97 episodes

Conversations about Art follows threads such as: Art and Uncertainty, Art and Happiness, and Art and Spirituality, in conversations between Heidi Zuckerman, a globally recognized contemporary art museum director, author, and speaker, and artists, curators, collectors, athletes, actors, musicians, politicians and CEOs. An inspiring storyteller and trusted conversation partner, Zuckerman connects people to art, artists, and ideas to make their lives better!

Conversations About Art Heidi Zuckerman

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    • 4.8 • 54 Ratings

Conversations about Art follows threads such as: Art and Uncertainty, Art and Happiness, and Art and Spirituality, in conversations between Heidi Zuckerman, a globally recognized contemporary art museum director, author, and speaker, and artists, curators, collectors, athletes, actors, musicians, politicians and CEOs. An inspiring storyteller and trusted conversation partner, Zuckerman connects people to art, artists, and ideas to make their lives better!

    97. Moshe Safdie

    97. Moshe Safdie

    Moshe Safdie is an architect, urban planner, educator, theorist, and author. In 1964 he established his own firm to realize Habitat ’67, an adaptation of his undergraduate thesis and a turning point in modern architecture. Embracing a comprehensive and humane design philosophy, Safdie is committed to architecture that is informed by the geographic, social, and cultural elements that define a place; and that responds to human needs and aspirations. Over a celebrated 50-year career, Safdie has explored the essential principles of socially responsible design with a distinct visual language. His wide range of completed projects include cultural, educational, and civic institutions; neighborhoods and public parks; housing; mixed-use urban centers and airports; and master plans for existing communities and entirely new cities. Safdie’s projects can be found in North and South America, and throughout Asia. Recent projects of note include the Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore, the Albert Einstein Education and Research Center in Brazil, as well as residences in Colombo, Quito, and China that build on and expand his original vision for Habitat ’67, presenting a new vision for urban living rooted in the rediscover of the interdependence between nature and society. Safdie’s new memoir, “If Walls Could Speak,” will be released this fall.

    He and Zuckerman discuss starting a firm, abstract memorials, how sites generate design, the role of light in art museums, iconic buildings, the drama of the end, and having conviction!

    • 49 min
    96. KAWS

    96. KAWS

    KAWS engages audiences beyond the museums and galleries in which he regularly exhibits. His prolific body of work straddles the worlds of art and design to include paintings, murals, graphic and product design, street art, and large-scale sculptures. Over the last two decades KAWS’ work shows formal agility, underlying wit, irreverence, and affection for our times. His refined graphic language revitalizes figuration with both big, bold gestures and playful intricacies. KAWS often appropriates and draws inspiration from pop culture animations, forming a unique artistic vocabulary across mediums. Admired for his larger-than-life sculptures and hardedge paintings that emphasize line and color, KAWS’ cast of hybrid cartoon characters are the strongest examples of his exploration of humanity. As seen in his collaborations with global brands, KAWS’ imagery possesses a sophisticated humor and reveals a thoughtful interplay with consumer products.

    He and I discuss how works of art can exist in the public realm, his start, who his characters are and what they mean to him, what it feels like to see your work in the local grocery store, how he spends his time in the studio and who visits him there, and what he cares about and why!

    • 45 min
    95. Jérôme Sans

    95. Jérôme Sans

    Jérôme Sans began his career in the early 1980s as one of the first independent curators in Europe. His mission has been to rethink contemporary art exhibition making through an engagement with emerging artists. He is the former director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, co-founder of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, and creator, and former creative director and editor-in-chief of the French cultural magazine L’Officiel Art, former artistic director of Rives de Saône-River Movie, former co-artistic director to the Grand Paris Express project, France's largest urban redefinition through culture initiative since Haussmann, among many other accomplishments and appointments. He recently joined LAGO/ALGO, a cultural hub that blends Contemporary Art and modernist architecture in Mexico City, as artistic director.

    He and Zuckerman discuss why art matters, institution building and how to make people feel welcome, what we’ve forgotten how to do in the last few years, and what he tells doubters!

