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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.
Bad at Sports Episode 122: Leo Koenig/ BioTechnique

First: Amanda Browder and guest host Tom Sanford talk to New York Gallerist Leo Koenig.

From the Leo Koenig Site:
Leo Koenig opened his gallery in 1999 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. There, he presented both promising young talent and established, historically significant artists. Within a year, the gallery moved to Manhattan, first to a space in Tribeca, then to Centre street in soho, where we were for 4 years. In August 2005, we opened our new ground floor space at 545 West 23rd Street in the heart of Chelsea.

For six years now, Leo Koenig Inc. has been presenting a surprising mix of fresh exhibitions, anchored by a well-learned tradition of publication. Ever vigilant that the artist's work be seen in an appropriate context, the gallery has been dedicated to producing catalogues with penetrating essays, and limited-edition artist books.

With a focus on painting and sculpture, Leo Koenig Inc.'s current roster includes some of the most internationally renowned emerging and mid-career contemporary artists. We are pleased to represent the following artists:

Next: Brian Andrews, Marc LeBlanc and Patricia Maloney discuss the BioTechnique show at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, which Brian Andrews thinks is utter crap.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_122-Leo_Koenig.mp3
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Bad at Sports Episode 121: Holiday Spectacular!!! Need something to listen to during your holiday travels? Well we are back once again with the BAS Holiday Spectacular! Over an hour of eclectic holiday related music, mirth and mayhem.

First a solid hour of gems from the BAS vault, some things you love, some things you hate, some things that will surprise you.

We finish it off with the West Coast Bureau playing holiday madlibs.

Not to be missed.
Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_121-Holiday_Spectacular.mp3
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Bad at Sports Episode 120: Intuit and Literago.org

First: Shannon and Duncan talk Robert Reinard, Program Director, Collections & Exhibitions and Amanda Curtis, Program Director, Education from Intuit.

Intuit is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1991. Our mission is to promote public awareness, understanding, and appreciation of intuitive and outsider art through a program of education and exhibition.

Toward this end, Intuit strives to discover, document, maintain, preserve, exhibit, and collect examples of intuitive and outsider art; and to operate a permanent facility in which to pursue such activities.

Intuit defines "intuitive and outsider art" as work of artists who demonstrate little influence from the mainstream art world and who seem instead motivated by their unique personal visions. This includes what is known as art brut, non-traditional folk art, self-taught art, and visionary art.

Next: Terri and Joanna talk to Gretchen Kalwinski and Eugenia Williamson from Literago.org

Literago.org is intended as a portal to news and information about literary goings-on in and around Chicago. The site features a curated calendar with a corresponding weekly newsletter, news and photos, post-event write-ups, and the occasional essay about the state of literature in Chicago.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_120_Intuit-Literago.mp3
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Bad at Sports Episode 119: James Elkins on Globalism! The festival of Elkins!

Duncan talks with James Elkins about globalism, imperialism's and all sorts of lighthearted stuff.  This is audio that was recorded this summer at The Stone Theory Institute's first iteration; 2007: The Globalization of Art, co-organized with Zhivka Valiavicharska.  Bad At Sport sat in on the whole thing and has pretty much every second on tape.  We will be posting five sections over the next month or two as raw audio with a short  introduction by Elkins himself. These will not be the polished "podio" that you have been used too but for those of you academically inclined it will be freaking awesome... check the blog regularly as we will update with out notice.

We have a James Elkins original picture of all the scholars involved with their names for download at...
http://www.badatsports.com/megsmagic/2007-panorama.jpg

The show opens with an indictment of Duncan's mean-ness.




Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_119-Elkins_on_Globalism.mp3
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Bad at Sports Episode 118: Circus Gallery/Navta Schultz

 Marc and Brian interview Dawn Kasper with John Knuth of Circus Gallery featuring Michael  Bauer of The Confederacy of Creative Ephemera.

Duncan talks to the delightful Ryan Schultz of Navta Schultz Gallery in Chicago about running a gallery, art fairs and the trajectory of the business.

NEXT WEEK: The Festival of Elkins!!!

 

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_118_Circus_Gallery.mp3
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Bad at Sports Episode 117: Amanda is back and you're gonna be in trouble Amanda is back and you're gonna be in trouble, hey nah hey nah, Amanda's back!!!

Amanda Browder and Nathan Rogers-Madsen talk New York.

Mike Benedetto reveals his Transformer wish.
Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_117_Amanda_is_back.mp3
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Bad at Sports Episode 116: Scott McCloud!

Critic and Curator Jeff Ward joins Duncan and Richard in interviewing Comic theorist, artist, educator and all around kickass guy Scott McCloud.


From Scott McCloud's website (www.scottmccloud.com)

"At the age of 15, I remember telling my friend Kurt Busiek "I've decided to become a professional comic book artist." It was the Summer between 10th and 11th Grades. My previous decision to become World Chess Champion had proved impractical, but this time I knew I could pull it off and a year and a half out of college, I finally did.

Today, I'm probably best known for:

  • Understanding Comics. A 215-page comic book about comics that explains the inner workings of the medium and examines many aspects of visual communication along the way. Understanding Comics has done well in stores, is in over 15 languages and, while not universally liked, is about as close to it as I'm ever likely to see. A favorite of interface, game and Web designers despite the fact that it doesn't mention computers once. (Published 1993).
  • Reinventing Comics. The controversial 242-page follow-up to U.C. advocates 12 different revolutions in the way comics are created, distributed and perceived with special emphasis on the potential of Online Comics. Nearly every page seemed to step on somebody's toes, and the debates in the comics industry over comics on the Web have gotten increasingly heated since its publication. Reinventing Comics is the only book I've ever written that's been actually described as "dangerous." (Published 2000).
  • My Online Comics. They're all here (or at least linked to from here). Take a look.
  • Public Speaking and Teaching. Click to find out more.
  • Zot!. My first series ran for 36 issues at California's Eclipse Comics. Though ostensibly a superhero story, Zot! had an alternative flavor and featured some unorthodox storytelling and compositions. "A cross between Peter Pan, Buck Rogers and Marshall McLuhan" is how I usually describe it. (1984-1991)
  • My Inventions. Over the years, I've created a number of strange, comics-related, um... things. Enough that I decided to give them their own section of this site. Check it out.
  • My Other Comics.Though not numerous, I have done other printed comics including 1985's Destroy!!, a 12 issue stint writing Superman Adventures, in the mid-90's, a bizarre and generally disliked graphic novel about Abraham Lincoln, some mini-comics, short pieces, and various comics-style articles in magazines like Wired, Nickelodeon, Computer Gaming World, Wizard and Publishers' Weekly.

Depending on who you ask, I'm either comics' leading theorist or a deranged lunatic, but life continues to be very interesting for me and the ideas that I've raised continue to provoke reactions throughout the comics community and -- increasingly -- beyond it. Pick up Understanding Comics (or look for it at your local library) to begin finding out why."

ALSO: Mark Staff Brandl checks in to review art with his students from the Central European Bureau!

