A Piece of Work
By WNYC Studios
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A Piece of Work is everything you want to know about modern and contemporary art but were afraid to ask. Hosted by Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson, this 10-episode series explores everything from Pop Art to performance in lively conversations with curators, artists and Abbi’s friends, including Hannibal Buress, Tavi Gevinson, RuPaul and Questlove. WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, Snap Judgment, Death, Sex & Money, On the Media, Nancy and many others. © WNYC Studios
||Explicit#10: The Writing on the Wall||There are new paintings and drawings by Sol LeWitt being made all the time -- even though the artist died in 2007. That’s possible because LeWitt’s wrote instructions for creating his works art, for other people to make. Abbi and writer Samantha||8/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#9: Questlove Hearts Emojis||Emojis, video games, even the humble “@” symbol -- all these staples of digital life have been as carefully designed as the most sleek furniture or fancy architecture. But do they belong in a museum? Hell yes, says Abbi’s friend Ahmir Thompson (a||8/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#8: Andy Warhol’s Art of Self-Promotion||Andy Warhol’s “Campbell’s Soup Cans” has got to be one of the most famous images of the 20th century. But at the time, Warhol’s use of advertising and imagery from consumer culture was super controversial. So was his unabashed desire to becom||8/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#7: You’ve Got to Watch This!||Way before viral videos, since the invention of the medium in the 1960s, artists have made video to critique the culture around them. Howardena Pindell delivers a direct-to-camera account of the racism she experienced coming of age as a black woman in||7/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#6: If It’s Got Naked People, RuPaul Is In||A dozen dancers rolling around in their underwear, rubbing raw chickens and fish on each other. No, it’s not some weird ‘60s porn, it’s a performance -- Abbi talks with the feminist artist behind the piece, Carolee Schneemann. Performance art lik||7/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#5: Minimalism to the Max||Some artworks seem crazy simple -- like a stack of metal boxes or a group of white paintings. Minimalism rejected the idea that art should express the artist’s feelings or depict the visible world, or even be made from traditional art materials. Jo B||7/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#4: Samantha Irby Gets High on Light||Abbi brings her friend the hilarious essayist Samantha Irby to MoMA PS1 to see one of the trippiest works they’ve ever experienced: “Meeting” by James Turrell. Turrell’s work is immersive, mind-blowing, deeply moving -- and made entirely of lig||7/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#3: How Questlove Learned to Love Silence||Ahmir Thompson (a.k.a. Questlove of The Roots) is a very busy dude. He was feeling stretched thin, until he discovered the power of silence to let his creativity cut through the noise. To help him find that silence, he’s got one of Yves Klein’s Bl||7/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#2 Tavi Gevinson Wonders When It’s Done||When you look at abstract art, what are you supposed to see among all those splatters and blobs? Abbi sorts out her feelings about Jackson Pollock’s monumental action paintings with a little help from the dancer and choreographer Mark Morris, and she||7/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#1 Hannibal Buress Really Wants to Touch the Art||Does art have to be beautiful, or can everyday stuff be made into art too? Abbi Jacobson brings her friend comedian Hannibal Buress to look at sculptures by Dada and Surrealist artists, who upended the definition of what art could be. Marcel Duchamp||7/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPresenting: A Piece of Work||Yes, she’s the hilarious co-creator of Comedy Central’s “Broad City.” But before discovering her gift for comedy, Abbi Jacobson went to art school. Now she’s getting a refresher on everything from Jackson Pollock to Marcel Duchamp, from Pop||7/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
This show is great for children and adults who have never seen a work of art in their life. Wish it was longer so we could dive into the artists' history and process more, instead of [what ultimately breaks down into] 5min of coverage.
As for celebrity friends, their names are helpful to draw attention, but have almost nothing to contribute other than glowing praise for whaever they're standing in front of. Again, could use more than 3min with each guest so that they have time to come up with at least one original thought or idea.
And as someone else said in the reviews, why not make this about upcoming artists? Newbies, struggling young people, underground talents? They would really benefit from a show like this, and so would the audience, who I hope already know the same 5 intro-level facts about someone like Picasso.
I love Abby on Broad City! I was so looking forward to this podcast, especially as it was recomended by Jessica and Phoebe. Alas, listening to 3 episodes in the car last week, I found it pretty bad. It feels like it's created for elementary age children. The art commentary is so incredibly bland and basic, it was hard to bear. I'm well-informed about art, but by no means an expert, but I found it embarrassing. Sorry to do this but I'm unsubscribing.
Abbi's passion is addicting
I was amazed to see such bad reviews on this podcast. For those who aren't art snobs, this is a perfect look into what makes art, art. Abbi's love & passion for the pieces easily makes you feel the same way just from listening.