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Bad At Sports is a weekly podcast about contemporary art. Founded in 2005, badatsports.com focuses on presenting the practices of artists, curators, critics, dealers, various other arts professionals through an online audio format.

This week, we join Brian and Patricia as they chat with Bay Area artist, doyenne, and badass Catherine Wagner following a decadent champagne brunch in her studio to ring in the New Year. For over thirty years Catherine Wagner has been observing the built environment as a metaphor for how we construct our cultural identities. She’s examined institutions as various as art museums and science labs, the home and Disneyland. Ms. Wagner’s process involves the investigation of what art critic David Bonetti calls "the systems people create, our love of order, our ambition to shape the world, the value we place on knowledge, and the tokens we display to express ourselves." 

While Ms. Wagner has spent her life residing in California, she has also been an active international artist, working photographically, as well as site-specific public art, and lecturing extensively at museums and universities. She has received many major awards, including the Rome Prize (2013-2014), a Guggenheim Fellowship, NEA Fellowships, and the Ferguson Award. In 2001 Ms. Wagner was named one of Time Magazine’s Fine Arts Innovators of the Year. Her work is represented in major collections nationally and around the world, such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, SFMOMA, The Whitney Museum of American Art, MOMA, MFA Houston. She has also published several monographs, including American ClassroomArt & Science: Investigating Matter, and Cross Sections.

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Bad at Sports Episode 538: Barbara DeGenevieve

This week: About a year and a half ago we mourned the passing of a true Chicago legend. Barbara DeGenevieve was an epic instructor, a committed boundary tester, and an enthusiastic gender warrior. Lisa Wainwright did a great job memorializing her on our site and this September Iceberg Projects mounted the first exhibition in honor of her legacy. Dr. Dan Berger, David Getsy, Doug Ischar, and our own Duncan MacKenzie gathered to discuss her exhibition, her story, and what made her the force she was. 

Yes. Four white men whose names all begin with D got together to discuss a great woman. Yes we know. Take your fingers away from your keyboards. 

Iceberg - http://icebergchicago.com/barbara-degenevieve-medusa%E2%80%99s-cave---iceberg-projects.html

 

David Getsy Just dropped a new book and announced another. Check it out...

http://www.amazon.com/Abstract-Bodies-Sixties-Sculpture-Expanded/dp/030019675X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1454291662&sr=8-2&keywords=David+Getsy

http://www.amazon.com/Queer-Whitechapel-Documents-Contemporary-Art/dp/0262528673/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1454291662&sr=8-1&keywords=David+Getsy

 

Our initial Memorial...

 

 http://badatsports.com/2014/barbara-degenevieve-irrepressible-irresistible-irreplacable/

 

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Epic Chicago cultural legend Anne Elizabeth Moore joins Duncan's Columbia College class "the Late, Late Afternoon Show" for an invasive journey through her history. Abigail Satinsky joins Bad at Sports for a farewell Chicago as she confesses her move to Philadelphia.

Moore the warrior of comics, punk rock, anti-capitalism, journalism, and Cambodia's future, recounts her world.

Super fun.

http://anneelizabethmoore.com/

https://ladydrawers.wordpress.com/

http://ladydrawers.tumblr.com/

http://www.punkplanet.com/

 

 

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Janet Cardiff’s Forty Part Motet is composed of forty speakers arranged in eight groups of five, configured as a large oval facing each other in the center of the room, and resting on stands so they are roughly just above eye level. The Motet, as Cardiff referred to it in our conversation, is a reworking of the English composer Thomas Tallis'sSpem in Alium (1570), which translates as “Hope in Any Other” and is sung in Latin by a choir of forty voices. The composition is arranged so that the choir, like the speakers, is divided into eight groups of five singers; each group consists of a soprano, tenor, alto, baritone, and bass. The groups alternate singing: first one, than another, sometimes alone, and at a few moments, all together, rising in a crescendo that breaks open the room to a place beyond the physical world. To hear the Motet in its entirety is profound. Spem in Alium is considered one of the greatest works of English music. The Forty Part Motet is equally a contemporary masterwork. It was a privilege, then, to sit down with Cardiff on November 12, 2015, to speak about her practice.  - Patricia Maloney

Janet Cardiff lives in British Columbia, where she works in collaboration with her partner George Bures Miller. The artist is internationally recognized for immersive multimedia works that create transcendent multisensory experiences and draw the viewer into often unsettling narratives. Cardiff and Miller’s work has been included in recent group exhibitions and biennales such as Soundscapes at the National Gallery, London, the 19th Biennale of Sydney in 2014, and dOCUMENTA (13). Representing Canada at the 2001 Venice Biennale, Cardiff and Miller received the Biennale’s Premio Prize and Benesse Prize. Recently, the artists debuted new site-specific commissions for Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, the Menil Collection, Houston, TX, and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain. 

