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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 91: “Women Artists and Branding”. After their last program on the artist Pat Steir, currently on exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum of Art, Sheila and Tom continue their discussion of the challenges facing women artists and the commercial strategy of “branding”.
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Episode 90: “Pat Steir at the Hirshhorn”. We explore the current exhibition of American painter, Pat Steir, at the Hirshhorn Museum of Art in Washington DC.  The exhibition is entitled Color Wheel, and consists of large paintings in a sequence of color combinations arrayed along the walls of the circular inner hallway.  Pat Steir uses chance processes, like John Cage, to produce complex vibrating colors in a monumental motif that recalls waterfalls.
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Episode 89: “Romare Bearden”. On the occasion of a beautiful exhibition of Romare Bearden at the Drikell Center on the campus of the University of Maryland, in College Park MD, Sheila and Tom discuss his life and works.
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Episode 88: “Juried Exhibitions”. On the occasion of six paintings by Sheila being included in a juried exhibition at the Strathmore Mansion, in Bethesda MD, Tom and Sheila decided to discuss juried shows in general, and also the specific exhibition, entitled, “Home”,  at the Strathmore Mansion through February 23.  Link: www.strathmore.org/visual-arts/exhibitions/home
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Episode 87: “Appropriation”. Sheila and Tom discuss the issue of appropriation in art and art history.
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Episode 86: “Edward Hopper”. Sheila and Tom discuss the American painter Edward Hopper. Steve Hoffman joins them to talk about the current exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, in Richmond, entitled, Edward Hopper and the American Hotel.
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Episode 85: “Judy Chicago”. Sheila and Tom visit the exhibit at the National Museum for Women in the Arts:  Judy Chicago – The End: A Meditation on Death and Extinction.  They discuss Chicago’s work, her history, her ambition, and her place in the art world as a feminist artist.
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Episode 84: “Bonnard and Vuillard”. Tom and Sheila discuss the new painting that was discovered by Vuillard and Bonnard in their Nabi phase, around the turn of the twentieth century in Paris. The Phillips Collection, in Washington DC, is currently exhibiting their new bequest, the collection of Vicki and Roger Sant, featuring Vuillard and Bonnard, along with several other painters in their circle.
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Episode 83: “Verrocchio”. Verrocchio opened his workshop in Florence in the late 1560’s. He was a great master and the teacher of Leonardo da Vinci.  The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC exhibit, with fifty works from the Bargello and other museums, is the first-ever monographic exhibit of Verrocchio in the US.  So if you didn’t get to see the celebration of Verrocchio at the Bargello in Florence earlier this year, you can see his work here in Washington. Sheila and Tom introduce us to his greatness.
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Episode 82: “Art Openings”. Tom and Sheila discuss the practice, experience, and significance of art openings.
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Episode 81: “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 80: “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 79: “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 78: “Conversation”. Sheila and Tom discuss their lives as artists at this point in their careers.
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Episode 77: “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 76: “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 75: “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 74: “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 73: “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 72: “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 71: “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 70: “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 69: “Never Look Away”. Tom and Sheila discuss the film based on the young life of painter Gerhard Richter.
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Episode 68: “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 67: “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 66: “SUCCESS FOR THE MATURE ARTIST”. Tom and Sheila talk to Beverley Magennis, ceramic artist and novelist.
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Episode 65: “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 64: “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 63: “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 62: “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 61: “Corot: Women”
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Episode 60: “The Art of Thanksgiving”
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Episode 59: “Album Covers II”, with guests DJ Clyde Ensslin and album cover artist, Richard Bangham; Air Date: Nov 17, 2018
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Episode 58: “Bill Traylor: Self-taught Artist Between Worlds at the Smithsonian American Art Museum”
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Episode 57: “The Art of Nomads”
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Episode 56: “The Glenstone Museum”
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Episode 55: “The Artist’s Voice: Sean Scully and Richard Tuttle”
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Episode 54: “Trevor Paglen at the Smithsonian American Art Museum”
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Episode 53: “Album Covers”
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Episode 52: “Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia”
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Episode 51: “Plein Air Painting”
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Episode 50: “The Maladies of Artists, part III”
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Episode 49: “Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings”
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Episode 48: “The Maladies of Artists, part II”
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Episode 47: “Cezanne Portraits”
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Episode 46: “The Mexican Cultural Institute, Washington DC”
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Episode 45: “The Maladies of Artists”
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Episode 44: “The Art of Central Asian Ikat”
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Episode 43: “Klee and Ten American Men”
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Episode 42: “Art and Fear”
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Episode 41: “Kara Walker at the Smithsonian American Art Museum”
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Episode 40: “Art and Poetry, part 2”
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Episode 39: “Art and Poetry”
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Episode 38: “Marriages of Artists: Issues of Gender Equality”
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Episode 37: “Calder in the East Wing: Dreaming in Gravity”
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Episode 36: “Vermeer and the ‘Other Masters’ of Genre Painting”
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Episode 35: “Feline Divinity; Cats of Ancient Egypt”
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Episode 34: “Critics, Criticism & Criteria #2”
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Episode 33: “Dutch Drawings from the Sixteenth Century”
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Episode 32: “The Kreeger Museum reopened”
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Episode 31: “The Power of the Portrait in Photography”
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Episode 30: “Political Art”
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Episode 29: “The American Visionary Art Museum”
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Episode 28: “Light and Color: Colors of the Spectrum”
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Episode 27: “Light and Color: Perspectives from Science and Art”
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Episode 26: “Colors from the Earth”
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Episode 25: “My Favorite Things: Collecting Art”
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Episode 24: “Our ten favorite works of art”
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Episode 23: “Peter Voulkos: the Breakthrough Years, at the Renwick”
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Episode 22: “The Anecdotal Artists, and their Admirers”
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Episode 21: “Drowning by Watercolor”
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Episode 20: “Revealing Beauty: An Introduction to Japanese Art: Utamaro”
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Episode 19: “What if you Don’t Like it? Yayoki Kusama”
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Episode 18: “Amusing the Muse”
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Episode 17: “Visual Artists Depicted in Film”
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Episode 16: “Della Robbia: Sculpting with Color”
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Episode 15: “Toulouse-Lautrec and the Belle Époque”
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Episode 14: “Stuart Davis: In Full Swing”
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Episode 13: “Matisse/Diebenkorn”
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Episode 12: “Artists in Film”
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Episode 11: “Jazz Portraits”
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Episode 10: “Critics, Criticism, and Criteria”
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Episode 09: “Performance Art”
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Episode 08: “Glenstone”
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Episode 07: “East Wing”
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Episode 06: “So What if You don’t get it?”
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Episode 05: Audio Description of Art: with guest Joel Snyder
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Episode 04: 2D and 3D- Martin Puryear
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Episode 03: William Merritt Chase
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