Out There Atlanta: Jef Bourgeau and Detroit’s Museum of New Art

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Jef Bourgeau at MONA’s Pontiac space. All photos by Lilly Lampe.


Re:Focus a photo exhibition on view at Swan Coach House in Atlanta through October 27

While traveling last summer, we met a few people working with curatorial and exhibition spaces with unusual challenges. In this mini-Out There Atlanta series, we bring you interviews with curators and space organizers in Chicago, Detroit, and Raleigh.

Artist, curator, and writer Jef Bourgeau started the Museum of New Art (MONA) in Detroit as a writing project in 1996. Since then, MONA has transitioned from a fictional to real project, shifted scale and location numerous times, and constituted everything from a Christo & Jeanne-Claude exhibition to a show on the history of sex. MONA was most recently based in Pontiac, MI and is moving to Armada, MI. The podcast offers a glimpse into the history of this fascinating institution.

Topics include: curating closet-size shows, censorship, Courbet’s Origin of the World, the tricky nature of art projects in Detroit, and the importance of a space for contemporary art.

Re:Focus a photo exhibition on view at Swan Coach House in Atlanta through October 27


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Music for this podcast was provided by M.S.I.F.



Christo and Jeanne-Claude box for the recent MONA auction.


Partial view of the Pontiac-MONA space.




BURNAWAY Radio sponsors Out There Atlanta, by Lilly LampeOut There Atlanta is a podcast and online platform for interviews with artists. The intention is to create an archive of informal conversations with artists in Atlanta or who have an Atlanta connection. Conducted in the spirit of a coffee meet-up, Out There Atlanta offers a more relaxed and personal dialogue, allowing artists to get a little more “out there” with the online audience.

To subscribe to Out There Atlanta, open iTunes, go to Advanced, click Subscribe to Podcast, and insert the link for our feed: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/OTA

Music for Out There Atlanta is provided by M.S.I.F.

BURNAWAY Radio is supported in part by Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. Georgia Council for the Arts also receives support from its partner agency, the National Endowment for the Arts.



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