No. 235: Kerry James Marshall, Katy Grannan

Episode No. 235 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Kerry James Marshall and a special, late-breaking bonus segment with artist Katy Grannan.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is showing “Kerry James Marshall: Mastry,” the artist’s first retrospective. Marshall is one of the most significant chronicler’s of the American experience, especially the African-American experience. For 35 years he has worked to add black people and black culture to a Western art historical canon that is mostly built of white faces and stories. The exhibition, curated by Dieter Roelstraete, Helen Molesworth and Ian Alteveer, is on view at the MCA through September 25. It will travel to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and then to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. The exhibition catalogue was published by Skira Rizzoli.

This is Marshall’s second appearance on The MAN Podcast. He was previously on MAN Podcast No. 86 in 2013. Marshall’s Archives of American Art interview referenced on the program is here.

Marshall was scheduled to be the only guest on this week’s program, but we made a late addition: A segment with artist Katy Grannan, who photographed President Barack Obama for this week’s New York Times Magazine. Grannan’s pictures explore themes such as identity, desire and the American story through portraiture.

Air date: May 5, 2016.

Kerry James Marshall, A Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self, 1980.

Kerry James Marshall, A Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self, 1980.

Kerry James Marshall, Oh Dear Dangerfield, 1983.

Kerry James Marshall, Oh Dear Dangerfield, 1983.

Kerry James Marshall, The Ecstasy of Communion, 1990. (Collection of Betye Saar.)

Kerry James Marshall, The Ecstasy of Communion, 1990. (Collection of Betye Saar.)

Kerry James Marshall, When Frustration Threatens Desire, 1990.

Kerry James Marshall, When Frustration Threatens Desire, 1990.

Kerry James Marshall, They Know What I Know, 1992.

Kerry James Marshall, They Know What I Know, 1992.

Kerry James Marshall, So This Is What You Want, 1992.

Kerry James Marshall, So This Is What You Want, 1992.

Kerry James Marshall, Voyager, 1992.

Kerry James Marshall, Voyager, 1992.

Kerry James Marshall, Scout (Girl), 1995.

Kerry James Marshall, Scout (Girl), 1995.

Kerry James Marshall, Untitled, 2008.

Kerry James Marshall, Untitled, 2008.

Kerry James Marshall, Portrait of Nat Turner with the Head of His Master, 2011.

Kerry James Marshall, Portrait of Nat Turner with the Head of His Master, 2011.

Kerry James Marshall, Still Life with Wedding Portrait, 2015.

Kerry James Marshall, Still Life with Wedding Portrait, 2015.

Grannan NYT mag cover

Katy Grannan, Barack Obama, 2016.

Katy Grannan, Barack Obama, 2016.

Katy Grannan, Barack Obama, 2016.

Katy Grannan, Barack Obama, 2016.

Irving Penn, Yves Saint Laurent, 1957.

Irving Penn, Yves Saint Laurent, 1957.

Katy Grannan, Robert Frank, 2015.

Katy Grannan, Robert Frank, 2015.

Felix Nadar, Jules Hetzel, nd.

Felix Nadar, Jules Hetzel, nd.

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