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By Juline

Months, and often years, of planning go into each exhibition you see at the Nasher Museum.

This summer, I am creating an audio guide for two of our exciting upcoming exhibitions: “The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl” and “The Vorticists: Rebel Artists in London and New York, 1914-1918.”

One of the really exciting things about contemporary art is talking to the artists who created it. For “The Record” audio guide, I recently visited and interviewed three artists in New York City: Moyra Davey, Xaviera Simmons and Meredyth Sparks.  I also went to Washington, D.C., and met with self-taught artist Mingering Mike and the person who “discovered” him, Dori Hadar.

It’s fascinating to hear about their creative process, what they hope visitors will get out of their work and their  memories about vinyl records.

For “The Voriticists,” I’ve interviewed the exhibition’s co-curators, Mark Antliff, professor in Duke’s Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies, and Vivien Greene, the Guggenheim Musuem’s Curator of 19th- and Early 20th-Century Art.

I interviewed Vivien in the Guggenheim’s SoHo offices in New York City.  In the central space, there are models of each Guggenheim building so curators can move around miniature versions of artworks on the tiny walls.  All the exhibitions for all the Guggenheim’s locations (New York, Venice and Bilbao, Spain) are planned in New York.

You’ll have to wait until the exhibitions open to hear some of the exciting insights I gleaned from artists and curators.

You’ll be able to download the audioguide as MP3 files for free from our website, or rent the guides at the museum for $3. Nasher Museum members will have access to the guides for free … a new membership perk!

IMAGE: Photo of Mingering Mike by David Colagiovanni

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