Raw MaterialAuthor: SFMOMA
24 Feb 2018

Raw Material

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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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    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.

  • Posted on 12 Feb 2018

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    Landfall Episode 5: No Contradictions

    “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

  • Posted on 29 Jan 2018

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    Landfall Episode 4: Bewilderment

    “Great leaders in all ages have sought the desert and heard its voice.” Land artists such as Michael Heizer and Robert Smithson found inspiration in the desert, but they were not the only—or the first—to do so. Hear three artists’ reflections on our relationship to the Great Basin and the art it has provoked. Artists featured in this episode: Katie Peterson, Young Suh, Melissa Melero-Moose

  • Posted on 15 Jan 2018

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    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.

  • Posted on 18 Dec 2017

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    Landfall Episode 2: Below and Beyond

    “Earth turns to gold in the hands of the wise.” Meet visionaries who work with and against the landscape to yield something fruitful, shop the local farmers market, and then explore ways to beat the heat and build a home. Consider how far you would go to survive in a hostile landscape with a speculative story that envisions the fate of farming in a warming world. Artist featured in this episode: Baldassare Forestiere

  • Posted on 04 Dec 2017

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