No. 362: Laurie Simmons, Victor Hugo

Episode No. 362 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Laurie Simmons and curator Allegra Pesenti.

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth opens “Laurie Simmons: Big Camera/Little Camera,” a retrospective of Simmons’s career, on October 14. The exhibition spotlights Simmons’s long-standing interest in gender roles, most famously in series of pictures that have used dolls and props. The exhibition both begins and ends with Simmons’s portraiture, and also includes her recent work addressing climate change.  It was curated by Andrea Karnes and will be on view through January 27, 2019. The excellent exhibition catalogue was published by DelMonico Prestel. Amazon lists it for $37. 

On the second segment, Hammer Museum curator Allegra Pesenti discusses “Stones to Stains: The Drawings of Victor Hugo,” a survey of Hugo’s drawing practice. Hugo was a poet, novelist, playwright and critic best known for novels such as Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He was a prolific draftsman — he made at  least 3,000 drawings — but did not much exhibit during his own lifetime. “Stones to Stains” features 75 drawings mostly made on the Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey between 1852 and 1870. Pesenti co-curated the show with Cynthia Burlingham in association with Florian Rodari. It will be on view through Dec. 30. The beautiful catalogue was published by DelMonico Prestel. Amazon offers it for $31.

Air date: October 11, 2018.

Laurie Simmons, Ed, 1973-75.

Laurie Simmons, Let Us Decorate This Room Together, 1976.

Laurie Simmons, Bathroom IV, 1976.

Laurie Simmons, Woman Listening to Radio, 1976.

Laurie Simmons, Pushing Lipstick (Full Profile), 1979.

Laurie Simmons, Brothers/Hay, 1979.

Laurie Simmons, Splash, 1980.

Laurie Simmons, Blue Tile Reception Area, 1983.

Laurie Simmons, Houndstooth Checked Coat in Black and White Room, 1984.

Laurie Simmons, Tourism: Bikini Atoll, 1984.

Laurie Simmons, Walking Gun, 1991.

Laurie Simmons, Walking Camera II (Jimmy the Camera), 1987.

Laurie Simmons Baby (Color), 1991.

Laurie Simmons, Cafe of the Inner Mind: Gold Cafe, 1994.

Laurie Simmons, The Music of Regret (Meryl), 2006.

Laurie Simmons, Deluxe-Redding House #2, 1998.

Laurie Simmons, Color Pictures slash Walt Disney, 2009.

Laurie Simmons, 2017: The Mess, 2017.

Laurie Simmons, Some New: Shirin (Yellow), 2018.

Victor Hugo, Ecce Lex (The hanging man), 1854.

Victor Hugo, ,The Castle with the cross, ca. 1880.

Victor Hugo, Planet, ca. 1854.

Victor Hugo, A breakwater in Jersey, ca. 1854-55.

Victor Hugo, Stains, ca. 1875.

Victor Hugo, Silhouette of a castle struck by lightning, ca. 1854-57.

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