Rank #1: Bad at Sports Episode 513: Janine Antoni
Holy SHIT! Janine Antoni!
shamelessly lifted from Art 21...
Janine Antoni was born in Freeport, Bahamas, in 1964. She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College in New York, and earned her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1989. Antoni’s work blurs the distinction between performance art and sculpture. Transforming everyday activities such as eating, bathing, and sleeping into ways of making art, Antoni’s primary tool for making sculpture has always been her own body. She has chiseled cubes of lard and chocolate with her teeth, washed away the faces of soap busts made in her own likeness, and used the brainwave signals recorded while she dreamed at night as a pattern for weaving a blanket the following morning. In the video, "Touch," Antoni appears to perform the impossible act of walking on the surface of water. She accomplished this magician’s trick, however, not through divine intervention, but only after months of training to balance on a tightrope that she then strung at the exact height of the horizon line. Balance is a key component in the related piece, "Moor," where the artist taught herself how to make a rope out of unusual and often personal materials donated by friends and relatives. By learning to twist the materials together so that they formed a rope that was neither too loose nor too tight, Antoni created an enduring life-line that united a disparate group of people into a unified whole. Antoni has had major exhibitions of her work at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; S.I.T.E. Santa Fe; and Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. The recipient of several prestigious awards, including a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship in 1998 and the Larry Aldrich Foundation Award in 1999, Janine Antoni currently resides in New York.
Jun 30 2015
Rank #2: Bad at Sports Episode 370: Andrea Fraser
This week: San Francisco checks in with a great interview with the legendary Andrea Fraser!
Oct 01 2012
Rank #3: Bad at Sports Episode 403: apexart visiting artist Reymar Gacutan
This week: Amanda and Richard talk to outgoing apexart resident Reymar Gacutan as a part of our ongoing partnership.
Reymar Gacutan (b. 1972) is an artist and educator based in Quezon City, The Philippines, and currently teaches at the School for Design and Arts, De La Salle – College of St. Benilde. Gacutan started his path as an artist in 1985 after winning a painting contest, and was then invited by the Department of Education to take the entrance exam for a scholarship at the Philippines High School for the Arts. In 1997 he graduated from the University of the Philippines, College of Fine Arts, with a degree in painting. In addition to his studies, Gacutan served as an apprentice to Mariano Madarang, an artist and ex-dean of PWU, and Zotter da Lavant, an Austrian artist, and through this learned art restoration and conservation. After graduating from the College of Fine Arts, Gacutan worked as a CGI/3D animation artist at Imagineers, Toonworks, and Tooncity, but found little fulfillment and decided to focus on his art. Since then he has exhibited in both solo and group shows and has taught at several schools in The Philippines.
May 20 2013
Rank #4: Bad at Sports Episode 477: Rirkrit Tiravanija
This week: We talk to artist Rirkrit Tiravanija
Oct 20 2014
Rank #5: Bad at Sports Episode 623: Alex Katz
This episode is one for the [art] history books. Sit back and relax as you listen to Dana and Duncan get schooled by the greatest living painter to ever grace this lowly little podcast, an artist who literally needs zero introduction, Alex Katz. We discuss the brand new paintings in his recently opened exhibition, Grass and Trees, Alex’s interest in “fancy painting,” and how one develops style and technique in their work. Our hosts even get a much-needed lesson on fashion in this episode of Bad at Sports.
Alex Katz’s Grass and Trees is on view at the Richard Gray Gallery Warehouse through June 2, 2018
Apr 19 2018
Rank #6: Bad at Sports Episode 459: Adam Parker Smith
This week: Adam Parker Smith, he's more hilariouser than you, shut up. Lots of inappropriate stuff discussed. Dirty jokes too.
Jun 15 2014
Rank #7: Bad at Sports 652: David Hockney
This week we have the honor of welcoming David Hockney. One of the world's most celebrated artists David joins us at an amazing time. We catch up with him in the context of his beautiful new show at Richard Gray gallery but we catch him the day before he is expected to become the artists whose work has broken the world record for highest price paid at auction for a work by a living artist. He is pretty chill about it and gives us a little bit of a lesson on perspective and how photography is rotted the Western mind. we also learn what VR might be good for.
