Raw Material

38 EpisodesProduced by SFMOMA

Raw Material is an arts and culture podcast from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). Each season focuses on a different topic, featuring voices of artists working in all media and exploring the inspiration and stories behind modern and contemporary art.

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Luvvers Bonus Episode: Stocking Stuffer

December 24th, 2018


A short, holiday bonus episode of Season 4 of Raw Material: Luvvers.

Luvvers Episode 5: My Art is Gay

December 10th, 2018


Facing persecution in her native Uganda and unwilling to live an inauthentic life, fierce queer artist Leilah Babirye made a choice. She fled her home to discover a world of sexual and artistic exuberance in a new …

Luvvers Episode 4: Silence Equals Death, So Fuck Loudly

November 26th, 2018


The connection between the art world and the queer scene has not always been as openly discussed as it is today. Delve into the complex relationships between art, activism, and queer identity, and discover the power of …

Luvvers Episode 3: Make Time, Make Love

November 12th, 2018


Through looking at a variety of relationships, Chelsea investigates the many ways desire can be expressed. Hear the famed love letters Frida Kahlo sent to Diego Rivera, as well as to the lesser-known, though no less …

Luvvers Episode 2: There's No Such Thing As Too Easy

October 29th, 2018


Sex sells. In this episode, Chelsea Beck analyzes the history of persuasive sexual imagery, and imagines a world where titillation fosters compassion …

Luvvers Episode 1: What Get's You Hot?

October 15th, 2018


Nayland Blake doesn’t create art to express who they are, they create art to investigate the possibilities of identity. Hear the artist discuss their explorations of the queer, BDSM, kink, and furry scenes, and learn …

Season 4 Trailer: Luvvers

October 1st, 2018


Catch a sneak peak of what’s coming this season on Raw Material, from SFMOMA.

Mixtape Episode 8: Amy Sherald by Note to Self

August 6th, 2018


In the long history of portraits of First Ladies of the United States, none has drawn a reaction quite like the painting of Michelle Obama by Baltimore native Amy Sherald. Hear the artist discuss art in the age of …

Mixtape Episode 7: Carolee Schneeman Yoko Ono by A Piece Of Work

July 30th, 2018


Carolee Schneemann and Yoko Ono have created provocative art throughout their careers. Learn how these artists have dedicated their lives to …

Mixtape Episode 6: Patti Smith and Judy Linn by The Kitchen Sisters

July 23rd, 2018


Back when Patti Smith and Judy Linn were kids, they used art to shape the world around them, posing for each other in photographs and starring in each other’s home movies. Hear Linn discuss how the two young …

Mixtape Episode 5: Maria Tallchief by Stuff You Missed in History Class

July 16th, 2018


An Oklahoman of Osage heritage, Maria Tallchief rose to stardom through years of hard work and dedication. Peek behind the curtain at the globetrotting life of America's first prima ballerina—her loves, her losses, her …

Mixtape Episode 4: Hazel Scott by The Memory Palace

July 9th, 2018


Hazel Scott was a child prodigy, a New York jazz icon, the first African American woman to host her own television series, and an outspoken critic of discrimination in all its forms. Find out how her courage made her a …

Mixtape Episode 3: Georgia O'Keeffe by The Artsy Podcast

July 2nd, 2018


Many people know Georgia O’Keeffe for her flower paintings and depictions of the New Mexico landscape. Discover the very different setting that captured O’Keeffe during her time as a commissioned artist for the Hawaiian …

Mixtape Episode 2: Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein by Stuff You Missed in History Class

June 25th, 2018


Gertrude Stein is often credited as a driving force behind Modernism and Cubism while her lifelong partner, Alice B. Toklas, is frequently left out …

Mixtape Episode 1: Mary Cassatt by The Lonely Palette

June 18th, 2018


Women artists are often compared to one another but not to their male contemporaries. Learn how Mary Cassatt became one of the most important Impressionist painters of—and ahead of—her time by using the …

Raw Material Mixtape: Meeting in the Ladies Room

June 11th, 2018


Catch a sneak peak of what’s coming this season on Raw Material's "summer mixtape," from SFMOMA.

Music used in this this track: Klymaxx “Meeting In The Ladies Room.” Remix by Bernadette Cooper.

