The Hammer Museum recently opened a major historical survey titled "Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology." It describes the show as “the first large-scale exhibition to focus on the intersection of two vitally important genres of contemporary art: appropriation (taking and recasting existing images, forms, and styles from mass-media and fine art sources) and institutional critique (scrutinizing and confronting the structures and practices of our social, cultural, and political institutions).”
One of the artists in the exhibition is Fred Wilson, the New York-based conceptualist whose work often examines how people of color are represented in the historical record — and by the institutions that help write that record. Wilson was the guest on Episode No. 33 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast, a program taped live at the Toledo Museum of Art. On the occasion of the Hammer show, we’ve added it to our SoundCloud page. Have a listen, or download it using the button in the upper right above!
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See more images of art discussed on the show.
Image: Fred Wilson, To Die Upon a Kiss, 2011. Collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts.