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SFMOMA Artcasts is the Museum's podcast series produced in collaboration with Antenna Audio. Each month, we bring you closer to the voices and sounds of artists, writers, curators, musicians, and visitors as they respond to exhibitions and artworks on view at SFMOMA.




Manifest Episode 6: The Community

Art brings us together. In this episode, members of Bay Area art collectives discuss what it means to make work for, by and with their communities. They reflect on the power of art to heal, inspire, and break down systems of oppression. Artists featured in this episode: 100 Days of Action, Club Chai, Russell E.L. Butler. Photo: 100 Days of Action, by Ben Leon.

Duration: 00:19:12

Manifest Episode 5: The Legacy

Art is a form of remembrance. This episode features two artists, both born in Iran, discussing the very different ways their practices have been influenced by the country’s turbulent history. They consider how this legacy, whether inherited or experienced firsthand, is impossible to ignore. Photo: Arash Fayez. Photo by Geraldine Ah-Sue. Artists featured in this episode: Taraneh Hemami and Arash Fayez.

Duration: 00:18:43

Manifest Episode 4: The Mind

Art is an exercise in perspective. This episode highlights works that invite new ways of seeing. Artists reflect on how they see themselves, how others see them, and how to look at the world through performance, portraiture, and abstract painting. Photo: Toyin Ojih Odutola. Photo by King Texas © 2015. Artists featured in this episode: James Luna, Toyin Ojih Odutola, and Katherine Sherwood.

Duration: 00:22:28

Manifest Episode 3: The Home

Art is emotional. This episode examines the concept of “home.” Through their work, a sculptor, a painter, and a singer express feelings about being at home, being in exile, safety, fear, connection, and belonging. Photo: Ana Teresa Fernández, by Geraldine Ah-Sue. Artists featured in this episode: Mildred Howard, Ana Teresa Fernández, and Diana Gameros.

Duration: 00:25:47

Manifest Episode 2: The Body

Art is material. This episode explores art in relation to the body. Hear artists reflect on gender and performance, transform themselves into cockroaches, and sculpt self-portraits from chocolate and soap. Photo: Xandra Ibarra, Nude Laughing, performance at The Broad, Los Angeles, 2016. Photo by John Tain. Artists featured in this episode: Xandra Ibarra, Cassils, and Janine Antoni.

Duration: 00:23:07

Manifest Episode 1: The Land

Art is a journey. This episode considers hidden histories through artworks that explore the movement of people, goods and ideas across distant lands. Hear about works made from curry, a 25-part installation on Angel Island, and an immersive three-channel film piece that uses imagery of the sea to evoke larger themes about history and politics. Photo: Flo Oy Wong, by Geraldine Ah-Sue. Artists featured in this episode: Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik, John Akomfrah, and Flo Oy Wong.

Duration: 00:19:03

Season 2 Trailer: Manifest

Catch a sneak peak of what’s coming this season on Raw Material, from SFMOMA.

Duration: 00:01:12

Otherworld Bonus Episode: The Visitor

An artist discusses her interest in extraterrestrials, including sightings, abductions, and other memories of aliens. She examines how descriptions of these interactions have both changed with cultural norms and reflected individual, inner feelings.

Duration: 00:12:15

Otherworld Episode 6: The Presence

Artists share personal experiences they have had with ghosts and the paranormal. A conceptual sculptor describes creating a piece using a “presence” as his primary material. Image © Tom Friedman; Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York, and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London.

Duration: 00:18:53

Otherworld Episode 5: The Vibration

Artists discuss how they both add to and draw from from Earth’s vibrations. A conceptual artist presents a chapel he has built for bees, and a free jazz improviser talks about making music with natural biological rhythms. Photo of Terence Koh.

Duration: 00:22:46

Otherworld Episode 3: The Sigil

Experimental musician, pioneering performance artist, and general cult phenomenon Genesis Breyer P-Orridge reveals the role of magic in h/er life and artistic practice. S/he describes h/er decades-long mystical work with sigils, chaos magick, sex magick, and the philosophies of Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth.

Duration: 00:22:41

Otherworld: Season 1 Trailer

Discover Raw Material, a new arts and culture podcast from SFMOMA, coming October 2016.

Duration: 00:00:53