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.

Juried Shows

On the occasion of six paintings by Sheila being included in a juried exhibition at the Strathmore Mansion, in Bethesda MD, Tom and Sheila decided to discuss juried shows in general, and also the specific exhibition, entitled, “Home”,  at the Strathmore Mansion through February 23.



Judy Chicago

Sheila and Tom visit the exhibit at the National Museum for Women in the Arts:  Judy Chicago – The End: A Meditation on Death and Extinction.  They discuss Chicago’s work, her history, her ambition, and her place in the art world as a feminist artist.

Vuillard and Bonnard

Tom and Sheila discuss the new painting that was discovered by Vuillard and Bonnard in their Nabi phase, around the turn of the twentieth century in Paris. The Phillips Collection, in Washington DC, is currently exhibiting their new bequest, the collection of Vicki and Roger Sant, featuring Vuillard and Bonnard, along with several other painters in their circle.

Verrocchio at the National Gallery of Art

Verrocchio opened his workshop in Florence in the late 1560’s. He was a great master and the teacher of Leonardo da Vinci.  The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC exhibit, with fifty works from the Bargello and other museums, is the first-ever monographic exhibit of Verrocchio in the US.  So if you didn’t get to see the celebration of Verrocchio at the Bargello in Florence earlier this year, you can see his work here in Washington. Sheila and Tom introduce us to his greatness.


Tom and Sheila, with guest Peter Blake, discuss the Moon landing of July 1969, artists’ reactions, and the current exhibit at the National Gallery on one hundred years of photographs of the moon, leading up to the Moon landing by NASA. If you listen closely, you may hear a weirdly appropriated recording of Werner Von Braun.