The Modern Art Notes Podcast

Episode No. 521 features artists Barbara Kruger and Samantha Nye.

The Art Institute of Chicago is presenting "THINKING OF YOU. I MEAN ME. I MEAN YOU.," a survey spanning Kruger's career. The exhibition includes works on vinyl, site-specific installations, animations, and multichannel video installations installed in many disparate parts of the museum. It was organized by the AIC, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, to which it will travel after closing in Chicago on January 24, 2022. The exhibition was curated by James Rondeau, Robyn Farrell, Michael Govan, Rebecca Morse, and Peter Eleey. The handsome catalogue was co-published by LACMA and DelMonico Books. Indiebound and Amazon offer it for $45-60.

Kruger has also fulfilled a commission from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston titled "Body Language." The work, which is installed on the exterior of the ISGM's Renzo Piano-designed addition, features a detail from Titian's painting Diana and Actaeon, and was installed on the occasion of "Titian: Women, Myth & Power" at the museum. Kruger's work is on view through February 1, 2022.

The Kruger exhibition shop mentioned on the program is here.

Kruger was previously a guest on Episode No. 36.

Samantha Nye's work is on view in two exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: "Samantha Nye: My Heart's in a Whirl," which closes this weekend, and "New Light: Encounters and Connections," which is on view through July 24, 2022. Nye's work broadens artistic constructs of beauty and sexuality by queering them and by foregrounding older people in her paintings, installations and videos.

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Episode No. 520 features artists Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley, and historian Paul Farber.

New Kelleys are featured in two ongoing museum exhibitions.

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston is presenting the Kelleys' The Rape of Europa, a commission that engages the ISGM's 1559-1562 Titian, Rape of Europa (which is on view in "Titian: Women, Myth and Power"). The Rape of Europa will be on view through January 2, 2022. Pieranna Cavalchini oversaw the project for the ISGM.

Nathaniel Silver, who curated the ISGM's presentation of "Titian: Women, Myth and Power" was the first guest on Episode No. 514.

The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia is showing "Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley: Blood Moon," which features two new Kelley film works and an immersive installation. The project was curated by Alec Unkovic and remains on view through February 20, 2022.

On the second segment, Monument Lab director Paul M. Farber discusses Monument Lab's National Monument Audit, which he co-directed with Laurie Allen and Sue Mobley. In addition to the project website, Monument Lab offers a free PDF of the audit.

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Episode No. 519 features author Gabrielle Selz and curator Malcolm Daniel.

Selz is the author of the new biography "Light on Fire: The Art and Life of Sam Francis." The book tells the story of Francis' wild, often tumultuous, multi-continental life -- Selz was a California native who was always more interested in Europe and Asia than he was in New York -- and details the making of his work, its global reception, and his efforts to help found art museums, such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. The book was published by University of California Press. Indiebound and Amazon offer it for about $35.

On the second segment, Daniel discusses the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's acquisition of a major Julia Margaret Cameron album. The album, known as The Norman Album because it remained in the family of Cameron's daughter Julia Hay Norman until it was acquired by the MFAH, includes over 70 prints, including Cameron's famed portraits of Alfred Lord Tennyson, Thomas Carlyle, Charles Darwin, John Herschel and others. Cameron's daughter introduced her to photography; Cameron gave her the album as thanks.

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Episode No. 518 features artist Hugo McCloud and curator Erin Christovale.

McCloud's work is on view in "In Relation to Power: Politically Engaged Works from the Collection" at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, which was curated by Marshall Price and Adria Gunter, and is on view through February 13, 2022; and in "Hugo McCloud: from where I stand" at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, which was curated by Richard Klein and is on view through January 2, 2022.

McCloud's work engages questions around labor, environmental impacts and global markets and politics often through materials that relate to the people, histories and issues he addresses. He has been featured in group shows at the Studio Museum in Harlem and at The Drawing Center in New York. His work is in the collection of museums such as the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the North Carolina Museum of Art.

On the second segment, Christovale discusses the retrospective "Ulysses Jenkins: Without Your Interpretation," which is at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia through December 30, 2021. Christovale co-curated the exhibition with Meg Onli. Jenkins is an influential video and performance artist whose work has examined how cultural iconography and history have informed representation.The exhibition will travel to the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles next year. The exhibition catalogue was published by the two museums. Indiebound and Amazon offer it for about $40. The museums will also republish Jenkins's memoir, "Doggerel Life: Stories of a Los Angeles Griot."

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