With the Museum’s reopening just around the corner, we have joined with the BBC to offer fresh perspectives on the works on view in our galleries. The Way I See It, a 30-episode radio and podcast series, launches today on BBC Sounds. Thirty extraordinary creative thinkers chose a work that they love. Guests such as actor and comedian Steve Martin, acclaimed critic and writer Roxane Gay, Minimalist composer Steve Reich, stand-up comedian and actor Margaret Cho, and civil rights leader Bryan Stevenson join MoMA curators to describe how art inspires the work they do and the lives they lead. How does an astrophysicist see Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night? How does a jazz pianist see Piet Mondrian’s Broadway Boogie Woogie? How does one of the first black women to write for Marvel Comics see the difficult truths in Kara Walker’s sweeping image of African American history? How does a sculptor see a painting? The Way I See It, hosted by art critic and broadcaster Alastair Sooke, looks to provoke, inspire, and startle us into new ways of seeing art and our world.
The first episode of The Way I See It is available today, October 14. A new episode will air each weekday for three weeks. The second half of the series will continue on Monday, December 2. You can listen on BBC Sounds or wherever you get your podcasts.
Here is this week’s lineup:
Monday | Janna Levin, renowned astrophysicist, discusses Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night
Tuesday | Steve Martin, Grammy- and Emmy-award-winning actor and comedian, discusses Stanton Macdonald-Wright’s Synchromy
Wednesday | Jason Moran, jazz pianist and composer, discusses Piet Mondrian’s Broadway Boogie Woogie
Thursday | Neri Oxman, designer and architect, discusses Frederich Kiesler’s Endless House Project
Friday | Steven Pinker, cognitive psychologist and author of The Better Angels of Our Nature, discusses Pablo Picasso’s Guernica and The Charnel House