No. 521: Barbara Kruger, Samantha Nye

Episode No. 521 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artists Barbara Kruger and Samantha Nye.

The Art Institute of Chicago is presenting “THINKING OF YOU. I MEAN ME. I MEAN YOU.,” a survey spanning Kruger’s career. The exhibition includes works on vinyl, site-specific installations, animations, and multichannel video installations installed in many disparate parts of the museum. It was organized by the AIC, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, to which it will travel after closing in Chicago on January 24, 2022. The exhibition was curated by James Rondeau, Robyn Farrell, Michael Govan, Rebecca Morse, and Peter Eleey. The handsome catalogue was co-published by LACMA and DelMonico Books. Indiebound and Amazon offer it for $45-60.

Kruger has also fulfilled a commission from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston titled “Body Language.” The work, which is installed on the exterior of the ISGM’s Renzo Piano-designed addition, features a detail from Titian’s painting Diana and Actaeon, and was installed on the occasion of “Titian: Women, Myth & Power” at the museum. Kruger’s work is on view through February 1, 2022.

The Kruger exhibition shop mentioned on the program is here.

Kruger was previously a guest on Episode No. 36.

Samantha Nye’s work is on view in two exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: “Samantha Nye: My Heart’s in a Whirl,” which closes this weekend, and “New Light: Encounters and Connections,” which is on view through July 24, 2022. Nye’s work broadens artistic constructs of beauty and sexuality by queering them and by foregrounding older people in her paintings, installations and videos.

Air date: October 28, 2021.

Barbara Kruger. Thinking of You. I Mean Me. I Mean You., 2019.

Barbara Kruger, Picture/Readings. Published 1978.

Barbara Kruger, Picture/Readings. Published 1978.

Barbara Kruger, Picture/Readings, 1978.

Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Your comfort is my silence), 1981.

Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Admit nothing/Blame everyone/Be bitter), 1997.

Barbara Kruger, Untitled (I shop therefore I am), 1987.

Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Questions), 1990-92. Installed on the MOCA Temporary Contemporary, Los Angeles.

Barbara Kruger, Don’t be a Jerk, 1996.

Barbara Kruger, W magazine cover, 2016.



Samantha Nye, Attractive People Doing Attractive Things in Attractive Places- Pool Party1, 2018.

Samantha Nye, Attractive People Doing Attractive Things in Attractive Places- Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Pleasure, 2021.

Anne Truitt, Morning Choice, 1968.

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