Bad At Sports is a weekly podcast about contemporary art. Founded in 2005, the series focuses on presenting the practices of artists, curators, critics, dealers, various other arts professionals through an online audio format.
David Antonio Cruz unpacks his work and process for Tom Sanford and Duncan MacKenzie at Art Basel Miami with Monique Meloche. Then Dana B returns with all the T. Names Dropped: The Corner The Center for Subtropical Affairs Andrew Skate Shop Rene Morales Hair and Nails Gallery Dracula Dorys and Eli Manal Kara My Name is Maryan PAMM
Return to Miami continues with our second day at the NADA fair. We rock the mic with Claudine Ise, Pedro Pedro, and Cash 4. Names dropped: Goldfinch Mari Eastman Em Kettner 907 Crew UFO SMELLS Stickymonger Sickid Trice Lorenzo Lozini The Deuce Ryan Schneider Rebecca Morgan Ridley Howard Holly Coulis Sam Keller Scott Ogden (SHRINE Gallery) Rob Ober David Antonio Cruz Monique Meloche and THE BEMIS CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART!
On this week's Jess(i)e-fest, Jessie Mott joins Jesse and non-Jess(i)e Ryan in the studio to talk about her upcoming exhibition at the Epiphany Center for the Arts, Like Queer Animals:We Hold Your Gaze, a collaboration with queer scholar Chanal Nadeau. We yak about the origins of Mott's aberrant animals, in all of their forms, including paintings, publications and animations. Take a listen on the wild side.
On this pod's weekcast Iris Bernblum joins Brian and Ryan for an unadorned conversation about her current studio practice. Bernblum's work explores an animalic kinship, navigating a longing for the unknowable natural world. The pair conjures a sensual environment by imbuing the space with scent, sound, and lush color. Her cross disciplinary practice includes watercolors, video and sculpture speaking to ideas around human desire to control and tame wild spaces. Name Drops: Also, we dropped the first NFT Bad at Sports has ever made, the first podcast on Foundation, and the first interview with both Kayvon Tehranian and Lindsay Howard. Maybe the only NFT we will ever make and it is hella meta (like not the facebook nonsense). Drops at 11am CST on Friday November 19th, 2021. Good luck friends. Foundation.app Kayvon Lindsay
This week Bad at Sports sees the return of two legends. Tony Fitzpatrick joins us to talk about his last museum show ever "the Jesus of Western Avenue" at the Cleve Carney Museum. And if that weren't enough Richard Holland takes a break from his retirement to rejoin the show? We are also joined by Justin Witte, the curator and director of the Cleve Carney Museum! https://www.theccma.org/ https://www.theccma.org/tony-fitzpatrick https://tonyfitzpatrick.co/ Names Dropped... Judy Ledgerwood Michelle Grabner Tony Tasset Jim Dine
This week Jesse Malmed and Duncan MacKenzie catch up with Zach Cahill and try to understand what compels us about unicorns, death, flowers, and pentagrams as we celebrate and query the thinking behind "Unicorn Death Road Trip Buddy Movie." https://zacharycahill.com/home.html https://www.quimbys.com/ https://www.grahamcrackers.com/ https://www.firstaidcomics.com/ Names dropped... https://invisible-exports.com/artists/philip-von-zweck/ https://graycenter.uchicago.edu/people/anthony-elms https://arthistory.uchicago.edu/faculty/profiles/roelstraete https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/rosmarie-waldrop https://www.amazon.com/Witches-Witch-Hunting-Women-Silvia-Federici/dp/1629635685 https://www.amazon.com/Heroine-1001-Faces-Maria-Tatar/dp/1631498819 https://www.amazon.com/Find-Your-Inner-Unicorn-Celebrating/dp/1645175219
This week Bad at Sports Center checks in from a very rainy Terrain Biennial at Overton Elementary. We catch up with Kristin McWharter about sports and cheerleading then carry the conversation to Lauren Leving and Michael Paul Lopez aka. Mike Lopez about an exhibition at Material. Certified fresh. https://terrainexhibitions.org/ https://kristinmcwharter.com/ https://materialexhibitions.com/home.html https://michaelplopez.com/home.html https://www.mocacleveland.org/ https://www.artofcollectivecare.com/about https://www.instagram.com/arthandlermag/?hl=en
Live from the block party for the 2021 Terrain Biennial with guests Richard, Medina, Sadie Woods, DJ Gino, Ahmed Ozsever... And Ryan Peter Miller? What better way to honor our friend Sabina Ott! http://www.richardmedina.com/paintings.html http://www.sadiewoods.com/ https://www.facebook.com/djgino.it/ https://www.acprintprojects.net/about
Should we be more depressed about accelerating climate change or optimistic for human potential in a time of crisis? This week Jesse and Brian talk through the surprising artworks featured in Earthly Observatory with curators Giovanni Aloi and Andrew S. Yang.
