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This audio series offers entertaining, informative discussions about the arts and events at the National Gallery of Art. These podcasts give access to special Gallery talks by well-known artists, authors, curators, and historians. Included in this podcast listing are established series: The Diamonst…

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    Sydney J. Freedberg Lecture on Italian Art 2021: “More perfect and excellent than men”

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 51:22

    In this lecture, released on November 5, 2021, Babette Bohn of Texas Christian University discusses women artists in early modern Italy. Early modern Bologna was exceptional for its many talented women artists. Thanks to a long-standing tradition of honoring accomplished women, several attentive artistic biographers, strong local interest in collecting women's work, and permissive attitudes toward women studying with male artists who were not family members, Bologna was home to more women artists than any other city in early modern Italy. Bolognese women artists were unusual not only for their large numbers but also for their varied specializations and frequent public success. They painted altarpieces, nudes, mythologies, allegories, portraits, and self-portraits, creating sculptures, drawings, prints, embroidery, and paintings. This lecture challenges some common assumptions about women artists, suggesting productive approaches for future research. This is the twenty-fifth annual lecture offered by the National Gallery of Art in this endowed series named after Sydney J. Freedberg (1914–1997), the great specialist of Italian art.

    The National Gallery's New YouTube Channel

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 0:32

    Messages, meanings, movements—how does art history help us understand our world? Join curators, historians, artists, musicians, and filmmakers as they explore art and its histories in a search for our shared humanity. Subscrible to National Gallery of Art | Talks ►►https://bit.ly/3mfNeiO

    Christian McBride and Roy DeCarava's “David”

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2021 22:11

    In an improvised musical conversation, jazz bassist Christian McBride introduces himself to David. Connecting over McBride's walking bass line, they meet David's friends, splash by the fire hydrant, play stickball. Through David, McBride recalls his own childlike innocence. Find full transcripts and more information about this episode at https://www.nga.gov/music-programs/podcasts/christian-mcbride-roy-decarava-david.html. Subscribe directly to Sound Thoughts on Art from the National Gallery of Art on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or your favorite podcast app

    The 70th A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts: Contact: Art and the Pull of Print, Part 6: Alienation

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2021 51:22

    Jennifer L. Roberts, Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University. In this six-part lecture series titled Contact: Art and the Pull of Print, Roberts will focus on printmaking as an art of physical contact, involving transfer under pressure between surfaces—a direct touch that can evoke multiple forms of intimacy. And yet it is simultaneously an art of estrangement: it requires the deferral, displacement, and distribution of artistic agency, and it trades in reversal and inversion. In this sixth and final lecture, “Alienation,” premiered on the National Gallery's website on May 30, 2021, Roberts explores the intricate and often counterintuitive effort of creating matrices for printing (woodblocks, copperplates, etc.) has been a form of invisible labor for centuries. How do we think about the relationship between the time and skill put into the matric and the value of the image in generates? (Or: where does all the time go?) This final lecture investigates the misregistration of time in print, especially in terms of the conflicts—and convergences—between slow and fast media that are frequently staged in contemporary printmaking.

    The 70th A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts: Contact: Art and the Pull of Print, Part 5: Interference

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2021 51:22

    Jennifer L. Roberts, Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University. In this six-part lecture series titled Contact: Art and the Pull of Print, Roberts focuses on printmaking as an art of physical contact, involving transfer under pressure between surfaces—a direct touch that can evoke multiple forms of intimacy. And yet it is simultaneously an art of estrangement: it requires the deferral, displacement, and distribution of artistic agency, and it trades in reversal and inversion. In this fifth lecture, “Interference,” premiered on the National Gallery’s website on May 23, 2021, Roberts explores how the layering of images in printmaking, especially when grids and regular linework are involved, often results in the emergence of interference or moiré patterns. While printers usually work hard to keep these disruptive eruptions at bay, some artists have cultivated them, allowing unruly patterns to emerge from the combination of seemingly rational image layers. Moiré patterns also bring printmaking into conversation with the sound arts, which are built on the same waves, frequencies, and beats that are used to describe print interference.

    Daniel Bernard Roumain and "American Gothic"

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2021 23:20

    Composer Daniel Bernard Roumain works with performance poet Lady Caress to respond to this iconic photograph with a combination of music and poetry. In the ebb and flow of his composition, DBR hopes to capture pain, legacy, enduring hope—and the rhythm of the subject’s life. Find full transcripts and more information about this episode at https://www.nga.gov/music-programs/podcasts/daniel-bernard-roumain-american-gothic.html. Subscribe directly to Sound Thoughts on Art from the National Gallery of Art on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or your favorite podcast app

    The 70th A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts: Contact: Art and the Pull of Print, Part 4: Strain

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2021 51:22

    Nathalie Joachim and Carrie Mae Weems’s "May Flowers"