Lastly Duncan and Joanna act wacky and Joanna has some interesting ideas.

 

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_116_Scott_McCloud.mp3
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Bad at Sports Episode 115: Judy Ledgerwood with guest host Tony Tasset

Holy crap! This show is an instant classic. Richard returns; not only to production duty but also, at long last, to interview duty. Painter and art legend Judy Ledgerwood is our guest. Guest host Tony Tasset joins in on interviewing duties to ask the hard hitting questions. Not to be missed.

The following bio is shamelessly stolen from the Hyde Park Art Center, please don't sue us:

In the tradition of Modernist painting, Judy Ledgerwood paints monumental abstract compositions that explore light, color, and structure. Her paintings are formal, decorative, and tranquil while simultaneously being highly personal, optically challenging, and inherently subversive. In her compositions, she creates a dialogue that is uniquely feminine but also powerful and authoritative. Early in her career, Ledgerwood began incorporating traditionally feminine pastel colors into her landscape based paintings in an attempt to challenge and undermine the historically male-dominated tradition of gestural abstract paintings. Today her compositions include circular motifs typically associated with the decorative arts tradition. In the 1970s many feminist artists identified and celebrated circular patterns as being connected to female identity. Ledgerwood acknowledges this tradition through her continued use of dot motifs, which she identifies as her form of non exclamatory mark-making. Ledgerwood is the recipient of a Tiffany Award in the Visual Arts, a National Endowment for the Arts Award, an Illinois Art Council Award and two CIRA Grants from Northwestern University. Her work is represented in the public collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Milwaukee Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and Swissbank New York. Her degrees are from the Art Academy of Cincinnati, BFA, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, MFA.

If that weren’t enough, crack open a diet coke plus and sit down for Mike Benedetto who is joined by Tony Fitzpatrick as they review the new Jodi Foster Revenge thriller The Brave One during which they use the phrase “Charles Bronson with tits?. 

And for you Encyclopedia Brown sleuths out there, allegedly there is a secret message from Tony Tasset hidden somewhere in the show.

If you listen to one freaking episode of BAS this year it sure as hell better be this one.

 

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_115_Judy_Ledgerwood.mp3
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Bad at Sports Episode 114: Carol Jackson, Anthony Elms, and Jubilee City On this week's exciting Episode, number 114... Art Forum's Anthony Elms and Bad at Sports' Duncan MacKenzie interrogate Carol Jackson about her dynamite exhibition at Gallery 400, and Terri Griffith and Joanna MacKenzie take apart John Andoe's "Jubilee City: A Memoir at Full Speed".  It doesn't get any better then this.

Also, to the person who scrawled "I MISS RICHARD" in lipstick on the mirror of the men's bathroom at BAS HQ, we know who you are and this is unacceptable behavior.

From Gallery 400:
Carol Jackson’s signs, sculptures, gouaches and drawings use common, everyday “signatureless? styles to let loose the grandiose morality within the picturesque languages and visuals of advertising. Her work is a bitterly humorous send up of the demands and promises commercial representations make for goods, be they detergent, food, or real estate. Long focusing on a series of meticulously hand-tooled leather reworkings of both store advertising and real estate development signage, Jackson replaces the found text with disdainful, mistrustful and self-depreciating thoughts that sales language represses. What remains is the epic longing and promissory nature of the address.

From Publishers Weekly:
n this charming memoir, Andoe narrates his journey from his Tulsa childhood through redneck, hard-partying teen years to a highly successful career as a (hard-partying redneck) painter in New York City. While Andoe may not be a professional writer, his humor and offbeat artistic sensibility make up for any lack of prose-writing chops. Through discrete anecdotes that seldom run longer than two pages, Andoe assembles vivid portraits of his family and friends and of the various environments he inhabited—the working-class Tulsa neighborhoods of the 1960s, the high school and college drug culture at the end of the hippie era, and the New York art scene of the 1980s. Andoe rarely said No to drugs, and the marginal characters and dangerous encounters of the lowlife provide the book with a great deal of energy and pathos; at times his memoir reads like a more amateur version of Denis Johnson's Jesus' Son. Yet whenever the gonzo stories verge on tedium, Andoe modulates his tone and shows himself as the stay-at-home dad, the outdoorsman, the artist. While Andoe has an occasional tendency to settle scores (his ex-wife receives particularly brutal treatment) or trumpet his status as an outsider, for the most part his wide-eyed sense of wonder and keen observations make the everyday strange and fresh. (Aug.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Enjoy.
Direct download: Badatsports114CarolJackson.mp3
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Bad at Sports Episode 113: Tracy Marie Taylor/ Front Forty Press

Duncan and Richard talk to Tracy Marie Taylor, artist and curator who curated the new show Bilingual, Art at the Intersection of Painting and Video.

Bilingual focuses on artwork at the intersection of painting and drawing, film and video, encompassing both conceptual and process-driven approaches. The artists in this exhibition are acting as visual linguists or interpreters, breaking down one language and reconstructing it in another, holding the sense of the structure together with an understanding of both.

Bilingual will feature works by Shira Avni, Kylie Baker, Wafaa Bilal, Jeremy Blake, Eddy De Vos, Terence Hannum, Jay Heikes, John Hiltabidel & John Grant, Jo Jackson, William Kentridge, Patte Loper, Joshua Mosley, Sabina Ott, David Reed, Peter Rostovsky, Alison Ruttan, Jason Salavon, Marcelino Stuhmer, Fraser Taylor, Jim Trainor, and Scott Wolniak.

Joanna and Terri talk to Doug Fogelson from Front Forty Press about art books and lots of other neat stuff. Front Forty Press is a small publisher focused on artistic projects. A Front Forty project is one that embodies uninhibited creativity and deals with current topics. The work can be functional, political, ecological or simply expressive. What matters most at Front Forty Press is the cultivation and communication of ideas.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_113_Tracy_Taylor-Bilingual.mp3
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Bad at Sports Episode 112: Trevor Paglen/ Pate Conaway

This week: Marc and Brian talk to Trevor Paglen.

"Trevor Paglen is an artist, writer, and experimental geographer working out of the Department of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley. His work involves deliberately blurring the lines between social science, contemporary art, and a host of even more obscure disciplines in order to construct unfamiliar, yet meticulously researched ways to interpret the world around us. His most recent projects involve close examinations of state secrecy, the California prison system, and the CIA’s practice of “extraordinary rendition.?

Paglen’s visual work has been shown in galleries and museums including MASSMOCA (2006), the Warhol Museum (2007), Diverse Works (2005), in journals and magazines from Wired to The New York Review of Books, and at numerous other arts venues, universities, conferences, and public spaces. He has had one-person shows at Deadtech (2001), the LAB (2005), and Bellwether Gallery (2006).

Paglen’s first book, Torture Taxi: On the Trail of the CIA’s Rendition Flights (co-authored with AC Thompson; Melville House, 2006) was the first book to systematically describe the CIA’s “extraordinary rendition? program. His second book, I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have to be Destroyed by Me (Melville House, 2007) an examination of the visual culture of “black? military programs, will be published in November 2007. He is currently completing his third book, entitled Blank Spots on a Map, which will be published by Dutton/NAL/Penguin in late 2008/early 2009.

