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Raw Material is an arts and culture podcast from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). Each season focuses on a different topic, featuring voices of artists working in all media and exploring the inspiration and stories behind modern and contemporary art.

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Raw Material is an arts and culture podcast from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). Each season focuses on a different topic, featuring voices of artists working in all media and exploring the inspiration and stories behind modern and contemporary art.

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Mind-expanding and inspiring!

By Sarah Supernova - Feb 14 2019
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I really enjoy this podcast, it shows art in the light that goes beyond a gallery wall -- art in life. Art as something we all create and can be a part of. Way on the fringes, living life as art, as a connection to the spiritual and to the Earth. Excellent podcast.

Awesome!

By listener lady - Nov 30 2017
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Love art podcasts and this one is so creative! Love land art!

iTunes Ratings

62 Ratings
Average Ratings
53
3
3
3
0

Mind-expanding and inspiring!

By Sarah Supernova - Feb 14 2019
Read more
I really enjoy this podcast, it shows art in the light that goes beyond a gallery wall -- art in life. Art as something we all create and can be a part of. Way on the fringes, living life as art, as a connection to the spiritual and to the Earth. Excellent podcast.

Awesome!

By listener lady - Nov 30 2017
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Love art podcasts and this one is so creative! Love land art!
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Raw Material

Latest release on Dec 13, 2019

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Landfall Episode 1: Mounds, Jetties, Trails

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“As long as you’re going to make sculpture, why not make one that competes with a 747, or the Empire State Building, or the Golden Gate Bridge?” Discover artists who did just that by creating monumental works meant to withstand time or succumb to its passage. Reflect on your own relationship to the land with a post-apocalyptic tale that might dig up more than you expect.

Artists featured in this episode: Robert Smithson, Michael Heizer, Walter de Maria

Nov 20 2017

25mins

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Rank #2: Six Degrees Episode 1: Sayre

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Sayre Quevedo begins Raw Material season six by breaking into his ex-boyfriend’s apartment. His goal is to retrieve twenty-two love letters he wrote to a man who doesn’t deserve them. Join Sayre as he searches for signs, symbols, closure, and perhaps, real connection.

Oct 21 2019

19mins

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Rank #3: Raw Material Season 5: San Francisco— Stories From The Model City

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Season 5 of Raw Material takes inspiration from a 41 x 37-foot scale model of the city that was recently unearthed, refurbished, and distributed in pieces to neighborhood libraries. Listen in as residents tell stories of life in this vibrant, diverse, and ever-changing frontier city. Produced by award-winning radio documentarians the Kitchen Sisters, this season examines themes of urban development and identity in a city poised on the edge of the continent and built on landfill, steep hills, and the dreams of immigrants and pioneers. From memories of the luminous Golden Gate International Exposition on Treasure Island to recollections of the freaky fun house at Playland, from North Beach to the Mission, Stories from the Model City brings to life the fascinating and troubled evolution of San Francisco.

Jun 24 2019

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Rank #4: Mixtape Episode 8: Amy Sherald by Note to Self

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In the long history of portraits of First Ladies of the United States, none has drawn a reaction quite like the painting of Michelle Obama by Baltimore native Amy Sherald. Hear the artist discuss art in the age of Instagram.

This episode is produced by WNYC Studios and Note to Self. More episodes at .

Aug 06 2018

26mins

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Rank #5: Otherworld Episode 2: The Ceremony

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A folk musician conducts an ayahuasca ceremony, a performance artist describes her shamanic rituals, and a pioneer of conceptual art communes with animals and inhabits his own unconscious.

Image: Joseph Beuys, I Like America And America Likes Me, 1974.

Artists featured in this episode: Santiparro, Dohee Lee, Joseph Beuys.

Oct 17 2016

20mins

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Rank #6: Mixtape Episode 7: Carolee Schneeman Yoko Ono by A Piece Of Work

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Carolee Schneemann and Yoko Ono have created provocative art throughout their careers. Learn how these artists have dedicated their lives to exploring the pleasures and the vulnerabilities of the human body.

This episode is produced by WNYC Studios and MoMA. More episodes at https://www.wnycstudios.org/shows/pieceofwork.

Jul 30 2018

26mins

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Rank #7: Luvvers Episode 5: My Art is Gay

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Facing persecution in her native Uganda and unwilling to live an inauthentic life, fierce queer artist Leilah Babirye made a choice. She fled her home to discover a world of sexual and artistic exuberance in a new creative community on Fire Island, New York. Learn more about her extraordinary life and her bold body of work in this episode of Luvvers.

Photo: Leilah Babirye

Dec 10 2018

26mins

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Rank #8: Mixtape Episode 6: Patti Smith and Judy Linn by The Kitchen Sisters

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Back when Patti Smith and Judy Linn were kids, they used art to shape the world around them, posing for each other in photographs and starring in each other’s home movies. Hear Linn discuss how the two young Brooklynites weren't just "dreaming a future, they were dreaming a present."

This episode is produced by The Kitchen Sisters © The Kitchen Sisters 2015. More episodes at http://www.kitchensisters.org/.

Jul 23 2018

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Rank #9: Otherworld Episode 3: The Sigil

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Experimental musician, pioneering performance artist, and general cult phenomenon Genesis Breyer P-Orridge reveals the role of magic in h/er life and artistic practice. S/he describes h/er decades-long mystical work with sigils, chaos magick, sex magick, and the philosophies of Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth.

