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9 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Rashid Johnson. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Rashid Johnson, often where they are interviewed.

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9 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Rashid Johnson. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Rashid Johnson, often where they are interviewed.

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Behind The Report: Artist Market Report Rashid Johnson

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In this edition of Behind The Report, Adam Green previews our Artist Market Report on Rashid Johnson in which we take a look at different aspects of his market and career including the meaning behind his conceptual and figurative art, experts’ market confidence, exhibition and institutional history, as well as an in-depth look at every aspect of his auction market.

Jun 22 2020

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Shelter and Solidarity Conference (17:52) Kevin Rashid Johnson

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Shelter and Solidarity Conference (17:52) Kevin Rashid Johnson

Apr 10 2020

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Rashid Johnson on Escapism and Upending the Notion of the “Monolithic Experience”

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Growing up in Evanston, Illinois, the artist Rashid Johnson had a “mixed bag”—racially, at least—of close friends. There were, he says, “four black guys, two Asian guys, two Jewish guys, a white English guy.…” They still keep in touch today via a text chain. This perspective, combined with the one ingrained in him by his Ph.D. history professor mother, who introduced him from a young age to the works of 20th-century African American writers such as Amiri Baraka, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Booker T. Washington, and his tinkerer father, who owned a Wicker Park electronics shop, led to a deep, contextualized curiosity about the human condition: who we are, how we got here, and where we’re going. 

This multicultural (and intellectual) background continues to feed Johnson—as water and light would a plant—growing his insatiable appetite for better understanding the richness, complications, and contradictions of being human, each of us with our own roots, carrying our own energies—no one necessarily a part of any “monolithic experience.” It has also naturally led him to explore the social, cultural, and political realities of being a black man in today’s world. His multidisciplinary practice, which spans painting, drawing, sculpture, filmmaking, and installation art, is both biographical and collective. Underlying much of Johnson’s work is the idea of escapism—that each of us, on some level, yearns for another reality. Such a narrative is at the core of his directorial debut, HBO’s Native Son, released earlier this year and based on the 1940 Richard Wright novel of the same name (the screenplay was written by the playwright Suzan-Lori Parks). It is also at the heart of “The Hikers,” a ballet film shot on the side of a mountain in Aspen, currently on view at Museo Tamayo in Mexico City (through Nov. 10) and opening on Nov. 12 (through Jan. 25, 2020) at the Hauser & Wirth gallery in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood, where it will be shown alongside several other works by Johnson, including ceramic mosaics, paintings, and a large-scale sculpture.

On this episode of Time Sensitive, Johnson talks with Spencer Bailey about the steep challenge of turning Wright’s famed novel into a feature film; using materials such as shea butter, black soap, and plants in his artworks; why he remains somewhat ambivalent about the idea of “wokeness”; and his ongoing fascination with the complexity and diversity of not only blackness but also whiteness.

Nov 06 2019

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Interview: Actress Sanaa Latham, actor Ashton Sanders and director Rashid Johnson (3/6/19)

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In association with our friends at www.clickonthis.tv Below The Belt Show (www.belowthebeltshow.com) presents some exclusive interviews from the Sundance Film Festival in Park City Utah! BTB's own Al Sotto covers the red carpet of the Sundance selected film "Native Son" and interviews actress Sanaa Lathan (The Affair/Cleveland Show/Family Guy), actor Ashton Sanders (Moonlight) and director Rashid Johnson!

Mar 27 2019

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Strike Supporter Occupation (2:11) Kevin Rashid Johnson

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Strike Supporter Occupation (2:11) Kevin Rashid Johnson

Sep 11 2018

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Rashid Johnson & The National Prison Strike

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In this episode, we bring you an interview with Kevin Rashid Johnson, who has been incarcerated since 1990 in prisons throughout the U.S., most recently in Southwest VA. Benny Becker spoke with Johnson by phone, about his own experiences on the inside, histories of organizing from within prison walls, and the national prison strike taking place right now.

The strike, which runs from August 21st - September 9, 2018 has a list of demands, including that "All persons imprisoned in any place of detention under United States jurisdiction must be paid the prevailing wage in their state or territory for their labor." Currently, incarcerated folks are paid next to nothing for their work. So, on this Labor Day, we bring you voices from an ongoing labor struggle inside U.S. Prisons.
Self portrait by Rashid Johnson from his website rashidmod.com

Sep 04 2018

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Interview with Kevin Rashid Johnson (58:19)

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Interview with Kevin Rashid Johnson (58:19)

Sep 02 2018

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Prison and Slavery (3:01) Kevin Rashid Johnson

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Prison and Slavery (3:01) Kevin Rashid Johnson

Aug 12 2018

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Artist Talk: Rashid Johnson

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Aspen Art Museum Nancy and Bob Magoon CEO and Director Heidi Zuckerman interviews artist Rashid Johnson.

Rashid Johnson was born in Chicago, in 1977, and lives and works in New York. A critical theory framework extends across his paintings, sculptures, photography, and video work, investigating legacies of and possibilities for African American intellectual and cultural life. His work has been the subject of recent solo exhibitions at the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, the Grand Palais, Paris, the Drawing Center, the High Line, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver. He is the recipient of the 2018 Aspen Award for Art.

American Sign Language interpretation provided by the Aspen Camp for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

AAM education programs are made possible by the Questrom Education Fund. AAM talks and lectures are presented as part of the Questrom Lecture Series and made possible by the Questrom Education Fund.

Aug 03 2018

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