No. 261: Henri Loyrette, “A Shift in the Landscape”

Episode No. 261 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features art historian and curator Henri Loyrette and documentary short producer Simone Estrin.

Loyrette is the curator of “Degas: A New Vision,” which is at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston through January, 16, 2017. The exhibition is the first Edgar Degas retrospective in 28 years. It includes about 200 works, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and printmaking.

Loyrette was the director of the Louvre from 2001-13, and director of the Musee d’Orsay from 1994-2001. Among the world’s foremost Degas scholars, he co-curated the 1988 Degas retrospective.

The excellent and entertaining exhibition catalogue was published by the National Gallery of Victoria, which originated the exhibition. The MFAH sells it for just $35.

On the second segment, Toronto-based filmmaker Simone Estrin discusses her documentary short “A Shift in the Landscape,” which examines the present and future of Richard Serra’s landmark 1970-72 earthwork Shift. The film is on view at the Ryerson Image Centre at Ryerson University in Toronto through December 4, and will be screened at the Louvre on Jan. 21, 2017.

This is the fourth segment on The Modern Art Notes Podcast to feature Shift, one of the two most important earthworks in North America. Previously the show featured Serra on Shift, as well as artist and Serra collaborator Joan Jonas and art historian Miwon Kwon.

Air date: November 3, 2016.

Edgar Degas, The Bellelli Family, ca. 1858-67.

Edgar Degas, The Bellelli Family, ca. 1858-67.

Edgar Degas, Young Spartans Exercising, 1860.

Edgar Degas, Young Spartans Exercising, 1860.

Edgar Degas, Therese De Gas, 1863.

Edgar Degas, Therese De Gas, 1863.

Edgar Degas, Self-Portrait with Evariste de Valernes, 1865.

Edgar Degas, Self-Portrait with Evariste de Valernes, 1865.

Edgar Degas. Portrait of Monsieur and Madame Edouard Manet. c.1868-69.

Edgar Degas. Portrait of Monsieur and Madame Edouard Manet. c.1868-69.

Edgar Degas, Interior, 1868-69.

Edgar Degas, Interior, 1868-69.

Edgar Degas, Sulking, c. 1870.

Edgar Degas, Sulking, c. 1870.

Edgar Degas, Rehearsal Hall at the Opera Rue Le Peletier, 1872.

Edgar Degas, Rehearsal Hall at the Opera Rue Le Peletier, 1872.

Edgar Degas, The Dance Class, c. 1873.

Edgar Degas, The Dance Class, c. 1873.

Edgar Degas, Henri Rouart in Front of his Factory, ca 1875.

Edgar Degas, Henri Rouart in Front of his Factory, ca 1875.

Edgar Degas, The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer, 1879-81.

Edgar Degas, The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer, 1879-81.

Edgar Degas, Racehorses in a Landscape, 1894.

Edgar Degas, Racehorses in a Landscape, 1894.

Richard Serra, The Gate and the Gorge, 1986.

Richard Serra, The Gate and the Gorge, 1986.

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