American Art Online Audio

a catalogue of audio recordings of lectures and conversations with artists, scholars and others

with content focusing on representational art listed by source name

and presented free of charge

 



 

San Antonio Museum of Art

The San Antonio Museum of Art provided an audio tour for the exhibition Thomas Sully: Painted Performance, February 8 through May 11, 2014, narrated by Katie Luber, Ph.D., The Kelso Director of the San Antonio Museum of Art [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

 

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

In November 2005, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art launched a podcast program as a way to further serve Museum visitors and foster involvement with the local and online communities. Dubbed SFMOMA Artcasts, these audio productions included exhibition features, artist interviews, and newly commissioned contributions by Bay Area music, sound, and spoken word artists. Co-developed in an innovative collaboration with Antenna Audio of Sausalito, the podcasts are available for download free of charge. Some of the downloads are audio files with images, which TFAO describes as Illustrated Audio Online. (right: graphic courtesy of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art)
 
As of 8/13/09 archived audio files included:
Richard Diebenkorn on his artistic aspirations from January, 2000
Dorothea Lange on becoming a photographer from January, 2000
Dorothea Lange on the subjects of her photographs from January, 2000
Dorothea Lange on witnessing the Dust Bowl Migration from January, 2000
Kiki Smith: A Gathering, 1980 - 2005 from December, 2005
Chuck Close: Self-Portraits 1967 - 2005 from December, 2005
Tina Modotti and Edward Weston's partnership from September, 2006
Robert Rauschenberg's White Paintings from November, 2008
Kerry James Marshall on Painting the Founding Fathers from February, 2009
Kerry James Marshall on His Use of Games and Puzzles from February, 2009
Accessed June, 2015.

 

Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center

As of February 2009 Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center offeried podcasts of its latest exhibitions. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

 

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

As of February 2010 Santa Barbara Museum of Art is offered podcasts of music to accompany viewing of art works in the collection and recent exhibitions.[Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

 

Sheldon Museum of Art

Recorded at the Sheldon, the Audio/Video Library enhances the understanding and enjoyment of visitors. Quotes are from the museum's website. Recordings include:
 
Voyage to Italia: Americans in Italy in the 19th Century Genevieve Ellerbee, curator of Voyage to Italia: Americans in Italy in the 19th Century, talks about the exhibition on view at the Sheldon Museum of Art from May 7 through September 5, 2010. (4 min 40 sec) Accessed June, 2015.
 
Ann Rawley Discusses Collecting Whistler Prints In May, 2010 the Sheldon Museum of Art added a podcast titled Ann Rawley Discusses Collecting Whistler Prints in which "Sheldon Curator Sharon Kennedy talks with collector Ann K. Rawley about how she and her husband, James, started to collect prints by James McNeill Whistler" The Rawleys lent Whistler prints to the exhibition James McNeill Whistler: 40 Years of Printmaking, held May 26 through September 20, 2009. (4 min 5 sec) [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]
 
John Singleton Copley's [portrait of Nicholas Boyston] In 2008, Aaron Holz, Assistant Professor of Painting at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, discussed "John Singleton Copley's portrait of Nicholas Boyston, an early American masterpiece on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston." A photo of the painting accompanies the podcast. In another podcast titled John Singleton Copley's Nicholas Boylston, "Curator Sharon Kennedy tells how John Singleton Copley's became one of America's foremost early painters." [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]
 
Women Artists in Nebraska, 1880-1950 In this podcast illustrated by images of paaintings of Nebraska women artists, "Sheldon Curator Sharon Kennedy reviews her thesis about 12 early women artists in Nebraska. Talented, indomitable and yet largely overlooked, these art pioneers left an enduring artistic legacy in the state." [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]
 
Theodore H. Robinson's Port Ben, Delaware and Hudson Canal 1893 In this 4 1/2 minute podcast, "Sheldon Director Jan Diresbach discusses Theodore H. Robinson's painting Port Ben, Delaware and Hudson Canal with Ashley Conaster, a senior Art History major." [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]
 
John Twachtman's Bark and Schooner 1900 "Sheldon Director Jan Driesbach discusses John Henry Twachtman's painting Bark and Schooner 1900 with Ashley Conaster, a senior majoring in Art History. Their talk is about three minutes." [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]
 
