No. 482: Emma Amos, Marie Watt

Episode No. 482 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features curator Shawnya L. Harris and artist Marie Watt.

Harris is the curator of “Emma Amos: Color Odyssey,” a retrospective of Amos’s career that opens Saturday, Jan. 30 at the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia. Amos was important in bringing second-wave feminism into American art, in addressing many American and art histories within her work, and in making work that synthesized her interest in printmaking, weaving and painting. “Emma Amos” will remain on view in Athens through April 25, when it will travel to the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica, NY and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The show features about 60 paintings, prints and woven works.

The show’s outstanding catalogue, which features essays by Lisa Farrington, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Laurel Garber, Kay Walkingstick, and Phoebe Wolfskill, was published by the Georgia Museum of Art. It’s available from GMOA for $40, and should be on Indiebound and Amazon soon.

On the second segment, Marie Watt discusses her work on the occasion of  “Companion Species” at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Museum of Native American History, both in Bentonville, Ark. (As of show-posting, Crystal Bridges is open; “Companion Species” will be on view there through May 24. MONAH has yet to announce its re-opening plans.) The exhibition spotlights and builds upon Watt’s Companion Species (Speech Bubble), which Crystal Bridges recently acquired.

Watt is a citizen of the Seneca Nation whose work often explores ideas related to community, history, storytelling. She often works in textile, including in works that are partially sewed by community-embracing sewing circles. She has had solo exhibitions at the National Museum of the American Indian, the Boise Art Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, the Missoula Art Museum, and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Washington State University. She sits on the board of the Portland (Ore.) Art Museum.

This is Marie Watt’s conversation with a coyote that is referenced on the program.

Air date: January 28, 2021.

Emma Amos, Runners with Cheetah, 1983.

Emma Amos, Shepherd’s Path, 1958.

Emma Amos, First Avenue Window, 1966.

Emma Amos, Inside Outside, 1966.

Emma Amos, American Girl, 1974.

Emma Amos, Red Line Drawing, 1981.

Emma Amos, Horizons, 1968.

Emma Amos, India and Afghan, 1977.

Emma Amos, Out in Front, 1982.

Emma Amos, Targets. 1992.

Emma Amos, Equals, 1992.

Adrian Piper, Self-Portrait Exaggerating My Negroid Features, 1981.

Emma Amos, Preparing for a Facelift, 1981.

Emma Amos, Muse Picasso, 1997.

Emma Amos, Malcolm X Morley, Matisse and Me, 1993.

Emma Amos, Work Suit, 1994.

Emma Amos, Tumbling After, 1986.

Emma Amos, Man, from the Aquarium Series, 1987.

Emma Amos, Ray, from the Aquarium Series, 1987.

Marie Watt, Companion Species (Thought Bubble), 2019.

Marie Watt, Skywalker/Skyscraper Babel, 2012.

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