Timothy H. O'Sullivan (1840–1882) was a photographer for two of the most ambitious geographical surveys of the nineteenth century. This illustrated exhibition podcast is narrated by the Curator of Photography Toby Jurovics, and published on the occasion of the exhibition Framing the West: The Survey Photographs of Timothy H. O'Sullivan". It also features musical accompaniment by cellist Erik Friedlander. (via m4v or iTunes).
The artist William T. Wiley has made music and musical references persistent features of his art, whether in performance or in visual references and titles. The Smithsonian American Art Museum is proud to publish lyrical works by artist William Wiley on the occasion of the artist's retrospective, What's it all mean: William T. Wiley in Retrospect. Subscribe and download each song through iTunes.
The Renwick Gallery has been the American Art Museum's showcase for contemporary crafts and decorative arts since 1972, but the landmark building has an intriguing history of its own: as Washington DC's first art museum, housing for the Union Army during the Civil War, and the U.S. Court of Claims. On Sunday August 3, 2009, Judith Capen spoke at the Gallery and revealed its secrets, hidden by time but rediscovered through recent surveys of the building. (via mp3 or iTunes).
In this illustrated presentation, Co-Curator Anne Wagner discusses the Public Works of Art Project and its impact on artists working during the Great Depression. She touches on the federal government and its program to support artists, the lives of artists working on the federal pay roll, and select paintings from the exhibition 1934: A New Deal For Artists. (via Quicktime or iTunes).