Katie Apsey is listening to ‘Death of an Artist’

This image is a black and white photograph of Ana Mendietaover herface there are red pain strokes. The text reads "Death of an Artist"Revisiting the 1985 death of Cuban artist Ana Mendieta, the acquittal of her husband Minimalist artist Carl Andre for charges of her murder, and the divide the trial caused in the NY artworld, the Death of an Artist podcast uses the story as a way to question the moral responsibilities of museums, galleries, curators, and art historians in the wake of #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter. I love host and curator Helen Molesworth’s candidness and vulnerability about her own role in institutional silences as well as the accessible way she pokes at the ‘artist versus artwork’ question. Listening, I was reminded of why I fell in love with Mendieta’s work in 2nd wave feminist art history courses I took in the 90s, and also why her life and work are still resonating 30+ years after her death. –Katie Apsey (IRH Admin)