7 art podcasts that take you behind the scenes at the museum

Art podcasts provide an insider’s look at the art world.

In July 2013 the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, introduced free online podcasts, giving arts professionals a glimpse behind the scenes of a large institution. Covering topics from art theft to curating, the V&A podcasts join the growing number of online audio resources for art enthusiasts and experts.

V & A podcast screen shot. Image courtesy V & A.

V&A podcast screenshot. Image courtesy V&A.

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London offers podcasts to “reveal the work that goes on behind the scenes of the world’s leading art and design museum,”  according to their website. The V&A’s Head of Research, Glenn Adamson hosts provocative discussions with experts from the V&A and other institutions. Topics include branding the museum, the challenges of curating exhibitions, and how to prevent art theft.

Podcasts are audio recordings that can be downloaded via the internet from the Museum’s website or through iTunes. The podcasts can be listened to on a mp3 player, a computer, an iPod or an iPhone. Audiences using an iPod/iPhone can enjoy the added advantage of seeing accompanying images to the broadcast.

V&A 150th Anniversary logo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Logos are an important part of branding. V&A 150th Anniversary logo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Image courtesy V&A.

The V&A is not the first institution to provide podcast or listening resources to the public. Here are a few podcasts featuring contemporary art and/or Asian art:

  • ArtOnAir is Clocktower Gallery’s online audio archive containing 5,000 hours of art-related broadcasts.
  • MoMA Talks is New York’s Museum of Modern Art‘s collection of free discussions by artists, curators, and scholars who discuss modern and contemporary art.
  • ArtTactic is an art market analysis firm founded in 2001. Its podcast series covers several topics such as art investment, emerging art market, the art world and art market analysis.
  • Museum of East Asian Art features educational talks about East Asian art, recorded performances of traditional East Asian music, and in-depth talks about the Museum’s history and collection.
  • The Modern Art Notes Podcast is an independent site featuring weekly interviews with artists, curators and other arts practitioners worldwide.
  • The Smithsonian’s two Asian art museums, Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, jointly host Podcast Series: Curatorial Conversations, in which curators, artists and scholars discuss an exhibition, art movement or work of art in-depth.
  • London’s Tate Modern podcasts give listeners to chance to hear highlights from the gallery’s talks, symposia and live events, as well as offering guided audio tours of exhibitions.

Susan Kendzulak

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