Episode 416: Artist as Arbiter

August 19, 2013 · Print This Article

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This week: 8 years!!! We wrap up season 8 with the Artist as Arbiter panel from CAA 2013.

 

Moderators: Duncan Mackenzie, Columbia College, Chicago/Director, Bad At Sports AND Shannon R. Stratton, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago/Director, threewalls

Panelists:

Anthea Black

With our powers combined: queer collaboration, distribution, intervention, gentrification

Independent artist, curator and critic

Laurie Beth Clark & Michael Peterson

Where’s the art? Hosting/Framing Creativity

University of Wisconsin & University of Wisconsin-Madison

cafeallonge.net
spatulaandbarcode.net

E. G. Crichton

Migrating Archives: how I became a matchmaker and archive activist

University of California Santa Cruz/The GLBT Historical Society

Reni Gower

Parallel Practice: The Artist as Curator

Professor, Painting and Printmaking, Virginia Commonwealth University

Philip Von Zweck

On Nested Authorship

Columbia College, Chicago




Episode 312 (6 years!): TASS POSTERS

August 23, 2011 · Print This Article

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This Week: Has it really been 6 years? Really?

Wow. Duncan and Richard have a rambling bout of personal abuse as the intro and then get on to the good stuff.

Richard talks to Peter Zegers and Jill Bugajski about their work on the stellar new show at the Art Institute of Chicago Windows on the War, Soviet TASS Posters at Home and Abroad, 1941-1945, and on the accompanying catalog.

Overview: During World War II, the Soviet Union’s news agency, TASS, enlisted hundreds of artists and writers to bolster support for the nation’s war effort. Working from the TASS studio in Moscow, these artists and writers produced hundreds of storefront window posters, one for nearly every day of the war. Windows on the War: Soviet TASS Posters at Home and Abroad, 1941-1945 is a monumental exhibition centered on these posters, which have not been seen in the United States since the Second World War.

Impressively large, between five and ten feet tall and striking in the vibrancy and texture of the stencil medium, these posters were sent abroad, including to the Art Institute, to serve as international cultural “ambassadors” and to rally allied and neutral nations to the endeavors of the Soviet Union, a partner of the United States and Great Britain in the fight against Nazi Germany. In Windows on the War, the posters will be presented both as unique historical objects and as works of art that demonstrate how the preeminent artists of the day used unconventional technical and aesthetic means to contribute to the fight against the Nazis, marking a major chapter in the history of design and propaganda. While the exhibition’s focus is primarily on the posters, viewers will also find their rich historical and cultural context revealed through photographs and documentary material illuminating the visual culture of US-USSR relations before and during the war.

Windows on the War is not only a fascinating glimpse into one of the most significant government-sponsored cultural efforts of the 20th century but also a major scholarly undertaking that brings these posters into the public eye for the first time in six decades. Catalogue: The exhibition is accompanied by a 400-page catalogue featuring essays by Peter Zegers, Douglas Druick, Jill Bugajski, Konstantin Akinsha, Adam Jolles, and Robert Bird as well as by an extensive online initiative that will bring hundreds of these unique works to the public for the first time since the war.




Episode 260: When I’m Five

August 22, 2010 · Print This Article

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Bad at Sports 5th Year

The five year behemoth is upon us! Episode 260 kicks off with a discussion with Mary Jane Jacob and Michelle Grabner about the artist and studio. Then we turn the camera on ourselves and have a discussion about where we are and where we are headed, if anywhere.

Thanks for listening! It has been a great five years!

P.S. Cauleen S. you are a sad, sad, petty whiner. Grow the hell up.




Episode 200: Reviews

June 28, 2009 · Print This Article

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Gaylen Gerber at Rowley Kennerk Gallery

Gaylen Gerber at Rowley Kennerk Gallery


This week Bad at Sports celebrates its 200-th episode by getting back to the known- Review-o-rama. We welcome guest reviewers Tony Tasset and Lori Waxman to take the pulse of Chicago’s west loop.
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Episode 180: Stephanie Brooks and Mess Hall

February 8, 2009 · Print This Article

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This week: Duncan acts like a lunatic in the intro, Richard gets annoyed. Duncan talks to Stephanie Brooks about poetry, her work and her show at the Rhona Hoffman Gallery.

Then Duncan talks to the fine folks at Mess Hall about their 5 year anniversary. Read more