No. 183: Marilyn Minter, Constance Lewallen

Episode No. 183 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Marilyn Minter and art historian Constance M. Lewallen.

Marilyn Minter’s work mashes up Caravaggist grit with fashion-industry glamour. The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is presenting a mid-career survey of her work titled “Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty.” It begins with Minter’s 1969 photographs of her mother, a series which effectively established Minter’s interest in the collision of beauty and coarseness, continues through her 1970s explorations of surface, texture and objecthood, eventually arriving at her more-well-known work of the last 15 or so years, the shiny evocations of over-the-top, industry-driven beauty and how it is made and subverted. The exhibition, which was curated by Bill Arning and Elissa Auther, will be on view through August 2. It will travel to Denver, Orange County, and to Brooklyn.

Minter’s work has been the subjection of exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, the Museum of Modern Art and the Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati.

Along with Cindy Sherman and Laurie Simmons, Minter has organized Choice Works, an auction that will benefit both Planned Parenthood New York City and Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The auction, which features work from the organizers, Richard Serra, Cecily Brown, Wangechi Mutu, Christopher Wool and dozens of other artists, is already underway on Artsy. A preview of works on display will be held at Sotheby’s on May 15. Tickets start at $250. The auction itself is already
underway. Go to choiceworks2015.com for more information and to bid.

On the second segment, Constance Lewallen discusses her new book “500 Capp Street: David Ireland’s House.” The book looks at how Ireland, a San Francisco-based conceptualist, converted his house into a total artwork, and details how that house has informed and motivated artist residency programs ever since. It was published by University of California Press. Lewallen is an adjunct curator at the Berkeley Art Museum, where she curated surveys of Paul Kos and Ant Farm, an exhibition on Bruce Nauman’s work from the 1960s, and most recently she co-curated “State of Mind,” a landmark exhibition on early American conceptual art made in California, a show that made Modern Art Notes’ 2011 top ten list.

Amazon offers “500 Capp Street” for about $20.

Disclosures: The publisher of “500 Capp Street” will also publish producer and host Tyler Green’s forthcoming book on Carleton Watkins. An architecture firm that employs Green’s uncle has done conservation work at 500 Capp Street.

Air date: May 7, 2015.

Marilyn Minter, Spill, 1976.

Marilyn Minter, Spill, 1976.

Marilyn Minter, Plywood, 1976.

Marilyn Minter, Plywood, 1976.

Marilyn Minter, Photos on the Floor, 1976.

Marilyn Minter, Photos on the Floor, 1976.

Marilyn Minter, Clay Polaroid, 1979.

Marilyn Minter, Clay Polaroid, 1979.

Marilyn Minter and Christof Kohlhofer, Strange Fruits, 1986.

Marilyn Minter and Christof Kohlhofer, Strange Fruits, 1986.

Marilyn Minter, 100 Food Porn #63, 1989-90.

Marilyn Minter, 100 Food Porn #63, 1989-90.

Marilyn Minter, Chiaroscuro, 1991.

Marilyn Minter, Chiaroscuro, 1991.

Marilyn Minter, Soiled, 2000.

Marilyn Minter, Soiled, 2000.

Marilyn Minter, Strut, 2005. Collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Marilyn Minter, Strut, 2005. Collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Marilyn Minter, Wangechi Gold 4, 2009.

Marilyn Minter, Wangechi Gold 4, 2009.

Marilyn Minter, Drizzle (Wangechi Mutu), 2010.

Marilyn Minter, Drizzle (Wangechi Mutu), 2010.

Marilyn Minter, Blue Poles, 2007.

Marilyn Minter, Blue Poles, 2007.

Marilyn Minter, Still from "Green, Pink, Caviar," 2009.

Marilyn Minter, Still from “Green, Pink, Caviar,” 2009.

Marilyn Minter, Still from "Green, Pink, Caviar," 2009.

Marilyn Minter, Still from “Green, Pink, Caviar,” 2009.

500 Capp St Cover

The dining room of 500 Capp Street, 2007. Ben Blackwell photograph.

The dining room of 500 Capp Street, 2007. Ben Blackwell photograph.

The dining room of 500 Capp Street, 2007. Ben Blackwell photograph.

The dining room of 500 Capp Street, 2007. Ben Blackwell photograph.

David Ireland, Smithsonian Falls, Descending a Staircase for P.K., installation for the exhibition David Ireland: Gallery as Place, San Francisco Art Institute, 1987. Simo Neri photograph.

David Ireland, Smithsonian Falls, Descending a Staircase for P.K., installation for the exhibition David Ireland: Gallery as Place, San Francisco Art Institute, 1987. Simo Neri photograph.

David Ireland in the basement of 500 Capp Street, 1988. Christine Labbe photograph.

David Ireland in the basement of 500 Capp Street, 1988. Christine Labbe photograph.

Basement, 500 Capp Street, circa 1987. David Ireland photograph.

Basement, 500 Capp Street, circa 1987. David Ireland photograph.

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