[April 20, 2022 | Season 2, Ep. 13 | Barbara London Calling]
Barbara London: When COVID raised its head and we went into lockdown, I needed a way to talk with the kinds of passionate people whose work and personalities have interested me for decades. “Barbara London Calling” was the answer.
Today’s episode marks the 13th and final chapter of “Barbara London Calling” 2.0. This season I interviewed 12 artists at the forefront of art and technology. For the Season 2 finale, I wanted to do something different: Instead of interviewing an artist, I decided to interview another curator who could help me process the wealth of new information we’ve uncovered all season long. So today, I’m happy to introduce special guest Valerie Cassel Oliver, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
I recall first meeting Valerie in Texas a good 15 years ago, when she was the impressive and collegial senior curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Valerie, thank you very much for joining me for Season 2 finale of “Barbara London Calling.”
Valerie Cassel Oliver: It is such a joy to be here, Barbara. You know, I think we met each other in 2003, when we went to Poland. We were part of a curatorial group that went to Poland through the CEC Artslink. So, our time together goes way back. Of course, I’ve known and followed and celebrated your work for so many years, having been in Chicago at the School of the Art Institute, and the Video Data Bank, so connections there, as well. We go to the way back. It’s so wonderful to have these relationships that continue to grow.
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