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"Amazing!" A Conversation with Conceptual Artist Mel Bochner

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Aired on Friday, October 19th.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, our guest is pioneering conceptual artist Mel Bochner. Since his groundbreaking 1966 work, "Working Drawings," which featured photocopied working drawings, bills, and ephemera of his artist friends, Bochner has explored painting and language, and asked viewers to think about both in new ways. He's best known for his thesaurus works, several of which are in the new exhibit at Philbrook, "Amazing! Mel Bochner Prints from the Collections of Jordan Schnitzer and His Family Foundation."

The exhibit features some of his most iconic works, including "Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah," "Ha Ha," "The Joys of Yiddish," and "I Don't Get It...I Still Don't Get It." The exhibition is on display through January 6, 2019.

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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