This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features documentary filmmaker Dyanna Taylor and art historian and author Judith Zilczer.
Taylor is the director of the forthcoming PBS "American Masters" documentary on the life and work of Dorothea Lange. Titled "Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning," the film looks at Lange’s life from her upbringing outside New York City, to her emergence as a major American photographer. Lange is best-known for her work chronicling the Dust Bowl era, but her oeuvre includes much more, including pictures of Depression-era labor strife, the internment of Japanese-Americans and early environmentalist documentary photography. Such was Lange’s stature that just after she died in 1966 the Museum of Modern Art devoted just its sixth retrospective of a photographer’s career to her work.
"Grab a Hunk of Lightning" premieres on PBS stations this Friday, August 29. Check your local listings to see if your PBS station is airing it at that time.
Taylor has won five Emmy awards for her work as a cinematographer and director of photography, and as also won a Peabody Award for the “American Masters” episode “Winter Dreams: F. Scott Fitzgerald.” She’s currently at work on a documentary about James Turrell and Roden Crater. Taylor also happens to be Lange and husband Paul Taylor’s granddaughter.
Throughout the Depression Lange was interested in billboards — one of America’s first mass media — and in the ways the messages on the billboards contrasted with the conditions she found on her travels. Lange captioned this picture Toward Los Angeles, California (1937). Keep an eye on MANPodcast.com today for more of Lange’s pictures of billboards.
How to listen to this week’s show: Listen to or download this week’s program on SoundCloud, via direct-link mp3, or subscribe to The MAN Podcast (for free) at:
10:03 pm • 26 August 2014 • 13 notes
Meet the Shaggs
Margaret Talbot recommends Susan Orlean’s 1999 story on one of music’s strangest legends:
“The Shaggs are a footnote, but Orlean turns their story into a moving meditation on vicarious ambition, loneliness, family, and the weirdness of being celebrated for failing.”
Illustration by Jaime Hernandez
12:35 am • 25 August 2014 • 214 notes
We are thrilled to announce the third annual BIG RED SHINDIG, our annual fundraiser and celebration of two years since our relaunch. Again with generous support from our friends at the Boston Center for the Arts, Panopticon Imaging, and from our new friends at Samuel Adams, Pretty Things Brewery, Foodie’s Markets, and Custom Eyes we’re inviting you to another raucous evening of great art, music, and dancing at the Boston Center for the Arts’ Mills Gallery on Friday, September 5 from 7-10pm. Libations are on us, with beer provided by Samuel Adams and Pretty Things for those 21+. Tickets are $20, which can be purchased online by going to bigredandshiny.com/tickets. We have a limited number on offer, so purchase tickets early while you can!
This year we’re excited to showcase work by Sean Downey, Giovanni Giacoia, and Emma Rhodes, with Liz Nofziger’s BCA Public Art Residency project “Bounce,” an interactive outdoor installation in the courtyard in front of the venue, with more to be announced in the coming weeks.
Music stylings will be provided by DJ Flak, DJ DayGlow, DJ Pace.
Big Red & Shiny is a volunteer-run nonprofit organization that relies on donations to operate. We strive to support Boston’s diverse art communities, institutions, and writers through coverage and criticism, and believe that any creative endeavor, no matter how big or small, should be seen and discussed by our audience. To that end, we are committed to providing free access to all of the writing that we publish online without paywalls. Your $20 ticket purchase will help to ensure that we are able to continue our mission by funding BR&S for another year.
8:23 am • 19 August 2014 • 12 notes
Abelardo Morell (American, b. Cuba, 1948)
Camera Obscura: Early Morning View of the East Side of Midtown Manhattan, 2014
©Abelardo Morell/Courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery
12:07 pm • 17 August 2014 • 359 notes
I HAVE A NEW WEBSITE!!!
Please go check out my new renovated site. Malisa Kuch worked endless hours just to get my photos organized to how it should be. She’s calculated the basic out of my original website. She basically just shitted on what ever the fuck I tried to design on my last website. I’m excited and I hope all of you will appreciate it just as much as I am for this site.
THANK YOU BASEGODDESS MALISA!
12:23 pm • 9 August 2014 • 6 notes