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Zombie Figuration Isn’t a Thing: A Critical Autopsy with Antwaun Sargent

Jordan Casteel, “Within Reach”, New Museum installation view, 2020. Photo: Dario Lasagni

In this episode of Explain Me, critic and curator Antwaun Sargent joins us to discuss the effects of the pandemic and Alex Greenberger’s Zombie Figuration, a confusing essay that appeared earlier this month in ARTnews. We discuss race,... | Read More

Institutional failure, Trump’s Agenda, and Meme-Driven Conservative Movements: A Talk with Nayland Blake

Boogaloo Boys show off posters supporting Trump at a demonstration

Artist Nayland Blake joins the podcast to discuss the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer, mass protests, and the resurgence of COVID as the backdrop for public art and how museums are addressing diversity.  Spearheaded in large part by Blake, we discuss all of... | Read More

Revolution for the Family: Heather Bhandari and Nikki Columbus on Pandemic Parenting, Art, and Activism

The Abrons Art Center has paid all their staff and performers during the shutdown.

This week on Explain Me, co-hosts William Powhida and Paddy Johnson talk to arts organizers and activists Heather Bhandari and Nikki Columbus about the challenges for mothers during the pandemic, and the challenges for arts workers seeking to make changes to a... | Read More

From L.A. With Love: Thoughts on Online Viewing Rooms, Museum Layoffs, and More with Carolina Miranda and Michael Shaw

Steve Locke, Student 338, 2016, Hydrocal, galvanized steel nails, procion dye, shellacapproximately 12×4.5×5.5″, $4,000. Link to item.

This week on Explain Me, William Powhida and Paddy Johnson speak with artist Michael Shaw and L.A. staff writer Carolina Miranda how quarantining is affecting artists, galleries and journalists on... | Read More

Explain Me with Jonathan Schwartz of Atelier4 and Magda Sawon of Postmasters

In this episode of Explain Me, hosts Paddy Johnson and William Powhida talk to Magda Sawon of Postmasters Gallery in New York, and Jonathan Schwartz, the CEO and founder of Atelier4, an arts logistics company based out of New York. The discussion includes stories and conversations you won’t find anywhere else.

Schwartz reports that at least one logistics... | Read More

Explain Me with Jonathan Schwartz of Atelier4 and Magda Sawon of Postmasters

In this episode of Explain Me, hosts Paddy Johnson and William Powhida talk to Magda Sawon of Postmasters Gallery in New York, and Jonathan Schwartz, the CEO and founder of Atelier4, an arts logistics company based out of New York. The discussion includes stories and conversations you won’t find anywhere else.

Schwartz reports that at least one logistics... | Read More

Explain Me: We’re Baaaaaack!

Spring Break. Image: Paddy Johnson

Welcome back to Explain Me! In an effort to produce content a little more regularly we’re trying something new: no editing. This means a little more baseless speculation, and off the cuff commentary, in return for actual podcasts! Yes!

In this episode we discuss news, art, and trends seen at The... | Read More

Explain Me: Standing in Quicksand

We cover a lot of ground in this episode of Explain Me. That ground looks something like this:

The Velvet Buzzsaw is a bad movie. Mary Boone is still awaiting sentencing for falsifying tax documents—a whistleblower could get as much as $300,000 in reward for the tip. Dawn Clements is remembered at Pierogi. Dana Schutz’s first show since the controversy over... | Read More

Museum Board Members Fail Moral Challenges, Museum Exhibitions Exceed Expectations

Jack Whitten, Black Monolith II (For Ralph Ellison), 1994

Donna DeSalvo assembles some of Andy Warhol’s greatest work for his retrospective at the Whitney Museum, while revelations that Whitney Vice Chair Warren B. Kanders owns a company that sells tear gas used at the border shake museum staff. Soul of a Nation at the Brooklyn Museum looks at the history of... | Read More

Art F City Launches PARADE, A New Programming Arm Focused on Creating Civically Engaged Art

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October 4 2018 – Art F City is pleased to announce the launch of their new programming arm, PARADE, which  supports and commissions civically engaged public art in Western Queens and beyond. Founded with a mission of fostering dialogue  and connection through art, PARADE is co-directed by Paddy Johnson, writer, organizer and Art F City... | Read More

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