Bad at Sports
Bad At Sports is a weekly podcast about contemporary art. Founded in 2005, focuses on presenting the practices of artists, curators, critics, dealers, various other arts professionals through an online audio format.
Bad at Sports Episode 174: Lawrence Rinder This week Patricia and Brian chat with Lawrence Rinder, currently the director of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Previously he was the Dean at California College of the Arts, curated for the Whitney Museum of American Art, and founded the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art at CCA. He has curated numerous exhibitions including the 2002 Whitney Bienial. In this conversation, they discuss BAMPHA's new building, arts education, the future of the museum, and the Bay Area art community. At the end Larry agrees to come back on the show in the future to discuss all the curatorial projects in his past thay didn't have time to discuss.
Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_174-Lawrence_Rinder.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Bad at Sports Episode 173: Holiday show 2008 It's our annual Holiday extravaganza. Now with even more Hanukkah content than ever before! Enjoy the show, have a safe and happy holiday!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:31pm EST

Bad at Sports Episode 172: John Jennings and Damian Duffy Mark Staff Brandl, the Central European Bureau and EuroShark, is in Central Illinois this time, interviewing Prof. John Jennings and Damian Duffy, curators of the traveling exhibition "Out of Sequence: Underrepresented Voices in American Comics," which originated at Krannert Art Museum in Champaign. Jennings and Duffy discuss their curation of several shows, their own art and writing such as the graphic novel The Hole, their teaching, the extension of sequential art beyond the "Masters of American Comics" notion, theory, the socio-political, African-American culture, impurity, art history and more. Hey Kids, Comics, Fine Art and Filosofizing! Big fun for one and all

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Bad at Sports Episode 171: Mark Napier and Dirty Words This week a sick Duncan MacKenzie bumbles his way through a dramatic and sweeping discussion with Mark Napier.  They speak of "Net Art," its less then stellar critics, and how we think about these new kinds of cultural products.

Napier was an early pioneer of net art and is still charting it's future at  His interview is followed by Terri and Joanna discussing the new book "Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex" by Ellen Sussman.  

The intro is a gem.
Direct download: Bad_At_Sports_Episode_171_Mark_Napier.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:21pm EST

Bad at Sports Episode 170: Mark Staff Brandl Duncan "the fieldmouse" MacKenzie interviews Mark "The EuroShark" Staff Brandl, theorist, writer, professor, artist, and contributor to Art in America, Sharkforum and Bad at Sports.

Richard expresses concern that Duncan is off his meds.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_170-Mark_Staff_Brandl.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:49am EST

Bad at Sports Episode 169: Edward Winkleman This week: Gallerist, blogger, straight shooter, and tough-love proponent Edward Winkleman. Ed tells it like it is and gives some much needed advice for the young artist.

Edward Winkleman is vastly different than Babe Winkleman, although both are highly respected in their fields.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_169-Edward_Winkleman.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:44pm EST

This week, guest host James Yood and Duncan interview Derek Guthrie, co-founder of the New Art Examiner for an illuminating history lesson.

New Art Examiner was a Chicago-based art magazine. Founded in October 1973 by Derek Guthrie and Jane Addams Allen, its final issue was dated May-June 2002.

At the time of the New Art Examiner 's launch, in October 1973, Chicago was "an art backwater." Artists who wished to be taken seriously left Chicago for New York City, and apart from a few local phenomena, such as the Hairy Who, little attention was given to Chicago art and artists.

Called in Art in America "a stalwart of the Chicago scene," the New Art Examiner was conceived to counter this bias and was almost the only art magazine to give any attention to Chicago and midwestern artists (Dialogue magazine, which covered midwestern art exclusively, was founded in Detroit in 1978, but it has also ceased publication). Editor Jane Allen, an art historian who studied under Harold Rosenberg at the University of Chicago, was influential in developing new writers who later became significant on the New York scene and encouraged a writing style that was lively, personal, and honestly critical.

Over the next three decades Chicago's art scene flourished, with new museums, more art dealers, and increased art festivals, galleries, and alternative spaces. Critics asserted that the New Art Examiner "ignored, opposed or belittled" Chicago's artistic developments, that it was overly politicized, overloaded with jargon, and did not serve the Chicago or midwest arts communities.

The critics and artists who wrote for the New Art Examiner, included Fred Camper, Jan Estep, Ann Wiens, Adam Green (cartoonist), Robert Storr, Carol Diehl, Jerry Saltz, Eleanor Heartney, Carol Squiers, Janet Koplos and Mark Staff Brandl.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_168-Derek_Guthrie.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:50pm EST

Bad at Sports Episode 167:Art Fag City is Paddy Johnson This week the blogosphere unites!  Duncan checks in with Paddy Johnson the author of the wildly popular New York art blog, Art Fag City.

