Podcast: ​Look with Your Ears: The Addison at 90, Episode 2: The Figure

In celebration of our 90th anniversary, the Addison Gallery of American Art invited Tamar Avishai, host of the award-winning podcast The Lonely Palette, to create a limited series, Look with Your Ears: The Addison at 90, that thematically explores works in the Addison’s collection. 

With episodes that focus on abstraction, the figure, and the urban sublime, Tamar looks at a selection of some of the most important and provocative objects in the Addison’s collection, and investigates what they mean to art history and to each other.

In this episode, Tamar explores photographs by Lalla Essaydi, Laurie Simmons, Cindy Sherman, Lorna Simpson, Sally Mann, and Dawoud Bey. Using these images, she asks viewers to consider the myriad ways that artists have used the figure to probe stereotypes and the multiple lenses through which bodies in art are viewed.

Images, from top left: Sally Mann, The New Mothers, 1989, gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches. museum purchase, 1990.58; Dawoud Bey, Alva, 1992, Polacolor ER photographs (diptych), 30 1/4 x 44 inches, museum purchase, 1993.17a,b; Cindy Sherman, The actress (daydreaming) from Murder Mystery People, 1976–2000, gelatin silver print, 7 1/2 in. x 5 inches, purchased as the gift of Katherine D. and Stephen C. Sherrill (PA 1971, and P 2005, 2007, 2010), Sidney Knafel (PA 1948), Scott Mead (PA 1973), Michael Schmertzler (PA 1970), Drew Chin (PA 2000) and Emily D. Griset (PA 2000), and Amy Falls (PA 1982), and museum purchase, 2013.58.9; Lorna Simpson, Screen 4, 1986, wooden accordion screen, gelatin silver prints mounted on panels, vinyl letters, 73 ½ x 60 inches, museum purchase, 2000.83; Lalla Essaydi, Les Femmes du Maroc: La Grande Odalisque, 2008, chromogenic print mounted to aluminum with UV protective laminate, 30 x 40 inches, purchased as the gift of Katherine D. and Stephen C. Sherrill (PA 1971, and P 2005, 2007, 2010), 2018.51; Laurie Simmons, Woman / Kitchen / Sitting on Sink from In and Around the House, 1976, gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches, gift of Sybil and Kelly Wise, by exchange, 2011.8.