Raw Material: A Podcast from SFMOMA

Raw Material is an arts and culture podcast from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Each season we partner with a different “podcaster-in-residence” to explore modern and contemporary art through a new lens. Along the way we bring you voices of artists and thinkers from around the globe who offer surprising perspectives on the world through their work.

Season 5: San Francisco—Stories from the Model City

Season 5 of Raw Material takes inspiration from a 41 x 37-foot scale model of the city that was recently unearthed, refurbished, and distributed in pieces to neighborhood libraries. Listen in as residents tell stories of life in this vibrant, diverse, and ever-changing frontier city. Produced by award-winning radio documentarians the Kitchen Sisters, this season examines themes of urban development and identity in a city poised on the edge of the continent and built on landfill, steep hills, and the dreams of immigrants and pioneers. From memories of the luminous Golden Gate International Exposition on Treasure Island to recollections of the freaky fun house at Playland, from North Beach to the Mission, Stories from the Model City brings to life the fascinating and troubled evolution of San Francisco.


Season 4: Luvvers

Art and sex: name a more iconic duo. Hosted by the artist and curator Chelsea Beck, this season of Raw Material considers the ways artists use sex as a tool for self-exploration and creative sustenance.


Mixtape: Meeting in the Ladies Room

What makes the perfect mixtape? This summer Raw Material is mixing it up and sharing our very own podcast mixtape! It’s a collection of episodes all by different podcasters who offer fresh perspectives on a common theme: hidden histories of women artists.


Season 3: Landfall

Craving a West Coast road trip? Season 3 of Raw Material follows hosts Jessica Placzek and Madeline Gobbo as they explore hidden gems of California, including land-based art, immersive art environments, and even the little-known art history of Disneyland.


Season 2: Manifest

How do artists reflect and respond to the world around them? Hosted by independent audio producer Geraldine Ah-Sue, Manifest explores the intersections of art, community, and social justice.


Season 1: Otherworld

Otherworld documents artists who work with the unknown. Rituals, hauntings, magic—we conjure these topics and more in Raw Material’s inaugural season, hosted by Bay Area artist and writer Ross Simonini.

Does a Museum Podcast Have to be About a Museum?
SFMOMA’s new arts and culture podcast, Raw Material, might not sound like a museum podcast—and that is exactly the point. Associate content producer Erin Fleming brings you the inside story, from concept to production.

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