Art Fag City is as relevant as Eric Fischl. New York art news, reviews and gossip.

Trivia of note. This week Duncan asks a question that shatters all prior records for length clocking in at a breathtaking 2:51!

Guinness will be sending people to confirm the record.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_167-Art_Fag_City.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:33pm EST

Bad at Sports Episode 166: Meg Cranston Episode 166: Meg Cranston at He Said She Said.

This week Pamela Fraser of He Said She Said joins Duncan in interrogating Meg Cranston about being cool, getting punched, smashing sculptures and the substance of air. 

From Wikipedia...

Meg Cranston (born 1960) is an artist who works in sculpture and painting as well as a writer. She has exhibited internationally since 1988. She received and M.F.A in Studio from California Institute of the Arts in 1986 and a B.A. in Anthropology/Sociology in 1982. She also attended the Jan van Eyck Akademie in Maastricht, The Netherlands in 1988. She is on the Faculty at Otis College of Art and Design.

She has been the recipient of numerous awards including a New School of Social Research Faculty Development Grant, an artist grant from the Penny McCall Foundation, a Guggenheim Fellowship,a faculty research grant from the Center for Asian American Studies at UCLA, Architectural Foundation of America,  Art in Public Places Award, and a C.O.L.A. Individual Artist's Grant from Los Angeles Cultural Affairs.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:05pm EST

Bad at Sports Episode 165: Kathryn on Publishing This week: A special report! Kathryn Born on the world of local publishing.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_165-Kathryn-publishing.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:30pm EST

Bad at Sports Episode 164: The Post Family/Three Walls THIS WEEK:

First: Duncan talks to Chad Kouri of The Post Family collective about their new space and what they do.

Next: Duncan talks to Shannon Stratton and Elizabeth Chodos of Three Walls about their recent expansion and the six-year-old sensibility within.

Finally: Joanna Topor and Terri Griffith talk about a book. I can't improve on Terri's e-mail to me. "The book is called Can You Ever Forgive Me by, Lee Israel. She's batshit. The book is great."

Ta-Da! 164 weeks in a row, without fail, what in the hell is wrong with us?

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:01am EST

Bad at Sports Episode 163: San Francisco Fall 2008 San Francisco Fall Review Freak Out

San Francisco is haunted by illusions of Sarah Palin, icebergs, and the Wicked Witch of the West! This week, Brian and Patricia sit down with guest critic Clare Haggarty to discuss the new fall gallery openings. Unfortunately, the political and economic zietgiest invades their thinking as they digress into conversations of conceptual economics, election politics, and the Wizard of Oz. Galleries reviewed include the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, Ampersand International Arts, Ping Pong, New Langton, Ratio 3, Marx & Zavattero, Jack Hanley, Haines Gallery, Southern Exposure, Queens Nails Projects, and more!
Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_163-SF_Fall_08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:45pm EST

Bad at Sports Episode 162: James Cuno This week Duncan and Richard talk with the Director and President of the Art Institute of Chicago, James Cuno. They talk about his new book, the new wing of the Art Institute opening in May, and a bit of baseball talk thrown in to boot!

James Cuno is president and director of the Art Institute of Chicago and former director of the Courtauld Institute of Art and the Harvard University Art Museums. He has written widely on museums and cultural policy. His books include "Whose Muse?: Art Museums and the Public's Trust" and his latest "Who Owns Antiquity?: Museums and the Battle Over Our Ancient Heritage, (Princeton).


VOTE EARLY, VOTE OFTEN - It is the Chicago way!

If we win, Duncan will accept our award dressed in a Sarah Palin costume!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:35pm EST

Bad at Sports Episode 161: Locals Only AHHHH! This week we return to the local Chicago Art world and the things that mean most to us. 

First, we check in with Allison Stites at the Around the Coyote and ask why and how the city's main emerging arts festival is moving from the community that gave it life.  There are some good answers. 

Then we check into what is going on with Chicago's Allrise gallery.  It's director, Lisa Flores, tells us about how she is moving heaven and earth to do weekly shows and how you can get involved. 

Finally, the BOOK Review is back!  This week we chat about David Carr's "The Night of the Gun."  Also, we want to let everyone in the world know that celeb author Naemm Murr is reading at the Parlor on October 7th.  Be there.


VOTE EARLY, VOTE OFTEN - It is the Chicago way!

If we win, Duncan will accept our award dressed in a Barney the Dinosaur costume!

