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Coming Sept 23: For more than 35 years, accusations of murder shrouded one of the art world’s most storied couples: Was the famous sculptor Carl Andre involved in the death of his up-and-coming artist wife Ana Mendieta? Host Helen Molesworth revisits Mendieta’s death and the trial that followed, and interrogates both the silence and the protest that have accompanied this story ever since. To hear the whole season early and ad-free, consider becoming a Pushkin+ subscriber in Apple Podcasts or at pushkin.fm/plus. Death of an Artist is a co-production between Pushkin Industries, Somethin’ Else, and Sony Music Entertainment.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 1: The Haunting

Episode 1: The Haunting

2022-09-2347:5012

In 1980s Manhattan, a young Cuban artist named Ana Mendieta made a name for herself as a rising star in the art world. Her turbulent marriage to the older and well-established sculptor Carl Andre raised eyebrows. One September night, Carl called 911 in a panic. His wife, he said, “went out the window.”  To hear the rest of Season 1 ad-free, sign up for Pushkin+ on the Death of an Artist show page in Apple Podcasts, or at pushkin.fm/plus. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Following Ana’s death, police take Carl in for questioning. He has scratches on his face. His story is inconsistent, yet he maintains his innocence. In this episode, we rewind and take a look back at Carl’s history and his relationship with Ana and try to understand what led to that night. To hear the rest of Season 1 ad-free, sign up for Pushkin+ on the Death of an Artist show page in Apple Podcasts, or at pushkin.fm/plus. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Ana’s art engaged with her identity as a Cuban female artist. She worked hard to be recognized in a world dominated by white men. After her death, Ana’s friends and family demand an investigation. Many of the most powerful members of the art world dismiss them as a “feminist cabal.” To hear the rest of Season 1 ad-free, sign up for Pushkin+ on the Death of an Artist show page in Apple Podcasts, or at pushkin.fm/plus. If you’d like to keep up with the most recent news from this and other Pushkin podcasts be sure to subscribe to our email list.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Carl stands trial for the murder of Ana Mendieta. His defense ruthlessly attacks Ana, using her artwork against her, and rests heavily on his prestige in the art world. Helen reveals her personal connection to Carl Andre and his work, and how it changed her career. To hear the rest of Season 1 ad-free, sign up for Pushkin+ on the Death of an Artist show page in Apple Podcasts, or at pushkin.fm/plus. If you’d like to keep up with the most recent news from this and other Pushkin podcasts be sure to subscribe to our email list.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 5: The Silencing

Episode 5: The Silencing

2022-10-1444:062

Carl Andre is acquitted. Decades later, the art world remains divided about his innocence. In order to protect Carl, the art world maintained a strict separation between the art and the artist and used silence to preserve the status quo. But a few remain vocal. To hear the rest of Season 1 ad-free, sign up for Pushkin+ on the Death of an Artist show page in Apple Podcasts, or at pushkin.fm/plus. If you’d like to keep up with the most recent news from this and other Pushkin podcasts be sure to subscribe to our email list.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 6: The Reckoning

Episode 6: The Reckoning

2022-10-2145:143

Today, Carl Andre lives in the same apartment where Ana fell to her death. Helen investigates and grapples with what his not guilty verdict means and chips away at the silence the art world has used to protect both Andre and itself. If you’d like to keep up with the most recent news from this and other Pushkin podcasts be sure to subscribe to our email list.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The Numbers

The Numbers

2022-11-0425:071

In the wake of the #metoo and Black Lives Matter movements, art museums began publicly touting their dedication to diversity. In this episode, we hear from two arts journalists about whether there are actually more artworks by women and people of color on the walls.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Here’s a preview of Bad Women: The Blackout Ripper. Over a single week in February 1942, a sadistic serial killer stalked London’s bomb-ravaged streets – hunting for victims in the bars and clubs of the city’s West End theater district. In his cruelty and depravity, he was immediately likened to Jack the Ripper. Using new research from police files, court transcripts and exhaustive genealogical study, Hallie Rubenhold reconstructs the lives of the women he attacked and murdered – women who were dismissed for working in the sex trade, or for choosing to live otherwise independent lives. She examines what placed these women at the margins of society and why the war years were perilous for so many women. Listen to Bad Women at https://link.chtbl.com/doaabadwomenSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
This weekend, join Helen Molesworth and Patricia Margarita Hernández for a conversation about Death of an Artist and the legacy of Ana Mendieta. Moderated by producer Maria Luisa Tucker, who also joins to answer behind-the-scenes questions about how the show got made. The event is at A.I.R Gallery in Brooklyn on Sunday, December 4th, at 5pm. Seating is limited, please RSVP at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/death-of-an-artist-live-helen-molesworth-and-patricia-margarita-hernandez-tickets-469537307727 We’ll also be answering questions from listeners. Send a voice memo or email with your questions to death@pushkin.fm.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Comments (6)

ID19653624

Even as a person who knows nothing about art or the art world, I enjoyed this podcast immensely. I enjoyed the story but I especially enjoyed the vulnerability of the host and her sharing of her feelings and emotions.

Oct 25th
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Samantha Earnshaw

This was such an excellent, thought - provoking and flowed with such intentionality to remember this beautiful artist. It is so interesting that I have seen pictures of Mendieta's works and was moved by them, but never knew much about her. Thank you for this.

Oct 24th
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Olga Koleshchuk

Interesting podcast, but a very disappointing ending. These women protested, they hashtagged him, they pitifully cried at his exhibit, yet no one confronted him face to face, no one did anything to force him to admit to it, it's all so passive-aggressive and pathetic. The last episode is a real bummer, makes me feel useless.

Oct 22nd
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me me

would you go to a Bill Cosby show, play a Rolf Harris song, or watch OJ do his thing? Then why go to this pricks exhibitions? You can't separate the person from their work as the above examples attest. If you do, in my humble point of view, you condone what he/ they have done.

Oct 11th
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Ryan Phillips

I wouldn't say the art world's a closed world I'll say it's a world filled with spineless fake pathetic weak weak-minded individuals including the maker of this podcast who is as jellyfish of a spine as anyone I've ever heard

Oct 8th
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Anna Kramer

Excellent! Through true crime, I love visiting a new place and meeting a group of fascinating people I would normally not have the opportunity to meet in life. This hits the mark. The journalist podcaster introduces us to the highest achieving artists in Manhatten of a couple of decades ago when a murder took place in their social circle. One of the most intriguing creative articulate groups I've come across in True Crime. The journalists own background in modern art adds depth to our understanding of art and activism in a relaxed down to earth way. **Please follow up with another podcast series after this one!!**

Oct 4th
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