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Monday, April 02, 2012

Leonard Lopate, Fred Wilson, Pat Steir, Sean Kelly, and Carter Foster, March 21, 2012 (Matthew Septimus)

We’ll hear a panel discussion Leonard moderated in WNYC’s Greene Space with a gallery owner, museum curator and two prominent artists about the business of being an artist in New York. Lionel Shriver talks about her novel The New Republic. The BBC’s A History of the World in 100 Objects looks at pot shards from an island off Tanzania. A cloistered nun, Mother Dolores, tells about her former life as a rising star in Hollywood, co-starring with Elvis, and then deciding to become a Benedictine nun. Plus, Nobel Prize-winner Eric R. Kandel talks about the intellectual pioneers of the early 1900s.

The Business of Art: A Panel Discussion

We broadcast a panel discussion on artists and the business of art from our recent show in the Greene Space. Gallery owner Sean Kelly, Whitney Museum of American Art curator Carter Foster, and artists Pat Steir and Fred Wilson talk about the current state of the art market in light of the economic downturn and the impact of the exponential growth of art fairs.

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Lionel Shriver's New Novel, The New Republic

Lionel Shriver discusses her new novel, The New Republic, about a disgruntled New York corporate lawyer who becomes a foreign correspondent in a Portuguese province where a homegrown terrorist movement has sprung up. He thinks he is replacing the larger-than-life reporter he longs to emulate, who has disappeared, but all is not as it seems when the terrorist incidents dry up after that reporter’s disappearance.

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“God Is the Bigger Elvis”

Mother Dolores, the subject of the documentary “God Is the Bigger Elvis,” talks about deciding to become a cloistered nun. She was a rising star in Hollywood, recipient of Elvis Presley's first on camera kiss, starring with Montgomery Clift and Anna Magnini, engaged to be married, but she left Hollywood to enter the Abbey of Regina Laudis when she was 23. She describes the mysterious world inside the Abbey. “God Is the Bigger Elvis” premieres April 5 on HBO.

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The Age of Insight

Nobel Prize-winner Eric Kandel traces the ideas and advances made by the intellectual pioneers in Vienna in 1900–Freud, Schnitzler, Klimt, Kokoschka, and Schiele. His new book The Age of Insight places these five innovators in the context of today’s cutting-edge science, and gives us a new understanding of modernist art and a foundation for future work in neuroscience and the humanities.

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