    • 43 min
    94. Marianne Boesky

    94. Marianne Boesky

    Marianne Boesky established her eponymous gallery in New York in 1996. Since its inception, the gallery has represented and supported the work of emerging and established contemporary artists of all media and genres. In its first decade, the gallery was instrumental in launching the careers of major artists including Barnaby Furnas, Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, Sarah Sze, and Lisa Yuskavage. The gallery currently represents many significant international artists, including Ghada Amer, Jennifer Bartlett, Sanford Biggers, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Donald Moffett, and Frank Stella. Boesky relocated her flagship gallery from SoHo to Chelsea in 2001, and in 2016, the gallery expanded its flagship location to include its adjacent space on West 24th Street. In 2017, Boesky opened a location in Aspen, Colorado; she has organized temporary exhibition spaces in Europe and in cities across the United States.

    She and Zuckerman discuss family legacy, audacity, learning from artists, bank loans, consiglieres, vision,  looking at everything, being a mom in the artworld, mentoring, and not rushing!

    • 50 min
    93. Hebru Brantley

    93. Hebru Brantley

    Hebru Brantley was born and raised in Chicago. A product of the 80's, Brantley's early inspiration to create visual art derived from the cinematic Blaxploitation and science fiction depicted in the previous decade. His affinity for mythological comic book heroes, Japanimation, and graffiti has strongly influenced his work, and eventually, he began fusing elements of urban society with pop culture. From that, he developed his own unique approach to visual art, layering youthful expression with human emotion, history, and the complexities and challenges of urban life. Brantley creates his work spontaneously and uses an array of mediums such as wood, found objects, spray paint, coffee and tea. He has designed and illustrated for media production and clothing companies and transitioned from graffiti to canvas.

    He and Zuckerman discuss heroes, why it’s harder to access art than music or film, hope, Chance The Rapper, incantation, Adidas and acceptance!

    • 45 min
    92. Fred Eversley

    92. Fred Eversley

    Fred Eversley’s lenses and mirrored forms reflect and refract the world, and our place within it. Eversley hit his stride with his primary mode of working at the same time the Light and Space movement gained momentum in Southern California. Yet unlike his Light and Space and Finish Fetish peers who often collaborated with scientists and outsourced fabrication of their work, Eversley’s firsthand technical understanding as a scientist himself (Eversley came to Southern California in the 1960s to work as a consulting engineer for NASA and his early career was spent with United States’ largest aerospace company during that period–Wyle Labs in Los Angeles) enabled him to utilize materials in ways that uniquely position his practice.
    Eversley is the subject of a major show at The Orange County Museum of Art / OCMA when the museum
    opens on October 8.

    He and Zuckerman discuss science, how his work is about energy, failure, infinite possibility, climate change, working in New York, the importance of his groundbreaking 1978 exhibition at OCMA (then known as the Newport Harbor Art Museum), black holes, and proximity to other artists and thinkers!

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
54 Ratings

54 Ratings

Nikitonidoy ,

Fantastic Conversations about Art!

These interviews are insightful and inspiring! Congratulations Heidi! I can’t wait to listen to all of them. Thank you for putting this together.

manayunk wall ,

very sketchy audio!

Only listened to the Jerry Garcia (Olson-Kundig) but the host's audio recording was so terrible and in &out/spotty that I have to assume she doesn't listen to her own podcast for quality control or she doesn't have the means to buy good recording equipement. WHile on Jerry Garcia's end his sound was clear and pure! Unprofessional is the only word to describe the one podcast I have listen to so far. Not sure if it's worth anymore of my time...

ann_weber_sculpture ,

Welcome back to California

I have listened to 4 podcasts and each is so engaging. You really make room for your guest to be heard and ask such intelligent questions. I also appreciate how you share your own thoughts and often have previous relationships with your guests.

I especially liked the Allison Glenn talk and think that the exhibition in Memphis looks extraordinary from the photos I see online. Love how you art professionals are taking the lead in inclusivity, contacting Theaster, working with him in Chicago, Breanna’s mother as the main stakeholder for this show. Using her words for the title.

I also appreciate how you seemed to carefully bring up that art does not have to bear the weight of the world on its shoulders. Thank you for that.

I’m looking forward to the 2nd Tuesday. Highest regards, Ann Weber

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