Bad at Sports, not to be outdone and competitive to the last, has news of its own…
On September 25, 2018 bad at sports will become the world's first podcast with its own line of beer. released in conjunction with Mars community brewing the "Artist +/- Beer +/- Jerks = Bad at Sports" hazy IPA is ready to set the world a'drinking.
We the humans of Bad at Sports will celebrate by hosting a couple of beer released parties where you can also get limited-edition Bad at Sports merchandise.
Tuesday, September 25 from 6 to 10 we will be having the ART STILL SUXS drink up at Marz Community Brewing at 3630 South Iron St. where you can hang with the gang from Bad at Sports Center and the team form B@S central while we all enjoy a good cup of ale.
Sunday, September 30th from 1-4 we will join the galleries of 1709 West Chicago Ave, Western Exhibition, Document, Paris London Hong Kong, and Volume Gallery at a Marz tasting event were you can pick up a six or witness us in a couple of guest critics discussing the 2018 iteration of EXPO Chicago live from Volume gallery.
you can come by grab beer, posters, T-shirts, a handsome new pen seen here on David Hockney, (this is an image we blatantly stolen off of Instagram.)
Sep 14 2018
Rank #8: Bad at Sports Episode 577: Kerry James Marshall WLPN B@SC Radio Edit
Here in our second episode of the Bad at Sports Center show we make a fan favorate episode radio friendly...
Welcome back Kerry James Marshall!
Feb 28 2017
Rank #9: Bad at Sports Episode 498: Doris Salcedo
This week: A very brief interview with Doris Salcedo with special guests Sarah Guernsey, Executive Director of Publishing at the Art Institute of Chicago, and Hank Holland intern at Bad at Sports. Following the long intro and short interview we present courtesy of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Doris Salcedo's talk from February 22, 2015. Thanks MCA!
Only two more weeks of that Holland charm.
Mar 16 2015
Rank #10: Bad at Sports Episode 405: William Pope.L
This week: Live from the Arts Club of Chicago (with great thanks to Janine Mileaf and Allie Foradas!!) Duncan and Richard talk to William Pope.L, about the forthcoming performance "Pull", his show at the Renaissance Society "Forlesen" http://www.renaissancesociety.org/site/Exhibitions/Intro.William-PopeL-Forlesen.634.html, and more!
William Pope.L (born 1955 in Newark, New Jersey) is an American visual artist best known for his work in performance art, and interventionist public art. However, he has also produced art in painting, photography and theater. He was included in the 2002 Whitney Biennial and is a Guggenheim Fellow.
Hi Richard, It was nice to meet you yesterday-- also it's always fun to put a face to a podcast host voice! Thanks for plugging PULL! through the podcast and the social media hoo-ha as well. I am pasting below two announcements (labeled Message #1 & #2) that have gone out about the project and the important websites too. As you know we really need to get funding at this point so the kicker is to promote the USA Projects site here: http://www.usaprojects.org/project/pull_a_participatory_performance_art_project_for_a_small_cityI hope you'll Tweet and Facebook as much as you think is reasonable from now til June 9, using the materials and info I've included. Also the hashtag for the project is #pullcleveland so you can attach that to whatever you post as well. Other ways to help would be to Like Pope.L's Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/William-PopeL/531921730192043?fref=tsand it would be HUGELY awesome if you could invite as many people as you are able (and encourage them do the same) to the event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/511526198895615/If you have questions or concerns, be in touch.All best and hope to see you at HCL on June 30 for the talk!Rachel
MESSAGE #1:Pull! an artwork about work.
William Pope.L invites you to take part in his newest project - Pull! -a celebration of small city might, a performance-discussion on job rights and joblessness as well as an opportunity to do some work.
Pope.L in collaboration with the arts organization SPACES, has challenged the city of Cleveland to help him pull an 8 ton former ice cream truck, by hand, 34 miles from the eastside of the city to the westside over 3 days, June 7 to 9. And he needs your help to do it.
