4 Painters: A Celebration of Black History

February 16 • 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. on WAAM • Ann Arbor

Join Ed as he traverses the centuries to spotlight the work of Joshua Johnson (1763-1824), Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937), Horace Pippin (1888-1946), and Helen La France (1919-present). Johnson, considered America’s first acclaimed African American artist, leads the way with his boldly schematic portraits of Federal period Marylanders. Next, Henry O. Tanner imbues his landscapes and genre scenes with luscious skies and tranquil waters enhanced by his European sojourns. Horace Pippin looks inward, his quiet interior scenes offering a record of self-sufficiency and dignity. And living legend, Kentucky-born Helen La France, paints the daily lives of people going to church, walking to a funeral, or attending a nighttime revival, all amid the undulating hills of Graves County.

Goya and the Birth of Modern Misery

February 2 • 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. on WAAM • Ann Arbor

Francesco Goya (1746-1828) was Spain’s foremost portrait painter, printmaker, and
satirist from the late 18th to the early 19th centuries; a time of massive upheaval for his country. Using the backdrop of Napoleon’s invasion in late 1807, which sparked eight years of famine, atrocities against civilians, and grinding guerilla war, Ed highlights Goya’s most influential works, including his two etching series Los caprichos (1799) and The Disasters of War (1810-20). Find out how this artist, called ‘the last Old Master and first Modern,’ combined virtuosic technique and a journalist’s eye with a profound humanitarian sense.

The Lincolns in Vermont

January 19 • 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. on WAAM • Ann Arbor

It all started in Manchester during the summer of 1863. To escape Washington’s heat, First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln, accompanied by her sons Robert and Tad, takes rooms in the historic Equinox Inn. The elegance of the town, with houses in the Federal and Greek Revival styles, the sidewalks of marble, exerts an enduring spell on the family. Mary will return after the President’s assassination, and stay in a clapboard farmhouse outside Dorset; Robert will build a monument, his country seat, Hildene, in 1905. Join Ed as he describes his recent tour of the area by highlighting Robert’s Georgian masterpiece. In addition to the house, still ensconced within its original 400 acres, the farm serves students and the public as a prime example of today’s sustainable agriculture.

Currier and Ives: Creators of American Nostalgia

December 15 • 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. on WAAM • Ann Arbor

Climb into Ed’s on-air sleigh as he takes us on a snowy tour of ‘Old America’ as depicted in the iconic prints of Currier and Ives. Founded in 1835 by Nathaniel Currier and reaching its apogee after 1857 when James Ives became partner, the firm’s hand-colored lithographs became the visual testament to America’s growth in the 19th century. Among the 7,500 prints created, it would be the winter scenes that would prove most popular. A clever blending of Hudson River School idealism and Transcendentalist introspection, the prints simultaneously celebrated America’s past and present, and would influence the arts – and Hollywood – up to our own day.

A Bicentennial of Fear: Celebrating Mary Shelley and Frankenstein

December 8 • 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. on WAAM • Ann Arbor

On January 1, 1818, a book was published by the London firm of Lackington & Hughes. Only 500 copies were printed of the three-volume work, and its author’s name was omitted. Its chronicle of a young scientist’s pursuit to create life – a life he would cruelly disown – would ignite the imagination (and moral wrath) of Regency England and beyond. Join Ed as he describes the fateful “summer without sun” of 1816, when Mary first conceived the story, during a contest initiated by Lord Byron to outdo German ghost stories. Later, joined by her husband, poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, the two would craft a tale reflecting the era’s fascination with science and its perceived ethical boundaries.

Louis Bayard: Dickens’ Carol and it’s Legacy

December 1 • 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. on WAAM • Ann Arbor

Enjoy a reprise of Ed’s interview with award-winning author Louis Bayard (Roosevelt’s Beast, The School of Night, etc.), who describes how Charles Dickens reminded his fellow Victorians in 1843 to ‘open their shuttered hearts’ in a tale as relevant to us today. He also explains how A Christmas Carol inspired his own novel, Mr. Timothy (2003), about the struggles of a mature Tiny Tim.

More at: louisbayard.com

Daphne Lingon: Belperron – Bellissima!

November 24 • 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. on WAAM • Ann Arbor

Okay, I used the Italian word rather than the French to describe the jewelry of iconic designer Suzanne Belperron (1900-83), but you’ll excuse the license when you hear our guest. Daphne Lingon, Head of Jewelry at Christie’s Americas, will highlight the upcoming Magnificent Jewels auction at Christie’s, in New York (December 5), featuring a superlative diamond, platinum, and 18k gray gold ‘tube’ bracelet created by Belperron in 1948. How did this singular genius transcend Art Deco design and the horror of war to propel haute joaillerie to post-war magnificence? We’ll find out!

More at: Christies.com

November 24 • 3:30 – 4:00 p.m. on WAAM • Ann Arbor

Encore broadcast of our May conversation with Heather Kendrick, violinist, Miss Michigan 2017-18, and program director of M-Prize, the University of Michigan’s international chamber music competition.

More at: Mprize.umich.edu

Brian Leigh Dunnigan: Early Detroit in Maps

November 17 • 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. on WAAM • Ann Arbor

Join Ed as he welcomes back Brian Leigh Dunnigan, Associate Director and Curator of Maps, the William L. Clements Library of the University of Michigan. Brian will highlight the Clements’ superlative collection of maps detailing the growth of Detroit during the 1700s. Of special note will be a stunning, previously unknown, hand-colored map of the City and its fort drawn by a British officer in 1790 (when Detroit was still in British hands). A recent acquisition, the map helps fill in “another piece of the [American historical] puzzle.”

More at: clements.umich.edu

Fort Detroit

Julien’s Auctions Presents Icons and Idols

Hollywood, Featuring Marilyn Monroe’s 1956 Thunderbird; Bob Mackie and Sharon Tate

November 3 • 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. on WAAM • Ann Arbor

Martin J. Nolan, Executive Director and CFO of Julien’s Auctions, returns to spotlight an extraordinary auction taking place November 16-17 in Julien’s’ Los Angeles galleries. Featured is the pristine, raven-black 1956 Thunderbird owned by Marilyn Monroe from 1955 to 1962. In addition, a collection of couture and other personal property from the collection of designer Bob Mackie will be sold, along with art, costumes, and other personal property once belonging to actress Sharon Tate.

More at: juliensauctions.com