The Lonely Palette Podcast

Tamar Avishai, the MFA’s podcaster-in-residence and host of The Lonely Palette, has teamed up with the Museum to release episodes on artworks in our collections. On The Lonely Palette Avishai tells the stories behind artworks, one at a time, in an approachable and accessible style. Listen to the episodes in partnership with the MFA below. You can also access the episodes on your favorite podcast app.

Sugimoto Hiroshi, Byrd Theater, Richmond, 1993, 1993

Transcript for Sugimoto Hiroshi, Byrd Theater, Richmond, 1993 Episode

Sugimoto Hiroshi, Byrd Theater, Richmond, 1993, 1993. Photograph, gelatin silver print. Gift of Sylvan Barnet and William Burto.

Vincent van Gogh, Postman Joseph Roulin, 1888

Vincent van Gogh, Postman Joseph Roulin, 1888. Oil on canvas. Gift of Robert Treat Paine, 2nd.

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Reclining Nude, 1909

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Reclining Nude, 1909. Oil on canvas. Tompkins Collection—Arthur Gordon Tompkins Fund.

El Anatsui, Black River, 2009

El Anatsui, Black River, 2009. Aluminum, bottle caps and copper wire. Towles Fund for Contemporary Art, Robert L. Beal, Enid L. Beal and Bruce A. Beal Acquisition Fund, Henry and Lois Foster Contemporary Purchase Fund, Frank B. Bemis Fund, and funds donated by the Vance Wall Foundation. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, NY.

Rembrandt van Rijn, Portrait of Aeltje Uylenburgh, 1632

Rembrandt van Rijn, Portrait of Aeltje Uylenburgh, 1632. Oil on panel. Promised Gift of Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo, in support of the Center for Netherlandish Art.

Frida Kahlo, Dos Mujeres (Salvadora y Herminia), 1928

Frida Kahlo, Dos Mujeres (Salvadora y Herminia), 1928. Oil on canvas. Charles H. Bayley Picture and Paintings Fund, William Francis Warden Fund, Sophie M. Friedman Fund, Ernest Wadsworth Longfellow Fund, Tompkins Collection—Arthur Gordon Tompkins Fund, Gift of Jessie H. Wilkinson—Jessie H. Wilkinson Fund, and Robert M. Rosenberg Family Fund. © 2018 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Patty Chang, Melons (At a Loss), 1998

Patty Chang, Melons (At a Loss), 1998. Video. The Heritage Fund for a Diverse Collection. Courtesy of the artist.

Georgia O’Keeffe, Deer’s Skull with Pedernal, 1936

Georgia O’Keeffe, Deer's Skull with Pedernal, 1936. Oil on canvas. Gift of the William H. Lane Foundation. © 2020 Georgia O'Keeffe Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Louise Bourgeois, Pillar, 1949–50, cast 1990

Louise Bourgeois, Pillar, 1949–50, cast 1990. Hollow cast bronze, white and blue paint, stainless steel base. Gift of Michael J. Zinner, M.D., in loving memory of Rhonda Zinner. © 2020 The Easton Foundation / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.

Carmen Herrera, Blanco y Verde (#1), 1962

Carmen Herrera, Blanco y Verde (#1), 1962. Acrylic on canvas. Museum purchase with funds donated by Barbara L. and Theodore B. Alfond through The Heritage Fund for a Diverse Collection. © Carmen Herrera.