Episode 214: Constellations: Paintings from the MCA Collection

October 4, 2009 · Print This Article

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Episode 214: Constellations: A conversation with Julie Rodrigues Widholm, Wesley Kimler, Vera Klement and Paul “The Knife” Klein.

This week we talk Painting.

We assembled a crack team team of two Chicago painters (Wesley Kimler and Vera Klement), one Art Provocateur (Paul Klein), and a Curator from the MCA (Julie Rodrigues Widholm) and we talk painting and what makes the show “Constellations,” currently on display at the MCA, an important show for Chicago.

During the interview you will also hear the flock of parrots that inhabit Kimler’s studio and his daughter playing in the background, please do not be alarmed. You may also hear Duncan being made fun of for his love of Chris Wool, but if loving Wool is wrong, Duncan may never be right. [Read more]

Episode 213: Rob Davis and Michael Langlois

September 27, 2009 · Print This Article

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This week we return to Chicago’s magic love and check in with a few local heroes, Rob Davis and Michael Langlois. Fresh from shows in New York and Berlin, they have returned home to a run of great exhibitions starting with the Cultural Center in January and rolling up to the current 12 x 12 at the MCA. They join us to chat about painting, perspectives on art history, collaboration and show making in the contemporary context, while always draping one hand back to tradition.

The outro has a guest commentator with a message for Joseph Mohan. After that there is a special surprise for those who hang about for end of the credits. Or maybe not. I thought it was funny. [Read more]

Episode 212: Jay Wolke

September 20, 2009 · Print This Article

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This week: Duncan and guest interviewer (who really does most of the interviewing while Duncan slumbers) Anna Kunz talk to artist and educator Jay Wolke! This entertaining and at times wacky interview is not to be missed. As you listen to this you can think to yourself; “I wonder what general zaniness was in the 10 minutes Richard chopped out of this show for the purposes of brevity and flow”, but you can rest comfortable that most of it consisted of Anna giving Duncan a hard time.

Do not miss the longest, most unfocused and rant laden outro/credits in the history of the show, where Richard and Duncan are interrupted by Buses, the El, a panhandler, and Richard’s spontaneous rant about a cop on a Segway smoking a cigarette. This spawns a discussion about the ascendancy of “douchebag” in the contemporary lexicon.

Wow. That is a lot of quality show!

Lifted shamelessly for somewhere else:

Jay Wolke is professor and chair of the department of art and design at Columbia College Chicago, and the author of All Around the House: Photographs of American-Jewish Communal Life. Dominic A. Pacyga is a professor at Columbia College Chicago, and the author and editor of numerous books on Chicago’s history, including Polish Immigrants and Industrial Chicago and Chicago, both published by the University of Chicago Press. [Read more]

Episode 211: Helidon Gjergji

September 13, 2009 · Print This Article

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This week Amanda talks to artist Helidon Gjergji!

From Helidon Gjergji’s personal bio:

 Helidon GjergjiHelidon Gjergji was born in Tirana, Albania and lives in NYC.

In 2000, he received an M.F.A. from Northwestern University, Chicago. Before that, he received a Diploma at the Academy of Fine Arts in Tirana, Albania and a Diploma at the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples, Italy.

He has participated in the Venice Biennale 52 (Albanian Pavilion), curated by Bonnie Clearwater, Director of MoCA, North Miami; Present Future, Artissima 10 (solo project), Turin, curated by Emma Dexter (Tate Modern) etc.; Tirana Biennale 1 (curated by Francesco Bonami); Madre, (MCA, Naples); Apexart (NYC); National Gallery (Tirana); Villa Arson; Centre d’Art Contemporain (Nice); Lothringer Dreizehn Kunsthalle (Munich); The Kosova Art Gallery. (Prishtina); PAN (City Museum of Naples); Chelsea Art Museum; Temporary Services; Suburban; TBA Exhibition Space etc. His next work will be at the T.I.C.A.B. (Tirana International Contemporary Art Biannual), section curated by Edi Muka and Joa Ljungberg [Read more]

Episode 210: Madeleine Grynsztejn

September 7, 2009 · Print This Article

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This week: Duncan and Richard talk to Madeleine Grynsztejn, the new Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago!

Stolen liberally from the MCA website, with a bit of BAS embellishment:

Grynsztejn was born in Lima, Peru, and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, and London, England. She studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and received her BA in art history and French from Newcomb College of Tulane University, and her MA in art history from Columbia University. She is a former Helena Rubenstein Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and a 2007 graduate of the Getty Foundation’s Museum Leadership Institute. Grynsztejn has written, lectured, and taught extensively on contemporary art. She served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Galeria de Arte Nacional in Caracas, among other agencies. She acted as a juror for the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, the American Academy in Rome, the Munich Kunstpreis in Germany, and the Tiffany Foundation Biennial Awards. She has also served on the advisory committees for the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the American Center in Paris. She is fluent in English, Spanish, and French. Her husband, Tom Shapiro, is a marketing consultant and a damn nice guy. Yes, Bad at Sports added the “damn nice guy” part, the MCA would never be so inappropriately casual in a blurb! How dare us. The nerve! It’s true though, he really is nice. [Read more]