The Modern Art Notes Podcast

Episode No. 512 is a summer clips episode featuring artist Pipilotti Rist.

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles opens "Pipilotti Rist: Big Heartedness, Be My Neighbor" at its Geffen Contemporary building on September 12. Curated by Anna Katz, the exhibition will be Rist's first West Coast survey. It will remain on view through June 6, 2022.

Host Tyler Green's conversation with Rist was taped in 2016 on the occasion of a survey at the New Museum, New York.

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Episode No. 511 features author Laura Raicovich.

Raichovich is the author of "Culture Strike: Art and Museums in the Age of Protest," which was published by Verso. The book examines the ways in which art museums have too often insisted on policies and presentations that are allegedly neutral and centrist. Raicovich argues that in working to maintain a broad status quo, too many art museums have failed to prioritize investigation and truth, details the protest movements that have urged museums to be truer to their missions and ideals, and offers some ways forward. "Culture Strike" is available from Indiebound and Amazon for $23-27.

Raicovich is the former director of the Queens Museum and held leadership positions at Creative Time and the Dia Art Foundation. Most recently, she was the interim director of the Leslie Lohman Museum of Art.

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Episode No. 510 features curator Seth Feman and historian Bernard L. Herman.

Along with Jonathan Frederick Walz, Feman is the co-curator of "Alma W. Thomas: Everything is Beautiful," a retrospective at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Va. through October 3. The exhibition includes about 100 works, including paintings on canvas and paper, theatrical designs, and more. From the Chrysler it will travel to the Phillips Collection in Washington, the Frist Art Museum in Nashville, and to Thomas's hometown Columbus (Ga.) Museum. The exhibition's outstanding catalogue is now the go-to monograph on the artist. It was published by the Chrysler and Columbus in association with Yale University Press. Indiebound and Amazon offer it for about $65.

On the second segment, Herman discusses the work of Ronald Lockett. Lockett's work is on view at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Fayetteville, Ark. through October 11 in "What I Know: Gifts from Gordon W. Bailey," and in "In Dialogue: Artist, Mentor, Friend: Ronald Lockett and Thornton Dial Sr." at the Georgia Museum of Art in Athens through November 28. Herman curated the 2016-17 Lockett retrospective "Fever Within: The Art of Ronald Lockett" and edited the exhibition's superb catalogue, which was published by University of North Carolina Press. Indiebound and Amazon offer it for $36-45.

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Episode No. 509 features artist Allison Janae Hamilton and curator Tamara Schenkenberg.

Allison Janae Hamilton is included in "Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse," which is at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond through September 6. The exhibition, which was curated by Valerie Cassel Oliver, examines the aesthetics of early 20th-century Black culture across the South. It details how sonic and visual parallels in Southern Black culture have informed and shaped broader contemporary American culture. She's also included in "Enunciated Life" at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles, which considers Black spirituality. It was curated by Taylor Renee Aldridge and runs through August 15.

Hamilton's work investigates and reveals the South's history and landscape and their influence on the American story across photographs, sculpture, video and installation. She has had solo exhibitions at Recess in New York, the Atlanta Contemporary and at MASS MoCA, and New York's Times Square Arts and Creative Time have presented her work.

Clips from several of the Hamilton video installations discussed on this program are available on Hamilton's Vimeo page, including:

On the second segment, Schenkenberg discusses her exhibition "Hannah Wilke: Art for Life's Sake," which is at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in Saint Louis through January 16, 2022. The career-spanning exhibition features 120 works that reveal how Wilke considered the vulnerability of the human body as essential to experiencing life and connection. The museum's exhibition guide is available as a free download.

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