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"Hiroshima: Ground Zero 1945," at ICP

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Erin Barnett, ICP Assistant Curator of Collections, and Adam Harrison Levy, talk about the International Center of Photography’s “Hiroshima: Ground Zero 1945,” an exhibition of once-classified images of atomic destruction at Hiroshima, drawn from ICP’s permanent collection. This exhibition includes approximately 60 contact prints and photographs made for the 1947 United States Strategic Bombing Survey (USSBS) report on the effects of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, in 1945. “Hiroshima: Ground Zero 1945” is on view at ICP through August 28.

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The Los Angeles Art Scene and the 1960s

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Hunter Drohojowska-Philp describes the art scene in 1960s Los Angeles and looks at the artists—among them Ed Ruscha, David Hockney, Robert Irwin, Bruce Nauman, Judy Chicago and John Baldessari—who rose to international prominence. Rebels in Paradise: The Los Angeles Art Scene and the 1960s tells how the scene came into being and why a prevailing Los Angeles permissiveness and 1960s-style spawned countless innovations and was the epicenter of cool.

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Cory Arcangel: Protools

Friday, July 22, 2011

Artist Cory Arcangel, best known for his Internet interventions and modified video games, discusses the exhibition “Cory Arcangel: Protools,” at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The exhibition revolves around the concept of “product demonstrations.” Works featured—ranging from video games, single channel video, kinetic sculpture, prints, and pen plotter drawings—have been created with technological tools, often mixing and matching professional and amateur technologies.

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The Kitchen's Soho Years

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Deb Singer and Eric Bogosian discuss the 40th anniversary of The Kitchen, and the exhibition “View from a Volcano: The Kitchen's Soho Years, 1971-85.” The show offers a unique perspective on the vibrant downtown New York arts scene of the 1970s and early 1980s and features audio, video, and print documentation from The Kitchen’s years in Soho, as well as single-channel videos and other artworks by Eric Bogosian, Laurie Anderson, Vito Acconci, John Cage, Bill T. Jones, Meredith Monk, Steve Reich, Carolee Schneeman, Bill Viola, and others. "View from a Volcano: The Kitchen's Soho Years, 1971-85" is on view at The Kitchen through August 27.

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Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Curator Andrew Bolton discusses the exhibition “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Organized by The Costume Institute, it celebrates the late Alexander McQueen’s contributions to fashion—he challenged and expanded the understanding of fashion beyond utility to a conceptual expression of culture, politics, and identity. The show features approximately 100 ensembles and 70 accessories from McQueen’s 19-year career. “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” is on view through August 7.

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Rembrandt and His School

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Colin Bailey, Associate Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator at the Frick, discusses the exhibition “Rembrandt and His School: Masterworks from the Frick and Lugt Collections on view at the Frick Collection. It features familiar paintings—including a self-portrait recently cleaned and restored—along with Frick prints rarely shown, and a gallery of Rembrandt drawings brought from Europe. The exhibition is on view through May 15, and the drawing and prints on loan from the Lugt Collection will be on view through the May 22. 

The Frick is hosting a free "Rembrandt Night" on May 13, 6-9 pm.

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Modigliani: A Life

Friday, April 29, 2011

Meryle Secrest discusses the life and work Amadeo Modigliani. Her biography, Modigliani: A Life, is a fully realized portrait of one of the 20th century’s master painters and sculptors. She also paints a portrait of the Paris that Modigliani lived in, a dynamic city in where art was still a noble cause, and takes a look at how Modigliani became part of the city's art world in the midst of a transforming revolution.

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Marshall Arisman on His Graphic Novel, The Divine Elvis

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Marshall Arisman discusses his illustrated novel, The Divine Elvis. He has contributed graphic illustrations and covers for Harper's, the Nation, Time, U.S. News and World Report, and the New York Times Book Review.

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The Art and Life of Lee Krasner

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Art historian Gail Levin talks about the life and art of Lee Krasner and her marriage to Jackson Pollock. Lee Krasner: A Biography examines how she struggled with poverty and her husband's alcoholism and extramarital affairs while encouraging his art, which she skillfully managed to market. Levin also looks at how Lee Krasner’s life influenced her own work as an artist.