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_161-Local.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:02pm EST

Bad at Sports Episode 160: The All Canada Show This week Duncan returns to his homeland.  A nation that although slightly socialist, does not own it's own insurance agency or mortgage lender. What it does have "cooking" is a different Art funding system and a network of Galleries that are called "Artist Run Centers." MN Hutchinson fills us in on how they work.  Then Calgary's best contemporary Art Dealers, Emily Barnett and Bart Habermiller at "Skew Gallery" explains what they do and the outlook for the local Calgary Art world.

Please note the 100% Canadian Music Showcase.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_160-O_Canada.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:09pm EST

Bad at Sports Episode 159: Bay Area Now 5 This week Brian and Patricia head over to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts to check out Bay Area Now 5, a triennial of local contemporary art. Joining the round table discussion are curators
Berin Golonu, Valerie Imus, and Taraneh Hemami, as well as participating artists Ian McDonalnd, Edmundo de Marcheno, and Jonn Herschend.

YBCA's fifth triennial exhibition of Bay Area art explores questions around how to re-imagine a regional survey in the midst of globalization. What continues to draw artists here and makes the Bay Area a unique place to live and work when more and more of us are traversing the globe and becoming international citizens? How does the physical geography of the Bay, both natural and constructed, influence the Bay Area as a site of artistic production? How does the history of this region, including its legacy of social activism, shape Bay Area residents' understanding of themselves and the rest of the world's notion of this place? What are the contrasts between the myths, ideals and realities of the Bay Area and the aspirations of its residents? The Bay Area Now 5 survey exhibition asks these questions to explore the many ways artists are influenced by their experiences both inside and outside of the Bay Area.
Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_159-BAN5.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:58pm EST

Bad at Sports Episode 158: Hello Chicago Here we stand, at the beginning of the most exciting part of our Art Year: opening night.  So, what do we do? We return to past form, act like idiots, and debate the state of the Chicago Art World and Art Chicago with Michael Workman.

Also, a sober and sick Duncan MacKenzie can't handle a rowdy and drunken Bad at Sports crew and totally melts down, then screams repeatedly at Richard Holland?  Could the band be breaking up?  Speculation ensues.

Let your hate mail begin.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:10pm EST

Bad at Sports Episode 157: Ivan Brunetti First, Duncan sleepily laments about Richard waking him up at 1 in the afternoon, as this is "early" in McKenzie.

Next: FIGHT NIGHT IS ON PEOPLE!!!! Start training now. Bad at Sports calls dibs on Tony Fitzpatrick to be our collective trainer, you can't have him.

THEN the main event: This week Anna Kunz drops in to aid Duncan in interviewing Ivan Brunetti about his works (Misery Loves Comedy, Haw, Schizo...) and the collections that he has been publishing with Yale University Press (An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, and True Stories:Volume 1 and 2.)
Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_157-Ivan_Brunetti.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:41pm EST

Bad at Sports Episode 156: Christian Ehrentraut, and Martin Kobe Break out the caviar and pop the champagne- this week Bad at Sports celebrates is 3rd anniversary with its 156th episode!

This week: Patrica hosts Brian, Christian Ehrentraut, and Martin Kobe for a conversation over blueberries, wine, and tea. They discuss the rise of Berlin as the new fashionable European art hot-spot, the Leipzig painter phenomenon, a German view of American cities, and and why it is important to promote quality painting in the face of the market. Christian Ehrentraut is a Berlin-based art dealer and director of Christian Ehrentraut Gallery. Martin Kobe is a painter whose architectural surfaces balance on the brink of collapse.
Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_156-Christian_Ehrentraut.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:27pm EST

Bad at Sports Episode 155: William Powhida/ Pete THE AMANDA BROWDER SHOW: Amanda and Tom talk to artist William Powhida, about coke, naked girls, and even some talk of art. Bad at Sports get added to William's enemies list.

Next: Duncan presents a lecture by Pete Fugundo at Dan Devening's space.

THIS FRIDAY: GardenFresh closes their space at 119 Peoria with a final show//event, come check it out!

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_155-Powhida-Fugundo.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:13am EST

Bad at Sports Episode 154: Leslie Shows This week a fabulous crossover episode!

Amanda pops up in San Francisco to join Brian and Patrica in an interview of the rising star Leslie Shows. They discuss Leslie's work in Bay Area Now 5, plate tectonics, landscapes in New York, film narrative, and Deluzian geography. The conversation climaxes with a spirited debate between geologic time vs. swirly time.

This one's not to be missed.
Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_154-Leslie_Shows.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:03am EST

Bad at Sports Episode 153: Duncan in Philadelphia This week Duncan adventures beyond the known and takes on Philadelphia's artworld with the Help of the crew at and Flux Space.  They check in with Flux Space, Little Berlin, Bambi Gallery, PIFAS, Art Making Machine, Vox Populi, Kelly and Weber Fine Art and 1026. The conclusion... Philadelphia is a magical land but don't leave anything valuable in your car.
Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_153-Philly.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:46pm EST

Bad at Sports Episode 152: Anne Wilson This week: Duncan and Shannon Stratton talk to artist Anne Wilson.

