Karen Michel

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Pottery Winner: An Artist's Dark, Funny Oeuvre Gets Major Show

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Ceramics artist Ron Nagle uses unconventional materials and bright colors to make odd, miniature marvels with punderful titles. His work has helped make modern ceramics a star at art museums.


Fresh Air Weekend: Sarah Silverman; 'Bridge Of Spies'; 'The Living Bird'

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Sarah Silverman opens up about depression and comedy. Critic John Powers reviews Bridge of Spies. Photographer Gerrit Vyn and writer Scott Weidensaul discuss some of the remarkable abilities of birds.


Bassist Gary Peacock Is At The Soloist's Service

Sunday, September 06, 2015

"What can I play so that this person just plays the best he's ever played?" asks Peacock, who's backed up everyone from Bill Evans to Miles Davis to Keith Jarrett.


In This Museum, Visitors Can Eat At The Exhibits

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Southern Museum of Food and Beverage in New Orleans chronicles the eats and drinks of the Southern states. And it may be one of the only museums where visitors can imbibe while viewing exhibits.


Decades Before YouTube, Video Pioneers Captured Turbulent Era

Sunday, March 22, 2015

In the pre-digital age, shooting video was unwieldy and expensive. But in the late 1960s, storytellers calling themselves "Videofreex" used the first portable video recorders to film a changing world.


Buzz Bin: A Proper Look At Where Kazoos Come From

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

They're the instrument anyone can play — but only two places in the U.S. make them, and only one makes the colorful plastic kind most people know. Karen Michel pays a visit to the latter.


Ahmad Jamal, 'A Musical Architect Of The Highest Order,' Keeps On Building

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

At 84, the acclaimed jazz pianist is still recording and touring. Among his many achievements is one that often eludes even the most beloved jazz artists: mainstream popularity.


Poughkeepsie: A City on the Edge

Thursday, December 25, 2014

As artists priced out of New York City head north, Hudson River cities are experiencing a renaissance. But not this historic city.

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New York Exhibitions Dance With Death Through Victorian Mourning Culture

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Bereavement fashion, post-mortem photography and floral hair wreaths are just some of what you'll find at the Met's "Death Becomes Her" and the Morbid Anatomy Museum's "Art of Mourning."


The Man Who Casts The Metal For The Master Sculptors

Saturday, October 04, 2014

If you're an artist with an idea for a metal masterpiece, you'd probably turn to Dick Politch to cast it. His foundry has done works for over 500 artists. We get a look at an exhibit of his creations.


With Blocks And Bricks, A Minimalist Returns To The Gallery

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Carl Andre helped shape modern sculpture in the mid-1960s, but his career was jolted when he was tried and acquitted of murder. Now he's the subject of his first major retrospective in three decades.


Too Many Artists, Too Little Time: The Problems And Promise Of The Whitney

Friday, March 07, 2014

It's time again for the show that people love to hate: the Whitney Biennial, an overview of American art. Critics often trash it, but as Karen Michel says, this year's showcase has a few surprises.


Robert Indiana: A Career Defined By 'LOVE' No Longer

Sunday, January 05, 2014

In 1968, the Museum of Modern Art bought his painting LOVE and made him a star. It became a sculpture, a stamp, greeting cards — and it obscured the rest of his career. Now the first ...


Maine Toy Museum Is Really For Grownups

Saturday, August 31, 2013

The small town of Waldoboro, Maine, boasts two attractions: Moody's Diner, reputed to be one of the oldest in the country, and the Toy Museum. But it's not really for kids. Founded in...


'Cutie And The Boxer': Two Lives Entwined At Home, In Art

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Zachary Heinzerling's documentary captures the curious dynamics of a complicated relationship between two artists whose lives and work are inextricably intertwined. As Karen Michel re...


For Judd Family, Home Is Where The (Rectilinear) Art Is

Sunday, July 21, 2013

When minimalist artist Donald Judd died, his Manhattan house stayed in the family, with much of his stuff exactly where he left it. Now, after a renovation his son helped oversee, the...


When Sculpting Cedar, This Artist Is Tireless And Unsentimental

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Ursula von Rydingsvard is 70 years old, but she still spends eight hours a day working massive blocks of cedar into sculptures. "I don't want the cuteness associated with the wood," she says, "or even the nostalgia."


Watching Arnold Mesches

Saturday, May 01, 2004

When the painter Arnold Mesches began making political artwork in the 1950s — including one painting series on the Rosenberg trials — someone else began surveillance of the painter’s life. Produced by Karen Michel.


Mike & Adi

Saturday, September 13, 2003

A couple struggles to draw the line between a collection and too much junk. Produced by Karen Michel.


Cocktail Shaker

Saturday, September 13, 2003

Radio producer Karen Michel says she can't help her need to acquire.