Episode No. 199 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features author Nato Thompson and artist Richard Misrach.
Thompson is the author of “Seeing Power: Art and Activism in the 21st Century,” which was just published by Melville House. The book considers the volume of information through which artists who wish to be impactful in the world must cut, and offers examples and stratagies for ways in which artists may “compete” in the cultural marketplace. Amazon offers it for $13.
Thompson is also the chief curator at New York’s Creative Time. His projects there have included Jeremy Deller’s 2009 “It Is What It Is,” Paul Ramirez Jonas’s 2010 “Key to the City,” Paul Chan’s 2007 “Waiting for Godot in New Orleans,” and more.
The second segment features a re-broadcast of a 2012 segment featuring artist Richard Misrach. Selected because this month marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s arrival in Louisiana, Misrach discusses his after-the-storm book “Destroy This Memory,” and why he has been attracted to disasters throughout his career. Amazon offers “Destroy This Memory” for $55. MAN Podcast host Tyler Green considered it in two posts on Modern Art Notes, here and here.
Air date: August 27, 2015.