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Secretary General of the British Arts Council Sir Roy Shaw and Studs Terkel discuss making the arts accessible for everyone and how the arts are a benefit to communities. Studs Terkel reads a quote from Kingsley Amos.
On the day before the opening at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sibyl Moholy-Nagy, talks about the art of her husband, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. Mrs. Moholy-Nagy said her husband believed in self discipline and the sacrifice to learn. In addition, she explained that her husband didn't believe in focusing on one type of material for his art but rather he worked with different types of materials like oil on canvas, steel, and plexiglass.
Sebastiao Salgado, a Brazilian documentary photographer and photojournalist, converses with Studs about his book "Workers: An Archaeology of the Industrial Age". Mr. Salgado shares stories with Studs of the people he has photographed, and the things he has learned about the perseverance of human nature. Several songs are interspersed;
Artist and author Scott McCloud discusses and reads from his book “Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art.” This discussion focuses heavily on the history of comics, or sequential art, and notable figures using this artform. Studs plays "Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee: 4. The Twittering Machine" - Gunther Schuller (1966).
Art historian Roxana Robinson discusses and reads from her book “Georgia O'Keeffe: A Life.” Robinson discusses the different eras of painting O’Keeffe went through during her lifetime and the outside forces that inspired these changes in subject matter, such as her attending the Art Students League of New York, her moving to Santa Fe, and her relationship with Alfred Stieglitz. Studs plays “Tosca, Act II: Vissi d’arte, vissi d’amore” - Renata Tebaldi, George London, Francesco Molinari-Pradelli (1959).
Studs interviews Rolf Liebermann, director and composer, at the Hamburische Staatsoper in Hamburg, Germany. Liebermann explains some history of previous directors and performances. Many artists and operas are mentioned, but only a few were focused on in detail. Liebermann explains details about the operation of the opera highlighting the budget and the functions of the opera house. The recording stops short toward the end of the interview.
Charles M. Schultz gave high praise to Robert L. Short's book, "Parables of Peanuts". Long explained Schulz's comic strips and his thoughts of cruelty among children. Short further explained that Schulz's comic strips turns the readers back to themselves and gives the readers the opportunities to see their own lives as they really are.
Author and curator Richard Townsend discusses the book “The Ancient Americas: Art from Sacred Landscapes” and the Art Institute of Chicago’s exhibition “The Arts of Ancient Americas.” The intersection between Ancient American art, nature, religion, and spirituality is discussed. Studs plays "Kacarpari" - Musicians from Huaraya (1958).
Richard McLanathan discusses his book "The American Tradition in the Arts" and takes Studs on a sprawling journey through artistic breakthroughs in architecture, painting, literature, and more while touching on dozens of artists and their works.
Richard Florsheim discusses the relationship between artists and museums, the role of art institutions, and the commodification of contemporary art.
Richard Demarco discusses the importance of riding the art experience of snobbery and the importance of art as relevant to everyone. In addition, Richard speaks on the work of Jimmy Boyle, convicted criminal turned successful artist. Demarco prompts the question: "Is art the language that transcends philosophy?"
Ray Patlaw and Mark Rogovin discuss mural art and the community engagement surrounding this artform. This program includes an audio clip of passers by commenting on the 1967 unveiling of Pablo Picasso’s Chicago sculpture and what they think it represents and the conversations it is meant to evoke. Studs reads Pete Seeger's introduction from Mark Rogovin, Marie Burton, and Holly Highfill’s book “Mural manual: How to paint murals for the classroom, community center, and street corner.”
Discussing the book "An Anthropologist on Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales" (published by Knopf) with the author, neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks.