The Gallery Gap

Claire Kovacs and Melissa Mohr host "Gallery Gap" on WVIK.
Credit Jared Johnson

WVIK has partnered with the Figge Art Museum and Augustana College's Teaching Museum of Art to produce a new podcast focusing on underrepresented populations in art galleries across the world, and in our community.

Melissa Mohr, director of Education at the Figge, and Claire Kovacs, director of the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art, host the Gallery Gap.

Produced by Lacy Scarmana and Alfredo Manteca.

Sponsored by Pederson Paetz Design.  

Urban Exposure

After a summer hiatus, Claire and Melissa jump back into The Gallery Gap with an interview of Quad Citizens Gaye Shannon Burnett and Jon Burnett regarding their summer film program, Urban Exposure.

Kara Walker's artwork The Emancipation Approximation is on view at the Figge until August 27. This series of 27 silkscreen prints features the provocative silhouettes for which Walker is known. 

Courtesy of Jefferson Pinder

In the second part of a two-episode conversation about art and race in the Quad Cities, Claire and Melissa continue talking with Chicago-based artist Jefferson Pinder. 

Courtesy of Jefferson Pinder

In the first part of of a two-episode conversation about art and race in the Quad Cities, Claire and Melissa speak with Chicago-based artist Jefferson Pinder. 

Claire Hedden, artist workshop at Augustana College, 7 April 2017.
Tori Charnetzki / Augustana Photo Bureau

Claire and Melissa honor the mothers in their lives by considering the perennial question of balance, and in this case, balance between being both an artist and a mother.

In this episode, Melissa and Claire discuss a couple of recent films that grapple with the aftermath of WWII and the Holocaust, and pick up where they left off in their conversation with Dr. Jonathan Petropoulos. 

Rose Valland and Edith Standen inspecting a statue at Wiesbaden Collecting Point, 1946 May 24 / unidentified photographer. Thomas Carr Howe papers, 1932-1984.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

In observance of Yom HaShoah, Claire and Melissa discuss the importance of remembering the Holocaust, and begin a conversation with Dr. Jonathan Petropoulos, professor of European History at Claremont McKenna College, about how Nazi looting of artwork was a way for the Nazis to dehumanize people. 

Melissa and Claire talk about the intersections of art, Earth Day, and the March for Science through a closer examination of artists Katja Loher and Maria Sybilla Merian.

Courtesy of Jason Platt

Claire and Melissa discuss federal funding for agencies that support arts, culture and education, such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Institute of Library and Museum Services.

Kiam Marcelo Junio
Augustana Photo Bureau

This week, Claire and Melissa sit down with Chicago-based artist Kiam Marcelo Junio to talk about their work, their recent exhibition and performance at the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art, and the obligation of institutions to create space and community for and around marginalized voices. 

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