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The Modern Art Notes Podcast: Hans Haacke

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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Hans Haacke.

Haacke’s work is included in two ongoing exhibitions: “Art of Its Own Making,” which is on view at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts through August 20, and “Moving Parts: Time and Motion in Contemporary Art” at the Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis, which is up through August 31. “Art of Its Own Making,” which explores the way artworks evolve in response to their surroundings and interactions with viewers, was curated by Gretchen Wagner. “Moving Parts” was organized by Meredith Malone. Both exhibition feature ‘condendation’ works that Haacke made in the 1960s.

Haacke was recently awarded the Fourth Plinth commission for London’s Trafalgar Square. Haacke’s Gift Horse (2013) will go on view in 2015.

Topics we discuss include:

  • Why condensation, which Haacke used in many works in the 1960s, interested him;
  • Whether any temptation the viewer may feel to interact with his environmental systems works of the 1960s and early 1970s is fundamental to the work;
  • Turning points between Haacke’s interest in closed environmental systems and closed political and social systems; and
  • Whether his German heritage and knowledge of German history was useful to him in addressing American history in the early 21st century.

On this week’s program I referenced this catalogue for the 1969 “Earth Art” exhibition at the Andrew Dickson White Museum of Art at Cornell University.

How to listen: Download the show directly to a PC or mobile device. Listen on SoundCloud. Subscribe to The MAN Podcast at iTunesSoundCloudStitcher or via 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. The MAN Podcast is released under this Creative Commons license. Special thanks to Kristen Hileman and to Paul Jackson and the rest of the communications team at the Museum of Modern Art, New York for their assistance with this week’s program.

For images of art discussed on this week’s program, please click through to the jump.

Hans Haacke, Condensation Wall, 1963-66. © Hans Haacke/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

George Stubbs, from “The Anatomy of the Horse,” 1766. Collection of the British Museum, London.

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