The Modern Art Notes Podcast

Two clips of Barbara Kruger discussing works she has made that address abortion.

The first work(s) is from 1991 and 1992; the second addresses Kruger's recent engagements with her 1989 masterpiece "Your Body is a Battleground."

Nota bene: This mini-episode is available *only* via feed, including at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, etc. 

Direct download: MANPodcastEpisodeKrugerclips.mp3
Category:visual art -- posted at: 11:47am EDT

Episode No. 555 features artist Robert Adams.

The National Gallery of Art, Washington, is presenting "American Silence: The Photographs of Robert Adams" through October 2. The exhibition, a career survey, includes about 175 pictures Adams made between 1965 and 2015. It is accompanied by a catalogue published by the NGA and Aperture. Indiebound and Amazon offer it for $44-65.

Adams is among the world's greatest living photographers. His work has taken a critical eye to the United States, and especially to its stewardship of the West and the people who live there.

This is Adams' third visit to the program. He was previously the guest on Episodes No. 41 and 227.

Direct download: MANPodcastEpisodeFiveHundredFiftyFive.mp3
Category:visual art -- posted at: 5:15pm EDT

Episode No. 554 features artists Andrea Bowers and Suzanne Lacy. 

The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles is presenting a retrospective of Bowers' work. The exhibition reveals how Bowers has combined her artistic practice with activism. Both focus on structural inequities, elevating and celebrating the work of activists trying to create a more just nation and world, and tying present day struggles to historical movements such as the global labor movement. The show features about 60 works reflecting Bowers's use of many media, including drawing, installation, video and sculpture. "Andrea Bowers" was curated by Connie Butler and Michael Darling. After debuting at the MCA Chicago, it's on view at the Hammer through September 4. The excellent exhibition catalogue was published by DelMonico Books in association with the two museums. Indiebound and Amazon offer it for $40-60. 

On the second segment, our 2019 conversation with Bowers' sometime-collaborator, Suzanne Lacy. The program was recorded when the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts jointly presented the retrospective “Suzanne Lacy: We are Here.” The exhibition explores Lacy’s roots in early conceptualism and her emergence as a pioneer of what has become known as social practice, the use of community organizing and media-focused strategies to prompt events and discussions. The exhibitions are on view in San Francisco through August 4.

Suzanne Lacy is best known for her ambitious Three Weeks in May (1977), a project that exposed the extent of reported rapes in Los Angeles. It was the first of Lacy’s large-scale works that addressed violence against women and that revealed Lacy’s strategies for melding art and organizing practices.

Links and images to artworks Lacy discusses are at Episode No. 393.

Direct download: MANPodcastEpisodeFiveHundredFiftyFour.mp3
Category:visual art -- posted at: 4:37pm EDT

Episode No. 553 features artist Hayv Kahraman and conservator and author Susan Lake.

Hayv Kahraman is included in "Women Painting Women" at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. The exhibition features 46 female artists who choose women as subject matter in their works. It was curated by Andrea Karnes and is on view through September 25. The exhibition catalogue was published by Delmonico Books. Indiebound and Amazon offer it for $39-50.

Kahraman is a Baghdad-born, Los Angeles-based painter whose work explores the non-fixity of diasporic culture. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Museum Saint Louis, the Joslyn Museum of Art, Omaha and the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco.

On the second segment, Lake discusses "Clyfford Still," a new book in the Getty Conservation Institute's "The Artists Materials" series. Lake co-authored the book with Barbara A. Ramsay. Built from unprecedented access to art in the Clyfford Still estate and later in the Clyfford Still Museum, Denver, the book offers a detailed account of Still's materials, working methods and techniques. Indiebound and Amazon offer it for $40.

Direct download: MANPodcastEpisodeFiveHundredFiftyThree.mp3
Category:visual art -- posted at: 4:38pm EDT

Episode No. 552 is a summer clips episode featuring artist Marilyn Minter.

Minter is included in "Women Painting Women," which is at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth through September 25. It features 46 female artists who choose women as subject matter in their works. It was curated by Andrea Karnes. 

This conversation was taped in 2015 on the occasion of a mid-career survey of Minter's work that opened at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston before traveling to Denver, Orange County and Brooklyn.

Direct download: MANPodcastEpisodeFiveHundredFiftyTwo.mp3
Category:visual art -- posted at: 4:48pm EDT