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis police.

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Episode No. 477 is a holiday clips episode featuring artist Paul Mpagi Sepuya. 

The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha is showing "Intimate Actions," a set of three solo exhibitions -- of Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Maria Antelman, and Joey Fauerso -- that explore intimacy and how artists represent it, our connection to space and surroundings, and relationships. The exhibitions were curated by Rachel Adams and will be on view through April 24.

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Episode No. 476 features journalist and critic Siddhartha Mitter and artist Marina Adams.

The New York-based Mitter writes about artists and communities of artists that fall outside the commercial art world's interest. He publishes in the New York Times and Artforum, and was previously a critic at The Village Voice.

On the second segment, Marina Adams discusses her work on the occasion of "FOCUS: Marina Adams" at the The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Curated by Alison Hearst, the exhibition is on view through January 10, 2021. Adams is an abstract painter whose works celebrate the joining of color to form to scale.

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Episode No. 475 features artist Amy Cutler and curator Samantha Friedman.

Cutler is included in "Telling Stories: Resilience and Struggle in Contemporary Narrative Drawing" at the Toledo Museum of Art. The exhibition, which also features Robyn O'Neil and Annie Pootoogook examines how the three artists have used contemporary drawing to build and explore narrative. Curated by Robin Reisenfeld, "Telling Stories" will be on view through February 14, 2021.

Cutler's paintings join feminism-informed suggested or hinted-at narratives to traditions that include miniature painting, textile design, nature and landscape, and more. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach, at SITE Santa Fe, the Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and more.

In February 2021 the Madison (Wisc.) Museum of Contemporary Art will present a survey of Cutler's work.

On the second segment, Museum of Modern Art, New York curator Samantha Friedman discusses "Degree Zero: Drawing at Midcentury." On view through February 6, 2021, the exhibition examines how artists on five continents used drawing to create new visual languages in the years after World War II.

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Episode No. 474 features curators Stephanie Weissberg and Mari Carmen Ramírez.

The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts is presenting "Terry Adkins: Resounding" through February 7, 2021. a survey of more than 40 works from across Adkins's career, including several installations that have not been exhibited since Adkins debuted them. It also includes books, musical instruments and other objects from Adkins's own collection. Adkins was a pioneer in blending sculpture, sound, performance and other media in his engagement with the canon of African American culture. The exhibition was curated by Weissberg with Heather Alexis Smith. The Pulitzer's exhibition guide is available online for free; the exhibition website also includes a reading list, a video walkthrough, and more.

On the second segment, we continue our consideration of the opening installations in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's new, Steven Holl-designed, 237,000-square-foot Kinder Building. This week's program features MFAH curator Mari Carmen Ramírez, MFAH's curator of Latin American art and director of the museum's International Center for the Arts of the Americas, on her new galleries and installations. Episode No. 472 featured MFAH photography curator Malcolm Daniel on his Kinder Building-opening presentations.

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