John Cale has been directly involved in some of the most seminal moments in late 20th-century music. As a foundation member of the legendary New York band The Velvet Underground, the producer of The Stooges’ first album, composer of avant garde and experimental music, pioneer of drone and important solo artist, he has created some of the most influential sounds and techniques in modern music. He has worked with artists such as Brian Eno, Patti Smith, Nick Drake, Siouxie Sioux and the Happy Mondays.
Matthew Witkovsky, chair and curator, department of photography, the Art Institute of Chicago
Jaromír Funke, a leading figure in Czech and Slovak photography between the world wars, blazed a path with his compatriots—a group of committed amateurs—toward photography as a modern form of art. In this podcast, produced on the occasion of the Gallery exhibition Jaromír Funke and the Amateur Avant-Garde, Witkovsky talks to host Barbara Tempchin about the Czech photographer’s influential role in this movement.
Some pretty cool trance-y stuff with a sweet beat from Cale Parks, who as the vibraphonist for Aloha, has enriched my life many times over.
Salman Rushdie & Andy Warhol — Kurt Andersen talks with Salman Rushdie. His new memoir chronicles the stranger-than-fiction decade he spent under threat of the Ayatollah Khomeni’s fatwa. We revisit the golden age of MTV. And Andy Warhol turns a can of Campbell’s soup into an American icon. (Segments in this week’s show aired previously.)