Category Archives: Podcasts

Art as Experience is an hour-long conversation between Tom Xenakis and Sheila Blake after their visit to an exhibition, serving as a guide for taking a longer look at art.

Cézanne Portraits

Sheila and Tom investigate the origins of modernism by visiting the exhibition of Cézanne portraits at the National Gallery of Art.

The Maladies of Artists

Artists whose lives were cut short as casualties of war, or victims of epidemics; artists struggling with debilitating diseases: they made great art; and, of course, no one will ever know what art would have been made after their passing. They left their mark in the art world. Today’s show pays tribute to some of these artists and their legacies.

Binding Clouds: the Art of Central Asian Ikat

Tom and Sheila visit the Textile Museum in Washington DC, and discuss the Silk Road textiles called ikat.

Klee and Ten American Men

Sheila and Tom discuss Paul Klee, surrealism, Freud, psychoanalysis, playfulness, and Klee’s influence on American Abstraction, after visiting the Phillips Collection current exhibition on “Paul Klee and Ten Americans”.

Art and Fear

Tom and Sheila discuss Art and Fear, relating the topic to the exhibition, “Outliers and American Vanguard Art”, at the National Gallery of Art.

Kara Walker at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

For over two decades, African American artist Kara Walker (born 1969) has been making work that weaves together imagery from the antebellum South, the brutality of slavery, and racist stereotypes. We visit the exhibition of her work: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated)

Art and Poetry, Part 2: Poet/Artists

We return to the topic of the intimate connection between poetry and art by reading and discussing artists who produced both visual art and poems.

Art, Poetry, and the Romantic Imagination

We explore the relationships between poetry and visual art.  With guest Peter Blake.

The Marriages of Artists

Sheila and Tom, in the context of gender equality, explore a unique and interesting topic: marriages and partnerships of artists.
Broadcast on WOWD-LP, 94.3 FM: Dec 16, 2017