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Binder Podcast

By Columbia Museum of Art

Binder podcast is art for your ears. Binder uses art as a catalyst to talk about big ideas, bringing people together through complex conversations and personal stories to create the connections that lift our entire community. Hosted by CMA writer-in-residence Ray McManus and produced by the Columbia Museum of Art, Binder brings you audio storytelling with writers, artists, scholars, curators, and more. New episodes every month. Learn more about the museum, exhibitions, and programs at www.columbiamuseum.org

Production and editing by Drew Baron
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Columbia Design League
Columbia Design League
In this special presentation of Binder podcast, producer Drew and  Columbia Design League liaison Jackie Palmieri celebrate the CDL's 25th anniversary. Then Jackie joins current CDL board president Anna Sveinbjornsdottir for a preview of what's next for the design league.  After the break, CDL founders Tom Savory and Adrienne Montare stop by to discuss the group's history and some of their favorite memories. Learn more about the Columbia Design League: https://www.columbiamuseum.org/belong/affinity-groups/columbia-design-league Binder podcast is a production of the Columbia Museum of Art
35:54
November 22, 2022
Scary Stories To Tell in the Art
Scary Stories To Tell in the Art
Face your fears with an all-new episode of Binder podcast, just in time for Halloween! Producer Drew drops in to help Ray overcome his phobia of snakes with a new game. After the break, Jamieson Ridenhour and Hayley Heninger of the narrative horror podcast Palimpsest stop by to talk about their show and embracing the things that haunt us. Binder is a production of the Columbia Museum of Art. Get more information about exhibitions and programs at www.columbiamuseum.org
54:06
October 31, 2022
Binder Special Presentation: More Than Rhythm #4
Binder Special Presentation: More Than Rhythm #4
Dr. Birgitta Johnson sits down with South Carolina native and globally recognized blues musician Adia Victoria to talk about the blues' past and present, representation within the art form and Adia's latest album A Southern Gothic. Featuring excerpts of an intimate performance by Adia Victoria and her creative partner Mason Hickman recorded at the Columbia Museum of Art in August of 2022. 
40:02
September 27, 2022
Archiving Abeles
Archiving Abeles
Producer Drew embarks on a journey to learn more about Shades of Life artist Sigmund Abeles with the help of John Quirk and Graham Duncan of the South Caroliniana Library at the University of South Carolina. Binder is a production of the Columbia Museum of Art Browse the library's digital collections at: https://digital.library.sc.edu/
44:46
September 20, 2022
Vanesha Perrin
Vanesha Perrin
Producer Drew sits down with Vanesha Perrin, new board president of the Friends of African American Art and Culture, to learn more about her personal art experiences, Delores Logan, and the acquisition of Monotype IV by Oliver Lee Jackson. Binder podcast is a production of the Columbia Museum of Art. www.columbiamuseum.org 
23:14
August 29, 2022
Totally Lit Anniversary Special
Totally Lit Anniversary Special
And just like that, Binder podcast turned one! On today's episode, Producer Drew brings Ray a few surprises to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the podcast before CMA Chief Preparator and Exhibition Designer Mike Dwyer stops in to illuminate Ray on the world of art preservation. Later, the museum's newest curator, Michael Neumeister, sheds some light on his first art installation at the CMA, Modern Rhythms.
44:05
August 16, 2022
Jackie Palmieri
Jackie Palmieri
Producer Drew interviews CMA's education and engagement coordinator, Jackie Palmieri. Binder Podcast is a production of the Columbia Museum of Art
29:23
July 26, 2022
Binder Special Presentation: More Than Rhythm #3
Binder Special Presentation: More Than Rhythm #3
Birgitta returns with consciousness-raising Lowcountry musician Benny Starr to dive into the influences and upbringing that inspire his unique brand of hip hop. Featuring excerpts of a recent performance by Starr and his band the Four20s live in concert at the Columbia Museum of Art. This episode contains some adult language. More Than Rhythm: A Black Music Series is  presented by the Baker & Baker Foundation. This program has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom. This program is supported by Richland County Government.
