This Week: Filmmaker and Geographer Brett Story discusses her new film The Prison in Twelve Landscapes.  The documentary is screening at Anthology Film Archives November 4th to 1oth.
This Week: Filmmakers Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya discuss their new documentary about Indian traveling cinemas. The film is called Cinema Travelers, and it's screening this week at the New York Film Festival.      
This week: Filmmaker Bill Morrison discusses his new documentary Dawson City: Frozen in Time. The film is screening on October 4th at 9pm at Lincoln Center as part of the New York Film Festival.
This Week: Photographer Lynn Saville discusses her new book Dark City: Urban America at Night.
This week, in honor of the start of football season, a conversation with with Michael Oriard. Michael is a writer, cultural historian of football, and former offensive lineman for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Author, curator and photography historian Gail Buckland talks about her new book and exhibition Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present. The show is on view now at the Brooklyn Museum through January 8th, 2017.
This week: Writer Kate Wagner discusses her research and fascination with architecture's greatest monstrosity: The McMansion. Her website, McMansion Hell, provides comprehensive and hilarious analysis of what makes these garish homes so hideous and why they've come to look the way they do. Some of her annotated diagrams can be seen below as well as on            
 “The Wolves” from Ghost Stepping This Week: Photographer Molly Lamb discusses her work, growing up in the South, and how she uses photography to talk about ideas of home, loss and memory. Molly's latest exhibition Home and Away opens at Rick Wester Fine Art on September 15th.  “Mumble, Utter, Hum” from Ghost Stepping  "Untitled 9" from Take Care of Your Sister  "Untitled 9” from Let It Go  "Untitled 17" from Take Care of Your Sister
Prolific documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman talks about his new film In Jackson Heights, a portrait of the Jackson Heights neighborhood in Queens.
Andrew Beccone discusses The Reanimation Library, a collection of about twenty-five hundred overlooked, forgotten, and discarded books he has collected from thrift stores over the last fourteen years.
Filmmaker Molly Bernstein talks about her new documentary, a portrait of artist Rosamund Purcell called An Art That Nature Makes: The Work of Rosamund Purcell. The film is screening at Film Forum from August 10th to the 16.
This week: Documentary filmmaker Pieter Van Huystee talks about his new film Hieronymus Bosch, Touched By The Devil. The film follows a team of art historians as they try to bring Bosch's 16th-century masterpieces back to the painter's hometown in The Netherlands for an exhibition on the 500th anniversary of his death.
Artist Theresa Ganz talks about making her photo-based collages and her interest in 19th and 21st century visions of the landscape. We also discuss how growing up in the city made her curious about nature, the connection between her work and outer space, and the ways that artists' depictions of the land reflect issues of gender and power.
Laura Israel is the director of Don't Blink: Robert Frank, a new documentary about the influential artist, photographer and filmmaker. The film follows Frank's life and art from his seminal book The Americans through his explorations in experimental film to the present day.
Artist Amelia Konow talks about working in the darkroom, gravitational waves, and printing on 50 year old photo paper. In her work, Amelia draws on the both the scientific and spiritual mysteries of outer space as a way to connect the massive scale of the universe to the concrete realities of our every day lives. Her work is on view at SF Camerawork from July 14th to August 20th as part of the group exhibition S P A C E.
Photographer Amy Eckert talks about her collage work and her photography project, Manufacturing Home. For the project Amy photographed the interiors of model mobile homes around the U.S.
Photographer Lisa Elmaleh talks about driving her homemade, portable darkroom through the American Southeast to take photographs of the Florida Everglades and traditional folk musicians in Appalachia.
Landscape architect David Seiter talks about his new project: Spontaneous Urban Plants: Weeds in NYC. David is interested in how weeds might be used by landscape designers and urban planners to improve our cities. David is the design director and founding principle of Future Green Studio.
