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The Modern Art Notes Podcast: Mary Reid Kelley

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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Mary Reid Kelley. The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston opens an exhibition of four Reid Kelleys on Wednesday, July 31. Organized by Jenelle Porter, the exhibition will be on view through October 27.

Reid Kelley’s work mixes drawing with poetry with video. Her work has been shown at the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Yale University Art Gallery, the ICA Philadelphia and at the Rochester Art Center. In early 2014 the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art (at SUNY New Paltz) and University Art Museum at SUNY Albany will present “Mary Reid Kelley: Working Objects and Videos.”

Among the topics we discuss are:

  • Reid Kelley’s interest in World War I;
  • The ways in which she mines dada;
  • Whether her work starts with her punny poems or with images; and
  • How she chooses her protagonists.

Among the videos considered on the program are The Syphilis of Sisyphus (2011) and Sadie the Saddest Sadist (2009).

On the second segment, Camille Utterback joins me to discuss her participation in the Orange County Museum of Art’s 2013 California-Pacific Triennial. The exhibition, curated by OCMA’s Dan Cameron, includes Utterback’s Untitled 5 (2004, at right). In 2009 Utterback was the recipient of a MacArthur ‘genius’ fellowship. Her solo shows include exhibitions at MASS MoCA and the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia.

How to listen: Download the show to your PC/mobile device. Subscribe to The MAN Podcast at iTunesSoundCloudStitcheror RSS. Stream the program at MANPodcast.com.

The Modern Art Notes Podcast is an independent production of Modern Art Notes Media. The program is edited by Wilson Butterworth (who has a new website!). The MAN Podcast is released under this Creative Commons license.

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