No. 466: Humboldt and the U.S., Riffs and Relations

Episode No. 466 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast is a holiday weekend clips episode featuring curators Eleanor Jones Harvey and Adrienne L. Childs.

Harvey is the curator of “Alexander von Humboldt and the United States: Art, Nature, and Culture” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington. The exhibition examines the impacts of Humboldt’s six-week visit to the United States in 1804, and how his influence extended into American art, science, literature, diplomacy, and more. It will remain on view through January 3, 2021. SAAM has re-opened and “Humboldt” is on view. Timed entry passes are required. The excellent exhibition catalogue was published by Princeton University Press. Amazon offers it for $63.

Images are on the show page for Episode No. 445.

Childs is the curator of “Riffs and Relations: African American Artists and the European Modernist Tradition” at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. The museum has extended the show through January 3, 2021. “Riffs and Relations” offers works by African American artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries alongside works of the European modernists whose work they engaged. The Phillips is re-opening on Oct. 15. Timed tickets will be required. The exhibition catalogue includes contributions from Childs, Renee Maurer, Valerie Cassel Oliver and Dorothy Kosinski. It was published by Rizzoli Electa. Amazon offers it for $43.

Images are on the show page for Episode No. 444.

Nota bene: This conversation was recorded before the death of artist, historian and collector David C. Driskell.

Air date: October 8, 2020.

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