Must Love Art
Valentine’s Day vignettes highlight sweet, tragic, and inspiring love stories from art history.
Feb 14, 2020
Walk into any drugstore this week, and you might assume that love is all about teddy bears, pink greeting cards, and stale chocolate. But as we discovered in the process of making this podcast, love can be complicated, messy, and inspiring—and has shaped the history of art more than we knew. In this episode of the Magazine podcast, we’re bringing love stories to light—modern art Valentines that refuse easy drugstore sentiment. From Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith, who “felt magnified” by one another as struggling young artists in New York; to a recent love story sparked at the Museum; to Felix Gonzalez-Torres, who found that love could conquer fate and even death, these stories prove that love can mean many things, and each definition can affect the way we make, view, and understand art.
Chapter One: Love and Friendship
Roxana Marcoci on Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith
Robert Mapplethorpe and Bob Heimall. Album cover for Patti Smith’s Horses. 1975
Chapter Two: Love and Collaboration
Evangelos Kotsioris on Charles and Ray Eames
Charles Eames, Ray Eames, Dorothy Shaver, Edgar Kaufmann, Jr, at the MoMA exhibition Good Design, November 21, 1950–January 28, 1951
Chapter Three: Love and Time
Stuart Comer on Felix Gonzalez-Torres
Felix Gonzales Torres. “Untitled” (Perfect Lovers). 1991
Chapter Four: Love and Change
Leah Dickerman on Jacob Lawrence and Gwendolyn Knight
Jacob Lawrence and Gwen Knight at a reception for the MoMA exhibition The Artist as Adversary, 1971
Chapter Five: Love and Legacy
Anne Umland on Sophie Taeuber and Hans Arp
Sophie Taeuber and Hans Arp with puppets for König Hirsch (King Stag), by Carlo Gozzi, Zürich, 1918
Chapter Six: Love and Resistance
Tirza True Latimer on Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore
Photographs by Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore as pictured in a still from Barbara Hammer. Lover Other: The Story of Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore. 2006
Declaration of Independents: John Cassavetes
Listen to a former MoMA curator’s reappraisal of the legendary indie filmmaker’s work.
Feb 3, 2020
Books that Matter: Saidiya Hartman’s Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments
On our inaugural books podcast, an author talks about breaking open the archive to rebellion, love, and the daily struggle to live free.
Prudence Peiffer, Thomas Jean Lax
Jan 15, 2020