Expressing Identity, American Prints Since 1980 "Jan Driesbach, curator for Expressing Identity, American Prints Since 1980, spoke about the exhibition to a gathering in the gallery on Sunday, November 12, 2006. Visitors may download this audio file to an MP3 player and listen as they view the artworks. Her talk lasts about 34 minutes. She discusses 11 of the 20 prints in the exhibition. For listeners with a Quicktime application, images of the prints will appear as she discusses them. The first print, which is on view during the introduction, is North by Keith Jacobshagen." [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]
 
Anxious Objects: Willie Cole's Favorite Brands "This audio records a panel discussion on Tuesday, October 24, 2006, in Ethel S. Abbott auditorium about the exhibition, Anxious Objects: Willie Cole's Favorite Brands. Oyekan Owomoyela, professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, moderated the panel, which included Christin Mamiya, a UNL art historian, Wanda Ewing, an artist and art faculty member at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and Dan Siedell, Sheldon curator. The discussion, which includes some questions from the audience, last about 54 minutes. Professor Owomoyela starts the discussion with a series of questions." [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]
 
American Art, 1920s through the 1950s "Sheldon Director Jan Driesbach leads docents on a tour through two galleries with artworks from the 1920s through the 1950s. The pieces she discusses are part of the Sheldon's permanent collection exhibition, American Art, 19th Century to Present. Visitors may download this audio file to an MP3 player and listen as they view the artworks. The talk is about 42 minutes long.."

[Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

 

 

Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery

The Smithsonian American Art Museum offers audio podcasts and illustrated audio podcasts via its Online Exhibitions section and elsewhere in its website. Examples include:

 

Snite Museum of Art

The Snite Museum of Art announced in February, 2007 a new feature on its Web site. Twenty  podcasts, or "SniteCasts," were added that can enhance a walk through the Museum's galleries or an Internet visitor's virtual experience of selections from the collection. SniteCasts were three- to five-minute audio programs describing paintings and sculptures on view in the Museum's permanent collection galleries. They were produced by students in an Applied Multimedia Technology class taught by Chris Clark, associate professional specialist in the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning. Each consisted of three parts: a reading of the essay describing the artwork from the Museum's Selected Works, the student's own thoughts and personal reactions to the piece, and a background music track that can be legally shared. SniteCasts were published online on a free subscription basis.through iTunes or via other podcast sites, all linked to the museum's site. They could be downloaded through iTunes to a portable media player, such as an iPod, and then played as a self-guided tour when visiting the Snite Museum of Art. Some devices could display a small image of the artwork while playing the audio track. As of April, 2008, the fifty SniteCasts describe works by artists included: William Merritt Chase, Abbott Handerson Thayer, Frederic Remington, Charles Marion Russell, Marsden Hartley, Joseph Cornell,  Georgia O'Keefe and Walter Ufer. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

 

Speed Art Museum

The Speed Art Museum's Web site contained a page highlighting examples of artworks in its collection of American Painting and Sculpture. Audio clips from the museum's onsite Passport to the Speed audio guide tour were included for these artworks:
[Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

 

Spencer Museum of Art / University of Kansas

The Spencer Museum of Art's Web site contains a cell phone guide page named "An Ear for Art." As of February, 2010, the page contains commentary on works by American artists including Thomas Hart Benton, Birger Sandzen, Grant Wood and others. Each referenced work contains a link to a cell phone presentation as well as written information. Accessed June, 2015.

 

Tacoma Art Museum

For the exhibition The Great American Thing: Modern Art and National Identity, 1915-1395, being held February 4 - May 21, 2006, the Tacoma Art Museum created a 12-part audio tour which is available through its website's Educational Resources section as mp3 files or by RSS feed. In 2006, the museum advised TFAO that the audio files would be left on its website after close of the exhibition. Segments include:
 
1 - Introduction
2 - Archibald J. Motley Jr. - Blues
3 - Charles Demuth - Paquebot "Paris"
4 - Man Ray - New York 17
5 - Charles Demuth - Buildings, Lancaster
6 - Marcel Duchamp - Traveler's Folding Item
7 - Stuart Davis - Odol
8 - Charles Sheeler - Interior
9 - Georgia O'Keeffe - Horse's Skull with White Rose
10 - Marsden Hartley - Painting No. 50  from the Amerika series
11 - Arthur Dove - Dawn III
12 - Alfred Stieglitz - Equivalent
[Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

