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Here are the TOP FIVE Fresh Art International audio programs of 2017! In these conversations, we talk about feminist art, the history of current global tensions and the politics of art student debt. We take you to two sites of creativity that we explored for Destination Fresh Art, the international field expedition that took us to the 57th Venice Biennale in Italy and to Berlin, Germany, this year. Click on the Episodes Below to Enjoy, Rate and Review!
Carolee Schneemann on Fearless Artmaking
Carolee Schneemann talks about painting, performance, censorship and resistance in a telephone conversation we recorded just days before she received the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement at the opening ceremony of the 57th Venice Art Biennale. Schneemann started as a painter in the 1950s. In the 1960s, she began using her own body as material in experiments with film, music, poetry, dance, and performance. Since then, she has explored a range of cultural and political taboos. Her groundbreaking work continues to move us.
This year, the artist finally gets her due. Close on the heels of the Golden Lion, her solo exhibition More Wrong Things opens at the Hales Gallery in London. This interactive installation of suspended monitors explores decades of public and private tragedies and suffering in the U.S., Asia and the Middle East. Museums of Modern Art in Frankfurt, Germany and New York, New York, will present Kinetic Painting, a retrospective exhibition originating in 2016, at the Museum der Moderne in Salzburg, Austria.
Bahar Behbahani on Politics and Persian Gardens
Iranian-born artist Bahar Behbahani talks about the poetry and politics she discovered in her research of Persian gardens—the subject of her solo exhibition at the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College.
The artist came to the United States for the first time in 2002, to show her paintings in a traveling diplomatic exhibition. Since then, she made her way to New York and became an American citizen. Considering the cultural and political differences—not to mention the six thousand miles that lie between Tehran and the city she now calls home—it might not surprise you to learn that Bahar Behbahani’s paintings and videos explore memory and loss. Listen to our conversation to learn about the history, form and meaning of the legendary Persian garden. Find out how a classic green space renowned for its reflective pools and lush vegetation became entangled with American espionage and a political coup in Iran.
Sounds of the 57th Venice Art Biennale
On this live streaming show, Cathy Byrd calls in to Jolt Radio from Athens, Greece, to talk about the 57th Venice Art Biennale in Italy, and share some of her sound encounters during preview days of the international art exhibition.
Her field recordings feature the voices of biennial curators, artists, projects, performances and events.
Hear the celebratory sounds of American artist Carolee Schneemann accepting the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement! Listen to our top podcast episode with the artist to learn about her life and work.
Sounds of Berlin
On this live streaming show, host Cathy Byrd calls in from Paris to Jolt Radio to share some of her sonic adventures in Berlin, the city where she spent two of her six weeks in Europe this year. Hear drummers performing in the Karneval der Kulturen and encounter the music scene in Mauer Park. Learn about the sound art featured on Deutschlandfunk Kultur from curator Marcus Gammel. Meet Ahmet Ögüt, one of the hosts on the documenta 14 radio program coming to Berlin. Visit the studio of artist and musician Satch Hoyt to experience his Unpacking Sonic Migrations: From Slave Ship to Spaceship performance. Follow Cathy on her visit to SAVVY Contemporary where she meets co-artistic director Elena Agudio, and listen to Oye record store owner Markus Lindner talk about Berlin’s vinyl culture.
Occupy Museums on Artists and Debt
Occupy Museums is an art activist movement that grew out of Occupy Wall Street in 2011—a prolonged demonstration in Zuccotti Park, in New York City’s Wall Street financial district. The movement protesting financial greed and corruption sparked actions against economic inequality worldwide. Occupy Museums continues to engage in this vital conversation.