11 episodes

Was the famous sculptor Carl Andre involved in the death of his up-and-coming artist wife Ana Mendieta? For over 35 years, accusations of murder shrouded one of the art world’s most storied couples.

They were a textbook case of opposites attract. Andre was famous, rich, white, and within the small coterie of the artworld, powerful. Mendieta was a Cuban refugee, a woman, working at the edge of the Avant Garde. Just months after their wedding, Andre called 911 saying they had a fight and Mendieta “went out the window” of their 34th floor apartment.

Andre was charged with murder and the art world split in two. Host Helen Molesworth revisits Mendieta’s death and the trial that followed, and interrogates both the silence and the protest that have accompanied this story ever since.

Death of an Artist is a co-production between Pushkin Industries, Somethin’ Else, and Sony Music Entertainment.

Death of an Artist Pushkin

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    • 4.5 • 423 Ratings

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Was the famous sculptor Carl Andre involved in the death of his up-and-coming artist wife Ana Mendieta? For over 35 years, accusations of murder shrouded one of the art world’s most storied couples.

They were a textbook case of opposites attract. Andre was famous, rich, white, and within the small coterie of the artworld, powerful. Mendieta was a Cuban refugee, a woman, working at the edge of the Avant Garde. Just months after their wedding, Andre called 911 saying they had a fight and Mendieta “went out the window” of their 34th floor apartment.

Andre was charged with murder and the art world split in two. Host Helen Molesworth revisits Mendieta’s death and the trial that followed, and interrogates both the silence and the protest that have accompanied this story ever since.

Death of an Artist is a co-production between Pushkin Industries, Somethin’ Else, and Sony Music Entertainment.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Episode 1: The Haunting

    Episode 1: The Haunting

    In 1980s Manhattan, a young Cuban artist named Ana Mendieta made a name for herself as a rising star in the art world. Her turbulent marriage to the older and well-established sculptor Carl Andre raised eyebrows. One September night, Carl called 911 in a panic. His wife, he said, “went out the window.” 

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    • 44 min
    Episode 2: What the Wall Label Doesn’t Tell You

    Episode 2: What the Wall Label Doesn’t Tell You

    Following Ana’s death, police take Carl in for questioning. He has scratches on his face. His story is inconsistent, yet he maintains his innocence. In this episode, we rewind and take a look back at Carl’s history and his relationship with Ana and try to understand what led to that night.

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    • 43 min
    Episode 3: The Feminist Cabal

    Episode 3: The Feminist Cabal

    Ana’s art engaged with her identity as a Cuban female artist. She worked hard to be recognized in a world dominated by white men. After her death, Ana’s friends and family demand an investigation. Many of the most powerful members of the art world dismiss them as a “feminist cabal.”

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    • 38 min
    Episode 4: The Genius Problem

    Episode 4: The Genius Problem

    Carl stands trial for the murder of Ana Mendieta. His defense ruthlessly attacks Ana, using her artwork against her, and rests heavily on his prestige in the art world. Helen reveals her personal connection to Carl Andre and his work, and how it changed her career.

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    • 43 min
    Episode 5: The Silencing

    Episode 5: The Silencing

    Carl Andre is acquitted. Decades later, the art world remains divided about his innocence. In order to protect Carl, the art world maintained a strict separation between the art and the artist and used silence to preserve the status quo. But a few remain vocal.

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    • 40 min
    Episode 6: The Reckoning

    Episode 6: The Reckoning

    Today, Carl Andre lives in the same apartment where Ana fell to her death. Helen investigates and grapples with what his not guilty verdict means and chips away at the silence the art world has used to protect both Andre and itself.

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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
423 Ratings

423 Ratings

Love KPCC ,

Gripping

I am an artist and an art professor. I have no interest in true crime, but I was an enormous fan of Anna Mendieta‘s work. Her shocking and horrible death, probably at the hands of her husband, was devastating to many. this podcast, by an amazingly gifted curator and thinker about art, was a gift, not just a true crime story.

teacherljk ,

Gripping and Awakening

I loved this podcast and devoured it. I was an art history major in college and worked in museums for a little bit after that, and while I know of Ana Mendieta’s work I knew nothing of her death. And that strange silence around her death is kind of the whole point of this podcast. Helen Molesworth is a reflective and knowledgeable host and the whole thing is fascinating. You definitely don’t have to know about the art world to engage in this story, because at its heart it’s really about being a woman in the world we all live in. My only suggestion is a spin-off podcast about the Guerilla Girls!!!

Getwreqd ,

Shameful

This man was found NOT GUILTY. you should all be ashamed for making this series. It’s disgusting. I’m ashamed to be a feminist in that I might be associated with this type of full-scale harassment of a person found INNOCENT, but who happens to be a man.

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