Art Uncovered -- Nicholas de Monchaux

Premiere DateSep 20, 2011
00:00 Thomas Intro
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01:51 Nicholas de Monchaux interview pt. 1
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05:16 Neil Armstrong Angst
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06:21 Nicholas de Monchaux interview pt. 2
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11:10 Ponytail Panda Bear
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13:02 Nicholas de Monchaux interview pt. 3
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15:46 Gravity Rides Everything Modest Mouse
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19:07 Nicholas de Monchaux interview pt. 4
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23:46 Out of Body Experience Grass Widow
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26:33 Nicholas de Monchaux interview pt. 5
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31:26 New Look Human Hands
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34:07 Nicholas de Monchaux interview pt. 6
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36:52 Impossible Bouquet No Age
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38:00 Nicholas de Monchaux interview pt. 7
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41:10 Tiny Cities Made of Ashes Modest Mouse
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44:12 Nicholas de Monchaux interview pt. 8
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46:18 Future Crimes Wild Flag
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48:11 Finish
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This week on Art Uncovered: Nicholas de Monchaux. Nicholas is the author of  Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo. The book chronicles how the Playtex company — known to most for making bras and girdles — beat out traditional military contractors for the job of designing the spacesuit that Neil Armstrong  eventually wore on the surface of the moon. Nicholas sets this story in the larger context of technology’s relationship to the human body, touching on everything from androids and Christian Dior to sci-fi and city planning.

Nicholas is an assistant professor of Architecture at Berkeley, and I recently spoke with him via Skype about his book and the multi-layered history of one of the 20th century’s most iconic objects.

All images from Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo, by Nicholas de Monchaux. The book is published by MIT Press and available to purchase here.

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