17 episodes

“Momus: The Podcast” explores a variety of timely themes relating to contemporary art and the present moment. Momus publisher and podcast host, Sky Goodden, delves into back rooms, biennials, and white cubes, bringing Momus's unique brand of fresh, urgent criticism into conversation with leading artists, curators, and art writers from around the world.

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“Momus: The Podcast” explores a variety of timely themes relating to contemporary art and the present moment. Momus publisher and podcast host, Sky Goodden, delves into back rooms, biennials, and white cubes, bringing Momus's unique brand of fresh, urgent criticism into conversation with leading artists, curators, and art writers from around the world.

    Eleanor Nairne on “What’s Changed, and What Should?” – Ep. 17

    Eleanor Nairne on “What’s Changed, and What Should?” – Ep. 17

    Momus: The Podcast launches Season 3 with the question “what's changed – and what should?” This prompt was already set, but with the emerging pandemic and its irreversible effects on our economy, cultural metabolism, relationship to art, sense of agency, and connection to each other, there has never been a better time to ask it. This question also allows us an opportunity to reflect on past seismic shifts in history, and the equally loud cracks that can occur within an artist's practice. How do we seize this historical moment, and what do we wish to see change?



    Lauren Wetmore spoke with art historian and curator Eleanor Nairne for the season's inaugural episode. "Has this been a time of reflection?" Nairne asks. "No. It’s been a time of faulty connections and stumbling video calls. [But] I don’t want to go back to business as usual. I want to go back with a memory of this time imprinted in a valuable way."



    Momus: The Podcast - recently named one of The New York Times' top-ten art podcasts - is doubling down and scaling up in Season 3, issuing new podcasts every two weeks and staring directly at our present crisis, with an eye to both history and potential. Look for us on GooglePlay, Stitcher, iTunes, and below.



    Momus: The Podcast is edited by Jacob Irish, features original music by Kyle McCrea, and assistant production from Mitra Shreeram. If you would like to inquire about advertising opportunities or other forms of support, please contact Sky Goodden at skygoodden@momus.ca.

    • 50 min
    “What Makes Great Art?” with Margaux Williamson – Ep. 16

    “What Makes Great Art?” with Margaux Williamson – Ep. 16

    As we continue to circle the question “what makes great art?”, Sky Goodden spoke with Margaux Williamson, a slow painter who gives the greatest primacy to the work of her work, and to the thinking-through that the work requires. Based in Toronto, and known for both her intense focus in the studio and her community-building in Toronto's art scene, Williamson speaks with humor and heart about where her  friends show up in her art, and the soft focus that painting requires. 'People can be easily impressed by skill, and I know that’s not what art is.'



    Momus: The Podcast is edited by Jacob Irish, features original music by Kyle McCrea, and assistant production from Mitra Shreeram. Our many thanks to Williamson for her reflective contribution to this episode. Our thanks as well to the Banff Centre for their support.



    If you would like to inquire about advertising opportunities or other forms of support, please contact Sky Goodden at skygoodden@momus.ca.

    • 39 min
    “What Makes Great Art?” with Isabel Lewis – Ep. 15

    “What Makes Great Art?” with Isabel Lewis – Ep. 15

    For this month’s episode circling the question “what makes great art?”, Lauren Wetmore spoke with Berlin-based artist Isabel Lewis. Lewis was trained in classical ballet and carries its impression through a practice that marries philosophy, choreography, storytelling, and sensory aesthetics. She insists, “There is nothing neutral about the body."



    Momus: The Podcast is edited by Jacob Irish, features original music by Kyle McCrea, and assistant production from Mitra Shreeram. Our many thanks to Lewis for her eloquent contribution to this episode.



    If you would like to inquire about advertising opportunities or other forms of support, please contact Sky Goodden at skygoodden@momus.ca.

    • 34 min
    “What Makes Great Art?” with Jarrett Earnest – Ep. 14

    “What Makes Great Art?” with Jarrett Earnest – Ep. 14

    For this month’s episode, towards our season's question, “what makes great art?”, Sky Goodden spoke with artist, curator, and writer Jarrett Earnest. He’s the editor behind the recent compilation of New Yorker critic Peter Schjeldahl's writing, titled Hot, Cold, Heavy, Light (Abrams, 2019), which highlights Schjeldahl's more risk-taking and experimental art writing from venues like The Village Voice, in addition to his most enduring criticism from The New Yorker. In 2018, Earnest published What it Means to Write About Art (David Zwirner Books), a master compendium of fresh, vulnerable and reflective interviews with the legends of American art criticism. In the spring of 2019, he curated Young and Evil at David Zwirner, which re-centered the gay artists who pivoted away from the prevailing trend toward abstraction in the early 20th-century. His conversation with Goodden circles his approach to reading and writing, the ways in which storytelling is central to his practice, and the question that should precede "what makes great art?" 



    Momus: The Podcast is edited by Jacob Irish, features original music by Kyle McCrea, and assistant production from Mitra Shreeram. Our many thanks to Jarrett for his probing contribution to this episode! And our many thanks to Art Toronto for their support.



    If you would like to inquire about advertising opportunities or other forms of support, please contact Sky Goodden at skygoodden@momus.ca.

    • 47 min
    “What Makes Great Art?” with Francis McKee – Ep. 13

    “What Makes Great Art?” with Francis McKee – Ep. 13

    For this month’s episode, circling the question “what makes great art?” Lauren Wetmore entered into a searching conversation with Irish curator and writer Francis McKee.



    Momus: The Podcast is edited by Jacob Irish, features original music by Kyle McCrea, and assistant production from Mitra Shreeram. Our many thanks to Francis for his meditative contribution to this episode.

    • 53 min
    “What Makes Great Art?” with Katerina Gregos – Ep. 12

    “What Makes Great Art?” with Katerina Gregos – Ep. 12

    Continuing with our pursuit of the question “What makes great art?”,  Lauren Wetmore sits down with Greek art historian, curator, and writer Katerina Gregos, in Brussels. Their conversation builds on a quote from Gregos's recent exhibition The Anatomy of Political Melancholy, hosted by the Schwartz Foundation at the Athens Conservatory: 



    “We are increasingly witnesses to the debasement of political language, the infantilization and polarization of political debate; the growth of a simplified discourse that panders to collective fears rather than addressing the real, pressing questions; the lack of accountability from politicians, and of course, 'fake truth' and 'alternative facts'. Clearly there is something profoundly wrong with contemporary politics.”



    What follows is a discussion that exchanges this quote's “politics” for “art,” and interrogates the conditions by which we frame political comment in exhibition-making.



    Momus: The Podcast is edited by Jacob Irish, features original music by Kyle McCrea, and assistant production from Mitra Shreeram. Our many thanks to Katerina Gregos for her stirring contribution to this episode.



    You can stream the episode above, or subscribe/download it on Google Play, iTunes, and Stitcher.



    If you would like to inquire about advertising opportunities or other forms of support, please contact Sky Goodden at skygoodden@momus.ca.

    • 40 min

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