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 online free of charge

2015 edition



American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History presents James Perry Wilson. This 2-minute audio clip, narrated by Steve Quinn, gives an insider's view on James Perry Wilson's artistic background, painting technique, and his contributions to the art of the habitat group diorama. James Perry Wilson's great artistic skill and feeling are evident in many of the diorama backgrounds in the Hall of North American Mammals, including the majestic view of the Wyoming plains depicted in the Bison and Pronghorn Group. Wilson's views, whether of field, forest, or mountaintop, beautifully convey both the details and character of each scene and fuse imperceptibly with the scene's foreground. Each diorama represents a specific location, carefully selected in the field and faithfully depicted in the foreground exhibits and the background paintings. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

American Public Media

Sister Corita was aired March 03, 2007. American Public Media says "When you think about pop art and counter culture, in all likelihood, you don't immediately think of a convent in Los Angeles in the 1960s. Sister Corita Kent was a nun at the Immaculate Heart Convent in Los Angeles, as well as a teacher in the art department at the Immaculate Heart College. She was also an artist whose screen prints garnered world-wide attention. At one point she was on the cover of Newsweek. But she was also criticized by conservative Catholics, including the archbishop of the Los Angeles archdiocese. Sister Corita Kent left the convent at the height of her fame but continued to live a fascinating life. Weekend America host Bill Radke visits the Corita Art Center in Los Angeles to learn more about her life and see some of her work." Accessed June, 2015


Art a GoGo

The Art a GoGo web site contains a page with podcasts covering museum exhibits on the West Coast. Art a GoGO was created by Kathleen Lang, who obtained a graduate degree in art history from San Jose State University. Accessed June, 2015
Art a GoGo Podcast #6 - Soundseeing Tour of the Seattle Art Museum features the exhibit Isamu Noguchi: Sculptural Design. The narrators Kathleen & Doug also talk about The American Landscape's "Quieter Spirit" with A selection of nineteenth-century American landscape views, both paintings and photography. Accessed June, 2015
Art a GoGo Podcast #8 - Museum of Art and History: Santa Cruz, CA provides an audio sightseeing tour of the exhibit Material Terrain: A Sculptural Exploration of Landscape and Place, on display July 2 - September 25, 2005 at the Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz. The Museum says that "Material Terrain is one of the most exhilarating exhibitions to ever be mounted at The Museum of Art & History. Enormous sculptures entirely filling the Museum building are composed of surprising materials such as poured fiberglass, polyethelene, aluminum chain-link steel and even wheat grass! Ten of the most avant-garde American sculptors practicing today, including Ming Fay, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Donald Lipski and John Ruppert, are included in this over-size, over-the-top look at contemporary landscape based sculpture." Accessed June, 2015

Bad at Sports

Duncan MacKenzie, Chicago artist, produces and co-hosts Bad at Sports, a weekly podcast about art in Chicago.  He is an occasional correspondent for the Boston-based art journal Big, Red and Shiny, Chicago's New City and the Los Angeles Critical Studies Journal Octopus. In 2002 MacKenzie received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute and currently works as an artist, art critic, art educator and occasional designer. He currently teaches classes on time based media, institutional critique, and printmaking at Columbia College and The American Academy of Art. Accessed June, 2015
Bad At Sports is a weekly podcast about contemporary art. Founded in 2005, the series focuses on presenting the practices of artists, curators, critics, dealers, various other arts professionals through an online audio format. Some of the program's guests include Kerry James Marshall, Francesco Bonami, David Robbins, Carol Becker, James Rondeau, Jeff Wall, Hamza Walker, Lane Relyea, James Yood, Michelle Grabner, Gavin Turk, Dominic Molon, and Julian Myers.
In addition, contemporary art -- and frequently books and movies -- are reviewed on the program; contributions come from Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, London, Cologne, Switzerland and Tokyo. Bad At Sports believes that podcasting brings a certain spontaneity and raw dynamic quality to the art interview and review; that feeling of casual conversation and spirited debate that is often lost in print format, is fully present in the podcast. (text courtesy Tarble Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University, 2 November 2007)

Baylor University Art Museums, Martin Museum of Art

Baylor University Art Museums, Martin Museum of Art offers podcasts including Rebecca Senf lecture, recorded on September 26th, 2013 regarding Ansel Adams: Environmentalism Born of Experience. Accessed July, 2015

Bellevue Art Museum

The Media Library section of the Bellevue Art Museum's web site contains, as of 11/15/10, a menu of audio and video presentations including material relating to past exhibitions. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

Boca Raton Museum of Art

The Audio Tours section of the Museum website contains cell phone tours including Mary Cassatt: Works on Paper Exhibition (January 20-April 11, 2010) and Tiffany Studios: The Holtzman Collection Exhibition (January 25- April 27, 2008) [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

Brandywine River Museum

In the Visiting section of the Brandywine River Museum's web site a page titled Audio Tours contains 12 tours as of 2015. The tour's subject is listed along with an audio player control bar. Through 2009, Mary Cronin, Supervisor of Education for the museum, selected the online tours, samples from a larger selection available to visitors through rental of hand-held wands. The wands, featuring random-access technology, allow visitors to navigate the museum's galleries following their individual interests. Some tours feature American artists. Ms. Cronin explained to TFAO that the idea of including audio in the web site was conceived by Halsey Spruance, Director of Public Relations. Mr. Spruance thought that audio would enhance the web site's appeal, provide an additional tool for generating interest in museum visitation, and promote rental of the onsite audio tours. The audio enhancement of the web site was completed at a nominal cost. Accessed June, 2015.