From Anne Wilson's website:

"My work evolves in a conceptual space where social and political ideas encounter the material processes of handwork and industry, where the organization of fields and the objects they help generate is constantly subverted by the swarming, anarchic energy of the objects themselves. Extrapolating from personal subjective rituals to observations of larger systems within the built environment, I investigate the micro- and macrocosms of networks and matrices through stitch, crochet, knot, net, animation, and sound. Using pixilation and projection, I de-materialize and re-animate work that began on the border between drawing and object making, and remains liminal in whatever new medium it enters. My source materials - hair, linen, lace, pins, wire, and thread - are the props of both domestic culture and larger social systems. I join together the points where these systems overlap, and where issues of sexuality and decorum, vitality and death construct meaningful relationships, and find release."

ALSO: Mike Benedetto and Guest reviewer Tony Fitzpatrick review The Dark Knight, and some naughty things are said!
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:01pm EST

Bad at Sports Episode 151: Connie Wolf Patricia Maloney in her first solo outing talks to Connie Wolf Director and CEO of the Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Since its founding in 1984, the Contemporary Jewish Museum has engaged audiences of all ages and backgrounds through dynamic exhibitions and programs that explore contemporary perspectives on Jewish culture, history, art, and ideas. Throughout its history, the Museum has distinguished itself as a welcoming place where visitors can connect with one another through dialogue and shared experiences with the arts.

Richard and Duncan rattle on for an eternity during the intro, but there is the singing of some Queen as they discuss being named Chicago Magazine's podcast of the year.


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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:17pm EST

Bad at Sports Episode 150: René de Guzman René de Guzman

Recorded live in front of a studio audience at Triple Base Gallery on July 10th, 2008 as a part of the exhibition "Open for Business". In this raw interview Brian and Patricia talk to René de Guzman about the cultural origins of art, how museums can be relevant in the 21st century, and Oakland's future as an art center.

René de Guzman is the senior curator of art at the Oakland Museum of California. Previously, he was the director of visual arts at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA).

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_150_Ren_de_Guzman.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:19am EST

Bad at Sports Episode 149: Elkins on the Stone Summer Theory Institute This week: First we had James Elkins and the raiders of the lost ark, then James Elkins and the temple of doom, next James Elkins and the last crusade….now.

James Elkins and the crystal something-or-other.

No, no, But James Elkins is back to talk with Duncan about the Stone Summer Theory Institute, the Art Phd. and why your sorry ass is going to be in school forever.

Stone Summer Theory Institute at SAIC: What Is an Image?

From July 13-19, the second annual Stone Summer Theory Institute at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago will present a forum for some of the world's foremost art theoreticians to address unsolved issues in the field.

This year's Institute is focused on three fundamental questions: What is the nature of the visual? What are images? What are pictures?

A combination of public events and private discussions, the Summer Theory Institute invites fifteen young scholars to explore issues in art conceptualization with renowned international scholars, artists, and authors, this year including Gottfried Boehm, W.J.T. Mitchell, Jacqueline Lichtenstein, and Marie-Jose Mondzain.


In conjunction with “Open for Business”, Brian and Patrica will interview René de Guzman live in public at Triple Base Gallery on Thursday, July 10th at 5:00 PM. The raw interview will then be posted to the site as that week’s show.

René de Guzman is the senior curator of art at the Oakland Museum of California. Previously, he was the director of visual arts at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA).

Go. Go now.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_149-Stone_Summer_Institute.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:09pm EST

Bad at Sports Episode 148: Mary Rachel Fanning/ Diane Grams

This week:

First, some generally embarrassing banter, Duncan discusses his dance career, we talk about Richard's terminal nerd-dom, and eventually introduce the show. Brian and Richard have announcements

Second, Terri and Serena interview artist Mary Rachel Fanning about her many and varied projects.

Third, Duncan talks to Diane Grams about her book "Entering Cultural Communities: Diversity and Change in the Nonprofit Arts".

Next, more silliness in the closing, and then, you sit and wait until next Sunday where we send more wackiness your way.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_148-Grams-Fanning.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:20pm EST

Bad at Sports Episode 147: Pamela Fraser and Randall Szott This week Duncan and Richard are joined by guest host Tony Tasset to talk to Pamela Fraser and Randall Szott about their work, arguing and their project he said-she said.

