On the second segment of this week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast, artists Steve Roden and Stephen Vitiello join me to discuss their recent collaboration in Houston. In association with the exhibition “Silence” at The Menil Collection, Roden and Vitiello performed a sound piece at The Rothko Chapel. Even cooler: Roden and Vitiello have also provided an extended audio clip from their improvised performance, The Spaces Contained in Each. It’s at the end of this week’s show, in stereo.
The show’s first segment remembers Austrian artist Franz West, who died two weeks ago at age 65. West was one of European art’s most Puckish innovators. His art was playful and sly — he often encouraged viewers to pick up and play with or to sit down on his work — but it was also deeply rooted in the intellectual history of Vienna, his lifelong hometown.
Joining me to discuss West’s life and work is Darsie Alexander, the chief curator at the Walker Art Center. In 2008 Alexander curated West’s only American retrospective, which opened at the Baltimore Museum of Art and traveled to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Image: Photo of Roden and Vitiello’s performance at The Rothko Chapel. Photo by David A. Brown, courtesy of the Menil.