Episode 128: Philip von Zweck on New Orleans

February 10, 2008 · Print This Article

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New Orleans

Ok, so you have listened to our BS for 127 episodes or so, so this week we introduce an exciting new program for BAS. We will from time to time invite guest curators on to put together an episode of Bad at Sports. This week, Artist, Curator, Musician, Gallerist, Radio Host and recipient of the 2007 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation grant, Philip von Zweck does a show focused on the area from whence he came, New Orleans.

Philip von Zweck grew up in Slidell Louisiana, a suburb of New Orleans that was also devastated by Katrina. In January he made his first trip back since the storm and took along a recorder for Bad at Sports to find out what’s going on in New Orleans Art and what’s up with Prospect.1, the first New Orleans Biennial coming this fall. Along the way he spoke with Chris Deris, a high school friend (BFA, Atlanta College of Art; MFA, RISD) who now teaches Sculpture at Loyola University; New Orleans artist Blake Boyd; Odgen Museum of Southern Art Curator David Houston; and Cynthia Scott, an MFA student at Tulane and one of the organizers of forthcoming artist initiatives responding to Prospect.1.

Dan Cameron
George Dunbar
Ida Kohlmeyer
Arthur Roger Gallery
Jean Seidenberg
Robert Polidori
Ed McGowin
New Orleans Contemporary Art Center
New Orleans Museum of Art
Sally Mann
Hurricane Katrina
Loyola University
Philip von Zweck
Cynthia Scott
Taylor Mead/a>
Andres Serrano
Art in America
Matthew Marks
Blake Boyd
The Ogden
Donna Perret
The New Museum
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
David Houston
The Morse Museum
Henri Cartier-Bresson
William Faulkner
Elliot Erwitt
The Marching 100
Jerry Garcia
Peter Halley
Ed McGowin
Robert Mapplethorpe
Margaret Evangeline
Global Green
Tulane School of Architecture
Nicolai Ouroussoff
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10 thoughts on “Episode 128: Philip von Zweck on New Orleans”

  1. Balzac says:

    I like the guest curator idea, who is next?

    How does one get added to the list?

  2. duncan says:

    No functional list yet exists. It requires that you be fully able to record, cut, and mix a show from top to bottom and that you contact us and tell us what you would like to do. Then we give you whatever help we can and bam. It happens. Why? You up for it? The spots yours if you want it.


  3. duncan says:

    Also Philip. Great show. It made me wish people would care about my home town.

  4. Richard says:


    A shed in the tundra does not count as a “town”.

    I just re-read my regrettable comments about your native land in our New City interview a few years back ooooohhhhh brother, yipe.


  5. Michael says:

    I met recently with Dan Cameron and his crew and they are working really hard to make sure that Prospect One will be a world class contemporary event. I know Prospect One is working with Keith Calhoun locally in New Orleans, others will probably be on the list in March.

  6. Great show, great idea for a new type of show. Although I missed R & D’s weird endings. Especially interesting was the Ogden Director’s analysis of the New Orlean’s catastrophe and what how they responded. This show, together with Tony Fitzpatrick’s emails, help me answer some of the European’s who rightfully so keep asking me “what is happening in New Orleans now? It isn’t in the News anymore.” The “major” media apparently has no use for positive stories or real analysis, just rumours of poor people raping each other and the like, as they did in the initial reportage.

  7. MSB says:

    Balzac! Do a guest show! That would be cool. Ze French bureau, ne pas?! Seriously, it would be interesting to hear you.

  8. Blah Zack says:

    I’ve said it before on this blog when it has come up, I have a voice for blogging, Mickey Mouse meets Tom Waits.

  9. You could do your best Tom Waits, then use a sound program like audacity to raise the pitch without speeding it up, till you get Mickey. Which would probably ensure a tortured and fleeing audience!

  10. Richard Holland says:

    Sounds like great radio!

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