Paglen has received grants and commissions from Rhizome.org, the LEF Foundation, and the Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology. In 2005, he was a Vectors Journal Fellow at the University of Southern California.

Paglen holds a BA from UC Berkeley, an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is currently completing a PhD in the Department of Geography at the University of California at Berkeley."

NEXT: Terri and Serena talk to Pate Conaway.

"Pate Conaway is an interdisciplinary artist fromChicago, Illinois.  Conaway sees the act of art-making as a performance in itself.  Conaway has produced art in gallery situations, including during a five-week stint at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago where he knitted a pair of nine-foot-long mittens.  The artist, whose background is in performance and paper arts, continues to work in sculpture, installation, and interactive performance.  Now learning to sew, Conaway is fascinated by the idea of applying garment construction techniques to bookbinding. Pate Conaway is a graduate of Chicago's Second City Training Center and received his MFA from Columbia College, Chicago.  He has exhibited extensively in the mid-west and his work can be found in the Artist Book Collection at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago."


AND Mike B. has a rant to offer.


Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_112_Paglen-Conaway.mp3
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Bad at Sports Episode 111: Sympathy for Dominic Molon Duncan and Richard talk to Dominic Molon about, Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967. There are lots of "Rock out with your cock out!" kind of stupid comments. Paul Klein and Wesley hated it, hear from the curator go check out the show and see what you think.

From the MCA site:

"Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967 examines the dynamic relationship between rock music and contemporary visual art, a relationship that crosses continents, generations, and cultures. Since the late 1950s this unlikely hybrid of rhythm-and-blues and country music has had an undeniable impact on society while drastically changing with the times. Artists from the 1960s to the present have maintained a strong connection to rock, beginning with Andy Warhol’s involvement with The Velvet Underground (who released their Warhol-produced landmark album The Velvet Underground and Nico in 1967 -- the same year the MCA opened its doors). More recently, artists such as Slater Bradley, Raymond Pettibon, and Mike Kelley have created album covers and music videos for rock bands, while many noted rock musicians such as John Lennon, Bryan Ferry, and Peter Townsend have emerged from art schools.

This exhibition is the most serious and comprehensive look at the intimate and inspired relationship between the visual arts and rock-and-roll culture to date, charting their intersection through works of art, album covers, music videos, and other materials. The exhibition addresses the importance of specific cities such as London, New York, Los Angeles, and Cologne; rock and roll’s style, celebrity, and identity politics in art; the experience, energy, and sense of devotion rock music inspires; and the dual role that many individuals play in both the sonic and visual realms. This exhibition is curated by MCA Curator Dominic Molon."

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_111-Sympathy_for_Dominic.mp3
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Bad at Sports Episode 110: Around the Coyote?!?/ SF opening extravaganza

Is there an art scene in Wicker Park anymore? Why does Around the Coyote have such a crap reputation these days? Duncan asks the hard questions to Around the Coyote Executive Director Allison Stites and festival coordinator Jessie Cochran about what they are doing, what they are working on, and how they are trying to turn the program around, bring in quality curators and artists and make it relevant and interesting. They don’t shy away from straight answers.

Brian Andrews and Marc LeBlanc are joined by Patricia Maloney and they discuss the new season of shows that recently opened in San Francisco.

 

 

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_110-ATC-SF_Reviews.mp3
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Bad at Sports Episode 109: Roger Brown Study Collection Duncan and guest host Shannon Stratton talk to Lisa Stone curator of the Roger Brown study collection about what a kickass resource it is and what you can do, by simply clicking a mouse, to help save it.

Kathryn Born checks in from the Hyde Park Art Center about their current show.

Coming soon! Jim Elkins, Judy Ledgerwood, Dominic Molon on rock, Lee Bontecou, Tony Fitzpatrick versus Mike Benedetto and ever so much more!!!

Through a series of gifts and bequests The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has become the primary repository of the personal, intellectual, and artistic effects of alumnus Roger Brown. His generosity to the School included a remarkable group of paintings and prints. Brown’s gift of paintings is organized into two groups: the Roger Brown Permanent Collection, a study collection of works that are available for study and exhibition, and the Roger Brown Estate Collection of Paintings and Prints. Works from the Estate Collections are offered for sale to museums and private collectors, and are available for loan to museum exhibitions. Proceeds from the sale of paintings and prints provide a major source of operating support for the Roger Brown Study Collection.

SAIC is in the unique position to share a wealth of artistic, personal, and intellectual resources from the RBSC Archive with collectors and institutions considering loans or purchases. The RBSC Archive includes Brown’s sketchbooks from early/student years to the early 1990s. From these we can often provide images from Brown’s creative process for a specific work or art, or a time frame in Brown’s career. We can often provide provenance, exhibition and publication histories, and at times we can find references to specific works or ideas in Brown’s writings.

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Bad at Sports Episode 108: Marc Fischer This week Anthony Elms and Duncan talk to Marc Fischer about the Public Collectors project and other things.

Then Marc LeBlanc and Brian Andrews talk about how Marc is turning Japanese, he thinks he’s turning Japanese, he really thinks so….

The intro discusses how Philip von Zweck is a thug.

Anthony, please, dear God, talk in to the mic, seriously.

The following blurbs were shamelessly stolen from PVZ’s site:

Marc Fischer is 1/3 of the group Temporary Services, 1/11th of Mess Hall- an experimental cultural center in Roger’s Park (where he co-organizes the Hardcore Histories series), and an artist who curated the prison-themed exhibition “Captive Audience? at Gallery 400 earlier this year. In addition to believing that
vinyl remains the superior format for the appreciation of recorded music, Fischer still refuses to own a fucking cell phone.

Anthony Elms overcame his youth as just another punk in Michigan to become the assistant director of Gallery 400, the editor of WhiteWalls, and a writer whose works have appeared in like every freakin' magazine ever (except Artforum, whatever), plus in some exhibition catalogs for stuff that didn't happen at VONZWECK, but was still ok. He's pimped himself out at times; and participated in some panel discussions, but I think the panel discussion is always a bad idea, always. Anthony agrees.

On Public Collectors:

VONZWECK- as an entity, doesn’t care about art. You know it, you always have. But VONZWECK likes administration, and… stuff. Especially other people’s stuff! So does Marc Fischer. He likes stuff so much he’s started a whole new initiative to get to see it, and, being the unselfish soul that he is, to share it.

It’s called Public Collectors and it is founded upon the concern that there are many types of cultural artifacts that public libraries, museums and other institutions and archives either do not collect or do not make freely accessible. Public Collectors asks people that have had the luxury to amass, organize, and inventory these materials, to help reverse this lack by making their collections public. It’s voluntary and it’s free. Not about selling, or buying and not restricted to art. It’s about getting to see something you might not have access to otherwise and exchanges of knowledge.

For this - the kickoff, the ribbon cutting, Marc will be sharing one of his collections: records. That’s right actual records, long players, vinyl, what have you. Many will be on display; many more will be brought to the space for listening on request.

