7 episodes

What was it like to be a woman making art as the feminist and civil rights movements were transforming American society? In this first season of Recording Artists, a new podcast from the Getty, we’ll use archival interviews to explore the lives of six women artists—Alice Neel, Lee Krasner, Betye Saar, Helen Frankenthaler, Yoko Ono, and Eva Hesse. Host Helen Molesworth also speaks with contemporary artists and art historians to make sense of what it meant—and still means—to be a woman and an artist.

Recording Artists Getty

    • Visual Arts
    • 4.8, 125 Ratings

What was it like to be a woman making art as the feminist and civil rights movements were transforming American society? In this first season of Recording Artists, a new podcast from the Getty, we’ll use archival interviews to explore the lives of six women artists—Alice Neel, Lee Krasner, Betye Saar, Helen Frankenthaler, Yoko Ono, and Eva Hesse. Host Helen Molesworth also speaks with contemporary artists and art historians to make sense of what it meant—and still means—to be a woman and an artist.

    Eva Hesse: Oh, More Absurdity

    Eva Hesse: Oh, More Absurdity

    This episode focuses on Eva Hesse (1936–1970). Joining host Helen Molesworth are artist Mary Weatherford and art historian Darby English. Hesse is one of the most influential artists of her generation, despite having a career that lasted only ten years. In a rare 1970 recording, made only a few months before her death, Hesse discusses the trajectory of her practice, her distinctive materials, and the meaning of art and life.
    For transcripts, images, and additional resources visit www.getty.edu/recordingartists/.

    • 36 min
    Yoko Ono: A Kind of Meeting Point

    Yoko Ono: A Kind of Meeting Point

    This episode focuses on Yoko Ono (b. 1933). Joining host Helen Molesworth are artists Catherine Lord and Sanford Biggers. In an interview from 1990, Ono reflects on her influences, her years on the international avant-garde scene, and the impact of her marriage on the reception of her work.
    For transcripts, images, and additional resources visit www.getty.edu/recordingartists/.

    • 36 min
    Helen Frankenthaler: Let ‘er Rip

    Helen Frankenthaler: Let ‘er Rip

    This episode focuses on Helen Frankenthaler (1928–2011). Joining host Helen Molesworth are artist Rodney McMillian and art historian Alexander Nemerov. Frankenthaler made large abstract paintings by pouring thinned paint directly onto the horizontal canvas. In interviews from 1969 and 1971, she discusses the inspiration for this radical innovation as well as other early influences.
    For transcripts, images, and additional resources visit www.getty.edu/recordingartists/.

    • 36 min
    Betye Saar: Working My Mojo

    Betye Saar: Working My Mojo

    This episode focuses on Betye Saar (b. 1926). Joining host Helen Molesworth are artist Linda Goode-Bryant and art historian Marci Kwon. Saar is the only California artist in this series, and her work has been deeply influenced by the region’s cultural landscape. In a 1975 interview, she discusses the diverse sources for her art and how she prevailed in the face of racism and gender discrimination.
    For transcripts, images, and additional resources visit www.getty.edu/recordingartists/.

    • 37 min
    Lee Krasner: Deal with It

    Lee Krasner: Deal with It

    This episode focuses on Lee Krasner (1908–1984). Joining host Helen Molesworth are artists Lari Pittman and Amy Sillman. In interviews from 1972, 1975, and 1978, the first-generation Abstract Expressionist discusses her formation as a painter, the progression of her work, her relationships with fellow artists, and her role as guardian of Jackson Pollock’s legacy.
    For transcripts, images, and additional resources visit www.getty.edu/recordingartists/.

    • 40 min
    Alice Neel: Viva la Mujer

    Alice Neel: Viva la Mujer

    This episode focuses on Alice Neel (1900–1984). Joining host Helen Molesworth are artists Simone Leigh and Moyra Davey. Neel is known for striking, expressionistic portraits of family, friends, lovers, and neighbors in Spanish Harlem. In interviews from 1971 and 1975, she discusses inequality, economic hardship, and her own mental health challenges.
    For transcripts, images, and additional resources visit www.getty.edu/recordingartists/.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
125 Ratings

125 Ratings

chocolatecityusa ,

Amazing!

I am devouring this fascinating podcast series! As an African-American woman who worked in at the Hirschhorn catalogue/slide registry in Washington, DC my youth, to re-encounter the life and work of Krasner, Frankenthaler, and Saar- on their own terms- is an amazing gift! Brava!!!

cubanita#1 ,

Great podcast

Thank you! Would have loved this podcast when I was studying art history many years ago. Enjoying revisiting these artists and listening to them speak for themselves. Refreshing.

sundaypainter ,

Applause from and for female artists

Thank you thank you thank you! What a tremendous project. As an artist, it is incredibly inspiring to hear the stories of these artists, and it makes me feel less alone in my struggle. The podcast is insightful, and provides inspiration to someone that has struggled against the generally accepted notion that the art world is a meritocracy. It highlights the shortcomings female artists face against the predominantly male institutional bias of collectors, teachers, and artists. It has kept half of the population out of the conversation by keeping them off the walls.
Hoping contributions like these will help shift the tide in museum acquisition, gallery programming, collection building, and those female artists hoping to get tenure track in learning institutions. 🤞🤞🤞🤞

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