Rank #1: Landfall Episode 1: Mounds, Jetties, Trails
“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
Rank #2: Otherworld Episode 2: The Ceremony
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.
Rank #3: Landfall Episode 6: This Land is Your Land
“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.
Rank #4: Manifest Episode 1: The Land
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.
Rank #5: Mixtape Episode 8: Amy Sherald by Note to Self
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 .
Rank #6: Landfall Episode 3: Atmospheres
“If that had been men, doing that for a day, it would have been famous. Everyone would have known about it. But since it was women . . . it’s just gone.” Encounter some of the historically overlooked women of the Land art movement, who often worked in stark opposition to the “plundering of the earth” approach of their male contemporaries. Then leave the macho art world in the dust with a fictional exercise in mediation. Artists featured in this episode: Judy Chicago, Nancy Holt, Mierle Laderman Ukeles Image: Judy Chicago, "Purple Atmosphere #4" (1969). Courtesy of the artist and Jessica Silverman Gallery.
Rank #7: Manifest Episode 6: The Community
Art brings us together. In this episode, members of Bay Area art collectives discuss what it means to make work for, by and with their communities. They reflect on the power of art to heal, inspire, and break down systems of oppression. Artists featured in this episode: 100 Days of Action, Club Chai, Russell E.L. Butler. Photo: 100 Days of Action, by Ben Leon.
Rank #8: Otherworld Episode 3: The Sigil
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
Rank #9: Manifest Episode 4: The Mind
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.
Rank #10: Manifest Episode 3: The Home
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.
Rank #11: Mixtape Episode 2: Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein by Stuff You Missed in History Class
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/.
Rank #12: Mixtape Episode 1: Mary Cassatt by The Lonely Palette
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/.
Rank #13: Otherworld Episode 4: The Diviner
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/
Rank #14: Mixtape Episode 7: Carolee Schneeman Yoko Ono by A Piece Of Work
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.
Rank #15: Manifest Episode 2: The Body
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.