Episode No. 501 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artists Ekene Ijeoma and Chloë Bass.
Ijeoma is featured in “All Together, Amongst Many: Reflections on Empathy” at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha. The exhibition, which was curated by Rachel Adams, examines how artists have centered empathy within their work. It is on view through September 19.
Ekene Ijeoma is the director of Poetic Justice at the MIT Media Lab. His work brings together data with aesthetics and social issues across disciplines such as performance and installation. His work has been exhibited at institutions such as Storefront for Art and Architecture, The Kennedy Center, Washington, the Contemporary Art Museum Houston, and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. His A Counting, a series of multimedia linguistic portraits of the United States created by crowdsourced recording, is currently on view in Houston, St. Louis and at the Bemis. Listeners may participate by calling a toll-free number via this link.
Ijeoma’s website has extensive detailing of additional projects discussed on the program, including:
- Breathing Pavilion, 2021;
- Heartfelt #2, 2019-present;
- Wage Islands #2, 2019;
- Deconstructed Anthems, 2017-present; and
- The Refugee Project, 2014-present.
The Pulitzer Arts Foundation is showing “Chloë Bass: Wayfinding” through October 31. The exhibition is an installation of sculpture informed by public wayfinding signage of the sort that directs tourists through a city. Chloë Bass created more than 30 signs which she then placed throughout the Pulitzer’s outdoor spaces. “Wayfinding” is part of Bass’s “Obligation to Others Holds Me In My Place” project.
“Wayfinding” includes a site-specific audio work narrated by both the artist and a group of Saint Louis collaborators. Listeners may access the site-specific audio work by calling via this link or via the SoundCloud file below. See the Pulitzer’s exhibition guide.
Bass’s often conceptual practice examines daily life and human intimacy. Her work has been exhibited at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York’s Public Art Fund, the Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven in Germany, and plenty more.
Bass’s conversation with Helen Kim for Asterix Journal is here.
Air date: June 10, 2021.