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Gore Verbinski on "Rango"

Monday, February 28, 2011

Gore Verbinski, director of "The Pirates of the Caribbean" trilogy, talks about the animated film, "Rango." It features the voices of Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Bill Nighy, and Abigail Breslin, among others, and tells the story of Rango, a pet chameleon who finds himself in an Old West town called Dirt.

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Please Explain: Silk

Friday, February 25, 2011

The first silk textiles were created some 5000 years ago. This week's Please Explain is all about silk, and how fibers made by worms create versatile fabrics and have helped shape the culture of much of the world. Mark Norell, Chair of the Division of Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History, who is currently finishing a book on the Silk Road, talks about the history of silk; Ingrid Johnson, professor of Textile Development and Marketing at the Fashion Institute of Technology; and Rebecca Robertson, Decorating and Home Editor for Martha Stewart Living join us to discuss how silk is produced, processed, used, and how it should be cared for.

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Picasso's Guitars

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Anne Umland, curator at the Museum of Modern Art, discusses the exhibition “Picasso: Guitars 1912-1914.” It brings together two guitars Picasso created—one out of cardboard, paper, string, and wire, the other out of sheet metal—and some 70 collages, constructions, drawings, mixed-media paintings, and photographs.

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Passion in Venice at the Museum of Biblical Art

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Curators Bill Barcham and Catherine Puglisi discuss the exhibition “Passion in Venice: Crivelli to Tintoretto and Veronese,” on view at the Museum of Biblical Art. The show presents works on a central theme in Christian Art: Christ as Man of Sorrows. Drawn from national and international loans, "Passion in Venice" includes works in different media, including illuminated manuscripts, paintings, prints, sculpture, and liturgical objects.

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Studio 360

Godfather of Bacteria

Friday, December 24, 2010

In 1928 the Scottish biologist Alexander Fleming discovered the fungus from which penicillin is derived. Fleming made the discovery while trying an unusual experiment: painting with strains of bacteria. Lindsay Patterson talked with a team that’s taking bacterial painting to a new level.

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The Frick at 75

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Curators Pablo Perez d’Ors and Jonathan Brown discuss two exhibitions at the Frick Collection: "The King at War: Velazquez’s Portrait of Philip IV" (on view through January 23, 2011) and "The Spanish Manner: Drawings from Ribera to Goya" (on view through January 9, 2011), and we’ll talk about the Frick’s 75th anniversary.

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“Stieglitz, Steichen, and Strand” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Friday, December 17, 2010

Malcolm Daniel, Curator in Charge of the Metropolitan Museum’s Department of Photographs, discusses three giants of 20th century American photography—Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, and Paul Strand. The exhibition “Stieglitz, Steichen, and Strand,” on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through April 10, presents the diverse and groundbreaking work of these artists, drawn from the museum’s collection.

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Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen at MoMA

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

MoMA curator Juliet Kinchin and Davin Stowell, founder and CEO of the design consultancy Smart Design, discuss the exhibition “Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen,” on view at the Museum of Modern Art through March 14. They’ll look at how kitchen design has changed in the last century, and examine the kitchen as a barometer of changing aesthetics and technologies.

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Amy Sedaris Picks the Winners of Our Listener Craft Contest

Friday, December 03, 2010

Amy Sedaris returns to pick the winners of our Cheap Craft Contest! Listeners have submitted photos of their crafts made with found objects and things they already have on hand, and people have used all kinds of materials—from popsicle sticks to wine corks to old socks to plastic shopping bags. Amy Sedaris will share her holiday craft ideas and explain how she chose the winning crafts. Winners will receive a signed copy of Amy's new book, Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People, and a Leonard Lopate 25th anniversary tee-shirt!

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Artist Brice Marden at Matthew Marks Gallery

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Artist Brice Marden discusses his exhibition of his new work, “Brice Marden: Letters,” on view at Matthew Marks Gallery through December 23. It’s his first one-person exhibition in New York since his 2006 Museum of Modern Art retrospective. The Letters series was inspired by Chinese calligraphy from the 11th century that Marden saw while visiting Taipei.

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Infinity of Nations at the National Museum of the American Indian

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Cecile Ganteaume, curator of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian will discuss the New York branch’s exhibition Infinity of Nations: Art and History in the Collections of the National Museum of the American Indian, a permanent exhibition of some 700 works of Native art from throughout North, Central, and South America that shows the breadth of the museum's renowned collection and highlights the historic importance of many of these objects.

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