Filmmaker Cem Kaya talks about his documentary Remake Remix Rip-Off. The film chronicles the rise and fall of Yesilcam, the Turkish film industry, which during the Cold War was one of the most prolific in the world, churning out close to 300 films a year. Producers kept up with the public's demand for new films by copying, remaking and mashing up Hollywood scripts into zany, Turkish versions of films like The Wizard of Oz, Rambo and ET. Thanks to loose copyright laws in Turkey, all of this was completely legal.
Denver, Colorado based artist and photographer Edie Winograde talks about her project Sight Seen, which she made while traveling through America's national parks. Edie is interested in how we experience history in the landscape, and her pictures of places like Niagara Falls, Monument Valley, and Scott's Bluff showcase the sublime beauty of the landscape as well as the way nature is packaged for tourists and travelers.
Artist, writer, and self-described experimental philosopher Jonathon Keats talks about his new book, "You Belong to the Universe: Buckminster Fuller and the Future." In the book Jonathon examines some of Fuller's most well known inventions, like the Dymaxion Car, as well as some obscure ones, like Two-Way TV, to explore how Bucky's ideas and approach to the world might be put to use in the 21st century.
In his new photo book, "War is Beautiful," writer David Shields argues that the New York Times' front page photographs of our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have failed to depict the true horror and destruction of war, instead opting for sanitized pictures that emphasize heroic subjects and beautiful painterly compositions.
Geoff Manaugh talks about his new book A Burglar's Guide to the City. The book poses the question: How do we see a building or the city differently if we view it through the eyes of someone trying to to rob it? Throughout A Burglar's Guide we hear about heists and getaways, architects turned bank robbers, and learn why the film Die Hard is "one of the best architectural films of the past three decades." In addition to A Burglar's Guide Geoff also writes the fantastic BLDGBLOG, a blog about architecture and the built environment.
Curator Ksenia Nouril talks about her exhibition Dreamworlds and Catastrophes:Intersections of Art and Science in the Dodge Collection. The show features artwork made by "unofficial" Soviet artists during the Cold War. These artists turned away from the state-mandated Socialist Realism style, and explored new and exciting forms of self expression in the form of photo-collage, kinetic sculptures, and abstract expressionism.
Photographer Rian Dundon discusses his book FAN, which he photographed over nine months while working as an English tutor to Fan Bingbing, one of the biggest celebrities in China. The book features lots of images of Bingbing herself, but Dundon's real subject is the artifice of fame itself and the perpetual performance required to keep it intact.
Artists Franco and Eva Mattes discuss their latest project, Dark Content. The project explores the world of content moderators, the invisible work force responsible for keeping graphic, offensive, and violent videos and images out of social media and search results.
Artist Christine Osinski has a new book of photos called Summer Days Staten Island. The project, shot in the early 1980s, documents the working class neighborhoods of Staten Island, where Christine moved after getting priced out of Manhattan. In this episode Osinski speaks about her Staten Island book, her evolution as a photographer, and what images from 30 years in the past have to tell us about our present.
Cyber-security expert Mikko Hypponen discusses The Malware Museum: a collection of computer viruses from the 80s and 90s that display animations, graphics, and games when they infect your computer.
Artists Aaron Hughes and Amber Ginsburg discuss TEA, a project that grew out of Aaron's encounters with tea, and being offered tea while deployed in Kuwait and Iraq as a member of the Illinois Army National Guard.
A conversation with the executive director of Freemuse, a non-profit that tracks violations of artistic expression around the world. The group has just published their Art Under Threat report for 2015.
Artist Dana Sherwood is interested in the boundaries between the domestic and the wild. She is particularly known for work that involves preparing elaborate meals for animals and documenting the ensuing feasts with hidden motion-sensitive cameras.
Curator Matthew Abess discusses his new exhibition Margin of Error. The show features art and ephemera that speak to both the wonder and the hazards of industrial age technologies. The show includes everything from Fascist-era Italian safety posters to Photographs and graphic art about the dangers and power of electricity. Margin of Error is on view through May 8th at The Wolfsonian at Florida International University.
