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The Modern Art Notes Podcast: Paul Goldberger

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The American Institute of Architects has declared this National Architecture Week. The Modern Art Notes Podcast is celebrating by focusing on the intersection of architecture and art: This week’s program features architecture critic Paul Goldberger and artist Sarah Morris.

Earlier this month Goldberger moved to Vanity Fair from The New Yorker, where he had been the magazine’s architecture critic since 1997. Before that he was the architecture critic at The New York Times, where he won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1984. He’s the author of numerous books, including “Why Architecture Matters,” which was published by Yale University Press. He’s currently working on a biography of architect Frank Gehry that will be published by Alfred A. Knopf. Goldberger is also a superstar on Twitter. Tonight: Goldberger and Gehry will have a conversation at Yale at 6:30pm. You can watch a live-stream here.

Goldberger and I discuss:

  • Why he left The New Yorker for Vanity Fair;
  • The art museum building that he considers (surprisingly?) “one of the greatest museum buildings of the 20th century”;
  • Which art museums built during the last museo-building boom are the best;
  • Whether there’s any chance for something new to supplant the dominant white cube; and
  • What architects — established and not — Goldberger would short-list if he were building an art museum.

My second guest is Sarah Morris, whose 2010 film installation Points on a Line is on view now at the Wexner Center for the Arts. It was recently acquired by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Points on a Line examines Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House and Philip Johnson’s Glass House and considers their relationships to each other and to other projects by Mies and Johnson. It was commissioned by the Philip Johnson Glass House, which is operated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. An excerpt from Points on a Line is available at Morris’s Vimeo page.

To download or subscribe to The Modern Art Notes Podcast via iTunes, click here. To download the program directly, click here. To subscribe to The MAN Podcast’s RSS feed, click here. You can stream the program through the player below.

The Modern Art Notes Podcast is an independent production of Modern Art Notes Media. It is released under this Creative Commons license. The image in this week’s banner is from Flickr user danoStL. For images of the works discussed on this week’s show, click through to the jump.

North Carolina Museum of Art, Thomas Pfifer, architect. Photo via Flickr user Donald Lee Pardue.

John Hancock Tower, Boston. Image via Flickr user Ehpien.

Sarah Morris, stills from Points on a Line, 2010.

Location of Farnsworth House in Plano, IL, via Google Maps.

Jeff Wall, Morning Cleaning, Mies van der Rohe Foundation, Barcelona, 1999. Collection of the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

Sarah Morris, Creative Artists Agency (Los Angeles), 2005. Collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Sarah Morris, Metro Center (Capital), 2001.

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  1. Stephen says:

    I’m not sure what to make of Paul Goldberger’s comments about leaving The New Yorker in light of what the press is saying: http://www.observer.com/2012/04/t-squared-off-with-paul-goldberger-leaving-for-vanity-fair-is-this-the-end-of-architecture-criticism-at-the-new-yorker/

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