If you loved our BEST OF Fresh Tak features in 2012 and 2013, you’ll be impressed by BEST OF Fresh Talk 2014. This feature takes you straight to the latest edition of our listeners’ favorite episodes.
In this episode, Miami-based artist Jillian Mayer introduces the nude selfie project she presented at the Montreal Biennial. Mayer comments on information sharing, privacy, the manipulation of identity, and the body politics of revenge porn. See more on the 400 nudes website. (NSFW)
Franklin Sirmans, a curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, introduces his plans for Prospect New Orleans 2014. Franklin was selected by Artsy as one of the Leading Curators in 2014. Of note: The city-wide art exhibition is now officially a triennial. Prospect New Orleans is open through 25 January 2015.
Surinamese-Dutch artist Remy Jungerman talks about the European modernism and Afro-religious aesthetics that influence his art, and describes the recent public art project he created back in Morengo, his home town in Suriname. An installation of Remy’s work in the Joan Mitchell Center Studios is a feature of Prospect New Orleans 2014.
This episode of Fresh Talk features Cathy Byrd in conversation with Janet Biggs, a video artist whose work you might remember from our first season. Since we last spoke, Janet’s creative drive has taken her inside a volcano and to the edge of China’s Silk Road. Janet’s latest projects will be on view in Echo of the Unknown, a multi media exhibition that opens 17 January 2015, at the Blaffer Museum, Houston.
We recorded this episode on Randall’s Island, in front of a small tented performance space on the great green lawn outside the North entrance of Frieze New York. We’ve come to meet Israeli artist Naama Tsabar and Tom Tom magazine publisher Mindy Abovitz to learn about their collaboration. Naama is performing Blood Makes Noise at the Guggenheim Museum in New York this week (19 to 22 December 2014).
Sylvie Fortin, director of the Montreal Biennial, previews the new city-wide biennial and describes projects by Klara Hobsa, Andrea Bowers, Shirin Neshat, and Jillian Mayer, among others. Our conversation with Sylvie sparked Fresh Talk episodes with Jillian Mayer and Andrea Bowers. La Bienniale de Montréal is open through 4 January 2015.
Creative Time with Kara Walker
This feature centers on A Subtlety, American artist Kara Walker’s first ever public art installation inside the former Domino Sugar Factory, Williamsburg, New York. We spoke to Creative Time Director Anne Pasternak and Kenyan poet Shailja Patel about this transformative project. Listen for the highlight of this episode: Shailja’s reading of Unpour, her exquisite writing about the ethical and racial implications of refining sugar.
During opening events at Prospect New Orleans 2014, we recorded at two project sites where we found a deep connection between art and community. [In order of appearance] Timothy Levitch, Tavares Strachan,Margaret Thomas, and Gary Simmons reveal why Prospect makes perfect sense for the Crescent City.
On Skype with Cathy Byrd, Atlanta-based artist and scholar Fahamu Pecou introduces his brand, explains why he’s working toward a doctoral degree at Emory University and describes what it means to curate an art magazine at the intersection of art and hip-hop. Fahamu’s solo exhibition GRAV-I-TY is on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Georgia, through 14 February 2015.
On Skype, Cathy Byrd speaks with Irene Hofmann, Director and Chief Curator of SITE Santa Fe, about how radical shifts in the structure of SITE led to a re-imagined international biennial series. Hear from some of the artists in Unsettled Landscapes and Andrea Bowers. The 2014 biennial closes 11 January 2015.