No. 594: Joseph Stella, Celia Álvarez Muñoz

Episode No. 594 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features curators Stephanie Mayer Heydt and Isabel Casso.

With Audrey Lewis, Heydt is the co-curator of “Joseph Stella: Visionary Nature,” a survey of the American modernist’s nature-based artworks at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art. While Stella is best known today for his futurism-informed studies of urbanity, most especially for his paintings of the Brooklyn Bridge, Lewis and Heydt’s exhibition reveals him to be every bit as much as interested in re-making America’s century-long Emersonian landscape and nature traditions as his Precisionist colleagues were. The exhibition features over 100 paintings and works on paper. It’s on view through May 21. A fine catalogue was published by the High Museum of Art and DelMonico Books. Amazon and Indiebound offer it for about $55.

With Kate Green, Casso is the curator of “Celia Álvarez Muñoz: Breaking the Binding,” the artist’s first retrospective, at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. The exhibition features over 40 of Muñoz’s large-scale installations, book projects, and shows how Muñoz built a witty, often funny style built from conceptualist puns even as she styled herself as an “artivist” who engaged issues informed by her experiences living along the US-Mexico borderlands. It’s on view at MCASD’s La Jolla location through August 13. A catalogue is forthcoming.

Air date: March 23, 2023.

Joseph Stella, Purissima, 1927.

Joseph Stella, Single Flower, 1919.

Joseph Stella, Two Pink Waterlilies, 1943.

Joseph Stella, Peonies, ca. 1919.

Joseph Stella, Coney Island, 1914.

Joseph Stella, Study for Coney Island, ca. 1914.

Joseph Stella, Bark, 1900.

Joseph Stella, not titled, not dated.

Joseph Stella, Morning Mist at the Mine Mouth (Monongah), 1908.

Joseph Stella, The Quencher (Night Fires), ca. 1919.

Joseph Stella, Old Brooklyn Bridge, ca. 1941.

Joseph Stella, Banyan Tree, 1938.

Joseph Stella, not titled, ca. 1918.

Celia Alvarez Muñoz, “Which Came First?” Enlightenment #4, 1982.

Celia Álvarez Muñoz, Petrocuatl, 1988 (performance 1981).

Celia Álvarez Muñoz, Fresas, 1997.

Celia Álvarez Muñoz, Lana Sube, 1988.

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