Raw Material


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 c...Show More
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Raw Material Season 5: San Francisco— Stories From The Model City

1:00:00 | Jun 24th

Season 5 of Raw Material takes inspiration from a 41 x 37-foot scale model of the city that was recently unearthed, refurbished, and distributed in pieces to neighborhood libraries. Listen in as residents tell stories of life in this vibrant, diverse...Show More
Season 5 Trailer: San Francisco— Stories from the Model City

00:59 | Jun 18th

Catch a sneak peak of what’s coming this season on Raw Material, from SFMOMA.
Luvvers Bonus Episode: Stocking Stuffer

07:01 | Dec 24th, 2018

A short, holiday bonus episode of Season 4 of Raw Material: Luvvers.
Luvvers Episode 5: My Art is Gay

26:12 | Dec 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 creative community on Fire Island, ...Show More
Luvvers Episode 4: Silence Equals Death, So Fuck Loudly

20:19 | Nov 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 making noise through making ar...Show More
Luvvers Episode 3: Make Time, Make Love

25:24 | Nov 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 poetic answering machine messages ...Show More
Luvvers Episode 2: There's No Such Thing As Too Easy

23:48 | Oct 29th, 2018

Sex sells. In this episode, Chelsea Beck analyzes the history of persuasive sexual imagery, and imagines a world where titillation fosters compassion rather than divisiveness. Image: Carolee Schneeman, "Interior Scroll," (1975). Courtesy Carolina N...Show More
Luvvers Episode 1: What Get's You Hot?

21:28 | Oct 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 more about their unique approach...Show More
Season 4 Trailer: Luvvers

01:09 | Oct 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

26:08 | Aug 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 Instagram. This episode is produce...Show More
Mixtape Episode 7: Carolee Schneeman Yoko Ono by A Piece Of Work

26:20 | Jul 30th, 2018

Carolee Schneemann and Yoko Ono have created provocative art throughout their careers. Learn how these artists have dedicated their lives to exploring the pleasures and the vulnerabilities of the human body. This episode is produced by WNYC Studios...Show More
Mixtape Episode 6: Patti Smith and Judy Linn by The Kitchen Sisters

07:45 | Jul 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 Brooklynites weren't just "dreaming a fut...Show More
Mixtape Episode 5: Maria Tallchief by Stuff You Missed in History Class

27:30 | Jul 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 joys, and her sorrows. This ep...Show More
Mixtape Episode 4: Hazel Scott by The Memory Palace

12:17 | Jul 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 role model for many and a targe...Show More
Mixtape Episode 3: Georgia O'Keeffe by The Artsy Podcast

07:44 | Jul 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 Pineapple Company—now the Dole...Show More
Mixtape Episode 2: Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein by Stuff You Missed in History Class

34:38 | Jun 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 of the story. Learn about this power couple and their roles as movers and shakers in the world of 20t...Show More
Mixtape Episode 1: Mary Cassatt by The Lonely Palette

25:45 | Jun 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 nineteenth-century Paris Opera House as an unli...Show More
Raw Material Mixtape: Meeting in the Ladies Room

04:05 | Jun 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

23:12 | Feb 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 artists upended the monumental, hig...Show More
Landfall Episode 5: No Contradictions

30:20 | Jan 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 Earth”: Disneyland. Explore th...Show More
Landfall Episode 4: Bewilderment

25:23 | Jan 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 three artists’ reflections on our ...Show More
Landfall Episode 3: Atmospheres

27:57 | Dec 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 gone.” Encounter some of the historically overlooked women of the Land art movement, who often worked i...Show More
Landfall Episode 2: Below and Beyond

26:04 | Dec 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 farmers market, and then explore ways to beat the heat and build a home. Consider how far you would g...Show More
Landfall Episode 1: Mounds, Jetties, Trails

25:07 | Nov 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?” Discover artists who did just that by creating monumental works meant to withstand time or succumb to its...Show More
Season 3 Trailer: Landfall

01:06 | Sep 29th, 2017

Catch a sneak peak of what’s coming this season on Raw Material, from SFMOMA.
Manifest Episode 6: The Community

19:12 | Jul 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. They reflect on the power of art to heal, inspire, and break down systems of oppression. Artists fe...Show More
Manifest Episode 5: The Legacy

18:44 | Jun 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 influenced by the country’s turbulent history. They consider how this legacy, whether inherited or exper...Show More
Manifest Episode 4: The Mind

22:28 | Jun 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, portraiture, and abstract painting. ...Show More
Manifest Episode 3: The Home

25:47 | 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 at home, being in exile, safety, fear, connection, and belonging. Photo: Ana Teresa Fernández, by G...Show More
Manifest Episode 2: The Body

23:07 | 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 cockroaches, and sculpt self-portraits from chocolate and soap. Photo: Xandra Ibarra, Nude Laughing, perfor...Show More
Manifest Episode 1: The Land

19:04 | 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 Island, and an immersive three-cha...Show More
Season 2 Trailer: Manifest

01:12 | Apr 17th, 2017

Catch a sneak peak of what’s coming this season on Raw Material, from SFMOMA.
Otherworld Bonus Episode: The Visitor

12:17 | Dec 26th, 2016

An artist discusses her interest in extraterrestrials, including sightings, abductions, and other memories of aliens. She examines how descriptions of these interactions have both changed with cultural norms and reflected individual, inner feelings. ...Show More
Otherworld Episode 6: The Presence

18:56 | Dec 12th, 2016

Artists share personal experiences they have had with ghosts and the paranormal. A conceptual sculptor describes creating a piece using a “presence” as his primary material. Artists featured in this episode: Tom Friedman, India Cook, Rosemary Brown...Show More
Otherworld Episode 5: The Vibration

22:49 | Nov 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 jazz improviser talks about making music with natural biological rhythms. Photo: Terence Koh, by Ross...Show More
Otherworld Episode 4: The Diviner

23:11 | Nov 14th, 2016

Artists discuss intuition and divination, techniques used to perceive and foresee the unknown. They explore the intersections of their work with palmistry, poetry, astrology, and clairsentient readings. Artists featured in this episode: CA Conrad T...Show More
Otherworld Episode 3: The Sigil

22:44 | Oct 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 artistic practice. S/he describes h/er decades-long mystical work with sigils, chaos magick, sex ma...Show More
Otherworld Episode 2: The Ceremony

20:02 | Oct 17th, 2016

A folk musician conducts an ayahuasca ceremony, a performance artist describes her shamanic rituals, and a pioneer of conceptual art communes with animals and inhabits his own unconscious. Image: Joseph Beuys, I Like America And America Likes Me, 19...Show More
Otherworld Episode 1: The Vessel

20:41 | Oct 3rd, 2016

A performance artist, a philosopher, a violinist, and a new age composer make art by harnessing unknown forces, deities, and interdimensional beings. An artist at the turn of the twentieth century holds a séance with spirits and gives birth to abstra...Show More
Season 1 Trailer: Otherworld

00:54 | Sep 19th, 2016

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