From their web site:

he said-she said is an exhibition and event series held in the home of Pamela Fraser and Randall Szott. They will take turns presenting what amounts to an ongoing conversation about art and culture - Ms. Fraser presenting art and artists, and Mr. Szott sharing the activities of people who work in other contexts. Together they hope to offer up a fun and thoughtful take on current ideas in art and life.

Richard makes Duncan feel bad. Much mirth is had by all.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_147-Faser-Szott.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:24am EST

Bad at Sports Episode 146: Art Basel

A Bad at Sports Basel Art Fair Overdose!

The intro and outro are extra creepy this week. Highlights(?) include Duncan talking about some fantasy involving wearing tight short shorts and Teena McClelland!!! Tom Burtonwood interrupts the recording by shooting rubber bands. Chaos!

After Richard and Duncan are done making a mess of things, the real pros come in and present a fantastic report from Basel.

Lamis El Farra, emerging artist, and the EuroShark Mark Staff Brandl, seemingly perennially emerging black sheep artist, traverse and discuss the entirety of the King of Art Fairs, Art Basel. Yes: the Fair Itself, Art Statements, Art Unlimited, Scope, and the Solo Project. They only missed Liste and Print Basel. Sorry, but all the rest was already enough. Of course they were at the VIP opening (ahem) and managed to talk to more people than you can shake a stick at: artists, gallerists, museum directors, curators, critics, art magazine editors, fair organizers, all the hangers-on, …er…, important elements of the international artworld.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_146-Art_Basel.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:31pm EST

Bad at Sports Episode 145: Proximity Magazine/ Spudnik Press

This Week: Duncan and Amanda (from the Amanda Browder Show) talk to Rachel and Ed “Edmar” Marszewski about Proximity Magazine, fried chicken meals, sperm banks and much more. Max interrupts. 

Also, Philip Vvon Zweck talks to Angee Lennard about Spudnik Press! Be sure to check out their website for info on classes.

Sadly the excellent Cheryl Donegan exhibition at He Said-She Said has closed, but be sure to check out the space’s website at

This episode is Mohan free. No Mohans were harmed in the making of this episode.



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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:41pm EST

Bad at Sports Episode 144: Lisa Wainwright on Robert Rauschenberg Robert Rauschenberg passed away on May 12, 2008 at age 82. The Art Institute of Chicago's own Rauscheberg expert Lisa Wainwright joins us to discuss his life and legacy.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_144-Wainwright_on_Rauschenberg.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:02pm EST

Bad at Sports Episode 143: Roundtable fun!

Who is the hell doesn’t know what Highlander is? For shame. All of you, add it to your netflix queue pronto!

This week: Duncan, and a panel of superstar critical thinkers, Lori Waxman, Kathryn Hixson and James Yood discuss, Highlander, Artropolopolopolis, Robert Storr vs. the universe, and regionalism in an action packed, smack down of art critical smartness.

To digress for a moment, in googling everyone’s name to minimize errors I was astonished to find that there once was a Chicago Art Critics Association. Sadly their website was last updated in 2006. It seems to have died of disinterest. I wonder if the meetings entailed “Beat-it” style knife fights, alas Bad at Sports missed the boat there. 

Only Duncan will be amused by the opening song, as he knows there can be only one, and only Kaveh Soofi and Dominic Molon by the closing song.

Joseph Mohan. There Duncan, I said it.





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Bad at Sports Episode 142:Three for one!
WTF? this weeks show is as long as your arm and brimming with what you need to 
know about the art world around you...

It's a three shows for the price of one deal!!!

First Duncan takes on the Chicago Artist Coalition to find out, what they do and
what business they have publishing a magazine.

Next,Terri and Serena talk to David Adjaye and Cydney Payton at The Museum of Contemporary Art: Denver
and figure out how you go about building a museum. 

As if that was not enough, Mark Staff Brandl our European Chief checks in to remind us
how important it is to be a member of a community.

The show closes with a tribute to the Birthday of Joseph Mohan.



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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:39pm EST

Bad at Sports Episode 141:Ryan McGinley/Chris Perez

This week the West Coast Crew heads down to Ratio3 to talk to Ryan McGinley and gallerist Chris Perez.

Ryan McGinley makes large-scale color photographs of nudes in abstracted natural landscapes. With his subjects as willing collaborators, he used photography to break down barriers between public and private lives. Drawn from skateboarding, music, graffiti and gay subcultures, his models perform for the camera and expose themselves with complete self-awareness. McGinley's more recent work signals a departure from the urban youth culture images for which he is well known – over the past few summers he has been working almost exclusively in natural settings in the American west. At 24, he was the youngest artist to have a solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art. He has also had solo exhibitions at PS1 and in Spain at the MUSAC in Leon. In 2007 he was awarded the Young Photographer Infinity award by the International Center for Photography.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_141-Ryan_McGinley.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:06pm EST

Bad at Sports Episode 140: Tony Matelli


Tony Matelli has always been interested in the underdog. He has become well known for his hyper-realistic sculptures often depicting characters and things just barely getting by; things nearly dead, hopelessly lost or otherwise totally unwanted. These sculptures serve as metaphors for our own social malaise and our general struggle for survival. They mimic inner states of desolation, panic, ambivalence and despair; frequent conditions associated with trying to locate ones self within our social world.