Image: Genesis Breyer P-Orridge by Ross Simonini
Artists featured in this episode: Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Micki Pellerano

Oct 31 2016

22mins

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Rank #10: Landfall Episode 6: This Land is Your Land

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“There is something cartoonish about life in California… something out of proportion, fantastical, even a little absurd.” End this season’s road trip back in the Bay Area, and explore the Emeryville mudflats, where artists upended the monumental, high-cost model of the Land Art movement with whimsical, communal, ephemeral sculptures. Play a road trip game that will broaden your concept of Land Art-- and make traffic more bearable.

Artists featured in this episode: Joey Enos, Everett Turner, Gary Knox Bennett, Penny Daimler, John McCracken

Correction for this episode: The woman who took photographs of the CCAC project was Penny Dhaemers.

Feb 12 2018

23mins

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Rank #11: Luvvers Episode 1: What Get's You Hot?

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Nayland Blake doesn’t create art to express who they are, they create art to investigate the possibilities of identity. Hear the artist discuss their explorations of the queer, BDSM, kink, and furry scenes, and learn more about their unique approach to one of art’s oldest subjects—sex.

Image © Nayland Blake, Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery.

Oct 15 2018

21mins

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Rank #12: Mixtape Episode 2: Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein by Stuff You Missed in History Class

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Gertrude Stein is often credited as a driving force behind Modernism and Cubism while her lifelong partner, Alice B. Toklas, is frequently left out of the story. Learn about this power couple and their roles as movers and shakers in the world of 20th century art.

This episode is produced by Stuff You Missed in History Class © Stuff You Missed in History Class 2018. More episodes at https://www.missedinhistory.com/.

Jun 25 2018

34mins

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Rank #13: Manifest Episode 1: The Land

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Art is a journey. This episode considers hidden histories through artworks that explore the movement of people, goods and ideas across distant lands. Hear about works made from curry, a 25-part installation on Angel Island, and an immersive three-channel film piece that uses imagery of the sea to evoke larger themes about history and politics.

Photo: Flo Oy Wong, by Geraldine Ah-Sue.
Artists featured in this episode: Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik, John Akomfrah, and Flo Oy Wong.

May 01 2017

19mins

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Rank #14: Otherworld Episode 4: The Diviner

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Artists discuss intuition and divination, techniques used to perceive and foresee the unknown. They explore the intersections of their work with palmistry, poetry, astrology, and clairsentient readings.

Artists featured in this episode: CA Conrad

To read a transcript of our full interview with CAConrad, visit: http://openspace.sfmoma.org/2016/11/extreme-present-a-conversation-with-caconrad/

Nov 14 2016

23mins

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Rank #15: Mixtape Episode 5: Maria Tallchief by Stuff You Missed in History Class

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An Oklahoman of Osage heritage, Maria Tallchief rose to stardom through years of hard work and dedication. Peek behind the curtain at the globetrotting life of America's first prima ballerina—her loves, her losses, her joys, and her sorrows.

This episode is produced by Stuff You Missed in History Class © Stuff You Missed in History Class 2014. More episodes at www.missedinhistory.com/.

Jul 16 2018

27mins

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Rank #16: Mixtape Episode 1: Mary Cassatt by The Lonely Palette

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Women artists are often compared to one another but not to their male contemporaries. Learn how Mary Cassatt became one of the most important Impressionist painters of—and ahead of—her time by using the nineteenth-century Paris Opera House as an unlikely backdrop for feminist commentary.

This episode is produced and hosted by Tamar Avishai © The Lonely Palette 2017. More episodes at http://www.thelonelypalette.com/.

Jun 18 2018

25mins

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Rank #17: Manifest Episode 3: The Home

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Art is emotional. This episode examines the concept of “home.” Through their work, a sculptor, a painter, and a singer express feelings about being at home, being in exile, safety, fear, connection, and belonging.

Photo: Ana Teresa Fernández, by Geraldine Ah-Sue.
Artists featured in this episode: Mildred Howard, Ana Teresa Fernández, and Diana Gameros.

May 30 2017

25mins

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Rank #18: Landfall Episode 5: No Contradictions

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“It looks crazy, surreal, like a mirage or magic. You want to walk towards that, don’t you?” Join hosts Jessica Placzek and Maddie Gobbo as they continue their West Coast road trip with a visit to the “happiest place on Earth”: Disneyland. Explore the designs and decisions that go into creating the seductive simulation of Walt Disney’s amusement parks and their utopian visions of the American landscape.

Artist featured in this episode: Kim Irvine

Jan 29 2018

30mins

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Rank #19: Manifest Episode 2: The Body

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Art is material. This episode explores art in relation to the body. Hear artists reflect on gender and performance, transform themselves into cockroaches, and sculpt self-portraits from chocolate and soap.

Photo: Xandra Ibarra, Nude Laughing, performance at The Broad, Los Angeles, 2016. Photo by John Tain.
Artists featured in this episode: Xandra Ibarra, Cassils, and Janine Antoni.

May 15 2017

23mins

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Rank #20: Manifest Episode 4: The Mind

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Art is an exercise in perspective. This episode highlights works that invite new ways of seeing. Artists reflect on how they see themselves, how others see them, and how to look at the world through performance, portraiture, and abstract painting.

Photo: Toyin Ojih Odutola. Photo by King Texas © 2015.
Artists featured in this episode: James Luna, Toyin Ojih Odutola, and Katherine Sherwood.

Jun 12 2017

22mins

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