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Art as Experience: Podcasts
60 minutes | Jan 15, 2022
After several visits to the Laurie Anderson Exhibit at the Hirschhorn Museum, in Washington DC, Sheila and Peter discuss this avant garde artist and her exhibit. Music by Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed.
59 minutes | Jan 5, 2022
Alma W. Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful is the title of the retrospective of Alma Thomas at the Phillips Collection, in Washington DC. Sheila and Tom respond to her brilliant color-field paintings to explore the topic of color. The exhibition at the Phillips traces her journey from semi-rural Georgia to Washington, DC, in 1907, then […]
60 minutes | Dec 20, 2021
Sheila, Tom, and guest Peter Blake discuss the David Driskell exhibition at the Phillips Collection in Washington DC. Driskell was a painter and the whirlwind center of energy and attention to established and emerging African American artists in the late Twentieth Century and into recent decades.
61 minutes | Dec 12, 2021
The Puppet Lab at Rhizome DC, with Rachel Gates
We interview local puppeteer, Rachel Gates.
60 minutes | Nov 21, 2021
Juan Gris, Color, and Cubism
Sheila and Tom discuss the Spanish painter, Juan Gris, a compatriot, contemporary, and rival of Picasso – on the occasion of a current exhibition of gorgeous cubist paintings by Gris at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Themes include cubism, modernism, John Dewey, color theory and more.
61 minutes | Oct 27, 2021
Paul Cezanne Portraits
We have edited an earlier episode, from 2018, adding a new introduction to our show on Cezanne Portraits. This episode adds to and reinforces the content on our last episode, also on Paul Cezanne, the master at the turn of the Twentieth Century. Broadcast on WOWD-LP, Takoma Radio, 10/23/21
59 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
Paul Cezanne Drawings
An exhibit of Paul Cezanne Drawings just closed at MOMA, in New York. Our visit there occasioned this discussion of one of the great progenitors of modernism. Sheila and Tom go inside the experience of viewing Cezanne, and give listeners a unique view of the experiences he provides, and the technical innovations in his drawing […]
60 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
Creativity, John Dewey, and Aesthetics
Sheila and Tom take on a special topic this week: Creativity. Sheila begins with a discussion of John Dewey’s anti-hierarchical formulation of the art experience, which establishes a continuum between “high art” and the esthetic perceptions of everyday life, then analyzes how these experiences are created, arranged, and orchestrated in the individual viewer’s experience. In […]
60 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
Tudor Place, Washington DC’s Historic House
We visit Tudor Place in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington DC, the home for over two hundred years of descendants of Martha Washington. The family retained this house over this entire period, through the Civil War, the gilded age, the Roaring Twenties, until the last owner deeded it to the foundation that now runs it […]
60 minutes | Aug 30, 2021
Artists, the Garden, and Chuck Close
Before continuing in their series considering the relation between artists and their gardens, Tom and Sheila discuss the art of Chuck Close, who died last week. They turn then to Emil Nolde, Charles Burchfield, and Odilon Redon.
60 minutes | Aug 15, 2021
A Portrait of East Baltimore
Sheila and Tom visit the Smithsonian American Art Museum – now-open – to see the new exhibit of documentary photography from East Baltimore in the late 1970’s: Welcome Home: Portrait of East Baltimore. Three women, Linda Rich, Joan Clark Netherwood and Elinor Cahn, were welcomed into the churches, homes, and lives of the residents, in […]
60 minutes | Aug 3, 2021
Colors From the Earth
In a reprise of a popular episode from 2017, Sheila discusses the origin, history and use of pigments and other paint materials. Guest: Peter Blake
61 minutes | Jul 18, 2021
The Painter’s Garden
Continuing to explore the theme of Gardens, Sheila and Tom explore how painters created gardens and painted them. The experience of the gardens, passionately created and tended, and the experience of viewing the painted gardens, now in museums, are related. Claude Monet, Stanley Spencer, and Gustave Klimt are the gardener-painters discussed, with a digression on […]
60 minutes | Jul 4, 2021
Lynda Benglis and Sarah Cain at the East Wing
The East Wing of the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC has re-opened, and we visit the exhibitions of Lynda Benglis and Sarah Cain.
60 minutes | Jun 20, 2021
Marsden Hartley, Transcendentalist
In honor of Pride Week, we discuss the paintings, career, and struggles of the American Modernist painter, Marsden Hartley (1877-1943). We also examine Transcendentalism – the wild spiritual and artistic gift from Ralph Waldo Emerson – and its importance to Hartley’s life and to American art in general.
59 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
The Gardens of Greenbelt
Art as Experience continues her exploration of the links between art, society, and gardens with a look at the tiny gardens that can be walked among in the cooperative community of Greenbelt MD, set up as part of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s New Deal. The backstory of Greenbelt is a mirror of the political issues […]
62 minutes | May 9, 2021
Gardens in Spring
In a week where Sheila Blake is preparing her exhibition at the Foundry Gallery in Washington DC, we are updating a recording of an earlier show from May 2019, in which Tom and Sheila analyze the connections between gardens and art, with a special visit to the Dumbarton Oaks Gardens in Washington.
60 minutes | Apr 25, 2021
Faith Ringgold at the Glenstone Museum
We visit again the great new modernist museum in Potomac Maryland, the Glenstone, and discuss the current retrospective exhibition of Faith Ringgold.
60 minutes | Apr 14, 2021
Seeing Differently: the Phillips Collection Reopens
We visit the Phillips Collection, this country’s first modern art museum, which has reopened for its 100th anniversary with an exhibition highlighting the collection’s great diversity. After a year-long closing due to COVID precautions, the museum in Washington DC has reopened to visitors. In addition to great modernist masters Cezanne, Bonnard, De Kooning, Rothko, etc., […]
60 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Cross-Pollination in the Arts
Our second show about artists who create in areas other than the one that has made them a name. Tom and Sheila discuss the paintings and practices of Anthony Dominick Benedetto (better known as Tony Bennett), Bob Dylan, and David Bowie. Sheila looks into the art training of President George Bush.
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