Tony Matelli has exhibited extensively in the US and in Europe. His work was most recently seen in “5 Billion Years,? at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, and Into Me/Out of Me, at P.S. 1 MOMA New York, travelling to KW Berlin Institute of Contemporary Art. Upcoming projects include Evolution: Tony Matelli/Alexis Rockman, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Still Life, at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand, and Die Macht der Dinge - The Power of Things, Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin.

Also Duncan tries out his acting chops, with mixed results.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_140-Tony_Matelli.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:09am EST

Bad at Sports Episode 139: Artropolis In 1994 Paul Morris, Matthew Marks, Pat Hearn and Colin De Land had a vision.  That vision was that New York City would have an art fair. What began as the Gramercy International Contemporary Art Fair has become the the Armory fair, the jewel in the art fair empire the Merchandise Mart has amassed over the last 3 years; Art Chicago, The Armory, Art Toronto, Volta Basel, Next, and Volta NYC.

This week, Paul "the 'marts Art Czar" Morris and Tony "Boss of Art Chicago" Karman break down why the Art Fair future is the future. Kathryn Born and Duncan MacKenzie listen with slack jaws and open minds.

The weird thing that happened is that Duncan actually started to get behind Art Chicago and the 'marts future in the Art Business?  WTF?  Did he drink the Kool Aid? Was he bought off? Or is there reason to believe? Listen and find out...
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:47pm EST

Bad at Sports Episode 138: Next Art Fair

The Bad at Sports Art Explosion rolls on.

This week: Duncan and Britton Bertran talk to Kavi Gupta and Christian Viveros-Faune from Next Art Fair.

Much fun is had by all.


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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:22pm EST

Bad at Sports Episode 137: New York Art Fair Madness This week, the New York Art Fair explosion.

John Waters v. Amanda Browder, Amanda and Tom get kicked out of Armory, Christopher Hudgens on mic. WHAT MORE DO YOU NEED!!!

Amanda and Tom talk to just about everyone, well not really, but they do talk to loads of interesting collectors, gallerists, artists, Europeans, and other assorted folk as they barnstorm the fairs.

And the return of Amanda's Mom wisecracks, no not really, but this show has an intro guaranteed to piss of Brian and Marc.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_137-NYC_Art_fair_madness.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:56pm EST

Bad at Sports Episode 136: Ampersand International Spring break 2008 sweeps across Chicago with a vengeance. The freshly brewed warm weather brings Brian back to the midwest to help Duncan with hosting duties.

This week Marc and Brian head down to Ampersand International Arts to check out "How Fast is your World Changing". They talk with curator/artist Lori Gordon as well as participating artists Hope Hilton and Markuz Wernli-Saito   about lying to curators and the strange effects of silence.

Next week: Bad at sports takes on the Armory in NYC...
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:38pm EST

Bad at Sports Episode 135: Melanie Schiff Local up and coming Chicago Art starlet Melanie Schiff is quizzed about what it is like to be curated into the 2008 Whitney Biennial, her work and WTF is up with contemporary Photography.  Oak Park correspondent/Chicago Art Star Tony Tasset co-hosts.
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Bad at Sports Episode 134: Tony Wight and John Phillips This week Caleb Lyons, one of the directors at Chicago curious space "Old Gold," drops in to interview John Phillips and Tony Wight about the current changes at Bodybuilder and Sportsman/Tony Wight Gallery, John and Caleb's exhibitions, contemporary abstract painting, and we once again tackle the topic of what is a hipster?.

Where is Richard?
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Bad at Sports Episode 133: Boston AICA Sorry. We were a little slow due to power outages and the mediocre AT&T.

Art Critic Greg Cook (The Boston Globe, The Boston Phoenix) joins Matt
Nash, James Nadeau and Christian Holland of Big RED & Shiny to discuss
the 2008 AICA New England Awards. Using the list of winners as a
starting point, they discuss the state of the arts in New England and
what they thought was great, mediocre and terrible. Disappointment in
the new Institute of Contemporary Art is expressed; AICA is
scrutinized; and conclusions are elusive.

And the magic of Mike Benedetto.