If you live in Cleveland (or plan to visit!), you can help pull the truck. If elsewhere, help us provide stipends to folks who'd like to participate in a volunteer art project but can't afford to. See our cute but edgy and informational fund raising video @ USA projects.
You can also send us images on work @ SPACES. Or just spread the word via Facebook or Twitter.
Pull! is a massive group effort, and we can't do it without you! It is a testament to the power of shared labor, and a chance to spark a national conversation about what work means to those who have jobs and want something better and those folks who just want a job.
Thank you for your support.
______MESSAGE #2:PULL! needs pullers!Pope.L's newest project - PULL! - needs participants to help pull by hand an 8-ton truck 34 miles across the city of Cleveland as a symbolic act: an unequivocal 'no' against unemployment and huge 'yes' for more and better jobs. If you are in the Cleveland area June 7-9 come join this performance-action for job rights, fair pay and benefits.Pull! is a massive group effort, a testament to the power of shared labor, and a chance to join a national conversation about what work means to those who have jobs and want something better and those folks who just want a job.Please join us in Cleveland! Or, add your voice to the nation-wide conversation on Twitter and Facebook and support the pullers by making a contribution at our USA project site.Thank you for your support.
William Pope.Lto supportPull! go to
to participate as a puller or to submit a photo
http://www.spacesgallery.org/project/pullto join the conversation about Pull!
http://www.facebook.com/pages/William-PopeL/531921730192043Follow us on Twitter @WilliamPopeL
Jun 03 2013
Rank #11: Bad at Sports Episode 394: Chris Kraus
This week: While at CAA Duncan was up to some funny business in his hotel room. No, no, not that, he was (with the assistance of the talented Anthea Black) interviewing the multi-talented author, filmmaker, Chris Kraus.
Kraus spent her childhood in Connecticut and New Zealand. After obtaining a BA at a young age from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, Kraus worked as a journalist for five years, and then moved to New York. Part of the city's then-burgeoning art scene, Kraus made films and video art and staged performances and plays at many venues. In the late 1970s she was a member of The Artists Project, a City-funded public service venture of painters, poets, writers, filmmakers and dancers.
Her work as a performance and video artist satirized the Downtown scene's gender politics and favored literary tropes, blending theatrical techniques with Dada, literary criticism, social activism, and performance art.
Kraus founded the Semiotexte Native Agents imprint to publish fiction, mostly by women, as an analogue to French theories of subjectivity. In addition to groundbreaking works of fiction by writers like Michelle Tea and Ann Rower, Native Agents has published notable volumes of poetry and prose by Eileen Myles, Barbara Barg, and Fanny Howe, as well as memoirs and interviews by Kathy Acker, Bob Flanagan, David Rattray, and William Burroughs.
Mar 18 2013
Rank #12: Bad at Sports Episode 525: Polly Apfelbaum
The return of the Amanda Browder Show!!!
She brings back her favorite memory from episodes past...
Sep 22 2015
Rank #13: Bad at Sports Episode 647: Jessica Stockholder
Jessica Stockholder is reticent to be called a living legend, but on this week's episode, Bad@SportsCenter speaks with living legend, JEsSicA sTOckHoLDeR! With an impending sabbatical from University of Chicago, Stockholder will still be doing all of the things, including a year-long residency in Berlin, and upcoming exhibitions at The Contemporary Austin and the Centraal Museum, Utrecht. Our charming discourse addresses her process, materiality, language, and the essentialism of production to existence. Can we get an Amen?!?https://jessicastockholder.info/ https://www.thecontemporaryaustin.org/ https://centraalmuseum.nl/en/
Jul 23 2018
Rank #14: Bad at Sports Episode 533: Dread Scott
This week we are totally ashamed of Chicago and are collectively horrified by the Tragic death of Laquan McDonald. #blacklivesmatter
We are joined by venerable Dread Scott to talk through the problems and possibilities that exist in contemporary America.
Nov 25 2015
Rank #15: Bad at Sports Episode 546 Ebony G Patterson
Ebony G Patterson is tearing apart our collective American contemporary art consciousness. She has recently closed a show at New York's Museum of Arts and Design and is rocking as exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem! We caught up with her at EXPO Chicago.
