The Modern Art Notes Podcast

Episode No. 608 is a holiday clips episode featuring artist Ebony G. Patterson.

The New York Botanical Garden is presenting "…things come to thrive…in the shedding…in the molting…," a site-specific exhibition that immerses Patterson's work in the NYBG's spaces. It is on view in the Bronx through October 22.

This episode was taped in 2020 on the occasion of “Ebony G. Patterson… while the dew is still on the roses…”, a survey of work Patterson had made in the previous decade that was on view at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

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.

For images, see Episode No. 436.

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Episode No. 607 features curator C.D. Dickerson III and artist Griselda Rosas.

With Emerson Bowyer, Dickerson is the co-curator of "Canova: Sketching in Clay." The exhibition features more than 30 of the 60 surviving sketch models Antonio Canova made in clay, handsy works which helped him plan his designs for his large sculptures. In addition to clay models, the exhibition also includes a number of plaster works and final marbles, such as Canova's iconic, influential 1805/07 portrait of Letizia Bonaparte, often known as Madame Mère. "Canova" is at the National Gallery of Art through October 9. The excellent catalogue was published by the NGA. Amazon and Bookshop offer it for $60-65.

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is presenting "Griselda Rosas: Yo te cuido" an exhibition of Rosas' textile drawings and sculptural installations that explore themes of inheritance, colonialism, and intergenerational knowledge. The exhibition, which was curated by Anthony Graham with assistance from Jill Dawsey, is on view through August 13.

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Episode No. 606 features curators Samantha Friedman and Jonathan Stuhlman.

Friedman is the curator of "Georgia O'Keeffe: To See Takes Time" at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. (Laura Neufeld and Emily Olek also worked on the exhibition.) The exhibition presents works on paper that O'Keeffe made in series. Some of these series informed paintings, several of which are also included. The exhibition is on view through August 12. A catalogue was published by MoMA. Bookshop and Amazon offer it for about $40.

Stuhlman is the curator of "Southern/Modern," a survey of modernism from artists who were from, worked in, or visited the American South that opens this weekend at the Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia. It will remain on view through December 10. The exhibition is accompanied by an excellent catalogue published by University of North Carolina Press. Bookshop and Amazon offer it for about $30-75.

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Episode No. 605 features artist Gio Swaby, and curator Leslie Jones.

The Art Institute of Chicago is presenting "Gio Swaby: Fresh Up," a solo exhibition of work Swaby made in 2017-2021. Swaby's embroidered portraits celebrate both Blackness and her subjects' self-awareness and self-empowerment. The AIC's Melinda Watt co-curated the show with the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Fla. curator Katherine Pill. Rizzoli Electa published an accompanying catalogue in association with the two museums. Amazon and Bookshop offer it for about $35.

This is Swaby's first museum solo exhibition. Her work is in the collection of museums such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Jones is the curator of "Coded: Art Enters the Computer Age, 1952-1982" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The exhibition examines how artists embraced computer technology in the first decades of the computer age. It is on view through July 2. DelMonico Books and LACMA co-published the exhibition catalogue. Amazon and Bookshop offer it for about $60-70.

Instagram: Gio Swaby, Tyler Green.

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Episode No. 604 features artist Lotus Laurie Kang and curator Apsara DiQuinzio.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is presenting "Atrium Project: Lotus Laurie Kang," a large-scale installation in the MCA's two-story entrance lobby. Kang's work, Molt (New York-Lethbridge-Los Angeles-Toronto-Chicago- ) (2018–2023), hangs from the atrium ceiling. To make it, Kang exposed to natural light lengths of light-sensitive, unfixed photographic film, resulting in colors that evoke the body and landscape. Lotus root-shaped chimes made of cast aluminum and bronze hang alongside these light-sensitive surfaces. Curated by Jack Schneider, the work will be on view through February 11, 2024.

Kang's work is also at London's Chisenhale Gallery in a solo presentation titled "In Cascades." It's up through July 30.

Kang's work often blends sculpture, photography and installation in address of bodies, memories, and histories change over time. Kang has been featured in exhibitions at the Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, and in the 2021 triennial at New York's New Museum.

On the second segment, DiQuinzio discusses "Adaline Kent: The Click of Authenticity," the artist's first retrospective. Kent (1900-1957), was a leading modernist sculptor whose work addressed nature and the drama of the Sierra Nevada, especially within the context of narratives promoted by the Sierra Club and the nascent second-generation environmental movement. "Kent" is at Reno's Nevada Museum of Art through September 10. The show's fine catalogue was published by Rizzoli Electa. Amazon and Bookshop offer it for about $45-60.

Instagram: Lotus Laurie Kang, Apsara DiQuinzio, Tyler Green.

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