But the idea isn’t just for you to see Marc’s stuff, it’s for you to share your collection(s) and view other peoples’. Other collections are online and many more will be added soon at www.publiccollectors.org.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_108-Marc_Fischer.mp3
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Bad at Sports Episode 107: Opening shots!

Jason Dunda and Teena McClelland (from the Alliance of Pentaphillic Curators) are back, along with Kathryn, Christopher Hudgens in a rare on mic appearance, Duncan, Terri and Serena all providing team coverage of opening extravaganza 2007.

You are mentioned in this episode, seriously, no name drop list this week because you know you are in here, someone is talking about you, maybe something good, maybe something bad, you’ll just have to listen.

Mike B. is back with 28 somethings later.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_107-opening_shots.mp3
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Bad at Sports Episode 106: Squid are the new deer. This episode is full of drama and mystery. Is this the middle of the end? Will Duncan and Richard ever work together again? Is the closing to this week’s show the saddest thing ever on a podcast? Are squid the new deer?

This week Clare Britt from Fraction Workspace returns and discusses La Biennale di Venezia with Duncan and Joanna. Listen closely and you too can be on the cusp of the hot new trends.

Our new Washington D.C. correspondent Katy Chang checks in from the San Diego Comicon. She is the only other JD/MFA we’ve ever met. It’s like Highlander, eventually she will have to duel Richard to the death. There can be only one.

AND, if that weren’t enough action, Joanna and Terri discuss Douglas Copeland’s book Hey Nostradamus!: A Novel. A high school shooting in Vancouver, I thought our neighbors to the north were pacifists.

The closing is the saddest thing ever on Bad at Sports, weep for Duncan.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_106_Squid-the_new_deer.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:07am EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 105: Mucho Stuffo
This week Clare Britt from Fraction Workspace stops
by to give the run down on a couple of the
European shows with Duncan and Joanna.  Namely
Documenta and Munster. She will be back next week
To consider Venice. 

Also the fine and wacky folks form The Alliance
of Pentaphilic Curators show up to encourage
Philip von Zweck's friends to  explain why it
should have been them while they
"roast the bastard" in recognition of the
sizable grant he won this year.

The opening and closing songs of this week's show
are there largely to amuse Kaveh Soofi.
If you don't get it, you don't, sorry.



 

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_105-Mucho_Stuffo.mp3
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Bad at Sports Episode 104: Brian Holmes with Lane Relyea The show opens with a bang! Britton Bertran's car is hit and we are the witnesses.

And as you listen to this week's intro designed specifically to irritate Duncan, pause a moment and say to yourself..."Seriously?  Episode 104?"  Richard's parents have called us both to mention how happy they are.  Here we are poised on the cusp of another Bad at Sports season and this week Duncan is joined by friends of the show Lane Relyea and Claire Pentecost to interview/interrogate French American Theorist and Art Critic Brian Holmes.  

As we roll over the two year mark we once again are faced with questions about the Bad at Sports Project.  We know what we think but once again we want to hear from you.  Please email your thoughts about the show and your hopes for it's future to badatsports@gmail.com please use the header "Hope Chest."  Thanks in advance for taking the time to help us get better.

Piet Zwart Institute Bio for Brian Holmes-
Brian Holmes is an art and cultural critic, activist and translator, living in Paris, interested primarily in the intersections of artistic and political practice. He holds a doctorate in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of California at Berkeley. He was the English editor of publications for Documenta X, Kassel, Germany, 1997, was a member of the graphic arts group Ne pas plier from 1999 to 2001, and has recently worked with the French conceptual art group Bureau d'études. He is a frequent contributor to the international mailinglist Nettime, a member of the editorial committee of the art magazine "Springerin" and the political-economy journal "Multitudes", a regular contributor to the magazine Parachute, and a founder of the new journal "Autonomie Artistique". He is currently preparing a book in French, entitled "La personnalité flexible: Pour une nouvelle critique de la culture."

http://brianholmes.wordpress.com/


Theo Hakola is a god among men.
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Bad at Sports Episode 103: Carol Becker Duncan and Terri talk to Carol Becker about the School of the Art Institute, the future of arts education, and her new position at Columbia University.

ALSO: THE INCREDIBLE RETURN OF MIKE AND THE 30 SECONDS MOVIE REVIEWS with bonus seconds.

Artist, Art Historian, and Dean,
of Faculty and Senior Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

She is the author of numerous articles and several books with many foreign editors. Her book publications include: The Invisible Drama: Women and The Anxiety of Change; The Subversive Imagination: Artists, Society, and Social Responsibility; Zones of Contention: Essays on Art, Institutions, Gender, and Anxiety; and most recently, Surpassing the Spectacle: Global Transformations and the Changing Politics of Art.

Prelude to published interview taken from the book, Conversations Before the End of Time by Suzi Gablik.
“In 1994, Carol Becker was appointed dean and vice-president for academic affairs of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, having been a former chair of the graduate division before that. She received her Ph.D. in literature at the University of San Diego, where she was a protégé of Herbert Marcuse. A lecturer in women's studies since the late 1960s, and a writer on psychoanalytic theory and cultural politics, she has been mulling over the obsolete attitudes and strategies of the art world for a long time, particularly the issue of the artist's responsibility to society, which she claims is a sensitive issue that makes everyone uncomfortable, defensive and insecure. Becker feels that many artists simply refuse to address the issue at all. Artists often choose rebellion, which alienates them from their audience, and then become angry at the degree to which they are unappreciated. In part this is a consequence of the way we educate students in art schools, envisioning the artist as a marginalized and romantic figure who, she claims, operates "out of what Freud calls the Pleasure Principle while the rest of us struggle within the Reality Principle." Students need to think about their work, she feels, not in isolation, but in relationship to the public and to an audience that has not been addressed in art school pedagogical situations. American art students, like most American college students, Becker claims, have not been trained to think globally or politically about their position in society. In a sense, art has seceded from American culture so completely that it has lost its effectiveness and become a subsidized bureaucracy of self-serving specialists.?


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Bad at Sports Episode 102: There's a riot going on

This week’s show has everything.

Brian and Marc with critic, writer, and all around interesting guy Julian Myers on rock and rioting.  

Terri,  Joanna and Danielle Egan-Miller talk to Arik Verezhensky proprietor of Gemini Fine Books & Arts, Ltd. A collector and dealer in rare and amazing art and books, and art books, and maybe a few books on art. 

To top it all off the show wraps up with some obscure Japanese Hip-Hop, Richard’s new favorite genre of music.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode102-Riot.mp3
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Bad at Sports Episode 101: Jim Duignan/ Stockyard Institute

AMANDA IS BACK!!! Duncan and Amanda talk to Jim Duignan about his current project at the Hyde Park Art Center. Super friend of Bad at Sports (and Director of Exhibitions at the HPAC) Allison Peters is there too!

