100 episodes

A podcast featuring both one-on-one and three-way roundtable conversations with contemporary artists, dealers, curators, and collectors--based in Los Angeles, but reaching nationally and internationally.

The Conversation Art Podcast Michael Shaw

    • Visual Arts

A podcast featuring both one-on-one and three-way roundtable conversations with contemporary artists, dealers, curators, and collectors--based in Los Angeles, but reaching nationally and internationally.

    Curator and NYU Professor Miriam Basilio Discusses Breaking a Museum Diversity Barrier, and Museum Culture vs. Academia

    Curator and NYU Professor Miriam Basilio Discusses Breaking a Museum Diversity Barrier, and Museum Culture vs. Academia

    Michael Shaw talks to Miriam Basilio about her job at MOMA  curating Latin American Art, helping to integrate the curatorial landscape as a woman from Puerto Rico,  low curatorial salaries, her current work at NYU as a tenured professor, her annual 6-week stints in Spain and the Spanish art community, her forthcoming book, and the importance of representation in the art world. 

    • 58 min
    Matthew Burrows, artist, founder of Artist Support Pledge

    Matthew Burrows, artist, founder of Artist Support Pledge

    English artist Matthew Burrows - founder of Artist Support Pledge and recently awarded MBE, talks about building his studio in East Sussex, and why he left London; the perils of ultra-marathoning, including facing his fears (and getting hypothermia); his artist Support Pledge- how and why he started it, its successes, and how it has provided him with a full-time income thru the sales of his works; he also talks about how to set up your own Support Pledge, and who sells well on it and why.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Epis.#284: Best-of with Carolina Miranda, culture writer for the Los Angeles Times (from 2015)

    Epis.#284: Best-of with Carolina Miranda, culture writer for the Los Angeles Times (from 2015)

    For the end-of-year holidays we're re-running our fantastic conversation with Carolina A. Miranda of the L.A. Times, which originally ran as episode 110 back in 2015. In addition to a new tighter edit of that original episode, we also share two 'Words of the Year of Little Importance," and read a brief, art-world-relevant passage from "My Year of Rest and Relaxation" by Ottessa Moshfegh. I

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Epis.#283: Los Angeles-Based Artist Colleen Hargaden: DIY sustainability, tiny houses, and the perils of an artist-run gallery

    Epis.#283: Los Angeles-Based Artist Colleen Hargaden: DIY sustainability, tiny houses, and the perils of an artist-run gallery

    Colleen Hargaden discusses her exploration of subcultures and how to live sustainably and even potentially survive as our climate changes and we move closer to apocalypse. These subcultures involve doomsday prepping, DIY culture, and tiny house culture, which she says focus too much on self-sustainability when they need to be more about communal sustainability. As a special bonus addendum, the episode concludes with Hargaden’s experience with “100-person crits” during grad school.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Epis.#282: Nato Thompson's "Indig-Nation"- a curator's assessment of our cultural moment

    Epis.#282: Nato Thompson's "Indig-Nation"- a curator's assessment of our cultural moment

    In The Conversation’s first guest-featured Virtual Café, curator Nato Thompson talks riffs on how our biggest emotion - fear - is the modality of the internet, and how most internet chatter takes the form of social media- which has, ultimately, become our political discourse. He also talks his departure from the Philadelphia Contemporary (and nonprofits), and his new post directing the Alternative Art School, and ends with a great anecdote about his turning point towards becoming a curator.

    • 39 min
    Epis.#281: Steve Lambert (part II of II), on how Capitalism works - and doesn't work - for him

    Epis.#281: Steve Lambert (part II of II), on how Capitalism works - and doesn't work - for him

    In Part 2, Steve Lambert, he discusses his most well-known artwork, Capitalism Works For Me, Lambert himself says “false”, it doesn’t work for him, despite being in a better position than others and lists reasons why within the episode. He also weighs his career making more gallery-friendly art with his art for social change, and how he’s ultimately come down on the latter. His work thru the Center Artistic Activism was just featured here- https://c4aa.org/2020/10/cbs-this-morning-on-unstoppable-vot

    • 1 hr 1 min

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