The Artsy Podcast, No. 12: Motherhood, Children, and Art

Artsy Editorial
Sep 8, 2016 4:39PM

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During an interview this summer, artist Marina Abramović sparked fierce debate with her statement: “In my opinion [having children is] the reason why women aren’t as successful as men in the art world.” In this week’s episode, we explore what motherhood means for artists. We question how prevalent Abramović’s sentiments are. And, lastly, we ask what can be done to finally debunk the myth that child-rearing and a successful career are incompatible? Joining us is Artsy Editorial Director Marina Cashdan, who recently spoke with several women who are both artists and mothers, including Laurie Simmons, Tara Donovan, and Kara Walker, for her recent feature.

Then we consider the other side of the motherhood equation—children, and, more specifically, how parents can help them cultivate an appreciation of art. From stroller tours of the Whitney to artist-led classes at the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling, there are a host of ways institutions are working to introduce art to kids to at an early age. What impact does artmaking have on children and their development? And what do adults have to gain from these programs?

This podcast is hosted by Artsy Editorial Associate Isaac Kaplan, joined for this edition by Editorial Director Marina Cashdan and Galleries Editor Casey Lesser. It was produced by Joe Sykes with assistance from Editorial Associate Abigail Cain.

Intro music: “Something Elated” by Broke For Free

Cover image: Portrait of Tara Donovan and her sons in her Long Island City studio by Daniel Dorsa for Artsy.

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