Today on Bad at Sportscenter, Jesse and Ryan are joined by some of the stars that form the constellation that post-latin-loqui astroscholars are calling This Is What We Know So Far, an exhibition open now at Chicago Art Department: artists Liz McCarthy, Sara Condo, Leo Kaplan and curator Erin Nixon. Along with Chicago faves Mike Lopez and Ben Driggs, they've mounted a colorful and joutous show dealing with process, the new now and the messiness of the moment. The conversation is lovely and the show even lovelier.
This week we check in on Tiger Strikes Asteroid with curators Teresa Silva and Holly Cahill. we examine collective art action, the network, Mana contemporary art space, and the half 46 person group show "It Feels Like The First Time." https://www.artsy.net/show/mana-contemporary-tiger-strikes-asteroid-it-feels-like-the-first-time?sort=partner_show_position https://www.tigerstrikesasteroid.com/
This week we continue our summer of comic investigation with Seitu Hayden. Chicago illustrator extraordinaire and long time indie comic supporter. We talk about his 50 years in the independent publishing spaces, black comics, and some of the bright lights that made the scene happen. Hayden's works were included in the MCA's Chicago Comics:1960 to Now and the book "It's Life as I See it: Black Cartoonists in Chicago, 1940–1980." http://www.saytoons.com/ #saytoons https://www.lambiek.net/artists/h/hayden_seitu.htm
…meanwhile, in the least mysterious city on the planet (apparently Chicago), Duncan and Ryan panel with the overmodest Artist/Cartoonist Chris Ware and Chicago's cultural historian emeritus Tim Samuelson about the storied origins of the Chicago comic scene. In this harrowing episode our protagonists discuss a triumvirate of collaborative projects: the Chicago Cultural Center's, “Chicago: Where Comics Came to Life 1880-1960”, the forthcoming exhibit at Wrightwood 659 “Romanticism to Ruin: Two Lost Works of Sulliv an and Wright”, and an eponymous interminable exhibition of Samuelson's personal historical ephemera curated by Ware at the Chicago Cultural Center.
This week we are joined by the great cartoonist and brilliant artist Jessica Campbell. Campbell's cartoons and relief sculptures are on view at Chicago's MCA as part of Comics in Chicago: 1960s to Now. She also has an upcoming exhibition at Western Exhibitions Gallery in Chicago and a graphic novel about to drop from Drawn & Quarterly, "Rave."
This week Bad @ Sports Center is winnowed down to skeleton crew, with Ryan Peter Miller chewing the fat with the ever vital Diana Guerrero-Maciá. Fresh from receiving a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Fine Arts, Guerrero-Maciá discusses her studio practice which includes slow-craft processes in painting, textiles, drawing, print, and sculptural objects. With new work recently completed for two exhibitions, High Touch, at John Michael Kohler Art Center and Light Falls Fast at Traywick Contemporary, this is a hearty conversation.