50:40
July 19, 2022
John Lane
John Lane
An extended interview with writer and naturalist John Lane. Binder podcast is a production of the Columbia Museum of Art.
01:00:47
July 12, 2022
Communing with Nature
Communing with Nature
Binder is en plein air this month as Ray catches up with Jackie Adams about the CMA's latest exhibitions and their relationship with the natural world, and artist Amanda McCavour stops by to talk about her  latest series of installation work, Bright Little Day Stars. After the break, Ray chats with writer and naturalist John Lane about rivers, roadkill, and the real outdoors. Binder is a production of the Columbia Museum of Art. Produced and edited by Drew Baron.
43:19
June 21, 2022
Binder Special Presentation: More Than Rhythm Live with Mimi Jones and Dr. Colleen Clark
Binder Special Presentation: More Than Rhythm Live with Mimi Jones and Dr. Colleen Clark
Enjoy this bonus conversation with host and ethnomusicologist Dr. Birgitta Johnson, guest musician Mimi Jones, and assistant professor of jazz at UofSC Dr. Colleen Clark. Recorded live during last April's More Than Rhythm concert. More Than Rhythm: A Black Music Series is  presented by the Baker & Baker Foundation. This program has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom. This program is supported by Richland County  Government.
48:31
May 31, 2022
Binder Special Presentation: More Than Rhythm #2
Binder Special Presentation: More Than Rhythm #2
Birgitta is back, and this time she is joined by jazz musician,  educator, and filmmaker Mimi Jones. They explore the history, present, and future of jazz music set to the soundtrack of Mimi Jones' Black Madonna Project live in concert. More Than Rhythm: A Black Music Series is presented by the Baker & Baker Foundation. This program has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom. This program is supported by Richland County Government. The Binder Podcast is a production of the Columbia Museum of Art. Edited and recorded by Drew Baron.
37:14
May 24, 2022
Introducing Binder Podcast
Introducing Binder Podcast
Art for your ears. Hosted by CMA writer-in-residence Ray McManus and produced by the Columbia Museum of art, Binder brings you audio storytelling with writers, artists, scholars, curators, and more. 
01:01
May 03, 2022
In Touch with Rodin
In Touch with Rodin
Host Ray McManus returns to get a feel for the current exhibition, Rodin: Contemplation in Dreams, with CMA's Curator of Education Glenna Barlow before hitting the galleries to check out the new museum touch tours. After the break Ray is joined by poet Ann Chadwell-Humphries to talk about her process, inspiration, and senses as she navigates the world as a person with a visual disability.  Binder is a production of the Columbia Museum of Art. Produced and edited by Drew Baron. 
34:18
May 03, 2022
Binder Special Presentation: More Than Rhythm #1
Binder Special Presentation: More Than Rhythm #1
In this special presentation of Binder podcast, More Than Rhythm  host and ethnomusicologist Dr. Birgitta Johnson interviews Dr. Tony  McNeill, leader of the Heritage Celebration Chorale, an aggregation of  choral music educators, enthusiasts, and vocal artists from the Carolinas and Georgia. They discuss the history of the Black sacred  music tradition and its role in American music culture today. More  Than Rhythm: A Black Music Series is presented by the Baker & Baker  Foundation with programmatic support provided by the Friends of African American Art & Culture. This program has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom. Music in order of appearance: "Ezekiel Saw De Wheel" - Fisk University Singers "The New York Glide" - Ethel Waters with Albury's Blue and Jazz Seven Performed by the Heritage Celebration Chorale: "Lift Every Voice and Sing" - James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosamond Johnson "Nia" (Purpose) from The Nguzo Saba Suite, Op. 14, No. 5 - Glenn Edward Burleigh "The Beatitudes" - Arr. Gale Jones Murphy "Our God Who Art in Heaven" - Tune: NETTLETON, Text: Tony McNeil "I Done Done What You Told Me to Do" - Arr. Uzee Brown "We Shall Overcome" - Arr. Uzee Brown "Amazing Grace" - Tune: NEW BRITAIN, Arr. Evelyn Simpson Curenton
30:39
April 05, 2022
An Affinity for Acquisitions
An Affinity for Acquisitions
Host Ray McManus seeks out answers on how art makes it into the collection with help from CMA affinity groups and the museum's executive director, Della Watkins. Featuring interviews with Chase Heatherly of the Contemporaries, Adrienne Montare of the Columbia Design League, and Therese Griffin of the Friends of African American Art and Culture. Image Detail: Untitled (Chandelier), 2009-2010 by Dale Chihuly. Blown and  hot-worked glass, steel armature, plastic-coated steel wire.
