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Raw Material is an arts and culture podcast from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). Each season focuses on a different topic, featuring voices of artists working in all media and exploring the inspiration and stories behind modern and contemporary art.

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    • Visual Arts
    • 4.6 • 69 Ratings

Raw Material is an arts and culture podcast from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). Each season focuses on a different topic, featuring voices of artists working in all media and exploring the inspiration and stories behind modern and contemporary art.

    Anselm Kiefer by The Lonely Palette

    Anselm Kiefer by The Lonely Palette

    The art of postwar German artist Anselm Kiefer and the poetry of Holocaust survivor Paul Celan are both layered, dense, and hard to read.
    Sometimes the best starting point is through the layered, dense, and idiosyncratic ways that an individual processes trauma. So grab a spelunking hardhat and together we'll mine these layers of metaphor and materials, texture and text, golden straw and blackened ash, that comprise the unimaginable.

    This episode was produced by The Lonely Palette. More episodes at www.thelonelypalette.com.

    • 55 min
    Alexander Calder by Accession

    Alexander Calder by Accession

    This episode talks about a number of pieces by Alexander Calder. Calder is most well known for his mobiles, giant hanging pieces that move subtly with the currents in the room.

    This episode was produced by Accession. More episodes at accession.fm.

    • 23 min
    Kara Walker by The Way I See It

    Kara Walker by The Way I See It

    Roxane Gay reflects on Kara Walker's Christ's Entry into Journalism (2017).

    The Way I See It, "Roxane Gay and Kara Walker's Christ's Entry into Journalism" was produced by the BBC in association with the Museum of Modern Art New York. More episodes at www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0009bf6.

    • 14 min
    Agnes Martin by Bow Down

    Agnes Martin by Bow Down

    The best-selling novelist and essayist, Olivia Laing explores the influential abstract artist Agnes Martin (1912-2004). Martin – a gay, working class woman who forged a path in a male-dominated art world – embraced solitude and didn’t have her first solo show until she was 46.

    This episode was produced by Reduced Listening © Frieze. More episodes at frieze.com/article/bow-down-podcast-women-art-history.

    • 22 min
    Roberto Matta by Art History For All

    Roberto Matta by Art History For All

    Art History For All guides you through Roberto Matta’s surreal mental landscape, Invasion of the Night (1941), and explores its connections to physics and psychology.

    This episode was produced by Art History for All. More episodes at arthistoryforall.com.

    • 29 min
    Betye Saar by Recording Artists

    Betye Saar by Recording Artists

    This episode focuses on Betye Saar (b. 1926). In a 1975 interview, she discusses the diverse sources for her art and how she prevailed in the face of racism and gender discrimination.

    This episode is produced by the J. Paul Getty Museum Museum. More episodes at getty.edu/recordingartists/.

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
69 Ratings

69 Ratings

Faceupandsing ,

Fascinating and unique

I love the way every season of this show is different, funky, and fascinating. Definitely one of the best museum-backed art podcasts. This season’s mixtape was especially thought-provoking and diverse, and wow, that episode on Anselm Kiefer was a beautiful gut-punch. I can’t wait to see those in person again. Thank you, SFMOMA!

Sarah Supernova ,

Mind-expanding and inspiring!

I really enjoy this podcast, it shows art in the light that goes beyond a gallery wall -- art in life. Art as something we all create and can be a part of. Way on the fringes, living life as art, as a connection to the spiritual and to the Earth. Excellent podcast.

Vinnee T ,

So good!!

This latest season is phenomenal. I just love the hosts and feel like I could follow them almost anywhere

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