This week Bad at Sports attempts to get to the bottom of whether foundation.app is a marketplace, a platform, or a cultural hall. Dana Bassett and Duncan MacKenzie are joined by Kayvon Tehranian, CEO and Lindsey Howard, Head of Community who are lighting our way towards how artists can get paid for their content while creating a new way to sell and consume art works, and just maybe, building a new internet in the meantime. Duncan is trying to convince Lindsay to start a book club. If you're interested slide something into his DMs.
In what feels like a throwback episode Ryan and Duncan record IRL with Holly Holmes and Tom Burtonwood. We explore the legacy of Sabina Ott, the future for the Terrain Biennial and its 2021 iteration, then we talk through what is going on in their studios and focus around their exploration of the NFT artwork space. https://terrainexhibitions.org/ https://tomburtonwood.com/home.html https://hollyholmes.xyz/home.html
This week on the B@S, Stella Brown and Nick Wylie join Jesse and Brian to talk about Buddy — the new artist-run shop/gallery/venue at the Chicago Cultural Center that features works and products by more than 220 artists — and Co-Prosperity Catskill — the new exhibition space in the Hudson Valley. These two new projects from the Public Media Institute, whose many many include WLPN, Lumpen Magazine, Lumpen TV and the Co-Prosperity space in Bridgeport, extend the ever-shifting and growing publicnesses that amplify, support and nurture so many artists and thinkers in our city. We talk about the realms of the possible, the concept of the public and end up making an ad (-vertisement and -vocacy) for Chicago in many acts.
On today’s episode Dana and Ryan join painter Christina Quarles [in person!] to discuss her eponymous exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. We talk painting (of course), and discuss pandemic cancellations and inspirations. We hope you enjoy the sound of face-to-face conversation and Christina’s giggles as much as we enjoyed recording them. MCA Christina Quarles
This week we can catch up with the preeminent American Art Critic, Ben Davis from Art Net and talk about NFTs and whether this really is the future the hype demands, or whether this is a long con grift. Ben Davis - http://www.benadavis.com/ Art Net - https://news.artnet.com/ Nifty Gateway - https://niftygateway.com/ Foundation.App - https://foundation.app/ Beeple - https://www.beeple-crap.com/
This week we returned with Carrie Secrist and the Carrie Secrist Gallery (CSG.) A long time pillar of Chicago's south loop CSG began a significant shift and radically changed how they were doing exhibitions as the pandemic was just kicking off. We check in with the gallery's founder to learn about this adventure and how it has impacted gallery artists and informing the way the gallery will work. We also take a minute to celebrate an incredible milestone for a Chicago artist, as a hint her initials are DGM and weirdly so are our managing founders, although they are not the same human and only one of them has been recognized by the Guggenheim. WE COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED FOR HER! WELL DONE DGM! https://www.secristgallery.com/
On this harrowing episode of Bad at SportsCenter, we talk with photographer Stephanie Burke. Her ongoing series of photographs is a visual exploration of lost opportunities at Parks College. Founded in 1927 by Oliver “Lafe” Parks, Parks College was a nexus of aviation development throughout the 20th century. When the Parks College program was moved to SLU in 1997, the Cahokia Il campus was left empty, and has subsequently gone to ruin. https://stephaniedawnburke.com/home.html
Image c/o the Renaissance Society of Haig Aivazian's "All of the Lights" In a wide ranging discussion with Haig Aivazian we start with the exhibition at Chicago's Renaissance Society and we reach toward the history of fire, policing, data visualization, sports and art, and why artists should not be afraid of making propaganda! https://renaissancesociety.org/exhibitions/539/haig-aivazian-all-of-the-lights/ https://haigaivazian.com/
This week Ryan and Brian enter the dark room with Paul Mpagi Sepuya. The conversation floats along the inseparability of images and subcultures, the ritual of working an image in an analog dark room, and seeing exactly what is happening in the moment.
