Conceptual artist Charles Gaines talks about how he has addressed politics and race since the 1970s, through philosophy, abstraction and mathematics. In August 2019, Gaines receives the prestigious 60th Annual Edward MacDowell Medal.
The Art of the Eclipse revisits our live studio show from 2017 on Jolt Radio, in Miami. We begin with a conversation recorded in the abandoned Templehof airport in Berlin, a few years earlier. German artist Agnes Meyer Brandis describes her gravity experiments and explains how she raises moon geese. On air, our attention shifts back to Miami, a city in evacuation mode, just days before Hurricane Irma hits Florida. As we await the storm’s landfall, we remember communal experiences from the August 2017 solar eclipse, and introduce a set of cosmic science art films.
To honor the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing this July, we introduce Studio Drift, two artists whose poetic work points to the moon and stars. During NASA festivities, a special edition of their airborne art will lift off from the Rocket Garden at the Kennedy Space Center.
Today, we take you to Miami Beach, for a conversation with Brooklyn-based artist Ellen Harvey. Selected for a high profile public art commission at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Harvey seized the moment, to create what she calls “a hopelessly romantic call to action.” We sit down with her to talk about the endangered eco-system that informs Atlantis, her shimmering glass wall installation.
On a starry night in September 2015, we meet British sound artist Oliver Beer in Istanbul, for the acoustic experience of his composition Call to Sound, inside a 400-year old Turkish bath. In 2019, Beer brings a hybrid sound project to The Met Breuer, in New York. His Orchestral Vessel features an installation that summons sound from objects in the Museum collection and a program of live performances.