The Forty Part Motet is on view at Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture, in San Francisco, through January 18, 2016; it is co-presented by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

 

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Bad at Sports Episode 535: Noah Lyon

This week: Amanda believes the children are the future, she thinks you should teach them well and let them lead the way. Amanda wants to show you all the beauty you possess inside.

Noah Lyon decided long ago, never to walk in anyone's shadow, if he fails if he succeeds, at least he'll live as he believes.

No matter what we take from you, fine listeners, you are in the art world, you abdicated your dignity second semester your freshman year, who are you kidding.

Holy shit those lyrics work really well here.

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Bad at Sports Episode 534: Jitish Kallat

This week, Mumbai-based artist Jitish Kallat returns to Bad at Sports, this time from San

Francisco, where he sits down with Patricia Maloney. Listeners may remember Kallat’s

first appearance on the podcast on the eve of the opening for his large-scale installation,

Public Notice 3 (2010-11), in the Fullerton Hall stairwell of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Kallat, one of the most prominent figures of contemporary Asian art, works across a

variety of media, including painting, sculpture, photography, installation, and video. He

was the curator for the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India in 2014. This year, Kallat has had

several solo exhibitions, including Jitish Kallat: Public Notice 2, at the Art Gallery of

New South Wales in Sydney. His Paris exhibition, The Infinite Episode, opened at the

Galerie Templon in September 2015. Kallat's large permanent public sculpture unveiled

in Austria in October 2015. 

His solo exhibitions include Epilogue (2013-14) at the San Jose Museum of Art; Circa at

the Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, Australia (2012); Fieldnotes: Tomorrow was

here Yesterday at the Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai, India (2011); Likewise at Arndt,

Berlin, Germany (2010); The Astronomy of the Subway at Haunch of Venison, London,

UK (2010); Aquasaurus at the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Paddington,

Australia (2008) and Lonely Facts at the Kunsthalle Luckenwalde, Luckenwalde,

Germany (1998).

Kallat has participated in major exhibitions, including: India: Art Now at the Arken

Museum, Ishoj, Denmark (2012-13); Indian Highway IV at MAXXI, Rome, Italy (2012)

and at Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France (2011); The Empire Strikes

Back: Indian Art Today at Saatchi Gallery, London, UK (2010); Chalo! India: A New Era

of Indian Art at Essl Museum – Contemporary Art, Klosterneuburg, Austria and at Mori

Art Museum, Tokyo (both 2009), as well as Indian Highway at the Serpentine Gallery,

London, UK (2008-09); Die Tropen. Ansichten von der Mitte der Weltkugel at Martin-

Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany (2008); Urban Manners at Hangar Bicocca, Milan, Italy

(2007) and Century City at Tate Modern, London, UK (2001).

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This week we are totally ashamed of Chicago and are collectively horrified by the Tragic death of Laquan McDonald. #blacklivesmatter

We are joined by venerable Dread Scott to talk through the problems and possibilities that exist in contemporary America.

 

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Bad at Sports Episode 532: Nancy Lupo and Laylah Ali!

This week: Recorded live on stage September 18, 2015 at Expo Chicago as a part of the Dialogs series, we talk to Nancy Lupo and Laylah Ali!


You have to tell them...Soylent Green is people!!

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IKVj4l5GU4

 

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This week we are joined by the Emmy Award winning novelist, screen writer and Chicago based social worker, Ben Tanzer thanks go out to Columbia College Chicago's "Late Late Afternoon Show."

Ben's blog and Podcast This Will Change your Life has treated the literary world much like B@S has treated the Contemporary Art world. It is worth checking out.

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Real show note to follow.

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