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Bad at Sports Episode 132: Review-arama: SF vs. Chi - a showdown - a throw down This week the show is Co-hosted by Lori Waxman, recorded live in coffee shop on a Saturday night during dinner.  She and Duncan check out what is going on in the Chicago Alternative spaces. San Francisco beats down Eli Broad/LACMA and it turns out Marc LeBlanc is part of the oppressive white male hegemony. Ah, Bad at Sports is "sweet as pie."  Let the hate mail flow freely.
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Bad at Sports Episode 131: Shaun O'Dell

This week, Amanda and Tom Sanford talk to Shaun O’Dell and Emily Prince about Shaun’s show “We Remember the Sun? at the Susan Inglett Gallery.

Shaun O’Dell makes drawings, videos, music and sometimes sculpture. His work explores the intertwining realities of the human and natural orders. O’Dell has exhibited his work at many venues, including the Jack Hanley Gallery in San Francisco and Los Angeles, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, UCLA Hammer Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Whitebox in New York, and the Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York. His work is held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, M.H. deYoung Memorial Museum and the Berkeley Art Museum. O’Dell received his MFA from Stanford University. He is the recipient of the 2006 Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship from the San Francisco Art Institute, 2005 Artadia Award, 2004 SECA Award from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and a 2002 Fleishhacker Foundation Award. He is currently teaching at University of California, Berkeley and California College of the Arts, and is the co-organizer of The New New Masses, a lecture series on Art and Politics. 

We Remember the Sun
Susan Inglett Gallery
522 W. 24 St.
New York, NY 10011

February 15th - March 15th

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_131-Shaun_ODell.mp3
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Bad at Sports Episode 130: Stephanie Smith-Adaptation

This week Duncan and the always delightful Jeff Ward talk to Stephanie Smith, the Director of Collections and Exhibitions and Curator of Contemporary Art at the Smart Museum in Chicago about the current exhibition Adaptation: Video Installations by Ben-Ner, Herrera, Sullivan, and Sussman & The Rufus Corporation.

Holy guacamole am I sick this week, yuck. One of the joys of having a child in daycare.

Bad at Sports is officially panhandling for a used PC laptop as a donation, or a reasonably priced sale, to us. The IBM T-42 that has handled the last 130+ shows is fatally ill and needs replacement pronto. Please e-mail us at if you have something fairly recent laying about you would like to get off of your hands! Thanks.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_130-Stephaine_Smith.mp3
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Bad at Sports Episode 129: Hou Hanru

This week Brian, Marc, and Patrica sit down with Hou Hanru for a conversation over wine and olives. Currently the Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs at SFAI, Hanru has curated a number of major international exhibitions including the Istanbul Biennale, Guangzhou Triennale, and 50th Venice Biennale. The interview spans from Hanru's education in china after the cultural revolution, globalism, principles of self organization, and what its like to curate both internationally and locally.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:24pm EST

Bad at Sports Episode 128: Philip von Zweck on New Orleans Ok, so you have listened to our BS for 127 episodes or so, so this week we introduce an exciting new program for BAS. We will from time to time invite guest curators on to put together an episode of Bad at Sports. This week, Artist, Curator, Musician, Gallerist, Radio Host and recipient of the 2007 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation grant, Philip von Zweck does a show focused on the area from whence he came, New Orleans.

Philip von Zweck grew up in Slidell Louisiana, a suburb of New Orleans that was also devastated by Katrina.  In January he made his first trip back since the storm and took along a recorder for Bad at Sports to find out what’s going on in New Orleans Art and what’s up with Prospect.1, the first New Orleans Biennial coming this fall. Along the way he spoke with Chris Deris, a high school friend (BFA, Atlanta College of Art; MFA, RISD) who now teaches Sculpture at Loyola University; New Orleans artist Blake Boyd; Odgen Museum of Southern Art Curator David Houston; and Cynthia Scott, an MFA student at Tulane and one of the organizers of forthcoming artist initiatives responding to Prospect.1.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_128-New_Orleans.mp3
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Bad at Sports Episode 127: Tom Sanford Amanda interviews artist and master of "celebutard portraiture" Tom Sanford. (our apologies to the mis-spelling of Tom's name on the MP3, BAS's shit-togetherness shines through).

Duncan bitches a bit more about the Art Institute.

And can we have a moment of silence for Mort Garson, please.
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Bad at Sports Episode 126: Meszmer/Müller and Book Review The Central European Bureau, “EuroShark? Mark Staff Brandl and his new partner Lamis El Farra interview Alex Meszmer of the art team Meszmer/Müller. Meszmer discusses the exhibition they curated at Projektraum Exex titled “Deconstructing Eden – Fragments of a Perfect Life,? their transitory museum-in-progress called Zeitgarten, the Swiss professional artists’ organization Visarte, and the new group of highly active “alternative? art spaces in Switzerland united under the rubric “Off-Off.?