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2021 32:26

    Composer Nathalie Joachim sees her childhood memories in May Flowers. The photograph also evokes the uniquely spiritual experience of recording a church choir in her family’s Haitian village. Joachim has lovingly woven their song into her composition. Find full transcripts and more information about this episode at https://www.nga.gov/music-programs/podcasts/nathalie-joachim-carrie-mae-weems-may-flowers.html.Subscribe directly to Sound Thoughts on Art from the National Gallery of Art on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or your favorite podcast app

    Bora Yoon and "Ommah"

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2021 25:05

    Composer and multi-instrumentalist Bora Yoon considers whether we carry the sounds and memories of our people within us. In her response to Nam June Paik’s video sculpture, she brings together both traditional Korean instruments and eclectic electronic music. Find full transcripts and more information about this episode at https://www.nga.gov/music-programs/podcasts/bora-yoon-and-ommah.html. Subscribe directly to Sound Thoughts on Art from the National Gallery of Art on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or your favorite podcast app

    The 70th A. W. Mellon Lectures: Contact: Art and the Pull of Print, Part 3: Separation

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2021 53:39

    The 70th A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts: Contact: Art and the Pull of Print, Part 2: Reversal

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2021 53:39

    Rafiq Bhatia and James Turrell’s "New Light"

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2021 27:07

    Musician Rafiq Bhatia feels compelled to capture his improvisations—fleeting moments of sound—in recordings. Like sound, light is transient. But James Turrell’s works, which inspired Bhatia’s composition, contain and present light, allowing us to forge a deeper relationship with an ephemeral substance. Find full transcripts and more information about this episode at https://www.nga.gov/music-programs/podcasts/rafiq-bhatia-james-turrell-new-light.html.Subscribe directly to Sound Thoughts on Art from the National Gallery of Art on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or your favorite podcast app

    Lara Downes and "Tomorrow I May Be Far Away"

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2021 25:32

    For classical pianist and activist Lara Downes, Romare Bearden’s collage is a puzzle full of questions and unfinished business. In response, she brings together different musical sources, overlaying sounds to create both harmony and tension. Find full transcripts and more information about this episode at https://www.nga.gov/music-programs/podcasts/lara-downes-and-tomorrow-i-may-be-far-away.html. Subscribe directly to Sound Thoughts on Art from the National Gallery of Art on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or your favorite podcast app

    The 70th A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts: Contact: Art and the Pull of Print, Part 1: Pressure

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2021 46:09

    Jasiri X and Kerry James Marshall’s "Untitled (Man)"

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2021 27:45

    Hip-hop artist Jasiri X looks at Kerry James Marshall’s woodcut almost like he’s looking into a mirror. It captures the experience of a Black man: resilient but restrained from being his authentic self. Jasiri responds to the work through two songs that reflect on his internal struggle. Find full transcripts and more information about this episode at https://www.nga.gov/music-programs/podcasts/jasiri-x-untitled-man.html. Subscribe directly to Sound Thoughts on Art from the National Gallery of Art on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or your favorite podcast app

    Vijay Iyer and I.M. Pei’s "National Gallery of Art, East Building"

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2021 17:17

    Composer-pianist Vijay Iyer describes the East Building as a work of art that does what music does: invites you in—to inhabit, explore, and be among others. He responds with pieces that balance pattern and structure with leaving room to wander. Find full transcripts and more information about this episode at Find full transcripts and more information about this episode at https://www.nga.gov/music-programs/podcasts/vijay-iyer-im-pei-east-building.html. Subscribe directly to Sound Thoughts on Art from the National Gallery of Art on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or your favorite podcast app

    Emily Wells and David Wojnarowicz’s "Untitled (Falling Buffalos)"

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2021 24:10

    Composer/producer Emily Wells sees us as the buffalo: frozen before downfall, but still alive—which is why she includes so much breath in her song. Wells, whose work deals with the climate crisis, looks to David Wojnarowicz’s AIDS activism for lessons. Find full transcripts and more information about this episode at https://www.nga.gov/music-programs/podcasts/emily-wells-david-wojnarowicz.html.

    Diamonstein-Spielvogel Lecture Series: Stanley Nelson and Marcia Smith

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2021 18:26

    Stanley Nelson, documentary filmmaker and cofounder, Firelight Media, and Marcia Smith, writer, film producer, president and cofounder, Firelight Media In 2000, Stanley Nelson and Marcia Smith founded Firelight Media, a nonprofit production company dedicated to using historical film to advance contemporary social justice causes. Through initiatives like the flagship Documentary Lab, Firelight Media’s programming has expanded to mentor, inspire, and train a new generation of diverse young filmmakers committed to elevating underrepresented stories. Firelight also builds impact campaigns to connect documentaries to audiences and social justice advocates. Under Smith’s leadership, Firelight received a MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions in 2016. Nelson is a documentary filmmaker whose work combines compelling narratives with rich and deeply researched historical detail, shining new light on both familiar and underexplored aspects of the American past. In addition to honors for individual films, Nelson and his body of work have garnered every major award in the industry, such as the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (2002), the National Humanities Medal (2013), and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (2016). As a writer and film producer, Smith has been the recipient of a Primetime Emmy nomination for writing (2003), the Writers Guild Award for best nonfiction writing (2004), the Muse Award for New York Women in Film and Television (2016), and a Luminary Award from BlackStar Film Festival (2019), among others. In this conversation recorded on September 24, 2020, as part of the Diamonstein-Spielvogel Lecture Series, Nelson and Smith discuss their own mentors and influences, their collaborative practice, and how Firelight has become a premier destination for nonfiction cinema by and about communities of color.

