Ashland Gallery Guide 47
Although I’m an artist and very interested in art, I usually
find artist interview podcasts boring. Unless I know of the
artist, or they are especially charismatic when speaking, this
type of podcast is best used for falling asleep. Visual artists
choose to make visual art for a reason. But there are some
arts-related podcasts that I love, and highly recommend, that
focus on artist and curator interviews.
The Sculptor’s Funeral with sculptor, Jason Arkles
tells wonderful histories of sculpture and sculptors,
from antiquity to the 20th century. I recommend starting
at the beginning and listening to them all. His website
has images to go with each episode. One seductive thing
about podcasts is that it’s easy to hear one and think,
I would like to do a podcast. That sounds fun. I have a
great idea. If you try it, you find that it’s super difficult!
Speaking logically on tape, recording and editing is harder
than it seems. Jason is a one-man-band and makes
it seem easy.
The Art Angle, “Where the art world meets the real
world.” Professionally produced, well reported big stories
cover current events in the art world, from artnet news.
Hyperallergic with Hrag Vartanian has in-depth stories
and discussions with a social justice perspective.
Modern Art Notes Podcast, Tyler Green has been
making the MAN podcast for a number of years. He
frequently interviews curators and discusses current
shows at museums around the United States.
Some podcasts reach the level of becoming art in and of
themselves. These are the podcasts I save for when I can really
focus and savor the listen.
The Anthropocene Reviewed with John Green has
monthly reviews of things from the human-centered planet,
from tacos to sunsets. How is the Canada Goose part of the
Anthropocene? Listen to find out. They get three stars,
but I give them five out of five stars.
The Memory Palace, writer Nate DiMeo creates short
pieces that put seemingly dry bits of American History
into new light. For a time, during Nate’s residency at the
Metropolitan Museum of Art, he chose a series of art objects
to build episodes around. The beautiful thing about Nate’s
work is his ability to flesh out history from a broader and
deeper perspective. He brings some heroes down to earth,
politely, even kindly.
Ear Hustle, with visual artist, Nigel Poor and former inmate,
Earlonne Woods. I have saved the best for last. I urge you to
listen to each and every episode of this outstanding podcast.
Written and produced inside San Quentin, this podcast tells
stories of prison life. In the 3rd season it expands to cover
life in prison and after prison. I cry every single episode.
It’s earnest, heartfelt, excellent work.
If you check these out,
please tell me your
thoughts, and send me
your recommendations too!
Sarah F. Burns
Podcasts range from professional, highly
produced soundscapes made by teams of
experts, to those made by an individual with
basic skills, equipment and a dream.