Dawn Porter discusses her new film Trapped. The documentary looks at abortion clinics and providers in the South that are struggling to keep their doors open in the face of so-called TRAP laws. These laws systematically target abortion providers with onerous, medically unnecessary regulations in an effort to force the clinics to shut down. Just last week the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for Women's Health vs Hellerstedt, a case challenging a TRAP law passed in Texas. The clinic bringing the case is featured in Dawn Porter's film.
Jon Fox is the director of the new documentary Newman. The film tells the story of a self-educated inventor named Joseph Newman who in the 1980s claimed to have invented a perpetual motion machine. To Newman's skeptics, his device violated basic laws of physics. But according to Newman --- and many of his scientifically credentialed supporters --- his device was real, and it promised a populist form of free energy that could change the world. Jon Fox spent over a decade working on the film and it's screening on March 8th at IFC Center in New York.
Carl Corey is a photographer based in River Falls, Wisconsin. Lately, he's been traveling the country in his small Winnebago documenting the quirks, contradictions, and moments quiet of beauty he finds in small town America.
This week we examine the roots of color photography. It's a history in which artists, popular magazines, advertisers, and film companies all play major roles in making color photography the ubiquitous medium it is today.
Jonathon Keats is an artist and experimental philosopher. In his book, Forged, he makes the case for why forgers are the greatest artists of our age. In his book, he looks at the history of art forgery, and tells the stories of six incredible and ambitious forgers who conned art experts, Nazi officials and entire nations into believing in their fake wares. Jonathon argues that a well perpetrated forgery forces all of us to to question our ideas about authenticity, authority and belief. This is something that most legitimate artwork fails to achieve.
In her book, Studio Life, writer and photographer Sarah Trigg documents the studio practices of artists across America, highlighting the spaces, objects, and rituals that inform the artistic process.
Hank Hivnor has been working as a psychic, healer, and spiritual medium for over a decade. His clients include people from all walks of life, from lawyers to artists to celebrities. Hank conducts his readings in the living room of his apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, which is where I met up with him for a conversation about his work as a psychic healing. You can learn more about Hank, and inquire about his services, on his website.
This week we take a look at an exhibition currently on view at the Jewish Museum here in New York. The show is called Unorthodox and it brings together fifty-five artists from around the world, all of whom share a desire to break rules, challenge artistic conventions, and question the status quo of their time. I recently got a chance to speak with two of the show's co-curators, Daniel S. Palmer and Kelly Taxter, about the exhibition and the importance of creative risk taking in contemporary art. Unorthodox is on view through March 27th.
For years the subject of photographer and filmmaker Khalik Allah's work has been the people in one particular spot in New York City: the corner of 125th Street and Lexington in Harlem. Late at night Khalik drives down to this spot from his home on Long Island and shoots portraits of the people he finds hanging out on the corner. Khalik shoots on slow film, but doesn't use flash, so all his lighting comes from the corner itself: bodegas, passing cars, cigarette lighters and traffic lights. As a result, his subjects appear bathed in washes of red and green light, set against near darkness. These dreamlike shots depict homeless people, neighborhood teenagers, drug addicts, cops, kids, and the other local characters who have come to know and respect Khalik enough to pose for his lens.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, a handful of artists began leaving New York City to make monumental artworks in the landscape of the American Southwest. Frustrated by the commodity driven structures of museums and galleries and eager to explore new forms of sculpture and drawing, artists like Robert Smithson, Walter De Maria, and Michael Heizer picked up bulldozers and shovels and began to make work from the land. Smithson, for example built Spiral Jetty: a spiraling pathway of stone situated in The Great Salt Lake. Walter DeMaria constructed a grid of steel lightening rods called The Lightning Field in a remote section of the New Mexico Desert. A piece called Double Negative by Michael Heizer resembles a monumental excavation, carved from a mesa in Nevada. These pieces, and many others like them, are known as Land art, and they're the subject of a fascinating new documentary by director James Crump.