    Kamala Sankaram and Mark Rothko’s "Untitled"

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 21, 2021 24:18

    When her sister was dying, composer Kamala Sankaram was drawn to Mark Rothko’s painting: it both captured her grief and calmed her. That experience influenced Sankaram’s approach to creating a musical score, which she shares in this episode. Find full transcripts and more information about this episode at https://www.nga.gov/music-programs/podcasts/kamala-sankaram-mark-rothko.html.

    "Sound Thoughts on Art" trailer

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2021 1:21


    Hosted by musician and journalist Celeste Headlee, each episode focuses on a work of art in the National Gallery’s collection. Learn about the work and its context and hear a musician respond to that work through sound, creating a dialogue between visual art and music. Sound Thoughts on Art tells the stories of how we experience art and how it connects us.Find full transcripts and more information about this episode at https://www.nga.gov/music-programs/podcasts.html.


    Arnold Newman Lecture Series on Photography: Teju Cole and Fazal Sheikh

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 5, 2021 51:22

    Elson Lecture Series 2020: Mary Kelly

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2021 51:22


    Rajiv Vaidya Memorial Lecture 2020: Julie Dash and the L.A. Rebellion: Architects of the Impossible

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2021 61:07

    The Sydney J. Freedberg Lecture on Italian Art 2020: Telling the Past Differently: Italian Renaissance Art in the Hands of the Beholder

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2020 51:22

    Reflections on the Collection: The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professors at the National Gallery of Art: David Bomford on Édouard Manet’s The Railway (1873)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2020 51:22

    John Wilmerding Symposium 2020, A Tribute to David C. Driskell: Part 6, Artist Conversation

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2020 93:18

    2020 Summer Lecture Series: Staycation: Modern Masters of the French Riviera

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2020 51:22

    2020 Summer Lecture Series: Staycation: Milan: A Tale of Two Cities

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2020 51:22

    Blurred Identities: The Art and Audience of Lynching Photography

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2020 51:22

    Black Opera as Architecture: A Conversation with Kimberly Drew, Alicia Hall Moran, and Imani Uzuri

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2020 51:22

    Local to Global: Teaching Critical Thinking through Art—the Gallery’s first Massive Open Online Course

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2020 51:22

    Reflections on the Collection: The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professors at the National Gallery of Art: Thomas Kren on Giovanni d’Alemagna’s Saint Apollonia Destroys a Pagan Idol (c. 1442/1445)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2020 51:22

    Remarks on the Dedication of the National Gallery of Art: Samuel H. Kress

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2020 51:22

    Remarks on the Dedication of the National Gallery of Art: Charles Evans Hughes

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2020 51:22

    Speech on the Dedication of the National Gallery of Art: Paul Mellon

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2020 51:22

    Reflections on the Collection: Cecilia Frosinini on Giotto’s Madonna and Child (c. 1310/1315)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2020 51:22

    Wyeth Lecture in American Art: Art Is an Excuse: Conceptual Strategies, 1968–1983

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2020 51:22

    Cats in the National Gallery of Art's Permanent Collection

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2020 51:22

    The Easter Story in Art

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2020 51:22

    The Problem with Renoir: A Hard Look at the Artist on the Centennial of His Death April 2, 2020, 11:18 AM

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2020 51:22

    Degas at the Opéra: Introductory Slide Overview

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2020 51:22

    Raphael and his Circle: Introductory Slide Overview

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2020 61:43

    Introduction to the Exhibition-Raphael and His Circle

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2020 61:43

    Coding Our Collection: The National Gallery of Art Datathon

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2020 61:43

    Introduction to the Exhibition—Degas at the Opéra

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2020 51:22

    Painting in the Open Air: A Conversation with Ann Lofquist

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2020 51:22

    The Moon in the Age of Photography

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2020 51:22

    Weather in Art: From Symbol to Science

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2020 51:22

    COMPACT ASSEMBLY

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2020 51:22

    Something, Anything, Everything, Nothing: Ambiguity, Meaning, and Experience

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2020 51:22

    Collecting European Landscape Sketches: An Introduction to Open-Air Painting in Europe, 1780–1870

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 3, 2020 51:22

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