Episode No. 221 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Lisa Oppenheim and curator Valerie Fletcher.
Lisa Oppenheim, whose work examines the surprisingly rich place where the physicality of photographs, photographic history and the archive intersect, is included in “Photo-Poetics: An Anthology” at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. The exhibition, which was curated by Jennifer Blessing and runs through March 23, examines how ten artists use conceptualism-derived ideas to explore studio-based, often still-life and histororically rooted photography. The exhibition’s catalogue was published by the Guggenheim.
Oppenheim’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions all over the world, including at the FRAC in Champagne-Ardenne and at the Kunstverein in Hamburg. For several years now she’s been in seemingly every group exhibition that includes photography, including Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography at the Getty and the 2013 New Photography exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
On the second segment, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden curator Valerie Fletcher discusses “Marvelous Objects: Surrealist Sculpture from Paris to New York,” which is on view through February 15. The exhibition examines the history of surrealist sculpture starting with its Dada roots and continuing through the work of David Smith and Alexander Calder in New York. The show revises the usual view of surrealist sculpture as rooted mostly in the assemblage of found objects to present a much broader arc of surrealist object-making. The exhibition’s excellent catalogue was published by Delmonico Prestel.
Air date: January 28, 2016.