On May 14, 2021, the Whitney Museum of American Art will launch its first-ever podcast Artists Among Us. Consisting of five episodes, Artists Among Us is hosted by influential artist and photographer Carrie Mae Weems and features both expected and unexpected voices. Created by the Whitney with Sound Made Public, podcast episodes respond to and expand upon David Hammons’s permanent public sculpture Day’s End (2021). Artists Among Us not only explores the work of Hammons, but it also pays tribute to Gordon Matta-Clark and his visionary sculpture Day’s End (1975) and delves into the many histories and changing landscapes of the Hudson River waterfront and New York’s Meatpacking District. Along with Weems, contributing voices include Jane Crawford, Tom Finkelpearl, Bill T. Jones, Kellie Jones, Glenn Ligon, Alan Michelson, Florent Morellet, Luc Sante, Adam D. Weinberg, and others.
“Day’s End doesn’t have any one story to tell, any single history that it celebrates,” says Carrie Mae Weems, host of the podcast. “It’s an absence, a frame of a building that no longer exists. But it’s so rooted in its site at the meeting point of the city and the river that we might also see that absence as an opening—a space for the many absences and invisible histories of this place to speak.”
“Hammons’s sculpture is so simple in its outlines but so rich in its meanings and in the stories it evokes,” said Anne Byrd, director of interpretation and research at the Whitney. “It seemed like the perfect subject for the Whitney’s first podcast.”
Following the debut of the first episode on May 14, subsequent episodes will be released weekly. Artists Among Us will be available for streaming on major podcast services, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts, as well as whitney.org.
To learn more about Artists Among Us and to hear the season trailer, please visit whitney.org/podcast.