Museum Confidential is a behind-the-scenes look at museums hosted by Jeff Martin. The show is a co-production of Philbrook Museum of Art and Public Radio Tulsa. New episodes every two weeks.
info_outline The Smithsonian Goes Hip-Hop 09/17/2021
The Smithsonian Goes Hip-Hop The long-awaited Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap just dropped. The set includes 129 tracks on 9 discs and a hefty 300–page book with original design by Cey Adams, acclaimed artist and founding creative director of Def Jam Recordings. From his early subway graffiti days alongside Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat to designing classic albums for Beastie Boys and LL Cool J, Adams has been at the epicenter of hip-hop culture. He spoke to us from his studio in New York City.
info_outline The Outsiders? 09/03/2021
The Outsiders? What is an “outsider artist?” Do we even call them that anymore? In recent years the term shifted to “self-taught artist.” Sounds different. But does it mean the same thing? On this episode we chat with Dr. Katherine Jentleson, the Merrie and Dan Boone Curator of Folk and Self-Taught Art at the High Museum in Atlanta. The High recently opened two companion shows focusing on this very topic.
info_outline Greenwood Rising 06/25/2021
Greenwood Rising On the season finale of Museum Confidential 2021 we sit down with Philbrook President/CEO Scott Stulen and Phil Armstrong, Project Director for the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission. Phil has been leading the effort to open Greenwood Rising, a history center located at the gateway to Tulsa's Historic Greenwood District. Greenwood Rising honors the icons of Black Wall Street, memorializes the victims of the massacre, and examines the lessons of the past.
info_outline The Legacy of Survival 06/11/2021
The Legacy of Survival Through the use of artificial intelligence and augmented reality, the new exhibit, THE LEGACY OF SURVIVAL, allows anyone to interact with and interview the centenarian survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. This episode includes remarks from Dr. Tiffany Crutcher (Terence Crutcher Foundation), Greg Robinson (Tulsa Community Remembrance Coalition), and Mother Viola Fletcher (age 107). "The Legacy of Survival" is on view at Gilcrease Museum through June 19, 2021.
info_outline The Kinsey Collection 05/21/2021
The Kinsey Collection The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection tells the story of African American triumphs and accomplishments from 1595 to present day. From May 22-June 30, the collection will be on view at the Greenwood Cultural Center and the Gathering Place. Two locations. One show. This episode presents a live conversation with Bernard and Khalil Kinsey, Michelle Brown (Greenwood Cultural Center), and author Hannibal B. Johnson. Moderated by Gathering Place Executive Director Tony Moore.
info_outline Rick Lowe 05/07/2021
Rick Lowe Rick Lowe is one of the two Lead Artists for the Greenwood Art Project alongside William Cordova. Born in Alabama, but a longtime resident of Houston, Lowe's work is widely acclaimed and collected. He was awarded a coveted MacArthur "Genius Grant" in 2014. On this episode we chat with Lowe about the ongoing work of the Greenwood Art Project and the upcoming centennial of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.
info_outline The 1921 Black Wall Street Online Directory 04/23/2021
The 1921 Black Wall Street Online Directory On this 75th episode of Museum Confidential we chat with Mikeal Vaughn of the Urban Coders Guild. This spring the Urban Coders Guild student cohorts will use their acquired web and mobile application development skills to create a collection of websites and an accompanying mobile app for the businesses lost in the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Co-hosted by Greenwood Art Project Program Director Jerica Wortham.
info_outline A Portrait of Breonna Taylor 04/02/2021
A Portrait of Breonna Taylor On this episode we road trip to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art to chat with Associate Curator, Allison Glenn. "Promise, Witness, Remembrance" at Louisville, Kentucky's Speed Art Museum, guest-curated by Glenn, reflects on the life of Breonna Taylor, her killing in 2020, and the year of protests that followed. The exhibition is organized around the three words of its title, which emerged from a conversation between Glenn and Tamika Palmer, Breonna's mother. On view April 7-June 6.
