No. 37: Josiah McElheny, A. Bitterman

Episode No. 37 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artists Josiah McElheny and A. Bitterman.

A survey of McElheny’s work is on view through October 14 at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. Titled “Some Pictures of the Infinite,” it was curated by Helen Molesworth.

McElheny was the recipient of a 2006 MacArthur ‘genius’ fellowship. He has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art and at the Museum of Modern Art. During a 2005 fellowship at the Wexner Center for the Arts, McElheny collaborated with Ohio State University professor David Weinberg, a process which resulted in An End to Modernity (2005), which is now in the collection of the Tate. The fantastic Wexner publication that chronicled the residency and the resulting work is available for free as a PDF.

On the second segment: Kansas City-based artist A. Bitterman, who is currently in residence at Indy Island, Andrea Zittel’s live-in sculpture in the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s 100 Acres sculpture park. His project there is titled “Indigenous: Out of the Wild with A. Bitterman” and has a fantastic website.

Bitterman’s previous project, Point of Interest, treated his home as a tourist attraction and attracted support from the Charlotte Street Foundation and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. During our conversation we discuss this blog post which details the GPS tracker the IMA created for his project.

Air date: July 19, 2012.

Josiah McElheny, Czech Modernism Mirrored and Reflected Infinitely, 2005. Collection of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.

Josiah McElheny, Czech Modernism Mirrored and Reflected Infinitely, 2005. Collection of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.

Josiah McElheny, An End to Modernity, 2005. Collection of the Tate, London.

Josiah McElheny, An End to Modernity, 2005. Collection of the Tate, London.

Josiah McElheny, Halo after Botticelli, 1997-99.

Josiah McElheny, Halo after Botticelli, 1997-99.

Sandro Botticelli, Virgin and Child with Angel, ca. 1470s. Collection of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston.

Sandro Botticelli, Virgin and Child with Angel, ca. 1470s. Collection of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston.

Josiah McElheny, Island Universe, 2005-08.

Josiah McElheny, Island Universe, 2005-08.

Josiah McElheny, The Past Was a Mirage I Had Left Far Behind, 2011. Video of the piece.

Josiah McElheny, The Past Was a Mirage I Had Left Far Behind, 2011. Video of the piece.

Frances Benjamin Johnston, Self-Portrait, 1896. Collection of the Library of Congress, Washington.

Frances Benjamin Johnston, Self-Portrait, 1896. Collection of the Library of Congress, Washington.

From A. Bitterman's viewing station, via Instagram user Cangeceiro.

From A. Bitterman’s viewing station, via Instagram user Cangeceiro.