Episode 561: Irene Hofmann and Ben Davis

October 18, 2016 · Print This Article

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Is a magical and triumphant return. We were on a post-EXPO vacation and we don’t mind admitting that we feel little sheepish about it.

This is an epic return to form. First we repatriate Brian Andrews as he returns to work in the mother ship and for DePaul University.

Then we are joyously joined by our sponsor for the month, SAIC‘s low residency MFA program! For those of you already establishing your practices and looking to take the next step this program is for you.

Then Irene Hofmann rewrites the script at Site Santa Fe to buck the proliferation biennial trend and provide a fertile ground for those of us participating in the Pan American experience.

Then roughly 46 minutes in Ben Davis and Duncan start to solve arts journalism and end up solving art!!! They are two the best conversations we’ve had at EXPO and you’ll enjoy them. Occupy this show!

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Episode 495: Ben Davis

February 24, 2015 · Print This Article

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This week: Open Engagement 2014 Amanda, Duncan, and Abby talk to Ben Davis.




“Bubble” breaks for Cleveland Museum of Art, which lays off 5% of staff

August 13, 2009 · Print This Article

Is The Cleveland Museum of Art the latest casualty of “Museum Bubble” syndrome? The Museum is cutting 14 jobs or 5% of its staff, The New York Times reported, following a story in The Cleveland Plain Dealer.  There have been lots of Museum staff cuts like this one, including, of course, those at The Art Institute, so I’m calling attention to The Cleveland Museum’s situation only because it seems to provide a textbook example–and just the latest one, I should add–of a larger cultural/economic (culturo-economic?) phenomenon, which Ben Davis has described as “The Museum Bubble” for Artnet Magazine. Go read Davis’ piece, if you haven’t already, and decide for yourself if his Bubble argument holds water. I find it pretty convincing, especially when comparing Davis’ analysis to what’s happening in Cleveland. Thoughts?