To wit:


"Jim Duignan is an artist and founder of the Stockyard Institute, a project that draws attention to the visionary status of youth and people through the arts in a variety of Chicago neighborhoods. Stockyard Institute publishes AREA Chicago Arts, Education, Activism, a biannual publication in Chicago.

Jim begins his “residency? at the Art Center in preparation for Pedagogical Factory, an exhibition at the Hyde Park Art Center in Gallery 1, opening this summer. He’ll be at the Art Center on Thursdays in the Second Floor Studios on the west side of the building. Stop in for a chat with Jim to find out more about his project!"

...music and passion are always in fashion....
Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode101-Stockyard_Institute.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:01am EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 100: Mattress Factory/ Book Review Richard joins Pittsburgh bureau chiefs Katie Reilly and Craig Fox along with special correspondent Sarah Guernsey to discuss the Mattress Factory.

Also Terri and Joanna discuss Don DeLillo's latest Falling Man: A Novel.

100 shows. Wow.
Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode100-Matress_Factory.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:49am EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 99: Center for Tactical Magic/ Caroline Picard Joanna, Amanda and Terri talk to Green Lantern Director Caroline Picard.

Marc and Brian talk to the Aaron Gach of the Center for Tactical Magic in San Francisco.

Richard continues his slide into "Ed Anger"dom.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_99_CTM-Picard.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:05am EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 98: Escultura Social: A New Generation of Art from Mexico City This week Duncan and Richard talk to Julie Rodrigues Widholm and a number of the artists from the show about the hot hot hot new show at the MCA - Escultura Social: A New Generation of Art from Mexico City.

Duncan talks to Packard Jennings about his residency at ThreeWalls.

Richard is turning into Ed Anger.
Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_98_Escultura_Social.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:01am EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 97: Jack Hanley THIS WEEK: Superstar gallerist Jack Hanley is interviewed by Brian and Marc. Our own beloved Mike Benedetto reviews Terry Gilliam's Tideland and is responsible for the intro to this week's show. The London bureau's Christian and Emily talk about lots of gallery shows.


Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_97_Jack_Hanley.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:04pm EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 96: Jeff Wall

Jeff Wall, people! Canadian superstar Jeff Wall is interviewed by Duncan and Richard when he was in Chicago for the opening of his huge new show at the Art Institute of Chicago:

Jeff Wall

June 29-September 23, 2007
Regenstein Hall

Jeff Wall is considered one of the most acclaimed and influential artists of his generation. He uses state-of-the-art photographic and computer technologies to make pictures that evoke the composition, scale, and ambition of the grandest history paintings. This exhibition presents a comprehensive overview of Wall's nearly 30-year career.

Next, Jonathan Messinger and Zach Dodson the force behind Featherproof Books, an indie publisher based here in Chicago talk to Terri and Joanna at the Printers Row Book Fair.

Finally, Amanda is leaving for New York! We say our fond farewells, but not goodbyes to Amanda Browder who has taken a position with the New York office of Bad at Sports.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_96_Jeff_Wall.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:33pm EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 95: Old Gold/Boumstein-Smalley/JMOCA

Allright so my computer is fairly f-ed and therefore this show note will be even less witty than usual. A bunch of post-its are wedged between the keyboard and the video processor to hold it in place. Curse you IBM.

Duncan and Marc LeBlanc talk to Caleb Lyons of Old Gold Gallery and formerly of Art Ledge. 

Duncan talks to artist Lisa Boumstein-Smalley about her new show at the Alfedena Gallery.

Brian Andrews and Marc LeBlanc talk to Justin Hansch about Justin’s Museum of Contemporary Art. We collectively apologize for the crappy sound quality on this one but we are working to correct the problem.

Sarah corrects BAS on their grammar.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_95_Old_Gold-Boumstein_Smalley.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:34am EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 94: Jana Gunstheimer/ Chicago Politics

This Week: Guest interviewer Lisa Dorin talks to German artist Jana Gunstheimer (see the blurb shamelessly lifted from the AIC website, below). ALSO we get two different perspectives on the fight over the Public Art Program and how they handle the selection and approval process. Kathryn talks to Olga Stefan Executive Director of the Chicago Artists' Coalition at Monday's protest rally, and Duncan talks to Gregory Knight, Deputy Commissioner/ Visual Arts of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs after the vote was in. This conflict has been actively discussed on our blog, see what the hoopla is about!

Richard spent a lot of time chuckling to himself about the music cues in this weeks show.

German artist Jana Gunstheimer combines her academic training in ethnology with a refined figurative drawing practice to observe and comment on aspects of her own culture. Gunstheimer responds to the transformations she sees taking place in contemporary German society including postindustrial desolation, drastic unemployment, and rising levels of aggression among people of her generation by way of a semi-fictional organization she calls Nova Porta. Complete with a logo, Web site, and an actual membership, the organization offers  People without Social Function a semblance of structure through group cohesion and rigid hierarchy.

Adopting impenetrable rituals, tireless evaluation procedures, and managed leisure, the organization's stated goal is risk management and its activities are driven, if not wholly fabricated, by the artist. Under the conceptual framework of Nova Porta, Gunstheimer effectively parodies hierarchical structures, bureaucracy, and, most importantly, society's need to define one�s worth in terms of work.

Focus: Jana Gunstheimer is the artist's first solo museum exhibition in the United States. In one all-encompassing installation, the exhibition features exquisitely rendered, photo-based grisaille watercolors on wood panel, a large-scale paper cutout, a site-specific wall drawing, and a newspaper intervention work that all reference the initiatives of Nova Porta, adapted to the specific context of Chicago.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_94_Jana_Gunstheimer.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:30am EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 93: Gaylen Gerber/Michelle Grabner

This week Michelle Grabner and Duncan interview Gaylen Gerber.

"Gaylen Gerber's work often incorporates the artwork of other artists in its realization. Gerber asks other artists to cooperate with him and let their work be installed against the ground he provides. In doing so he focuses our attention on a central aspect of perception, which is that to perceive something at all you must first be able to perceive it as distinct from its context or background. By positioning his work as the contextual ground against which we see another work of art, Gerber draws attention to the permeability of the distinctions between object and context and fundamentally questions the stability of perception itself. Gaylen Gerber has exhibited widely including recent exhibitions and cooperative projects at the Musee d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean in Luxembourg, Luxembourg; FRAC-Bourgogne and Musee des Beaux-Arts, Dijon, France; Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland; and The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.

Photo Caption 

Exhibition view of Gaylen Gerber's 2006 Mudam exhibition featuring Gerber's work with Kay Rosen, Sam Salisbury and Remy Zaugg. Zaugg's text roughly translates: and if, as soon as I act, I was not being anymore. Photo: Jean-Noel Lafargue."

The closing song goes out to Duncan.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_93_Gaylen_Gerber.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:01am EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 92: Loveliness/ Evil Chicago Politics

Are you tired of all the self obsessed, cynical, angry art that’s out there today? Well Alex  Jovanovich is out there to fix what ails you and point you in the right direction! Terri talks to Alex about his Loveliness Workshops.