info_outline Sam Pollard 03/19/2021
Sam Pollard Acclaimed documentary director, editor, and producer Sam Pollard joins us to talk about his recent films "Black Art: In the Absence of Light," "MLK/FBI," and his storied career. From serving as Spike Lee's longtime editor ("Jungle Fever," "Clockers," "4 Little Girls") to directing one of the earliest films on the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre ("Goin' Back to T-Town," 1993), Pollard has made an indelible impact by telling Black stories through film.
info_outline Rebuilding Black Wall Street 03/05/2021
Rebuilding Black Wall Street TheRese Aduni has been hard at work on her documentary, "Rebuilding Black Wall Street." The film uses 16mm film footage shot by TheRese's father and chronicles the men and women who rebuilt Greenwood in the aftermath of 1921. This episode also features artist William Cordova, one of the Greenwood Art Project's two lead artists. Co-hosted by GAP Project Director, Jerica Wortham.
info_outline The Godfather of Cool 02/19/2021
The Godfather of Cool 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the classic crime film SHAFT, directed Gordon Parks. Parks was a filmmaker, writer, musician, and one of the 20th century’s great photographers. A recent piece in the New York Times called him, “The Godfather of Cool.” Not bad for the youngest of 15 children from Fort Scott, Kansas. Fort Scott is now home to the Gordon Parks Museum. On this episode we catch up with the Museum’s Director, Kirk Sharp.
info_outline The Greenwood Art Project 02/05/2021
The Greenwood Art Project A new season begins in partnership with the Greenwood Art Project, an initiative of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission. To get a broader view of the project we chat with anthropologist/archivist Marlon Hall who handles the project’s unique use of social media, Kode Ransom who runs the GAP mobile outreach efforts, and Program Director, Jerica Wortham. Jerica will serve as Co-Host on several episodes this season.
info_outline OUR PEOPLE: Susan Billy 01/01/2021
OUR PEOPLE: Susan Billy On the final episode of OUR PEOPLE, Rebecca Nagle chats with artist Susan Billy (Pomo) about family, traditions, basketry, and more. Susan is the granddaughter of Pomo basket weaver Susan Santiago Billy. Presented in connection with the landmark special exhibition, “Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists” (through 1/3/21). Hosted by journalist/podcaster, Rebecca Nagle (Cherokee). Music by Oklahoma musician, Kalyn Fay (Cherokee/Muscogee).
info_outline OUR PEOPLE: Kelly Church 12/24/2020
OUR PEOPLE: Kelly Church On the penultimate episode of OUR PEOPLE, Rebecca chats with artist Kelly Church (Ottawa/Pottawatomi) about basketry, invasive bugs, sustainability, and more. Presented in connection with the landmark special exhibition, “Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists” (through 1/3/21). Hosted by journalist/podcaster, Rebecca Nagle (Cherokee). Music by Oklahoma musician, Kalyn Fay (Cherokee/Muscogee).
info_outline The Wright Time: Part 2 12/18/2020
The Wright Time: Part 2 Let's go back to Arizona. In part 2 of our look at the impact of the COVID-19 era on the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, we go a bit deeper and chat with the department heads who keep the wheels turning. Recorded live on-site at Taliesin West.
info_outline OUR PEOPLE: Cara Romero 12/17/2020
OUR PEOPLE: Cara Romero On this 3rd episode of OUR PEOPLE, Rebecca sits down with photographer, Cara Romero (Chemehuevi ). Based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Cara grew up alternating between the rural Chemehuevi reservation in the Mojave Desert and the urban sprawl of Houston. Presented in connection with the landmark special exhibition, “Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists” (through 1/3/21). Hosted by journalist/podcaster, Rebecca Nagle (Cherokee). Music by Oklahoma musician, Kalyn Fay (Cherokee/Muscogee).
info_outline The Wright Time: Part 1 12/11/2020
The Wright Time: Part 1 Our intrepid host reports from an unforgettable desert journey to Taliesin West in Arizona, home to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. In late 2019 we were invited by the Foundation to do a live show for a real, human audience (remember those?). But then the world changed. We kept our promise, took the trip, and left with a deep-dive exploration of how cultural sites are surviving the COVID-19 era. On this episode we speak with Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation President and CEO Stuart Graff.
