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Photographs of Hiroshi Sugimoto, David Bowden, The Mountain Goats

This week on ArtworksYaël Ksander explores the work of Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto currently on display at the IU Art Museum. Also on the program, George Walker learns about the difficulties of Beethoven’s great choral work from conductor David Bowden. Then Peter Noble-Kuchera simplifies the world of new home theater technologies for those of you wondering whether to make the plunge. And Josephine McRobbie speaks with John Darnielle, the man behind indie rock group “The Mountain Goats.”

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Transcendent: The Photographs of Hiroshi Sugimoto

An exhibition of fifteen prints by the internationally renowned photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto is currently on view at the Indiana University Art Museum in Bloomington. A fixture of the contemporary art scene for more than three decades, Sugimoto's photography has recently surfaced in the pop music world as well, as the cover image of U2's newest album, No Line on the Horizon. WFIU's Yaël Ksander spoke with curator, Nan Brewer.

Columbus Indiana Phil Takes On The Challenges Of Beethoven

Indiana Philharmonic conductor David Bowden describes to WFIU's George Walker the challenges of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis. He admits that Beethoven asks the chorus to do things that you really shouldn't ask a chorus to do. And he makes his case for it, along with Bach's B-minor Mass, being one of the two ultimate choral orchestral pieces of Western Music.

Kinsey Gallery Displays Art from the East

The Kinsey Institute showcases Asian art in its exhibit Eros in Asia: Erotic art from Iran to Japan. Curator Catherine Johnson-Roehr explains what makes this exhibition special.

Should You Be Blu?

A smart consumer will investigate a technological change, evaluate whether it's an iteration or a leap, and whether it's a leap he finds truly meaningful. Then he'll wait for the "sweet spot" when the technology is widespread enough to reach a mass-market price. But if you are a serious movie-lover, and you can scrape together just under $1,000, it's time to jump.

John Darnielle: The Man Behind the Mountain

John Darnielle is the lyricist, guitarist, and only constant member of prolific indie rock act the Mountain Goats. The New Yorker referred to him as "America’s best non-hip-hop lyricist”. His 16th, and most recent album is 2008’s "Heretic Pride". WFIU’s Josephine McRobbie caught up with Darnielle to chat about his music, recent novel, and how he ended up on a hip-hop album.

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