35:47
March 01, 2022
Identify Yourself
Identify Yourself
Host Ray McManus and producer Drew chat about being the new guy and the  CMA’s upcoming exhibition Anila Quayyum Agha: Let A Million Flowers  Bloom, before being joined by the artist herself to talk about identity,  religion, gender politics, and her massive, illuminated sculptures. In  the second half, Ray catches up with his good friend, poet, and Director  of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of South Carolina, Dr.  Ed Madden. Image Detail: This is NOT a Refuge! 2 (2019) by Anila Quayyum Agha Installation at the Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH, 2019  Laser-cut, Resin Coated Aluminum, Light Bulb H 93” x W 58” x D 72” Credit for Photo: Image by Justin Camuso, courtesy of the Toledo Museum of Art
37:14
February 08, 2022
Isaac Udogwu
Isaac Udogwu
Digital artist and martial artist Isaac Udogwu joins Producer Drew for an extended interview. They talk about his roots in Nigeria and South Carolina, digital art, NFTs, spirituality, and so much more. 22 South Carolinians is on view through May 22, 2022.  The Binder podcast is a production of the Columbia Museum of Art
33:42
January 18, 2022
Home State
Home State
The CMA's latest exhibition, 22 South Carolinians, is now on view.  Director of Art and Learning Jackie Adams drops by to tell Ray all about  it before she's joined by artist J. Renee. In the second half, Ray  chats with artist, chef, poet, and SC Arts Commission Artist Development  Director Ce Scott Fitts about her work and the state of art in South  Carolina. Image Detail: Red Riding Hood of Ogun and the Gatekeepers (2021) by J. Renee The Binder Podcast is a production of the Columbia Museum of Art. Produced and Edited by Drew Baron. Hosted by Ray McManus.
36:29
January 04, 2022
Strangest Things
Strangest Things
Ray dives into some oddities of the CMA Collection with help from museum staff. The strangeness continues when author and UofSC professor Julia Liz Elliott drops in to share her  thoughts on why weird is wonderful. Binder is a production of the Columbia Museum of Art.
34:45
December 07, 2021
American Story
American Story
Binder is back, and this time we are talking all things 30  Americans. In the first half, CMA Director of Art and Learning Jackie  Adams interviews Jannie Harriot of the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission about her life, career, and impressions of the CMA's latest  exhibition. Next, Ray chats with his "cousin," Alabama's Poet Laureate  Ashley M. Jones, on her appointment as poet laureate and her latest  book, Reparations Now!, available through Hub City Press. 30 Americans is on view through January 17, 2022, at the Columbia Museum of Art. You can learn more about museum exhibitions and programs at www.columbiamuseum.org. Image Detail: Lorna Simpson, Wigs (Portfolio), 1994. © Lorna Simpson. Courtesy Rubell Museum, Miami.
