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. We consider the American artist David Hammons and his new sculpture, Day's End (2014–21). This is a monumental, permanent public installation that pays tribute to a long-destroyed 1975 artwork of the same name by the artist Gordon Matta-Clark. Anchored on the banks of Manhattan’s West Side and stretching into the Hudson River, Hammons’s Day’s End is sited next to the Museum and occupies the precise location where Matta-Clark’s work once stood. 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.
This Is Artists Among Us: Day's End
The Whitney Museum of American Art presents Artists Among Us, a podcast about American art and culture. In keeping with the Whitney’s mission, collection, and programming, Artists Among Us considers the complexities and contradictions that have shaped the United States we experience today.
Hosted by Carrie Mae Weems. Episode guests (in order of appearance): Kellie Jones, Glenn Ligon, Curtis Zunigha, John Jobaggy, Efrain Gonzalez, Catherine Seavitt.
The Dawn of Day’s End
Our inaugural episode introduces David Hammons’s Day’s End (2014–21). As we discuss the project’s origins and site-specific nature, the layered social and cultural histories of the site begin to unfold.
Hosted by Carrie Mae Weems. Episode guests (in order of appearance): Bill T. Jones, Glenn Ligon, Adam Weinberg, Tom Finkelpearl, Kellie Jones, Luc Sante, Guy Nordenson, Catherine Seavitt, Betsy Sussler.
A Cathedral of Light on the Hudson River
How did the artist Gordon Matta-Clark transform a dilapidated shipping pier into a “cathedral of light”? In this episode, we trace the decline of Manhattan’s formerly flourishing meat markets and waterfront industries. Amid the decay, Matta-Clark spotted the potential for beauty.
Hosted by Carrie Mae Weems. Episode guests (in order of appearance): Betsy Sussler, Jonathan Weinberg, Jane Crawford, Andrew Berman, Tom Finkelpearl, Adam Weinberg, Laura Harris, Florent Morellet, Catherine Seavitt, Glenn Ligon, Jessamyn Fiore, John Jobaggy, Alan Michelson, George Stonefish, Curtis Zunigha, Eric Sanderson, Luc Sante.
Latex and Lard in the Meatpacking District
A vibrant Queer community inhabited Manhattan’s Meatpacking District when Gordon Matta-Clark created a sculpture by carving into Pier 52 on the Hudson River. This episode recalls a golden age when sex, art, and creativity converged on the waterfront in the years prior to the AIDS crisis in New York City.
Hosted by Carrie Mae Weems. Episode guests (in order of appearance): Andrew Berman, Betsy Sussler, Efrain Gonzalez, Paul Gallay, Jonathan Weinberg, Laura Harris, Egyptt LaBeija, Tom Finklepearl, Glenn Ligon, Randal Wilcox, archival recording of Alvin Baltrop, Luc Sante, Elegance Bratton, Stefanie Rivera, Catherine Seavitt.
Coastline Cultures: The Evolution of Manhattan’s Waterfront
Anchored in the Gansevoort Peninsula and reaching out into the Hudson River, Day’s End (2014–21) was designed to be permanent. But for hundreds of years, the site has been in constant flux. In this episode, architects, environmentalists, Lenape elders, and artists inform some of the ways in which the many people connected to this place endeavor to keep it alive.
Hosted by Carrie Mae Weems. Episode guests (in order of appearance): Luc Sante, Catherine Seavitt, Adam Weinberg, Jessamyn Fiore, Laura Harris, Kellie Jones, Glenn Ligon, Bernice Rosenzweig, Eric Sanderson, Paul Gallay, Pete Malinowski, Curtis Zunigha, George Stonefish, Alan Michelson, Guy Nordenson, Bill T. Jones.
Making the Ghost Visible
Is Day’s End (2014–21) an anti-monument for our time? In this episode, we return to the sculpture itself: how it makes meaning, how it fits into the surrounding environment, and what public art tells us about freedom and power.
Hosted by Carrie Mae Weems. Episode guests (in order of appearance): Glenn Ligon, Kellie Jones, Tom Finkelpearl, Mabel O. Wilson, Adam Weinberg, Ken Lum, An-My Lê, Guy Nordenson, Catherine Seavitt, Elegance Bratton, Stefanie Rivera, Curtis Zunigha.
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!
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. ✨
Carrie Mae Weems is the perfect host for this podcast! Love this deep dive & learning more about David Hammons. Incredible.