Episode 729: Today’s MFA

Episode 729: Today’s MFA


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This week we check in from CAA 2020 in Chicago and is always at this conference we are discussing the MFA and what it does for you and me and all of us. To help us understand the recent evolution of these degrees we are joined by Ellen Mueller of the Minneapolis College of Art and DesignMK Guth of the Pacific Northwest College of ArtLisa Iglesias of the University of Florida Gainesville, and Paul Catanese of Columbia College Chicago (yes, that is where Duncan works also.)

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TOP V. WEEKEND PICKS (4/3-4/9)

TOP V. WEEKEND PICKS (4/3-4/9)

We again bring you a different sort of Top V this week. As COVID-19 has moved many of us inside for the foreseeable future, we want to share a range of resources to help keep you fed in many different ways. 1.  Arts for Illinois Relief Fund  A $4.2 million (and...

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Episode 726: Allison Peters Quinn and ARC2.0


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If you love artist run spaces and Chicago this is the B@SC episode for you! Today we are joined in the studio by Hyde Park Art Center’s Director of Exhibitions, Allison Peters Quinn, to discuss Artists Run Chicago 2.0, opening to the public on April 5th. Allison reflects on the previous iteration of Artist Run Chicago in 2009 and gives us some insight into 2.0, which features 50 artists run spaces and projects with concurrent programming throughout the summer. Stay tuned until the end of the show when we touch on our recent chili competition nerve and Allison compels us to reveal our latest Bad at Sports project.

Episode 726: Aaron Rodgers and Homeroom


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The entire Bad at Sports Center trifecta of Dana, Brian and Ryan are back in the studio today with Aaron Rodgers from Homeroom, Randall West from Chicago Composers Orchestra and visual artist Azadeh Gholizadeh to discuss Ten x Ten 2020, a collaborative series pairing 10 visual artists with 10 contemporary composers to create an album and print portfolio with the support of Spudnik Press. West and Gholizadeh discuss their particular process and play us excerpts from West’s composition for the project. Ten x Ten is ongoing throughout the rest of 2020 with concerts and exhibitions at various venues throughout Chicago.

Episode 725: Nato Thompson returns


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Live from NADA New York… maybe more than a year ago but certainly last time we were at NADA NYC… NATO THOMPSON returns to the show to talk about “seeing power” and how we need to think about our relationship with culture, and culture’s relationship with us, especially when we are talking about “high art,” “museums,” and the tools of hegemony. What’s an artist to do?

Episode 724: Natasha Egan MoCP


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This week Brian and Duncan take a trip to the College Art Association conference 2020 and catch up with Natasha Egan from the Museum of Contemporary Photography. This wide-ranging conversation starts with surveillance and their current exhibition “In Real Life” featuring the artists Stephanie Dinkins, Trevor Paglen, Leo Selvaggio, Maija Tammi, José Orlando Villatoro, Xu Bing, and Liam Young and ends with what is the nature of photography in our contemporary world.

TOP V. WEEKEND PICKS (3/26-4/1)

We again bring you a different sort of Top V this week. As COVID-19 has moved many of us inside for the foreseeable future, we want to share a range of resources to help keep you fed in many different ways. 1. Indigenous Cinema NFB’s online collection of...

Noel Gray on Geometry, Virtual Reality, and the Creative Plane

As one among the swelling number of people grounded by covid-19, I’m using newfound time to do something about my backlog of unfinished projects. With the dire news pouring out of Italy, I moved this interview with Noel Gray to the top of my get-done list. In fact, if...

TOP V. WEEKEND PICKS (3/19-3/26)

We're taking this moment to bring you a different sort of Top V this week. As COVID-19 has moved many of us inside for the foreseeable future, we want to share a range of resources to help keep you fed in many different ways. 1. COVID-19 & Freelance Artists An...

TOP V. WEEKEND PICKS (3/12-3/18)

1. Dabin Ahn: Apocrypha March 13th, 2020 6-9PM Work by: Dabin Ahn Chicago Manual Style:1927 W Superior St, Chicago, IL 60622   2. An Unusable Archive March 14th, 2020 6-9PM Work by: Neeraja D, Ahmed Ozsever Parlour and Ramp: 2130 W 21st St, Chicago, IL 60608   3....

TOP V. WEEKEND PICKS (3/5-3/11)

1. Chameleon Blind: Virtual Stack / Testing March 7th, 2020 6-9PM Work by: Mara Baker, Lauren Sudbrink, Aviva Alter, Marzena Ziejka, wd Floyd, Mayumi Lake, Matt Siber Ignition Project Space: 3839 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60651   2. Inspire & Empower March 7th,...

TOP V. WEEKEND PICKS (2/27-3/4)

1. Lily Kind: Wolfthicket February 29th, 2020 4-11PM Work by: Lily Kind, Amalia Colon Navara, Evelyn Langley (curated by Kyle Bellucci Johanson) table: 3240 N Springfield Ave, Chicago, IL 60618   2. Miller & Shellabarger: Homo-entanglement February 28th, 2020...

TOP V. WEEKEND PICKS (2/20-2/26)

1. Elnaz Javani: Your Residue February 21st, 2020 6-9PM Work by: Elnaz Javani One After 909: 906 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622   2. Something Blue February 22nd, 2020 6-10PM Work by: Jaime Angelopoulos, Alika Cooper, Amy Feldman, Yowshien Kuo, Ryan Lauderdale,...

TOP V. WEEKEND PICKS (2/13-2/19)

1. Bonny Nahmias: To Hold Space February 14th, 2020 6-10PM Work by: Bonny Nahmias Ground Level Platform: 2001 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60608   2. Collage Art Association February 15th, 2020 5-7PM Work by: AJ McClenon, Selina Trepp, Jacob Ciocci, Rebecca Morgan, Andy...

TOP V. WEEKEND PICKS (2/6-2/12)

1. What Remains: On the Sacred, the Lost, and the Forgotten Relics of Live Art February 7th, 2020 6-9PM Work by: Nina Boas, Nicole Goodwin, Jacqueline van de Geer, Zander Porter, Nick Tobier, Angeliki Chaido Tsoli, Nora + Mána (curated by ieke Trihnks, Defibrillator...