In a cultural moment characterized by divisiveness, we ache for community.
We go through our days surrounded by people, but we have forgotten how to connect.
Does art have the capacity to foster the kind of openness and connection we need right now? Is it possible that a provocative experience of unfamiliarity or disorientation might help us engage with each other? What if we could learn to follow the artist’s example and explode every day with wonder?
Today, Jeffrey studies art as a conduit of wonder with Denise Markonish, curator of MASS MoCA and author of Oh, Canada: Contemporary Art from North North America, and award-winning artist Julianne Swartz, whose work has appeared at premier museums including MASS MoCA and The Whitney. Julianne and Denise trace the origins of their wonder and curiosity, exploring how their childhood investigations inform the work they do now. Julianne describes the intent of her work to provoke an experience of unfamiliarity and facilitate the exchange of wonder, and Denise shares her role as an experience architect, working with artists to generate deeply personal exhibitions. Listen in for insight around the promise of art to create an openness between communities—and learn how to think like an artist, fostering wonder in your own life and work.
[4:34] Young Julianne and Denise at their best
[8:28] How Denise & Julianne’s young genius inform their work now
[13:45] Julianne’s reputation for ‘soft explosions of love’
[18:25] Denise’s role as an architect of experiences
[21:06] MASS MoCA’s Explode Everyday exhibition
[27:23] The emotional quality of Julianne’s work
[30:08] How Julianne fosters wonder in her life and work
[35:00] The exchange of wonder in Julianne’s work
[42:04] Denise’s insight on fostering wonder for yourself
[45:11] The capacity of art to create openness between communities
[53:08] The promise of art in our current cultural moment
[55:57] What Julianne is pursuing in the coming year
[58:42] What Denise is pursuing in the coming year
Blue Sky with Rainbow
In Harmonicity, The Tonal Walkway
Can You Hear Me?
Joy, still. at Grace Farms
Suffering from Realness
Mind of the Mound: Critical Mass
The Autobiography of Charles Darwin by Charles Darwin
MASS MoCA’s Explode Every Day
The Explode Every Day Catalog
Trenton Doyle Hancock
Oh, Canada: Contemporary Art from North North America by Denise Markonish
Mary Ellen Beads
Brand Artistry Labs