Terri and Joanna give their book review of Eeee Eee Eeeee by Tao Lin . The "shitty drawing of novels."

Duncan rages about how F-ing angry he is at the Art Institute of Chicago, and in order to make up for it, rumor has it that he intends to increase his donation to them. If you work in development, please make a note of Duncan’s generosity and contact me at and I’ll pass along his phone number. He really wants to talk to you ASAP.



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Bad at Sports Episode 125: Tim Fleming/Art Reviews

100 minutes of raw power! Brian and Marc talk to Tim Fleming, Director of Art LA. If that weren’t enough for a whole show, we go that extra mile and knock your socks off!!! Lori Waxman and Duncan check out the current batch of shows around the West Loop. Did they review your show, oh yes they did, you’d better listen.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

Bad at Sports Episode 124: Laura Letinsky/ Sabrina Raaf

FIRST: Duncan and Jeff Ward talk to photographer Laura Letinsky about her work and recent exhibition at Monique Meloche.

Laura Letinsky has exhibited her color photographs in numerous venues, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York City; Casino Luxembourg; The Nederlands Foto Institute; the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa; and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago. Her series of still-life photographs, Morning, and Melancholia, has been shown at Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York City, Copia, Napa Valley, and Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto. More recent and upcoming exhibitions include Time Was Away at the Art Institute of Chicago, I did not remember I had forgotten at the Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago, and Hardly More Than Ever at the University of Chicago's Renaissance Society and the Shine Gallery in London. Her work is collected by LaSalle Bank Photography Collection; Yale University Art Gallery; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Fine Art, Houston; and the San Francisco Museum of Art. Letinsky received her B.F.A. from the University of Manitoba in 1986 and her M.F.A. from Yale University 1991.

NEXT: Kathryn Born talks to sculptor Sabrina Raaf.

Sabrina Raaf is a Chicago-based artist working in experimental sculptural media and photography. Her work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions at Mejan Labs (Stockholm), Stefan Stux Gallery (NYC), Ars Electronica (Linz), Opel Villas Foundation Art Center (Rüsselsheim), Museum Tinguely (Basel), Espace Landowski (Paris), Artbots 2005 (Dublin), San Jose Museum of Art, Kunsthaus Graz, ISEA (Helsinki), Klein Art Works (Chicago), The Lab (San Francisco) and Painted Bride Center (Philadelphia). She is the recipient of a Creative Capital Grant in Emerging Fields (2002) and an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship (2005 & 2001). Reviews of her work have appeared in Art in America, Contemporary, Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine, Leonardo,, The Washington Post, and New Art Examiner. She received an MFA in Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1999) and is currently Assistant Professor in the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The music in this week’s show is in honor of Duncan and the shady company he has been keeping.

Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_124_Letinsky-Raaf.mp3
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Bad at Sports Episode 123: Anne Elizabeth Moore

Duncan and Terri talk to Anne Elizabeth Moore about her book Unmarketable: Brandalism, Copyfighting, Mocketing, and the Erosion of Integrity and related topics.

For years the do-it-yourself (DIY)/punk underground has worked against the logic of mass production and creative uniformity, disseminating radical ideas and directly making and trading goods and services. But what happens when the underground becomes just another market? What happens when the very tools that the artists and activists have used to build word of mouth are coopted by corporate America? What happens to cultural resistance when it becomes just another marketing platform?

Unmarketable examines the corrosive effects of corporate infiltration of the underground. Activist and author Anne Elizabeth Moore takes a critical look at the savvy advertising agencies, corporate marketing teams, and branding experts who use DIY techniques to reach a youth market—and at members of the underground who have helped forward corporate agendas through their own artistic, and occasionally activist, projects.

Covering everything from Adbusters to Tylenol’s indie-star-studded Ouch! campaign, Unmarketable is a lively, funny, and much-needed look at what’s happening to the underground and what it means for activism, commerce, and integrity in a world dominated by corporations.

Anne Elizabeth Moore is the co-editor of Punk Planet, the Best American Comics series editor, and the author of Hey Kidz! Buy This Book: A Radical Primer on Corporate and Governmental Propaganda and Artistic Activism for Short People. She has written for Bitch, the Chicago Reader, In These Times, The Onion, The Progressive, and Chicago Public Radio WBEZ’s radio program 848. She lives in Chicago.

I will mail 5 bucks to the first person who can identify the name of the artist and title of the song used to close the show, it has bothered me for years that I don’t know who it is.


Direct download: Bad_at_Sports_Episode_123-Anne_Elizabeth_Moore.mp3
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