No. 558: “Picasso’s War,” Jordan Weber

Episode No. 558 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features author Hugh Eakin and artist Jordan Weber. 

Eakin is the author of “Picasso’s War: How Modern Art Came to America,” which tells a story of how New York City slowly, eventually, came to embrace both European modernism and the art of Pablo Picasso. Eakin’s history begins with John Quinn, a white-shoe attorney with a yen for progressive literature and art, and follow’s Quinn’s involvement and influence across New York and Europe, through the Armory Show, Alfred Barr, and more. The book is full of original research, new angles that give life to once-ossified narratives, and bright, well-paced prose. Indiebound and Amazon offer it for about $33. 

Jordan Weber discusses “All Our Liberations,” an art installation and space for community learning, reflection and healing organized by the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in Saint Louis. The project, which runs from July 16-24, takes place at the Spring Church near the Pulitzer in Saint Louis’s Grand Center Arts District. The project includes a three-tiered sculpture Weber made with black obsidian stones and participation from collaborators Weber met during a 2021 residency. During the week-long program Weber will host programs for both formerly incarcerated individuals and members of the public. Urban farmers, healers, and organizers from Close the Workhouse — a Saint Louis-area campaign working to end mass incarceration — are Weber’s programming co-host. In April 2023, Weber will expand “All Our Liberation” as part of Counterpublic, a city-wide triennial.

Air date: July 14, 2022.

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