Next, Kathryn talks to Paul Klein about the screwed up stuff going on with public art funding in Chicago. Paul is working of some interesting activist stuff and we will post a letter/manifesto on the recent events, on our blog. 

Then, Mark Staff Brandl checks in from the Central Europe Bureau!

Last, Mike Benedetto, with another Art Superstar Cinema Spotlight. The Supertsar is Monique Meloche. The movie is Volver directed by Pedro Almodovar. Might made his own bed music for this bit. Wow. 

Wow, what a whole lot of show.  

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_92_Jovanovich_on_Loveliness.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:57am EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 91: Gregg Bordowitz and David Getsy on “queer?

This week Terri talks to Gregg Bordowitz and David Getsy about queer art, queer theory and what it means to be queer in 2007.  Duncan and Meg were there too, but it is mostly Terri, Gregg and David’s show.

Gregg Bordowitz is a writer, AIDS activist, and film-and videomaker. His work, including Fast Trip, Long Drop (1993) and Habit (2001), documents his personal experiences of testing positive and living with HIV within the context of a personal and global crisis. His writings are collected in The AIDS Crisis is Ridiculous and Other Writings:1986-2003. He is currently on faculty in the Film Video and New Media department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

David Getsy is an author, theorist and Assistant Professor of 19th and early 20th Century Art Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_91_Getsy__Bordowitz.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

Special Correspondent Tony Fitzpatrick interviews Time Out Chicago's Ruth Lopez about just about everything. It's an engaging and insightful conversation. Duncan and Richard chime in now and again.

The show closes with further proof that if there is an obscure musical tidbit in Tony's past, we can find it.

 

 

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_90_Lopez-Fitzpatrick.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:13pm EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 89: The Collective Foundation/Miranda July reviewed

This week Book Reviews and West Coast News! Terri Griffith and Joanna Topor review Miranda July’s book No One Belongs Here More Than You. Worked in to the commentary is discussion of the Mackenzie’s sex life and Oprah’s use of the phrase Vah-Jay-Jay.

Brian Andrews and Marc LeBlanc talk to curator Joseph del Pesco and artist Scott Oliver about the Collective Foundation. 

The Collective Foundation (CF) is a temporary organization. The concept of curator Joseph del Pesco and artist Scott Oliver, CF relies on the contributions of numerous people who are working to advance art in the Bay Area. During the organization's launch at YBCA, The Foundation will set up temporary headquarters in our galleries. They will hold think-tank discussions, how-to sessions for navigating the CF Web interface, and Shotgun Review Second Saturdays where participants will review as many Bay Area art shows as possible. The furniture for the Foundation’s headquarters will be borrowed from local individuals, modified for the exhibition, and returned at the close of the show—a generous illustration of the benefits of networking. Find out more at www.collectivefoundation.org.

Duncan makes a funny noise at the end of the show.

 

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_89_Collective_Foundation-books.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:33pm EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 88: Art Fair Part Deux!

This week Art Fair Part Deux. In response to blog comments I am attempting something new, and listing the times of the bits. Which I must say is one more damn task to complete for the show, but I'll try it and see if it drives me insane.

0:00-11:25 Intro, overall recap and lots of snotty commentary by Duncan, Amanda, and Richard. 

11:40-22:10 Team Browder (Amanda and Dolly Browder) with Susan Hobbs on the Susan Hobbs Gallery.

22:20-29:05 Team Queer Ghetto Bus (Terri, Serena and Meg) talk to folks from the Thomas Robertello Gallery: guests Thomas Robertello , Adam Ekberg ,Lily McElroy, Hybinette + Richards

29:10-34:00 TB talks to artist David Opdyke with Roebling Hall Art Gallery and Dolly gives some of the best insight ever!

34:10-37:38 TQGB talks to the Williamsburg based Eyewash Gallery  and Larry Walczak and Paul Kurman.

37:50-46:05 TB talks to Santiago Cucullu with High Point Press about his work.

46:20-49:55 TQGB talks to the delightful artist Anni Holm with Orleans Street Gallery and the art scene in St. Charles Illinois.

50:05-58:40 Joel Beck Who runs Roebling Hall Gallery who curated the video installation spectacle in the lobby along with Steven Levy.

58:45-1:05:35 TQGB talks about Brittany's va-jay-jay and with the fine folks from the Capla Kesting Gallery: David Kesting, John Leo, Daniel Edwards, Martina Kubinyi

1:05:45-1:14:00 TB Talks to Steve Zavvatero and Heather Marx of The Heather Marx Gallery from San Francisco. Amanda tries to start a knife fight.

1:14:20-1:19:30 The Team Browder wrap up which is a delightful conversation between Amanda and Dolly recapping Dolly's first Art Fair experience. This is my personal favorite moment in the show.

1:19:30-1:22:45 Closing credits and quips, never to be missed.

Whew! That was some serious typing for 6 a.m. on a Sunday.

Lastly, while looking for a picture for this weeks show, I stumbled upon this link on Anni Holm's site, check out the story and help if you can. Anni should e-mail us so we can have them both on to talk about it.

http://work.colum.edu/~aholm/Home/Mei.html

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_88_Art_Fair_part_2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:34am EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 87: Art-ver-bridge-opolis part 1

As we recover from Sharkstock 2007 we diligently post Episode #87 the first installment of our team coverage of Artropolis, Version, Bridge, Sharkstock and a bunch of other cool stuff we went to in the last few days. Also prior to our soiree at Sonotheque we it Tony Fitzpatrick's kickass opening at Architrove which was so crowded I nearly had a panic attack, I got to meet his Mom, who was utterly delightful. Paul Klein spent most of the fair weekend worried that we were stalking him as we were oddly on the exact same schedule at all times.

This weeks installment consists of a mix of stuff, next week we focus on interviews with gallerists and artists.

To top it all off special guest star Dolly Browder joins in!!!

The intro has a name mysteriously bleeped out. Cast your vote on our blog on who you think it was.

Team Browder reviews New InSight the exhibition of fancy-pants fresh young MFA's curated by Susanne Ghez who, despite being a perfectly lovely person, steadfastly refuses to be on the show. C'mon Susanne we don't bite!

Our first team coverage event: Team Queer (Terri, Serena, and Meg the war correspondent) and Team Fat White Guy (Duncan, Richard, Christopher Hudgens) get in the midst of combat with the "Carnival of art on the river" AKA "Art War 2007". A member of the team is wounded in the line of duty. We intend to sue. Everyone. Edmar you are on notice.

Terri and Meg talk about Symposium C6 The Art World is Flat and how weirdly classist it seemed to be.

Duncan and Richard talk to William Dolan and Mark Staff-Brandl about The Artist Project and Bill makes a sale during our bit with him.

Richard talks to Michael Workman about being guillotined in effigy. Tom Burtonwood mourns the loss of his good friend Michael, but has already planned his ascendancy to the leadership of Bridge.

We wrap it all up with a discussion of Canadians drinking too much.

And this is just week 1. You should be paying us.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_87_Art-ver-bridge-opolis.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:21pm EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 86: Hindman-Kimler-Workman

THIS WEEK: Interviews with Leslie Hindman, Wesley “The Shark? Kimler,  and Michael “Makes icky noises into the mic which I need to edit out? Workman.