 

Taft Museum of Art

For the exhibition Michael Scott: Farny Fables, the Taft Museum of Art developed an accompanying podcast. Michael Scott's West is an intensely imaginary and personal place. It does have cowboys, but they incarnate mercenary Dutch gamblers and art racketeers trying to turn a greedy profit from sell-ing paintings. It has Indians, but they are expert chefs named Blue Plate, Shortbread, Crisco, and Sourdough, who work cosmic transformations in the kitchen. It has the requisite tough, wise old matriarch, Grandma, who narrates the tale of the temptation of Henry Farny (the real 19th-century painter of western scenes, who makes an appearance in this invented tale) by the Dutch cowboys, who urge him to sell out and paint for money, big money. It has a county fair, where Farny's paintings will compete against Grandma's famous MoonPie cake recipe, which has always won the Best of Show ribbon-until now, perhaps? (Link found expired as of 8/13/09 audit. Source site may contain this content via a revised URL) (8/13/09 advanced search failed to locate content on source's site)

 

University of Virginia Art Museum

William Christenberry: Site/Possession, June 11, 2007 - The University of Virginia Art Museum and the Quality Community Council host an event featuring multi-media artist William Christenberry, who discusses his Klan Room Tableau within the context of over 40 years of art-making. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

 

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Art on the Air featured two-minute radio artist and curator interviews narrated by Daphne Maxwell Reid, produced by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and New Millennium Studios, and directed by Ruth Twiggs and Anne Barriault, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The broadcasts focused on works of art and artists, materials, and techniques. Transcripts were also provided. (right: Art on the Air graphic courtesy of Virginia Museum of Fine Arts) Selections included: Deborah Butterfield (8/12/05), Winslow Homer (8/15/05), Mary Cassatt  (8/17/05) [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

 

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

American Moderns on Paper: Masterworks from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, an exhibit held October 2, 2010 - January 17, 2011 at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, includes micro-site with audio tour. Accessed May, 2015

 

Walker Art Center

The Walker Art Center's Walker Channel provided archives of it's webcasts of artist talks, lectures and related topics. Titles included:
[Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

 

Walsh (Thomas J.) Art Gallery at Fairfield University

Reflections and Undercurrents: Ernest Roth and Printmaking in Venice, 1900-1940, an exhibit held January 23 - April 4, 2014 at the Walsh (Thomas J.) Art Gallery at Fairfield University, includes video and audio tours. Accessed May, 2015.

 

WGBH/Boston Forum Network

The WGBH/Boston Forum Network is an audio and video streaming web site dedicated to curating and serving live and on-demand lectures, including a number of videos on art and architecture. Partners include a number of museums, colleges, universities and other cultural organizations. Accessed June, 2015.
 


WGBH Archives

The WGBH Archives contained a series of 22 original WGBH/FM radio essays by leading thinkers in the 20th Century on the nature of creativeness in American arts, sciences, and professions. One of the essays is titled Creative Method: Edward Steichen on Photography, with Lyman Bryson interviewing Edward Steichen, photographer and painter. [December 31, 1969] [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]
 
 

Whitney Museum of American Art

The Whitney Museum of American Art's online American Voices audio tour presented numerous artworks in the Museum's permanent collection. A transcript accompanied each audio clip. Voices included the Museum's curators, other scholars, authors and artists. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]
 
 

WKSU/Kent State University

Arts & Crafts Movement in Europe and America 1880-1920 at Cleveland Museum of Art reported by WKSU's Mark Urycki. Accessed June, 2015
 
 

WNET/New York

WNET/New York produced Religion & Ethics Newsweekly: The Legacy of Howard Finster on October 26, 2001. Tom Patterson, Howard Finster's biographer, provides insights into the life and career of the acclaimed artist in two audio clips: 1. "Howard Finster's ministry and his visual art career were parallel forces..."
2. "His work came very much out of his Appalachian background..." [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

 

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