Landfall Episode 6: This Land is Your Land

February 12th, 2018


“There is something cartoonish about life in California… something out of proportion, fantastical, even a little absurd.” End this season’s road trip back in the Bay Area, and explore the Emeryville mudflats, where …

Landfall Episode 5: No Contradictions

January 29th, 2018


“It looks crazy, surreal, like a mirage or magic. You want to walk towards that, don’t you?” Join hosts Jessica Placzek and Maddie Gobbo as they continue their West Coast road trip with a visit to the “happiest place on …

Landfall Episode 4: Bewilderment

January 15th, 2018


“Great leaders in all ages have sought the desert and heard its voice.” Land artists such as Michael Heizer and Robert Smithson found inspiration in the desert, but they were not the only—or the first—to do so. Hear …

Landfall Episode 3: Atmospheres

December 18th, 2017


“If that had been men, doing that for a day, it would have been famous. Everyone would have known about it. But since it was women . . . it’s just …

Landfall Episode 2: Below and Beyond

December 4th, 2017


“Earth turns to gold in the hands of the wise.” Meet visionaries who work with and against the landscape to yield something fruitful, shop the local …

Landfall Episode 1: Mounds, Jetties, Trails

November 20th, 2017


“As long as you’re going to make sculpture, why not make one that competes with a 747, or the Empire State Building, or the Golden Gate Bridge?” …

Season 3 Trailer: Landfall

September 29th, 2017


Catch a sneak peak of what’s coming this season on Raw Material, from SFMOMA.

Manifest Episode 6: The Community

July 10th, 2017


Art brings us together. In this episode, members of Bay Area art collectives discuss what it means to make work for, by and with their communities. …

Manifest Episode 5: The Legacy

June 26th, 2017


Art is a form of remembrance. This episode features two artists, both born in Iran, discussing the very different ways their practices have been …

Manifest Episode 4: The Mind

June 12th, 2017


Art is an exercise in perspective. This episode highlights works that invite new ways of seeing. Artists reflect on how they see themselves, how others see them, and how to look at the world through performance, …

Manifest Episode 3: The Home

May 30th, 2017


Art is emotional. This episode examines the concept of “home.” Through their work, a sculptor, a painter, and a singer express feelings about being …

Manifest Episode 2: The Body

May 15th, 2017


Art is material. This episode explores art in relation to the body. Hear artists reflect on gender and performance, transform themselves into …

Manifest Episode 1: The Land

May 1st, 2017


Art is a journey. This episode considers hidden histories through artworks that explore the movement of people, goods and ideas across distant lands. Hear about works made from curry, a 25-part installation on Angel …

Season 2 Trailer: Manifest

April 17th, 2017


Catch a sneak peak of what’s coming this season on Raw Material, from SFMOMA.

Otherworld Bonus Episode: The Visitor

December 26th, 2016


An artist discusses her interest in extraterrestrials, including sightings, abductions, and other memories of aliens. She examines how descriptions …

Otherworld Episode 6: The Presence

December 12th, 2016


Artists share personal experiences they have had with ghosts and the paranormal. A conceptual sculptor describes creating a piece using a “presence” …

Otherworld Episode 5: The Vibration

November 28th, 2016


Artists discuss how they both add to and draw from from Earth’s vibrations. A conceptual artist presents a chapel he has built for bees, and a free …

Otherworld Episode 4: The Diviner

November 14th, 2016


Artists discuss intuition and divination, techniques used to perceive and foresee the unknown. They explore the intersections of their work with …

Otherworld Episode 3: The Sigil

October 31st, 2016


Experimental musician, pioneering performance artist, and general cult phenomenon Genesis Breyer P-Orridge reveals the role of magic in h/er life and …

Otherworld Episode 2: The Ceremony

October 17th, 2016


A folk musician conducts an ayahuasca ceremony, a performance artist describes her shamanic rituals, and a pioneer of conceptual art communes with …

Otherworld Episode 1: The Vessel

October 3rd, 2016


A performance artist, a philosopher, a violinist, and a new age composer make art by harnessing unknown forces, deities, and interdimensional beings. …

Season 1 Trailer: Otherworld

September 19th, 2016


Discover Raw Material, a new arts and culture podcast from SFMOMA, coming October 2016.

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