Marc LeBlanc and Brian Andrews talk Los Angeles Galleries at 95 miles per hour.

ATTENTION ALL BAD AT SPORTS LISTENERS: Amanda’s Mom will be in Chicago next week! When you are at the various and sundry art fairs BE SURE to keep an eye out for Amanda and her Mom. She apparently has re-upped her restraining order against Duncan. YOU CAN MEET AMANDA’S MOM (who will autograph any body part you’d like) and meet us at the following shindig:

April 27, 2007
VERSION FESTIVAL ART PARTY
(Special guest starring Bad at Sports-we'd better be on the damn list)
Join Version and Lumpen and a cabal of artists and weirdos at
Sonotheque for an afterparty and celebration of our victory over the
forces of Artropolis.

9 pm - 2 am.
Performances by
Skarekrau Radio
Lemon Pretend
Zeroth

DJs Liz Armstrong
and Rand Sevilla
VJ Ron MLF.

Free Svedka vodka drinks til 10 pm. $10 cover.

NOTE: I was contacted via e-mail (sent what is essentially a cease and desist) by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. I was informed that as Duncan is a Canadian artist and is working in the media, he, and thereby Bad at Sports are governed by the standards and practices of Section 3 of the Canadian National Broadcasting Act and we were deficient in our quota of MAPL (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_content#How_the_MAPL_system_works   I had to look it up) based Canadian content in the program. Hence this week's music cues, in case you were wondering.

NEXT WEEK: THE EFFING ART FAIRS

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_86_Hindman-Kimler_workman.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:44pm EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 85: Art Schoolin'  Extravaganza!!

Art Schoolin' Extravaganza!!

This week's show is an f-ing masterpiece, miss this one at your peril.

This week we talk to in turn professors: James Elkins, Sarah Kreep (organizer of the New InSight exhibition), and Lane Relyea about the future of art education, art students, and the future of the art business among many other topics!

Mike and Richard have dueling reviews of Frank Miller's 300!

BUT FIRST: In the expanded intro; There is a lot of talk about what Scott Speh can do with his opinion of how we do things.

As a BONUS this week we have A BONUS SHOW!!! for direct download...

Our Art School Confidential... Meg Onli - bfa 2008, Jerome Acks - mfa 2008, Carrie Schneider - mfa 2007, Tim Ridlen - bfa 2007, and Duncan MacKenzie - mfa 2002 sit down to talk a little about why art school and how they see their futures.

Download it here

Also please be sure to check out the follow video. Duncan can't stop talking about it: http://youtube.com/watch?v=fbGkxcY7YFU

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_85_Art_Schoolin_Extravaganza.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:02pm EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 84: Elkins-Morgan-Edmar

This week’s show is top notch, grade A stuff, Jack, and you sure don’t want to miss it.  Art, religion, smurfs, Dungeons and Dragons, Duncan rattling on like an old man about how kids today just don’t understand punk rock, AND the show closes with Richard’s favorite music cue in the entire run of the program, a little pop diddy on Marx and Mao. A show with something for everyone.

Duncan and Terri talk to James Elkins and David Morgan about the forthcoming roundtable…

On April 17, SAIC professor and critic James Elkins reignites the discussion with the
provocative
Re-Enchantment Roundtable. The roundtable and associated events gather
together secular and religious thinkers who rarely share discourse: artists, scholars and
art critics—and religionists interested in art. Panelists will include Thierry de Duve,
Gregg Bordowitz, David Morgan, Kajri Jain, Tomoko Masuzawa, and Wendy Doniger.
The day long discussion is intended to span the full diversity of opinions, from those
who think contemporary art is already “religious,? to those who believe art should have
nothing to do with religious faith.

Duncan and Edmar discuss the Lumpen Juggernaut’s new building project and HQ, the Version festival, art madness on the river and Half-Elves that are chaotic good.

Hot damn.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_84_Elkins-Morgan-Edmar.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:40pm EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 83: Mary Leigh Cherry & PS1

This week Brian and Marc talk to Mary Leigh Cherry is co-owner of Cherry and Martin gallery in Los Angeles and works with the Artist Pension Trust.

AND

Nathan Rogers-Madsen reviews PS-1!

Richard ends the show with a plea and a funny song.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_83_CherryPS1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:37pm EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 82: David Robbins

This week Duncan and Richard talk to David Robbins.

David Robbins has had 30 solo exhibitions of his work internationally and has recently been included in exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France. He has published four books, including a novella, The Ice Cream Social (1998), and his essays and satires have been published in Artforum, Parkett, Art Issues, and numerous other magazines and catalogs. He received his degree in American Studies from Brown University. He currently lives in Milwaukee. 

His forthcoming book on concrete comedy sounds like one of the most interesting things ever and I personally have pre-ordered 400 copies on Amazon.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_82_Robbins.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:21am EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 81: Joseph Ketner II and Christopher Kennedy

This week's show is a cavalcade of amazing-ness. Duncan and Richard talk to Joseph Ketner II, Chief Curator at the Milwaukee Art Museum where we ask the question "did Francis Bacon simply need a hug?". Next, there is an excerpt from a lecture by Christopher Kennedy, President, Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc., on the future of the Art Fair here in Chicago which is not to be missed as we move ever closer to the 2007 fair and away from the 2006 debacle. Christian Kuras guest stars in the expanded intro and Amanda is back from her travels to say all sorts of funny and possibly offensive things!

Be sure to buy your Pitchfork Festival tickets! Sonic Youth is performing Daydream Nation in its entirety. Hot damn.

Holy Guacamole the new Chicago Reader art listings (if you can even call them that) suck like space. For shame Reader, for shame. This is one of the biggest slaps to the art community in some time. Rise up!!!

Lastly, PLEASE vote in this week's poll as we need your input on what might be changes to the format of the show. www.badatsports.com

Planned for next week, artist and author David Robbins!!!

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_81_Ketner-Kennedy.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:52am EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 80: Berin Golonu & Erik Wenzel

This week: Marc LeBlanc and Brian Andrews talk to Berin Gonlonu, Associate Visual Arts Curator at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Mike Benedetto makes his fabulous return. Nathan Rodgers-Madsen interviews Erik Wenzel of the Art or Idiocy? blog and numerous other artistic and journalistical type projects.

Yup.
Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_80_Gonolu-Wenzel.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:29am EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 79: Reviews

In this episode Bad at Sports welcomes guest reviewers... Boston up  and comer Liz Nofziger and Columbia College's Neysa Page-Lieberman.  They join Bad at Sports locals Terri Griffith, Serena Worthington,  Joanna Topor, and Duncan MacKenzie as we shake up and shake down shows in the west loop. Tune in as they struggle to come to terms with Gescheidle's two new shows, Drew Beatie and Chris Verene whose name Duncan butchers repeatedly), GARDENFresh's first show in their new digs, and 40000's two new offerings Thomas Rapai and Amy Vogel.

