16 episodes

The Whitney Museum of American Art presents Artists Among Us, a podcast about American art and culture. We tell stories revealing the complexities and contradictions that have shaped life in the United States today. Minisodes feature brief conversations about artworks and events in and around the Whitney. The series is ongoing.Season 1: Day's End considers the American artist David Hammons's sculpture, Day's End (2014–21) anchored on the banks of Manhattan’s West Side and stretching into the Hudson River. We follow the evolution of the Manhattan coastline through the history of the Meatpacking District, and celebrate the communities that have shaped the neighborhood where the Whitney now stands. This podcast was produced by Sound Made Public in collaboration with the Whitney Museum of American Art. 

Artists Among Us Whitney Museum of American Art

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    • 5.0 • 38 Ratings

The Whitney Museum of American Art presents Artists Among Us, a podcast about American art and culture. We tell stories revealing the complexities and contradictions that have shaped life in the United States today. Minisodes feature brief conversations about artworks and events in and around the Whitney. The series is ongoing.Season 1: Day's End considers the American artist David Hammons's sculpture, Day's End (2014–21) anchored on the banks of Manhattan’s West Side and stretching into the Hudson River. We follow the evolution of the Manhattan coastline through the history of the Meatpacking District, and celebrate the communities that have shaped the neighborhood where the Whitney now stands. This podcast was produced by Sound Made Public in collaboration with the Whitney Museum of American Art. 

    Minisode: Kambui Olujimi on two works made in quarantine

    Minisode: Kambui Olujimi on two works made in quarantine

    Two works by artist Kambui Olujimi are currently on view in the exhibition Inheritance, open through February. Olujimi made Hart Island Crew and Your King Is on Fire in 2020 during lockdown and both paintings describe tumultuous moments familiar to us all. We sat down with Olujimi to hear more about these emotive works.

    More about the exhibition: https://whitney.org/exhibitions/inheritance
    See the art described in this minisode: https://whitney.org/collection/works/64950 and https://whitney.org/collection/works/65005 

    • 7 min
    Minisode: Virginia Overton on Ruth Asawa

    Minisode: Virginia Overton on Ruth Asawa

    "There's an urgency in her work. There's a rhythm that exists in her drawings and sculptures that I'm really attracted to as well." On the occasion of Ruth Asawa Through Line we chatted with Virginia Overton about what she finds so inspiring about Asawa's work. She speaks about two pieces: a print made from the body of a fish, and an ink drawing showing the cross-section of a redwood tree.

    More about the exhibition: https://whitney.org/exhibitions/ruth-asawa-through-line
    See the art described in this minisode: https://whitney.org/asawa-fish and https://whitney.org/asawa-redwood

    • 6 min
    Minisode: Sadie Barnette on Family Tree II

    Minisode: Sadie Barnette on Family Tree II

    Sadie Barnette joins us in the galleries to discuss her multimedia artwork Family Tree II, currently on view in Inheritance through February 2024. The piece is a holographic vinyl upholstered couch in front of a constellation of framed images. “It's really a self-portrait as a relational way of being,” she says, “who I am based on who I am from and who I am in relation to.”

    More about the exhibition: https://whitney.org/exhibitions/inheritance 

    • 5 min
    Minisode: Ilana Savdie and Carmen Maria Machado on trickery, horror, and the uncanny

    Minisode: Ilana Savdie and Carmen Maria Machado on trickery, horror, and the uncanny

    On the occasion of her Whitney exhibition and as part of the Whitney's public programming, artist Ilana Savdie invited writer Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties and In the Dream House, to discuss their respective practices. In this excerpt from that program Savdie and Machdo discuss their overlapping interests, from power dynamics mediated through the body to trickery as a form of resistance. The conversation is moderated by Whitney Curator Marcela Guerrero and the exhibition Ilana Savdie: Radical Contractions is on view through November 5, 2023. 

    More about the exhibition: https://whitney.org/ilanasavdie

    • 9 min
    Minisode: Greil Marcus on Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music

    Minisode: Greil Marcus on Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music

    On the occasion of Fragments of a Faith Forgotten: The Art of Harry Smith we spoke to Greil Marcus, acclaimed music author, journalist, and critic, about the reverberations felt around the world after the 1952 release of Harry Smith's highly influential multivolume Anthology of American Folk Music. "It was a sensibility—this set that Harry Smith created—that was passed on to people. Where it said to them, 'There's more in this music. There's more in this country than you ever imagined, so seek and ye shall find.'"

    More about the exhibition: https://whitney.org/exhibitions/harry-smith 

    • 8 min
    Minisode: Jaune Quick-to-See Smith on her Whitney Retrospective

    Minisode: Jaune Quick-to-See Smith on her Whitney Retrospective

    "The maps that I've been doing, I see them as landscapes and they all tell stories." Hear from artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (b. 1940, citizen of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation) on the occasion of her Whitney retrospective, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Memory Map on view through August 13, 2023.

    More about the exhibition: https://whitney.org/exhibitions/jaune-quick-to-see-smith  

    • 6 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

Carmen Blak ,

Wow.

So much history.

Also brava! Production, narration all of it was *chef’s kiss*.
Hope to hear more from the Whitney!

bk11231 ,

Fascinating mix of art and NYC history!

I wasn’t sure about a podcast focused on a single sculpture, but it’s really so much more than that. I loved learning more about David Hammons and Gordon Matta-Clark, but the unexpected parts of it were great too—hearing about the queer history of the piers, the history of the waterfront….the High Line as an antidote to “Death Avenue….” Bravo!

Bunnyphonic ,

Honoring the work of Hammons

You may know a story about snowballs. You may have heard the name. But to hear all these beautiful anecdotes and observations about the one and only David Hammons, this podcast is such an enjoyable listen.
May you be loved.
May you be happy.
And may you marvel at all that’s possible in the art realm. ✨

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