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Art as Experience
Podcast from Sheila’s radio show with co-host Tom Xenakis on WOWD-LP FM in Takoma Park

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Episode 80: “Pastels”. Tom and Sheila discuss the art, materials, and history of pastels, in conjunction with the current show of pastel drawings and paintings, “The Touch of Color”, at the National Gallery of Art.
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Episode 79: “The Art of Puppets”. Tom and Sheila discuss the art of puppetry with Rachel Gates, who developed her art with Tears of Joy Theatre in Portland, Oregon, before setting up with performances and workshops near us in Takoma Park, MD..
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Episode 78: “The Light of the Moon”. Sheila and Tom, along with special guest Peter Blake, discuss the Moon landing of 1969, artists’ reactions to it, and the current exhibition at the National Gallery of one hundred years of photographs leading up to the Moon landing.
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Episode 77: “Conversation”. Sheila and Tom discuss their lives as artists at this point in their careers.
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Episode 76: “Manifesto: Art x Agency”. Sheila and guest Peter Blake visit the current exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, in Washington DC, to take up the theme of passionate art arguments: the series of Manifestos written over the last century. There were manifestos for each emergent Avante-Garde: the Futurists, the Dadaists, the Surrealists, the Objectivists, the Abstract Expressionists…and on into the present era:  and what a giddy fountain of words poured forth from these activists!
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Episode 75: “James McNeill Whistler”. Sheila and Tom visit the current exhibit at the Freer Collection, in Washington DC: Whistler and Watercolors, and discuss Whistler’s life and art.
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Episode 74: “The Life of Animals in Japanese art”. Sheila, Tom, and Peter visit the current exhibit at the National Gallery of Art, in Washington DC, containing many art works on loan from the Tokyo National Museum.
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Episode 73: “Refugees”. Sheila, Tom, and Peter visit the current exhibit at the Phillips Collection, near Dupont Circle, in Washington DC.  The exhibit is called, “The Warmth of Other Suns”, and presents seventy-five artists who respond to and represent the experience of migrants and refugees around the world and in history.
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Episode 72: “Landscapes & Reflections”. Sheila and Peter talk about the historical development of Landscape and plein-air painting, including its morphing into abstract painting. Sheila closes with a lesson in how to draw landscapes out-of-doors.
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Episode 71: “How did They Do That?: American Pre-Raphaelites”. Sheila and Tom visit the new exhibition at the National Gallery of Art on American painters, during the 1860’s, influenced by British critic John Ruskin and by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Original Broadcast: 6/01/19
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Episode 70: “Looking at Difficult Art”. Tom and Sheila visit an exhibition of non-objective art by painter Oliver Lee Jackson, currently on view at the National Gallery of Art, in Washington DC. Together they work out a way to approach art that’s outside of your habitual experience and taste. Oliver Lee Jackson paintings are described as a visual equivalent to jazz. Music by Julius Hemphill. Original Broadcast: 5/18/19
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Episode 69: “Nature as Art”. Tom and Sheila discuss the experience of Nature and gardens, the gardens of artists, and the Dumbarton Oaks gardens in Washington DC.
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Episode 68: “Never Look Away”. Tom and Sheila discuss the film based on the young life of painter Gerhard Richter.
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Episode 67: “Tintoretto at the National Gallery of Art”. Tom and Sheila discuss the exhibit – now at the National Gallery of Art – of the Venetian Rennaisance painter Tintoretto.
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Episode 66: “Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project”. Tom and Sheila discuss the exhibit – now at the National Gallery of Art – of photographer Dawoud Bey.
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Episode 65: “SUCCESS FOR THE MATURE ARTIST”. Tom and Sheila talk to Beverley Magennis, ceramic artist and novelist.
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Episode 64: “Norman Rockwell”. Tom and Sheila talk about the current exhibit of Rockwell’s “Four Freedoms” at the George Washington University Museum in Washington DC.
