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Archive for May, 2008

MoMA audio archives and Art Radio

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 15 May 2008

MoMAMoMA’s Think Modern audio archive offers recordings of artists, scholars, critics, and writers sharing their in-depth knowledge of the Museum’s collection, exhibitions, and contemporary issues in lively symposia, readings, and discussions. The archives are a combination of audio and video formats and can be accessed by year: 2008 (includes conversations with Fiona Banner, Matthew Buckinham and Eve Sussman, Gabriel Orozco, and David Batchelor); 2007 (includes the publications of Seth Siegelaub, Roni Horn, and Richard Serra); 2006 (including Liza Bear and Willoughby Sharp on experimental magazines, Olafur Eliasson and Doug Aitken, and Christian Marclay); 2005 (including Elizabeth Murray and Isaac Julien).

Historical recordings can be found at Art Radio WPS1.org, the internet radio station of PS1 Contemporary Art Center. These recordings date from 1952-2005 and include John Baldessari and Tim Rollins from 1989, Chris Burden from 2005, Marcel Duchamp from 1962, Dieter Roth and Richard Hamilton from 1977 and many others.

Art Radio WPS1.org currently features a collection of special programmes relating to the exhibition Wack! Art and the Feminist Revolution, including Louise Bourgeois sings and interviews with Judy Chicago, Joan Jonas and Martha Rosler.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Northern Italian Sketchbook

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 12 May 2008

Verona, Santa Maria in Organo, study of stallsProduced by Glasgow School of Art, this interactive reproduction of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Northern Italian Sketchbook explores Northern Italy through the eyes of the Scottish architect (1868-1928) during his sketching tour of the Continent in 1891. Sketches from Mackintosh’s notebooks are compared with present-day photographs from the same locations, and his steps are retraced using interactive 19th century Baedeker maps.

Light Research

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 2 May 2008

Roy Takeno reading paper in front of office / photograph by Ansel Adams. Library of Congress, Manzanar War Relocation Center photographs.Light Research is the website of photography scholar and critic Robert Hirsch. It contains an extensive collection of full-text essays, articles, exhibition catalogues, reviews, and interviews by Hirsch. These include, among others: ‘A society of images: constructing a photographic truth’, ‘World in a jar: camera vision as a cultural tool’, ‘On the death of Susan Sontag’, and a series of articles entitled ‘Why people make photographs’.

The front page of the website also occasionally features ‘calls for work’ and news of conferences and symposiums. This will be a useful resource for those seeking free in-depth critical thinking on photography, especially fine art and documentary photography in the United States.