Richard and Duncan announce a new Bad at Sports initiative.
Bling Funerals, Trinidad Carnival, Monique Meloche, Krista Thompson, Claire Tancons, ICI (Independent Curators International), Michael Brown, Jacquard Loom, Prospect, Carpal Tunnel, Jamaica Biennial, Chincy, Skin Bleaching, Metrosexual, Man Bun, Kanye West, Jay Z, Kehendi Wiley, man liner, Cindy Sherman, the New York Times, Stan Douglas, Frank Stella, Jeffrey Gibson, Paul Anthony Smith, Dan Gunn, Sabina Ott
Apr 18 2016
Rank #16: Bad at Sports Episode 409: Pat Williams, Griff Williams and the Culture War
This week: Our faithful correspondent Patricia Maloney sat down with former US Congressman Pat Williams and his son Griff Willams at Gallery 16 in San Francisco earlier this month to discuss the turbulence of the Culture Wars during the late '80s and early '90s. Patricia finally learned how legislating works in a conversation that ran the gamut from explaining Piss Christ to conservative parents and why Poker Jim Butte is the best place to catch some Shakespeare to how the NEA is vital to cultural production in rural communities and why now might be the moment to demand the return of federal grants for individual artists.
Rep. Pat Williams, who served Montana as its U.S. Congressman for nine terms, from 1979-1997, was Chairman of the House Committee that oversaw fiscal authorization for the NEA. He was one of the most vocal champions for Federal Arts Funding and has been credited for saving the NEA at a time when it was threatened with extermination by the religious Right. When the National Endowment for the Arts came under attack for subsidizing what some legislators considered sexually explicit art, Williams led the fight to save the agency. “As long as the federal government can support the arts without interfering with their content, government can indeed play a meaningful part in trying to encourage the arts,” Williams told The New York Times. “The genius of the NEA has been that the peer- review panels, made up of local folks, chose art and artists by using criteria based upon quality and excellence, never touching subject matter.”
“He was a tireless and fearless supporter of the arts,” reports John Frohnmayer, who served as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts during that tumultuous era. “He risked his political career in doing so.” Frohnmayer recalls that Williams “called out the congressional critics of the Endowment for their duplicity and moral posturing.”
Jul 01 2013
Rank #17: Bad at Sports Episode 530: Nina Katchadourian
Real show note to follow.
Oct 29 2015
Rank #18: Bad at Sports Episode 607: Illuminato, Hunter, and Padberg
How should we teach art after Social Practice and the Post-Studio? Michelle Illuminato (Portland State,) Brett Hunter (Alfred,) and Carol Padberg (Hartford) help us work through the problem.
Recorded at Open Engagement 2017
Nov 08 2017
Rank #19: Bad at Sports Episode 520: 10 Years of Bad at Sports! The James Elkins art history farewell party
This week: TEN YEARS MAN...TEN YEARS!! This week we bid a sad farewell to our good friend James Elkins who has told art history "It isn't you, it's me, but at this point in my life I feel like I can't be tied down to a genre, I need to be free to see other modes of writing." Yes, it is true Art, he sat down for our interview and said ""you don't have Elkins to kick around any more, because, gentlemen, this is my last press conference."
Now wait. That was Nixon. Whatever. Anyways, James Elkins, super brilliant guy, most frequent guest in the history of Bad at Sports, returns again to tell us what comes next for him in his merry adventures.
Aug 17 2015
Rank #20: Bad at Sports Episode 551: Tim Kinsella
Yes that Tim Kinsella. The visionary musician behind Joan of Arc, Owls, and Mid-Western indie rock world changers, Cap n' Jazz. He joined Duncan in his class "The Late Late Afternoon Show" to discuss all things indie rock, writing books, and now being a publisher at Featherproof Press.
Minds will be shredded.
While your listening to the show, why not head over to the Elastic Arts Space and check out Joan of Arcs many Artist/Musicians work and if you hit it on a Tuesday on or after the 21st you'll catch one of their many tied in bands...
Jun 14 2016