info_outline OUR PEOPLE: America Meredith 12/10/2020
OUR PEOPLE: America Meredith On this episode of OUR PEOPLE, Rebecca chats with acclaimed artist and First American Art Magazine editor, America Meredith (Cherokee) about her work, family, and more. Presented in connection with the landmark special exhibition, “Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists” (on view through 1/3/21). Hosted by journalist/podcaster, Rebecca Nagle (Cherokee). Music by Oklahoma musician, Kalyn Fay (Cherokee/Muscogee). New episodes every week in December.
info_outline OUR PEOPLE: Anita Fields 12/03/2020
OUR PEOPLE: Anita Fields In connection with the landmark special exhibition, Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists (on view through 1/3/21), Museum Confidential presents a new limited series hosted by journalist/podcaster, Rebecca Nagle (Cherokee) highlighting artists in the exhibition. Music for the series provided by Oklahoma musician, Kalyn Fay (Cherokee/Muscogee). New episodes every week in December. On this episode Rebecca chats with acclaimed artist, Anita Fields (Osage) about her life, work, and much more.
info_outline Do Museums Have a Docent Problem? 11/20/2020
Do Museums Have a Docent Problem? Docents, volunteers, tour guides, whatever you want to call them, have been and remain an important part of the museum visitor experience. As the world and demographics change, how do museums make sure volunteers keep up with the change and remain relevant to modern audiences and concerns? On this episode we chat with journalist Sophie Haigney about her recent Slate article, "Museums Have a Docent Problem."
info_outline Art for Justice 11/06/2020
Art for Justice Agnes Gund is a legend in the art world for her collection, her philanthropy, and her decision in 2017 to sell a painting by Roy Lichtenstein for $165 million and launch the Art for Justice Fund. She’s also the subject of the new documentary, AGGIE directed by Agnes’ daughter and acclaimed filmmaker, Catherine Gund. Now available on demand. On this episode we chat with Catherine Gund about her work, this film, her larger-than-life mother, and how art and social justice intersect. aggiefilm.com
info_outline Accidentally Wes Anderson 10/23/2020
Accidentally Wes Anderson The latest Wes Anderson movie has been bumped to 2021. But fans aren’t leaving 2020 empty handed. One of our favorite Instagram feeds is the gentle escapism of ACCIDENTALLY WES ANDERSON, a curated selection of crowdsourced photos/stories of buildings, landscapes, and other aesthetically pleasing content evoking the Andersonian world. Many of the best AWA posts have now been compiled into a beautiful new book of the same name. On this episode we chat with AWA’s Founder, Wally Koval.
info_outline Native Women Artists 10/09/2020
Native Women Artists On this episode we explore the groundbreaking exhibition, "Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists" with Philbrook Curator Christina Burke. The first of its kind and years in the making, this show honors the achievements of over 100 Native women artists from the United States and Canada spanning over 1,000 years. On view at Philbrook through January 3, 2021.
info_outline Imaginary Museums 09/24/2020
Imaginary Museums What is a museum? We know it's more than a big building with paintings on walls and objects in cases. But could our own homes be museums about us? On this episode we speak with author Rachel Morris about her new book, THE MUSEUM MAKERS, a fascinating true story that begins with boxes under a bed and leads to an exploration of imaginary museums, why we collect, and how we curate our own lives.
info_outline The Museum of Racist Objects 06/17/2020
The Museum of Racist Objects On this episode we revisit our unforgettable conversation with Dr. David Pilgrim, Founder and Curator of the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University in Michigan. Museums aren't always meant to be enjoyable experiences. That doesn't mean they are not important and essential. The Jim Crow Museum was born out of Dr. Pilgrim's personal collection, one that began decades ago while growing up in Alabama.
info_outline How We Reopen 06/12/2020
How We Reopen Season 3 Finale. How does a museum reopen in the wake of COVID-19? What are the changes and challenges museums face in this new world? We explore this topic and more with Philbrook President/CEO Scott Stulen and Deputy Directors Megan Nesbit and Rachel Keith.
info_outline Sarah Urist Green 05/22/2020
Sarah Urist Green On this episode, Philbrook Director Scott Stulen steps in as Guest Host for a fascinating chat with writer and curator, Sarah Urist Green. Sarah is host of the popular PBS web series, The Art Assignment and author of the new book, You Are an Artist: Assignments to Spark Creation.