John Waters

The Way I See It
  • The Way I See It

    • Alistair Sooke

    • Alistair Sooke (Read by)

    • Steven Pinker (Read by)

    • Steve Martin (Read by)

    • Orhan Pamuk (Read by)

    • Stanley Tucci (Read by)

    • Fiona Shaw (Read by)

    • Roxane Gay (Read by)

    • John Waters (Read by)

    30 leading cultural figures choose an artwork from the Museum of Modern Art's collection, and discuss the response it provokes in them

    Art critic and broadcaster Alastair Sooke, accompanied by some of the world's leading creative thinkers, takes an in-depth look at the outstanding exhibits in New York's MoMA, exploring how the way we 'see' art is shaped by our experiences and perspectives. His guests include some of the sharpest minds of our time - artists, writers, designers, comedians, musicians and scientists, among them Steve Martin, Margaret Cho, John Waters, Roxane Gay, Fiona Shaw, Orhan Pamuk and Stanley Tucci.

    Each guest selects a piece of art that speaks to them - one that's inspiring, startling, intriguing or challenging. Some pick familiar works, others ones they've never seen before, and their choices range from paintings and sculptures to photographs, films and even symbols. Drawing on their personal history and expert knowledge, they share their thoughts, insights and observations.

    How does a cosmologist view Van Gogh's The Starry Night? What does a jazz pianist see in Mondrian's Broadway Boogie Woogie? What will a top fashion designer decode from the clothes painted by an artist in Harlem in the 1930s? And what will a psychologist make of Picasso's unflinching depictions of man's inhumanity, The Charnel House and Guernica?

    These questions, and many more, will be answered in this eye-opening series. Revealing, surprising and perceptive, it deconstructs the gallery experience, bringing us a new way of looking at, and appreciating, art.

    Copyright © 2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd. (P) 2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd
    Produced by Paul Kobrak and Tom Alban
    The Way I See It is a co-production of the BBC and the Museum of Modern Art, New York

    1. Starry Night and Janna Levin
    2. Steve Martin and the Lonely Synchromists
    3. Jason Moran and Piet Mondrian
    4. Neri Oxman and the Endless House
    5. Steven Pinker and Picasso
    6. Steve Reich on Richard Serra's Equal
    7. Margaret Cho and Lady Vengeance
    8. Duro Olowu on William H Johnson's 'Children'
    9. Michael Bierut on Ed Ruscha's OOF
    10. John Waters on Lee Lozano's Untitled 1963
    11. Roxane Gay and Christ's Entry into Journalism
    12. Es Devlin on Felix Gonzalez-Torres's Perfect Lovers
    13. Hisham Matar with Man Sleeping Along the Seine
    14. Renee Fleming chooses Colors for a Large Wall
    15. The Director's Choice
    16. Fiona Shaw on Georgia O'Keeffe's Lake George, Coat and Red
    17. Bryan Stevenson on Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series
    18. Richard Serra on Jackson Pollock
    19. Madeleine Thien on Vija Celmins' Bikini
    20. Zac Posen on Constantin Brancusi's Bird in Space
    21. Mark Morris on Florine Stettheimer's Costume Design for Orphée
    22. Sarah Sze and Siddhartha Mukherjee on Louise Bourgeois's Quarantania, I
    23. Orhan Pamuk on Taglioni's Jewel Casket by Joseph Cornell
    24. Liz Diller on Marcel Duchamp's Network of Stoppages
    25. Isabella Boylston on Maya Deren and Talley Beatty
    26. Stanley Tucci and Giacometti's Head of a Man on a Rod
    27. Lady Ruth Rogers on Henri Rousseau's The Dream
    28. Yves Behar and the IEC's Power Symbol
    29. David Henry Hwang on Martin Wong's Stanton near Forsyth Street
    30. Alastair Sooke

John Waters has been a columnist with The Irish Times for over twenty years. As well as Jiving at the Crossroads (Blackstaff, 1991), which was reissued by Transworld Ireland in 2011, his books include Race of Angels: Ireland and the Genesis of U2 (Blackstaff/Fourth Estate, 1994); An Intelligent Person's Guide to Modern Ireland (Duckworth, 1997); Beyond Consolation (Continuum, 2010); and Feckers: 50 People who Fecked Up Ireland (Constable and Robinson, 2010).

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