No. 406: Apollo’s Muse, Barbara Bosworth

Episode No. 406 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features curator Mia Fineman and artist Barbara Bosworth.

Fineman is the curator of “Apollo’s Muse: The Moon in the Age of Photography” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The exhibition surveys how artists have looked at and considered the moon from the dawn of photography (and before!) to the present. It’s on view through September 22. The marvelous exhibition catalogue was published by the Met and is distributed by Yale University Press. Amazon offers it for $42.

The second segment features Barbara Bosworth, whose work is included in “Shooting the Moon: Photographs from the Museum’s Collection 50 Years after Apollo 11,” at  the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. It’s on view through September 2. Bosworth’s work examines the relationship between humans and the natural world. Her work has been surveyed by the Denver Art Museum, the Peabody Essex in Salem, Mass., and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Air date: August 15, 2019.

Galileo Galilei. Two Drawings of Waxing Moon, 1610.

John William Draper, Moon, 1840s.

Warren De La Rue, THe Moon, ca. 1856.

Lewis Morris Rutherfurd, The Moon, New York, 1865.

James Nasmyth, Normal Lunar Crater from The Moon: Considered as a Planet, a World, ,and a Satellite, by Nasmyth and James Carpenter, 1874.

James Nasmyth, Lunar crater model and a refracting telescope outside the artist’s home in England, 1858.

Man Ray, The World (Le Monde) from Electricite, 1931.

Caspar David Friedrich. Two Men Contemplating the Moon, ca. 1825–30.

Edward J. Steichen, The Pond — Moonrise, 1904.

Kensett, Twilight in the Cedars at Darien, Connecticut, 1872.

George Melies, Preparatory drawing for the film “A Trip to the Moon,” 1902/30.

Bliss Brothers Studio, Gorge, A Trip to the Moon, Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo, NY, 1901.

TASS (USSR Lunar 3), The Far Side of the Moon, 1959.

Harry Gordon, “Rocket” Dress, 1968.

Aleksandra Mir, First Woman on the Moon, 1999.

Penelope Umbrico, Still from “Everyone’s Moon 2015-11-04 14:22:59, 2015.

Barbara Bosworth, Christmas eclipse in my father’s hands, Sanibel Island from the book Chasing the Light, 2000/2002.

Barbara Bosworth, View of the oxbow from Dry Knob (dawn) from New England Trail, 2012.

Barbara Bosworth, View of the oxbow from Dry Knob from New England Trail, 2012.


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