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Episode 63: “Success for the Mid-Career Artist”. Tom and Sheila talk with Washington DC artists Leslie Blackmon, Carol Blume and Melvin Nesbitt. Broadcast 2/09/2019
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Episode 62: “The Common Language of Visual Art and Music”.  Tom Xenakis and musician Lyle Peters discuss the language of art and music.  Broadcast 1/26/2019
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Episode 61: “Success for the Aspiring Young Artist”.  Tom and Sheila talk with recent art-school graduates Eliza Singerman Wapner and Yianni Mikalis.
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Episode 60: “Corot: Women”
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Episode 59: “The Art of Thanksgiving”
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Episode 58: “Album Covers II”, with guests DJ Clyde Ensslin and album cover artist, Richard Bangham; Air Date: Nov 17, 2018
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Episode 57: “Bill Traylor: Self-taught Artist Between Worlds at the Smithsonian American Art Museum”
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Episode 56: “The Art of Nomads”
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Episode 55: “The Glenstone Museum”
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Episode 54: “The Artist’s Voice: Sean Scully and Richard Tuttle”
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Episode 53: “Trevor Paglen at the Smithsonian American Art Museum”
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Episode 52: “Album Covers”
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Episode 51: “Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia”
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Episode 50: “Plein Air Painting”
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Episode 49: “The Maladies of Artists, part III”
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Episode 48: “Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings”
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Episode 47: “The Maladies of Artists, part II”
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Episode 46: “Cezanne Portraits”
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Episode 45: “The Mexican Cultural Institute, Washington DC”
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Episode 44: “The Maladies of Artists”
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Episode 43: “The Art of Central Asian Ikat”
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Episode 42: “Klee and Ten American Men”
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Episode 41: “Art and Fear”
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Episode 40: “Kara Walker at the Smithsonian American Art Museum”
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Episode 39: “Art and Poetry, part 2”
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Episode 38: “Art and Poetry”
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Episode 36: “Marriages of Artists: Issues of Gender Equality”
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Episode 35: “Calder in the East Wing: Dreaming in Gravity”
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Episode 34: “Vermeer and the ‘Other Masters’ of Genre Painting”
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Episode 33: “Feline Divinity; Cats of Ancient Egypt”
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Episode 32: “Critics, Criticism & Criteria #2”
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Episode 31: “Dutch Drawings from the Sixteenth Century”
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Episode 30: “The Kreeger Museum reopened”
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Episode 29: “The Power of the Portrait in Photography”
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Episode 28: “Political Art”
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Episode 27: “The American Visionary Art Museum”
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Episode 26: “Light and Color: Colors of the Spectrum”
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Episode 25: “Light and Color: Perspectives from Science and Art”
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Episode 24: “Colors from the Earth”
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Episode 23: “My Favorite Things: Collecting Art”
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Episode 22: “Our ten favorite works of art”
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Episode 21: “Peter Voulkos: the Breakthrough Years, at the Renwick”
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Episode 20: “The Anecdotal Artists, and their Admirers”
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Episode 19: “Drowning by Watercolor”
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Episode 18: “Revealing Beauty: An Introduction to Japanese Art: Utamaro”
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Episode 17: “What if you Don’t Like it? Yayoki Kusama”
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Episode 16: “Amusing the Muse”
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Episode 15: “Visual Artists Depicted in Film”
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Episode 14: “Della Robbia: Sculpting with Color”
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Episode 13: “Toulouse-Lautrec and the Belle Époque”
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Episode 12: “Stuart Davis: In Full Swing”
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Episode 11: “Matisse/Diebenkorn”
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Episode 10: “Artists in Film”
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Episode 09: “Jazz Portraits”
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Episode 08: “Critics, Criticism, and Criteria”
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Episode 07: “Performance Art”
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Episode 06: “Glenstone”
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Episode 05: “East Wing”
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Episode 04: “So What if You don’t get it?”
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Episode 03: Audio Description of Art: with guest Joel Snyder
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Episode 02: 2D and 3D- Martin Puryear
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Episode 01: William Merritt Chase
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