On today’s episode of Bad at Sports Center, Dana and Duncan have the distinct pleasure of speaking with Naomi Beckwith, the current Museum of Contemporary Art Manilow Senior Curator and incoming Deputy Director and Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator of New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. We discuss Beckwith’s curatorial style, vision for her new position and and her recent work on the exhibition “Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America,” originally conceived by the late Okwui Enwezor at the New Museum. All this and just a little bit of “T” to round out our latest. We hope you enjoy it, friend. https://www.newmuseum.org/ https://mcachicago.org/ https://www.guggenheim.org/ https://hyperallergic.com/605116/architects-ask-moma-to-remove-philip-johnsons-name-citing-racist-legacy/
This week Dana and Jesse are joined "in the studio" by Chicago's native sun and brilliant author, Mairead Case. Case joins us on the show to discuss her latest novel, Tiny, and a slew of other topics ranging from grief to the dance floor and how those two are not as far apart as you might think. You can find more information about Mairead and Tiny at the following websites: www.featherproof.com/catalog/tiny-mairead-case & www.maireadcase.com
This week Bad at Sports Center welcomes Nicole Marroquin participant in the DePaul Art Museum exhibition LatinXAmerican and Faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Marroquin's practice ranges from social justice to community organizing to educating public school teachers to archiving microhistories and the work of the photographer Diana Solís. Ryan and Duncan trace her practice through a ruckus and bouncy chat that eventually finds its root in Marroquin's history as a printer and ceramicist. https://www.nicolemarroquin.com/ https://resources.depaul.edu/art-museum/exhibitions/latinx-american/Pages/default.aspx
This week Dana & Brian zoom down to Puerto Rico to continue the series of interviews with artists from LatinXAmerican at the DePaul Art Museum. Ramón Miranda Beltrán shares his insights into adapting a practice to exhibition during COVID-19 and waves of colonialism in the Caribbean. https://resources.depaul.edu/art-museum/exhibitions/latinx-american/Pages/default.aspx https://mirandabeltran.com/
We are back. The audio team needed a little time to recover from a blisteringly hard 2020 but here we kicking it off strong! Hello 2021! This episode kicks off a miniseries of artist interviews from LatinXAmerican at the DePaul Art Museum. Duncan and Brian chat with Caroline Kent about abstract painting, twin language, and refining an artistic practice during the pandemic.
This week Ryan & Brian chat with Samantha Reynolds, Nimah Gobir, Guta Galli and Katherine Vetne about Until it Shatters, an exhibition at Root Division in conjunction with the Feminist Art Coalition that opens this election day. The exhibition title is in reference to Hillary Clinton’s presidential concession speech “Now, I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but someday, someone will..." Since its original inception, the curatorial model of Until It Shatters has adapted and shifted to an artist-driven project based on the shared need for community. Artists in the exhibition include Greta Liz Anderson, Salome El, Guta Galli, Nimah Gobir, Kiana Honarmand, Kuo-Chen "Kacy" Jung, Rebecca Kaufman , dani lopez, Cathy L, Kija Luca, Chi Chai Mate, Joy Nojim, Dimitra Skandal, Indira Urrutia & Katherine Vetne.
