28 episodes

“Hope & Dread: Tectonic Shifts In Power In Art” is a documentary series examining recent clashes of power in culture. With interviews by more than 30 guests, from artists to museum directors, philanthropists to politicians, hosts Charlotte Burns and Allan Schwartzman - whose prior podcast, “In Other Words,” set the the standard for incisive arts discussions - lead us through provocative and thoughtful conversations about the future of the art world, asking who wields the power—and why.

Hope and Dread Allan Schwartzman & Charlotte Burns

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    • 5.0 • 29 Ratings

“Hope & Dread: Tectonic Shifts In Power In Art” is a documentary series examining recent clashes of power in culture. With interviews by more than 30 guests, from artists to museum directors, philanthropists to politicians, hosts Charlotte Burns and Allan Schwartzman - whose prior podcast, “In Other Words,” set the the standard for incisive arts discussions - lead us through provocative and thoughtful conversations about the future of the art world, asking who wields the power—and why.

    #1: Introducing Hope & Dread

    #1: Introducing Hope & Dread

    Introducing this new documentary series exploring power in art, hosts Charlotte Burns and Allan Schwartzman discuss the biggest challenges in the cultural world today. At a moment of epochal shifts and changing certainties, these are issues that extend well beyond the art world—from governments and human rights, to history and democracy.
    Arguments around monuments are linked to debates about museums: what they show, what they own, who they employ. Who is at the top of these institutions, who funds them and how does the market come into play? Who’s driving the wagon and who’s trying to seize the reins? And do you need to buckle up to ride out the journey?
     
    Guests: Deana Haggag, Mia Locks, Jay Sanders and The Rt Hon Lord Vaizey of Didcot

    • 12 min
    #2: American History, Axed

    #2: American History, Axed

    America’s public spaces have been throbbing with the sounds of loud arguments about history and identity, encapsulated by the debate over Confederate monuments. In this episode, hosts Charlotte Burns and Allan Schwartzman introduce you to artists and curators suggesting new ways of dealing with American history—taking you behind the arguments about whether statues should stay or go and offering a nuanced perspective on a haunted history.
    Guests: Maya Benton, Thomas Finkelpearl, Roxane Gay, Jackson Polys, Hamza Walker

    • 34 min
    #3: Controlling Culture

    #3: Controlling Culture

    Political arguments and cultural debates have become indivisible in recent years and this episode explores ideas around controlling culture from above. Hosts Charlotte Burns and Allan Schwartzman will hear from a British politician who says he’d return the controversial “Elgin Marbles” to Greece if he had the chance and, as China cracks down on dissenting voices with its national security law for Hong Kong, they also speak to an artist who recently left the city for fear of her safety. What happens when governments try to control culture? Tune in to find out.
    Guests: Farah Nayeri, Tiffany Sia, The Rt Hon Lord Smith of Finsbury, The Rt Hon Lord Vaizey of Didcot and Amy Webb

    • 43 min
    #4: Burning Down The House?

    #4: Burning Down The House?

    Museums have become cultural battlegrounds—monuments to meaning that are struggling to contain democracy. Museums have mushroomed: from audience numbers to board members, from the value of art to the real estate that houses it, and from international interest to the size of local protests. 
    Hosts Charlotte Burns and Allan Schwartzman will guide you through the troubled museum system over the next four episodes, beginning on the streets and working our way inside—from the galleries to the staff offices, up to the boardroom. 
    In today’s show they ask: if the current model isn’t working - should we just build new museums? 
    Guests: Lulani Arquette, Miki Garcia, Roxane Gay, Deana Haggag, Max Hollein, Sandra Jackson-Dumont, Jill Kraus, Dr. Kelli Morgan and Farah Nayeri
    New episodes available every Wednesday. 
    For more, follow @artand_media on Instagram / Twitter / LinkedIn / Facebook

    • 39 min
    #5: Infernal Affairs

    #5: Infernal Affairs

    We’re going behind the scenes at the museum to better understand the recent groundswell of voices criticizing museum power structures as they exist, coming in the form of unionization efforts, artist-led activism and open letters by disgruntled staff. Are museums practicing what they preach? After all, if you can perfectly preserve a 14th-Century Persian carpet in a climate-controlled glass vitrine, shouldn't you be able to look after your staff, too? 
    Tune in to find out. 
    Guests: Catherine Arias, Fred Bidwell, Deana Haggag, Kathy Halbreich, Max Hollein, Kristan Kennedy, Mia Locks, Larry Marx, Ashley Stull Meyers and Marc Schwartz
    New episodes available every Wednesday. 
    For more, follow @artand_media on Instagram / Twitter / LinkedIn / Facebook

    • 34 min
    #6: Take Me To Your Leader

    #6: Take Me To Your Leader

    Having examined the pressure mounting on institutions from the street, the public galleries and then from within - this penultimate museum-focused episode asks who’d want to run one? Hosts Charlotte Burns and Allan Schwartzman ask the director of the Met how comfortable that throne really is. Who should run the nation’s museums? Who’d want to, amidst a world of shifting certainties? Hope & Dread has the answers.
    Tune in to find out.
    Guests: Catherine Arias, Sarah Arison, Fred Bidwell, Deana Haggag, Max Hollein, Sandra Jackson-Dumont, Naima J. Keith, Jill Kraus, Mia Locks, Tiona Nekkia McClodden, Dr Kelli Morgan, Hank Willis Thomas and Amy Webb
    New episodes available every Wednesday. 
    For more, follow @artand_media on Instagram / Twitter / LinkedIn / Facebook

    • 35 min

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