Bruce Museum

Charles Harold Davis (1856-1933): Mystic Impressionist, an exhibit held September 26, 2015 - January 3, 2016 at the Bruce Museum. The musuem created a website for the exhibit. The site includes several sections including a video of a 49-minute curator's talk by Dr. Valerie Anne Leeds and a 7-part audio tour by Mia Laufer. Accessed January, 2016.

Canton Museum of Art

Canton Museum of Art makes available audio tours on its website. The exhibit A Celebration of Women in the Arts, held May 21 - July 24, 2011 at the Canton Museum of Art, featured an audio tour. Accessed June, 2015.

Case Western University

Case Western University streams on its web site Minute on the Future (Link found expired as of 4/24/09 audit. Source site may contain this content via a revised URL) audio files which are recordings developed by the Office of University Communication for radio broadcast. The Minute on the Future audio files are minute-long profiles of teaching, research and service activities at the University. While not focused on museum activities the Case Western web page shows another example of archived radio programming in the form of .mp3 audio files, which launch automatically. Case Western offers a similar page containing streaming QuickTime video files (Link found expired as of 4/24/09 audit. Source site may contain this content via a revised URL) for "the Case-TV News Service of Case Western Reserve University [which] produces and provides television news features for broadcasters nationwide. These timely features offer cutting-edge insights into the latest medical and scientific research and other newsworthy topics and include interviews with Case faculty and research experts."

Chazen Museum of Art

Chazen Museum of Art has on its website as of 2013 a section containing podcasts related to interviews between museum director Russell Panczenko and artists, curators, and scholars. The interviews were broadcast on Wisconsin Public Radio. Several interviews concern American representational art. Accessed June, 2015.

Chicago Humanities Festival

The Chicago Humanities Festival presents a Terra Foundation for American Art lecture series with art history lectures online, including audio for "Art for War's Sake" recorded November 11, 2006, by David Lubin. Accessed August, 2015.


Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

A Remington Looking West microsite contains a link to an audio tour accompanting the exhibit Remington Looking West (2/20/08) with seventeen audio selections courtesy of Acoustiguide. The Institute provides seventeen audio selections from the Dove/O'Keeffe: Circles of Influence (7/11/09) exhibition on its site. Please click here to link to the page containing the audio tour. The Institute also provides seventeen audio selections from the Like Breath on Glass: Whistler, Inness, and the Art of Painting Softly exhibition microsite. Please click here to link to the page containing the audio tour. Accessed June, 2015.

Colorado Public Radio

Charles Partridge Adams moved to Colorado in the 1870s as a teenager and taught himself how to paint. Listen to a December 17, 2012 Colorado Matters interview (8 minutes) with Thomas Brent Smith, director and curator at the DAM's Petrie Institute of Western American Art and Colorado Public Radio's Ryan Warner.(posted 1/13) [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

Columbia Museum of Art

As of June 2007, the prior 12 months saw a dramatic rise in the number of museums using mp3 and mobile phone technologies. These devices allow the user to access content on demand, often for free, through their own device rather than traditional museum audio guides.
The Columbia Museum of Art offered its first-ever podcast and cell phone tour during the exhibition Material Terrain which opened to the public July 6, 2007 and ran through August 26, 2007. The tour featured exclusive content about the exhibition not available anywhere else. Users could hear several of the artists in the exhibition talking about their work including John Ruppert, Ursula van Rydingsvard, James Surls, Michele Brody, Wendy Ross and Dennis Oppenheim. The cell phone tour also allowed visitors to leave feedback.
The tour was available for download as a free podcast through the Museum's website and also available as a cell phone tour by calling the museum. There was no additional charge to use the cell phone tour; only minutes through the user's plan were used. Podcast users downloaded the tour to an mp3 player before arriving at the Museum.
When visiting the Museum, visitors picked up an audio tour card listing the stops. There were 11 different stops in the exhibition. Next to the works, visitors found an audio tour icon. They could choose the corresponding stop number on the card to hear this stop. Visitors could follow the stops numerically or in any order by selecting the number for each particular stop.
As of March 3, 2010 the Museum offered on its website podcast lectures and an audio tour connected with the exhibit The Chemistry of Color: Contemporary African-American Artists on view February 05, 2010 - May 09, 2010. As of August, 2014 many audio podcasts had been removed from The Museum's website. TFAO has written to the museum requesting that the podcasts be restored.
Nature and the Grand American Vision: Masterpieces of the Hudson River School Painters, an exhibit held at the Columbia Museum of Art November 19, 2011 through April 1, 2012 was covered on its website with an exhibit description. image gallery and online audio from a lecture series. The Grand American Vision Humanities Lecture Series includes an exhibition opening lecture by Dr. Linda Ferber of the New-York Historical Society. Accessed August, 2014. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.] For additional podcasts please click here. Accessed June, 2015.
The Columbia Museum of Art provides online multimedia tours for the museum's collection and selected exhibits. Online tours for exhibits begin with a video introduction by the executive director, followed by audio clips pertaining to a set of artworks in the exhibit. As of December, 2015, tours for current exhibits include: Georgia O'Keeffe, Her Carolina Story; October 9, 2015 - January 10, 2016; Independent Spirits, Women Artists of South Carolina; October 9, 2015 - January 10, 2016. Accessed December, 2015.
Archived tours include: Norman Rockwell, Behind the Camera, October 16, 2014 - January 17, 2015; From Marilyn to Mao, Andy Warhol's Famous Faces, June 10, 2015 - September 11, 2015; Charles Courtney Curran, Seeking the Ideal, February 19, 2015 - May 16, 2015. Accessed December, 2015.

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