Join us on this week's episode of Bad at Sports Center as Jesse and Dana virtually meet up for a conversation with Chicago fiber, social practice, and performance artist, Aram Han Sifuentes. We discuss the artists’ multifaceted methods and finding joy in ongoing politically oriented projects like the Protest Banner Lending Library and US Citizenship Test Sampler. We also learn how Sifuentes is adapting her 2020 Official Unofficial Voting Station to the pandemic times in advance of the upcoming election. More information on Sifuentes’ projects can be found at: http://officialunofficial.vote/ https://www.aramhansifuentes.com/
This episode recorded live in NYC at NADA NYC in 2017 with Michael Merck and Tyler Myers from Knockdown Center and Cybele Maylone formerly of Urban Glass now of Aldrich Art Museum https://knockdown.center/ https://urbanglass.org/
The prodigy of Sabina Ott RETURNS! This week Ryan & Brian chat with Richard Medina to talk about his first solo exhibition, Moby Dick, and what it's like to start a curatorial practice as an impassioned youth in Chicago's welcoming art scene. http://www.richardmedina.com/info.html
This week we came back to sad news last week we lost a great friend of the show and a unique NYC based voice, Michael Anderson. To honor his passing we represent his interview from 2009. We miss you buddy! https://whitehotmagazine.com/articles/pictures-from-pandemic-michael-anderson/4680 Original post: Holla! NYC correspondents Amanda Browder and Tom Sanford hang out with artist Michael Anderson in his Harlem studio. Born in the Bronx in 1968, Mr. Anderson began his artistic career fusing painting and collage but has concentrated on collage since the early 1990s. Since that time his materials have consisted solely of posters and billboards found on the streets of international cities and physically torn down by the artist. (text from Michael’s Blog). To prep you when you go see Michael’s show at Marlborough Gallery in Chelsea which opened on March 26th, 2009, Tom and Amanda talk to Michael about his work and end the conversation with a boxing match, as a way to get out their inner feelings. Michael watches in fear….or is it hilarity! Michael Anderson Marlborough Gallery The Short Life of Trouble Gayle Gates Art Collective Dumbo Collage Geomancy Changing Role Gallery Media Violence Jack Da Vinci Johnson Miami Ink Leatherman Bloomberg Paul Rodgers Gallery Mad Collectors Richard Prince Interview magazine Lucien Freud Jackson Pollock digital TV Size Matters Mike Weiss Michelle Stern Tom Fruin Jeff Sugg Harlem King Abraham The Dark Knight Philip Seymour Hoffman In Cold Blood VW Bug Birdman’s 5 * Stunna Tony Fitzpatrick Time magazine Shepard Fairey Bruce Nauman
Today on Bad at Sports Center, Jesse and Dana are joined by special guest host, Alex Bradley Cohen, for an interview with painter Alice Tippit. We discuss the witty, poetic nature of Tippit’s work, some of which is currently on view in the exhibition Pallid Carrier at Patron Gallery through August 29th. More information on Pallid Carrier here.
Today on the podcast, Brian and Jesse speak with Stephanie Cristello and Ruslana Lichtzier who are hosting the Chicago-based iteration of the vexillological contemporary art project Four Flags. Over the course of the next few months, dozens of Chicagoland artists are making flags that are being hoisted and hung from the façade of Chicago Manual Style—in the West Town / Ukrainian Village neighborhood—and on instagram at @fourflags. Four Flags was founded by Julia Mullié and Nick Terra in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and was launched on April 15, 2020. Exhibited artists to date include Evelyn Taocheng Wang, Das Institut (Kerstin Brätsch & Adele Röder), Kasper Bosmans, Jennifer Tee, Willem de Rooij, Rodrigo Hernández, Maria Roosen, Anna-Sophie Berger, Dora Budor, and Lena Henke, among others. Bloemstraat 140B, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Chicago Manual Style and P.S. (Publishing Services) is a project space sited in a garage in Chicago, IL. Directed by Stephanie Cristello, the program is dedicated to exhibitions featuring established and emerging artists, and the production of critical writing. Positioned at the convergence of exhibitions and publications, each show results in the production and commission of essays and texts on contemporary art. Ruslana Lichtzier will be collaborating on curating this specific project. https://www.chicagomanual.style/four-flags
This week on Bad at Sports Center, Ryan and Dana are joined by Sadie Woods to talk about the recent re-release of her project, It Was a Rebellion Mixtape. Woods discusses her research process for this project and her personal evolution as a deejay and artist. We didn’t have time to play a clip of It Was a Rebellion on the show, but you can download all three versions at this link: https://tinyurl.com/itwasarebellion. We hope you enjoy listening as much as we did. Learn more about Sadie’s work on her website: http://www.sadiewoods.com/
Tune in to this week’s Bad at Sports Center for a conversation with Ellen Placey Wadey, the Arts & Collections Senior Program Officer at the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation. We discuss equity and accessibility in foundation applications and find out how the Foundation is approaching the shifting needs of small arts organizations right now. Learn more about the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation at https://gddf.org/ and read the Vu Le article we mention in the interview here.
