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This Week on The Artsy Fartsy Show Airing Tuesday, Jan 31st, 2012 at 2pm EST

on WBAI 99.5FM

Segments you wont want to miss:


Hollis interviews Elisabeth Lehr, Acting Executive Director of the AFGHAN WOMEN’S PROJECT. AWWP’s mission is to empower Afghan women to share their voices with the world. Despite deteriorating security, women determined to tell their own stories gather online and in “writing huts” in undisclosed locations in Kabul and Herat to receive mentoring from American women authors and professors, and to participate in writing workshops and reading salons. AWWP’s online magazine is the vehicle through which their stories are shared. The project also aims to promote greater economic independence for these women by strengthening their self-confidence,computer literacy and writing skills, and to encourage the inclusion of women’s voices in Afghanistan’s national dialogue.

Melissa Silver on three exhibits now at the Brooklyn Museum


Now – June 3, 2012

Question Bridge: Black Males is an innovative video installation created by artists Hank Willis Thomas and Chris Johnson in collaboration with Bayeté Ross Smith and Kamal Sinclair. The four collaborators spent several years traveling throughout the United States, speaking with 150 Black men living in 12 American cities and towns, including New York, Chicago, Oakland, Birmingham, and New Orleans. From these interviews they created 1,500 video exchanges in which the subjects, representing a range of geographic, generational, economic, and educational strata, serve as both interviewers and interviewees. Their words were woven together to simulate a stream-of-consciousness dialogue, through which important themes and issues emerge, including family, love, interracial relationships, community, education, violence, and the past, present, and future of Black men in American society.


Now- Feb. 12, 2012

The first major museum exhibition to focus on themes of gender and sexuality in modern American portraiture,HIDE/SEEK: Difference and Desire in American Portraiturebrings together more than one hundred works in a wide range of media, including paintings, photographs, works on paper, film, and installation art. The exhibition charts the underdocumented role that sexual identity has played in the making of modern art, and highlights the contributions of gay and lesbian artists to American art.

In addition to revealing connections between sexual identity and formal developments in modern art, HIDE/SEEK presents artists’ responses to the Stonewall Riots of 1969, the AIDS epidemic, and postmodern themes of identity, highlighted with major pieces by artists such as AA Bronson, Félix González-Torres, and Annie Leibovitz.

From Reality TV to Real Walls: NOT FOR LONG, MY FORLORN

Now – Feb. 5, 2012

The exhibition of Kymia Nawabi, the season-two winner of Bravo’s series Work of Art: The Next Great Artist. Not for Long, My Forlorn , is an expression of both her personal mythology and her ideas on the cyclical nature of life.


Barika Edwards sits in the house of Freud’s Last Session (by Mark St. Germain) to interview the cast: Martin Rayner (Freud) and Mark H. Dold (Lewis)

FREUD’S LAST SESSION centers on legendary psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud, who invites a young, little-known professor, C.S. Lewis, to his home in London. Lewis, expecting to be called on the carpet for satirizing Freud in a recent book, soon realizes Freud has a much more significant agenda. On the day England enters World War II, Freud and Lewis clash on the existence of God, love, sex and the meaning of life – only two weeks before Freud chooses to take his own.

Listen to the Extended Web-Exclusive Interview

Exclusive Web Interview with Freud’s Last Session from the on-air broadcast

ART SHANTY – With Guest Contributor Jen Nelson

January 14 brings the kickoff of a popular winter art event here in the Twin Cities: Art Shanty Projects. If you’ve ever been to Minnesota during the winter, you may have noticed that curious little village-like communities of small shacks tend to pop on nearly every one of our more than 10,000 lakes as enthusiasts take to their frozen surfaces to ice fish. Inspired by those ice fishing houses, Art Shanty Projects gives them their own creative spin. As described by its creators, Art Shanty Projects is “part  sculpture park, part artist residency, and part social experiment … an artist driven temporary community exploring the ways in which the relatively unregulated public space of the frozen lake can be used as a  new and challenging artistic environment to expand notions of what art can be.”

Each year artists come up with concepts and build their own art shanties based on those concepts. A list of artists and shanties can be found at the program’s website and this year include themes such as “Robot Reprise” – back again with their own working robot, “ Reflection Shanty” – a beautiful and multi-purpose space for contemplation, “Fort Shanty” – a space to build imaginary  intimate spaces reminiscent of those from childhood, “Capitol Hill” – a farce that stands as a monument  to government absurdities , “Solar Ark Shanty” – a place to encounter the sun and alter its relationship with the frozen lake complete with a digitally fabricated wall oriented to the sun’s path, and “Dance Shanty” – well, that one kind of explains itself, among many other shanties exploring concepts of  history, fashion, play, treasure hunting, bicycles, basketball, naughtiness, photography, media, and other cultures.

As you may have inferred, this is not a passive experience. Each shanty is built not merely to be looked at, but interacted with. As you explore from shanty to shanty, you will have the opportunity to decorate and print textiles, attend winter biking workshops, participate in language activities, use provided winter items to dress up and document your new fashion in a photo booth, create the holiday you think government should observe, let out your inner monster, explore the daily life of Minnesotan pioneers, have a sauna, help create the Shantyquarian newspaper, or become part of a dance performance. The calendar of events also includes chances for group activities and games, the  opportunity to find out just how many people can simultaneously wear a 100 yard long scarf, take in a winter fashion show, or watch the art car parade.
If you should find yourself in Minnesota during this four week exhibition, Art Shanty Projects is open each weekend from 10am to 5pm between January 14th and February 5th on Medicine Lake in the Minneapolis suburb of Plymouth. Dress warm and be sure to wear your winter boots – with no tree cover out on the open lake, temperatures often feel much colder. However don’t let the cold keep you away, this event is well worth it. If you can’t make it, be sure to check artshantyprojects.org for a  complete list of shanties and artists, links to their individual websites and photos of this year’s event as well as previous events. I hope to see you there! If you’re looking for me, I’ll probably be out playing
another round of snowquet.

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