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Museum Confidential is a behind-the-scenes look at museums hosted by Jeff Martin of Philbrook Museum of Art and produced by Scott Gregory with Public Radio Tulsa. New episodes every two weeks.

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Museum Confidential is a behind-the-scenes look at museums hosted by Jeff Martin of Philbrook Museum of Art and produced by Scott Gregory with Public Radio Tulsa. New episodes every two weeks.

    Year of the Woman

    Year of the Woman

    2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment to the constitution, giving American women the right to vote. Last fall, the Baltimore Museum of Art announced a bold initiative. Only 4% of the museum’s 95,000 artworks were created by women. Throughout this year, every artwork the museum purchases will have been created by a woman artist. On this episode we travel to Baltimore for a chat with BMA Director, Christopher Bedford.

    • 28 min
    Museums Get Organized

    Museums Get Organized

    There’s a bit of a trend happening in the museum world. Museums are unionizing. And while this trend is somewhat isolated to New York and California, it’s a development that can’t be ignored. One of the museums to recently organize is the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan. On this episode we chat with Andres Puerta, Director of Special Projects for IUOE Local 30.

    • 28 min
    Special Report: #MuseumMeToo

    Special Report: #MuseumMeToo

    In a special report we speak with New York Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Zachary Small about their bombshell investigation into 31-year-old (now former) Erie Art Museum Director, Joshua Helmer and his related sexual harassment scandals at that institution and his previous employer, the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

    • 18 min
    Colleen Dilenschneider

    Colleen Dilenschneider

    One name keeps popping up as one of the most important young voices on the future of museums. That name is Colleen Dilenschneider. Through short videos, presentations, and data driven articles on her website, Colleen consistently boils down industry studies and presents them in a digestible and reliably optimistic way. Think Malcolm Gladwell as a giddy millennial. On this episode we chat with Colleen about that future she’s always taking about.

    • 28 min
    Frank Lloyd Wright Revisited

    Frank Lloyd Wright Revisited

    2019 marks the 60th anniversary (Oct. 1959) of New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. The Guggenheim was the final and perhaps crowning achievement of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. 2019 is also the 60th anniversary of Wright’s death (Apr. 1959). All these years later, he remains a complicated figure. On this episode we sit down with acclaimed author and longtime Washington Post reporter Paul Hendrickson to chat about his polarizing and kaleidoscopic new bio of Wright, “Plagued By Fire.”

    • 27 min
    All About That ($14.5 Million) Vase

    All About That ($14.5 Million) Vase

    Museums acquire. They keep. They care for their objects. And it always causes a bit of a stir when a Museum decides to sell something from its collection. In May of 2018, at Christie’s in Hong Kong, an 18th century Chinese vase owned by Philbrook Museum of Art sold for $14.5 million. On this episode we chat with Philbrook Director Scott Stulen to learn the real story behind this potentially controversial decision.

    • 28 min

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