33:30
November 02, 2021
Empathy and Allies
Empathy and Allies
In the season one finale of Binder podcast, host Ray McManus chats with  freelance photojournalist Thomas Hammond about empathy, working on  assignments overseas, and Columbia's "riot day." Later, poet Sunshine  Dempsey sheds some light on the role of allies in the national climate and premieres her new poem, "Memory History Dysphagia." Hindsight 2020 is on view at the Columbia Museum of Art through November 21, 2021. You can learn more about museum exhibitions and programs at: www.columbiamuseum.org Image Detail: Million Man March, June 2020 by Thomas Hammond Thomas Hammond is a freelance photojournalist living in Columbia, South Carolina and is a winner of multiple South Carolina Press Association Awards including Photojournalist of the Year for 2020 in the all weekly division. See more of his work at thomashammondphoto.com 
30:27
September 14, 2021
Working for History
Working for History
In today's episode, host Ray McManus is joined by photojournalist Sean Rayford to chat about his occupation and the repercussions of that work for the historical record. Later the shop talk continues when poet and organizer Al Black stops by to premiere his new poem, "How Black Lives Pose Matters." They talk verbs, nouns, and what ekphrasis really means. Hindsight 2020 is on view at the Columbia Museum of Art through November 21, 2021. You can learn more about museum exhibitions and programs at: www.columbiamuseum.org Sean Rayford is a freelance photojournalist and commercial photographer in  Columbia, SC working with Getty Images, The Associated Press, The New  York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, NPR, Time, the  ACLU and more. See more of his work at www.seanrayford.com Check out Al Black's published books I Only Left for Tea and Man with Two Shadows both available via Muddy Ford Press. Learn more about Mind Gravy via their Facebook page
30:34
September 07, 2021
Universal Language
Universal Language
In today's episode, Ray sits down with community organizer and  photographer Héctor Vaca Cruz to talk about police aggression, the  immigrant story, and essential workers. After the break, poet power  couple Loli Molina Muñoz and Jesus Redondo Menendez stop by to premiere two  poems, "ALMA" and "Witness" ("Testigo"), and chat with Ray about  responding to Cruz's work and the challenges and opportunities of  writing poems in English versus Spanish. Hindsight 2020 is on view at the Columbia Museum of Art through November 21, 2021. Image Detail: Essential 2 by Héctor Vaca Cruz You can learn more about museum exhibitions and programs at: www.columbiamuseum.org You can see more of Héctor's work on his website: www.hectorvacacruz.com All music for today's episode was provided by Artlist.io
32:11
August 31, 2021
Teachable Moments
Teachable Moments
Today’s episode photographer and musician Catherine Hunsinger chats with  Ray about the big impact of small moments during the protests of 2020. Later, poet Michele Reese premieres her new poem “On the Complexity of  Symbols” and talks about taking time to process trauma and the role education can play in helping with that. Hindsight 2020 is on view at the Columbia Museum of Art through November 21, 2021.  Image Detail: Photograph by Catherine Hunsinger You can learn more about museum exhibitions and programs at: www.columbiamuseum.org You can follow Catherine's work on her Instagram @catherine_rene Today's episode features music by the band Rex Darling check them out @rexdarlingmusic on Instagram All other music for today's episode was provided by Artlist.io Audio of the 2020 protests used in this episode was provided by Aaron Smalls
30:48
August 24, 2021
The Dam Broke
The Dam Broke
On today's episode we sharpen our focus onto the work of photojournalist Crush Rush. Host Ray McManus talks with Crush about video games, danger, and of course, 2020. On the second half of the show Poet Len Lawson premieres the new work "Hypotenuse" inspired by Crush's photography. Binder is a production of the Columbia Museum of Art. Recorded and edited by Drew Baron.  Thumbnail Image: Catch 22, May 2020 by Crush Rush You can learn more about museum exhibitions and programs at: www.columbiamuseum.org See more of Crush's photography at: www.crushinthecity.com See more of Len's published works at: www.lenlawson.co Music for today's episode is provided by Artlist.io
30:29
August 17, 2021
Grandad's Boat
Grandad's Boat
In this pilot episode of the Columbia Museum of Art's brand new podcast Binder, host and CMA writer-in-residence Ray McManus speaks with deputy director Joelle Ryan-Cook, curator Catherine Walworth, and curator of art and learning Jackie Adams about an art museum's role in the modern day and current CMA exhibitions The Ironic Curtain and Hindsight 2020.  Thumbnail Image: Stalin Figurine by Tengiz (1943 - 2008) Tengis Mirzashvili 
29:31
July 12, 2021