All that and Brian Andrews talks politics and art!

ALSO A BRAND NEW CONTEST: The first Bad at Sports Essay Contest is announced in the outro this week. We need you to write a speculative essay of 100 words or less on why Edward Lifson dislikes us. These can be as speculative and fictitious as possible. The winner will have their essay read on the air by Book Guru Terry Griffith!!!

On that note don’t forget to e-mail Hello Beautiful and tell them about our project!!! HelloBeautiful@ChicagoPublicRadio.org

ALSO you can contact them via the following (lifted from their site)

Whether you're an artist or enthusiast, musician or muse, Chicago Public Radio's arts desk wants your thoughts on where to go and what to see in Chicagoland. Share your ideas one of two ways:

TheList@ChicagoPublicRadio.org

312.948.4623




 

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_79_reviews.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:41pm EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 78: OPENPORT and CAA reviewed

This week on Bad at Sports: Duncan and Amanda talk to the fine folks in charge of OPENPORT: Realtime Performance, Sound, & Language curated by Nathan Butler, Mark Jeffery, Judd Morrissey, and Lori Talley.

THE SQUARE DANCE EVENT IS THIS SATURDAY!!! BE THERE OR ....well... you get the idea.

Also, we wonder why Edward Lifson has negative feelings towards us???

Next, Brian Andrews on collecting praise and drinking.

Then, Richard talks to Interviewees, Interviewers, Anthony Burton, Aris Georgiades, and ex-pat John Wanzel on CAA, NYC and BS, OK!

Finally, Steve Albini is giant of consciousness. Bow before him.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_78_CAAOPENPORT.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:14pm EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 77: Jose Lerma & book talk!

This week: Duncan and Amanda talk to Jose Lerma about painting, art, and the Badgers.

Joanna Topor and Terri Griffith cross swords about literature and minotaurs.

Bad at Sports readies for battle.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_77_Jose_Lerma-Book.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:59pm EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 76: Rodney Graham/ Polvo

Canadian superstar Rodney Graham joins us. Duncan, Meg and Richard talk to the man that turned driving around on your bicycle on acid in to an art form. I was genius at 18 and I had no idea!!! Jeepers.

Special thanks and a BAS shout-out to Tiffany Tummala and Bren Wadlington at Donald Young Gallery!!!!!! You rock, rock us like a hurricane.

Next, Mike Benedetto reviews a touching and timely story of our nation in conflict. I cried through the whole 30 seconds (plus bonus seconds).

THEN, We talk to members of the Polvo team, Elvia Rodriguez-Ochoa  and Miguel Cortez (who didn't really say anything but was there none-the-less). They give us the scoop on Polvo, Pilsen and why their space is so damn cool.

Post your feedback on our Blog www.badatsports.com!!!

Watch this space: Bad at Sports will soon be declaring complete and utter war on a local institution. Not to be missed.

Next week, THE MEG SHOW and Jim Elkins on Phds for studio artists.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_76_Rodney_Graham.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:49pm EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 75: Chronic at Monique Meloche

This week we talk to the artists and curator of the stellar new show at Monique Meloche, Chronic: Handmade Nightmares in Red, Yellow and Blue.

Duncan, Richard and Amanda together again interview Fendry Ekel, Dylan Graham, Fokert de Jong, and curator Astrid Honold. Exciting conversation, interesting insight, talk about the many meanings of "chronic". Fun times!!!

ALSO THIS WEEK: The Duncan haircut poll. Be sure to go to Badatsports.com and vote on Whether or not Duncan should get a haircut. The fate of the world is in your hands. 

Also! Those of you in the <ahem> drawing school we frequently discuss on the show, sharpen your pencils!

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/02/03/headbutt.wookie.ap/index.html


Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_75-Meloche_Chonic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:01am EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 74: Steve Lacy

While you the Bad at Sports listener only get a taste of it, the interview portion of this week’s show demonstrates precisely why Richard needs to be present to be a jerk for these things or they devolve into chaos. Luckily our cut rate production staff pulled it together and it sounds something akin to coherent. This week Duncan, Amanda and Chris Walla, talk to, or at least try to talk to Steve Lacy, Anthony Elms and Philip von Zweck about Steve’s show at VONZWECK, Academy Records, and lots of other stuff.. 

ALSO

Emily Heath and Christian Kuras from Bad at Sports London check in. 

AND

Mike Benedetto reviews Goundhog Day in time for Groundhog Day.

Also

The BAS video of the week: http://youtube.com/watch?v=pj66XgK3NvE

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_74-Steve_Lacy.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:41pm EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 73: Terence Hannum

Duncan and David Michael Coyle interview Terence Hannum, artist, critic, musician and all around swell guy about his forthcoming show in the MCA's 12 x 12 series "Evocation"

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_73_Terence_Hannum.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:53pm EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 72: Reviews with Velliquette

This week, The Bad at Sports Staff Meeting intro! Michael Velliquette joins Amanda and Duncan in review shows galore, heck maybe even yours. Don't miss it.

We are doing a show from CAA, if you are interviewing, being interviewed, presenting, or just there for the non-stop action and fun, we are looking to get brief reviews of the experience from you! E-mail us and we will set up a meeting place at CAA to record.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_72_Reviews.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:08am EDT

Bad at Sports Episode 71: van Straaten/ Hoke

Holy guacamole fun times! This week Kathryn Born interviews Natalie van Straaten. Mark Staff Brandl talks about Jeff Hoke's kickass book-website-museum Museum of Lost Wonder. Mike Benedetto gives a DOUBLE FEATURE REVIEW. Lastly there is a special bonus treat at the end of this week�s show, it is a surprise.

Natalie van Straaten has been a professional writer on arts subjects for more than 30 years and founded Chicago Gallery News in 1983. A curator, educator, administrator and organizer, she serves on various arts advisory boards and is a frequent juror in art competitions. She served as Executive Director of the Chicago Coalition for Arts in Education (1983-1986), and co-directed an art gallery for fourteen years.

Shamelessly and apologetically lifted from Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Every now and then, a book comes along that's almost impossible to categorize, like Hoke's beautifully illustrated gem, a strange marriage of alchemical lore and psychology, science and "wonder." Hoke, an artist and a senior exhibition designer at California's Monterey Bay Aquarium, writes that the eclectic museums and curiosity cabinets of the 1600s inspired him, and that he wants to return us to a time before "science became a belief system unto itself," a time when artist-alchemist-scientists were able to search for inner truth via mystical experiences and experiments without being ridiculed. Guided by the Greek muses and lured by his lovely color illustrations, readers are beckoned into seven "exhibition halls," named for the stages of alchemical transformation from base matter to divinely inspired knowledge. Each exhibit also includes a pull-out interactive paper model, such as a "Do-It-Yourself Model of the Universe" in chapter one, where Hoke playfully addresses various creation myths. The chapter on dream states, visions and hypnosis is particularly fascinating. This is a book to linger over; it gradually reveals itself as a sly philosophical meditation on human consciousness, bringing in concepts from Tibetan Buddhism and quantum physics.

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