This week all we ask ourselves what is Brian doing well not at the radio station. Turns out he’s having a baller film career in the AR/VR/XR arena and his latest work premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. As it expands its international festival run, we try and understand the world of the “Hominidae” - http://hominidanimation.net/ Juxapose magazine called an earlier iteration of the work "CREEP LEVEL OMEGA." Hold on to your hat.
This week on Bad at Sports Center: Dana and Jesse speak with Deborah Stratman about the filmmaker’s now-postponed Chicago Works exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art. We hear Stratman’s take on the issues inherent in screening work in a contemporary art museum and learn about her work on endlessly fascinating Chicago journalist Studs Terkel. https://mcachicago.org/Exhibitions/2020/Chicago-Works-Deborah-Stratman http://www.pythagorasfilm.com/
For this weeks episode of Bad at Sports Center we’ve finally transitioned into are virtual studio and are elated to be joined by the editors of The World's Worst: A Guide to the Portsmouth Sinfonia, Chris Reeves and Aaron Walker. Our guests provide Ryan and Dana with some background into the pioneering experimental orchestra, and we discuss their comprehensive compilation of interviews, new essays, historical documents and images. Tune in to hear all this and so much more (including, of course, Weird Al) on this episode of B@SC. More information about the The World's Worst: A Guide to the Portsmouth Sinfonia can be found at http://soberscove.com/book/the-worlds-worst/.
This week we Bad at Sport Center returns as we Kick begin experimenting with virtual recording. No one’s back in our regular studio so we are reaching out to friends and artists we admire to talk about their exhibitions and events that have existed in the vacuum created by Covid 19. Heather Mekkelson, long time bright light and unique sculptural voice had an exhibition which is functionally still up at 65 Grand disrupted by the Chicago lockdowns related to the pandemic. We chat through and try to open up her whimsical and profound investigations. http://heathermekkelson.com/wordpress1/ http://www.65grand.com/
Our Indoor Recess series concludes with a leap back a decade to the original Artists Run Chicago episode featuring Britton Bertran and Allison Peters Quinn. Woo Hoo! https://www.hydeparkart.org/exhibition-archive/artists-run-chicago/
On this episode of our Indoor Recess series we check back into a boozie 2017 with an interview we recorded the end of our first all day takeover at WLPN as part of Open Engagement in Chicago with long time friend of the show, Allison Agsten. It was a moment where anything seemed possible and we were excited by the road ahead. Many things (like the pandemic) have changed for us, for Allison, for Chicago and LA since then but in the context of this interview the most notable change is the closure of Allison’s project, the Main Museum. Which closed its doors in 2018 but the thing that drew us back to this moment was, everyone on mic was inspired and excited. Not everything had gone right and mistakes had been made all through the day but we were trying and we could all see new possibilities in a shared future. Stay safe friends, we will get somewhere better together. https://news.artnet.com/market/what-happened-at-the-main-1564471 http://openengagement.info/chicago-2017/ http://lumpenradio.com/ http://www.blackartmatters.net/
Beer, Anti- Capitalist Exhibitions, Magazines, Punk Shows, Food and D&D! This Indoor Recess rewinds to the halcyon days when the Co-Prosperity Sphere was just a twinkle in Ed Marszewski's eye. BONUS: Ed Mar teaches you how to pronounce his last name! https://marz.beer/ http://lumpen.com/ http://lumpenradio.com/ https://www.facebook.com/mashtunjournal/ https://www.community-bar.com/ http://www.kimskichicago.com/ http://coprosperity.org/