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Our home for archival recordings of some of the most significant conversations, lectures, and panels to happen in the world of ideas over the past 50 years. This is where you will find Nobel laureates, acid-tripping poets, cult legends, and curatorial heavy-hitters. Rare audio you won’t find anywhere else.

 

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Radio Lorca

Recordings from Lorca in New York: A Celebration, the largest festival in North America celebrating acclaimed Spanish poet and playwright Federico García Lorca.


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Living History

A diverse mix of contemporary activists, witnesses, and thinkers who work at the forefront of ideas turning from present to past.
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Clocktower Radio Profiles

The hosts of Clocktower Radio interview artists, writers, curators, producers, activists, thinkers and doers.
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Film-Makers Cooperative

The Film-Makers' Cooperative series of radio conversations with filmmakers, musicians, writers, critics, and cinephiles provides a platform for active members of the community to express their views and visions on the past, present, and future of experimental and underground cinema. The series delivers a kaleidoscopic overview of auteurs both American and international, who are involved with cinema not for any personal or financial gain, but from a passion for the art of the moving image. Interviews highlight major figures in the history of underground cinema, as well as a driving forces in its current moment.

NB: Clocktower Radio was launched by MoMA/PS1 in 2004 as the Web's first art radio station. It has been independent since 2009 and is licensed to host content created under PS1 management. Programs produced prior to 2011 may refer to our earlier URLs and station IDs, including WPS1.org, artonair.org, and Art International Radio. For the complete history of Clocktower Radio, read our Mission & History section.
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Goodbye Dear Old Stepstone

Traditional, folk, vernacular, endangered, and extinct music from America and elsewhere. Hosted by Nathan Salsburg, an archivist, producer, and writer based in Louisville, Kentucky.

He has worked for the The Alan Lomax Archive since 2000, for which he currently serves in the capacities of production manager, photo and video archivist, and general digital catalog editor. Salsburg maintains an index of online vernacular music resources at his blog, roothogordie.wordpress.com, contributes occasional music writing to the Louisville Eccentric Observer and the Other Music weekly update, and is curator of Twos & Fews, a vernacular music imprint in collaboration with Chicago's Drag City label.
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WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution

Recordings from the first comprehensive, historical exhibition to examine the international foundations and legacy of feminist art. Featuring Joan Jonas, Judy Chicago, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Carolee Shneemann, and more. 

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Historic Audio from the Archives of Charles Ruas

An unparalleled collection of recovered and restored programs from the seventies produced by Charles Ruas, and featuring Allen Ginsberg, John Giorno, Anaïs Nin, William Boroughs, Buckminster Fuller, Sylvia Plath, Pablo Neruda, and Jorge Luis Borges, among numerous others. 
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Radio Benjamin

Walter Benjamin’s radio broadcasts (1929 - 1932) are a selection of children stories written and read by Benjamin during his colossal research project The Arcades Project. 
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New York Public Library

The New York Public Library's public programs of the Artist Dialogues Series, are recorded and shared with clocktower.org as part of a partnership coordinated by artist, curator, and senior librarian Arezoo Moseni.


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Historic Audio from the Museum of Modern Art

An archive of recordings made at The Museum of Modern Art, collected from past exhibitions and public programs.
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The Clocktower Oral History Project

Artist Nancy Hwang revisits the 37 plus history of the Clocktower Gallery, interviewing Alanna Heiss, Martha Wilson, Vito Acconci, Joel Shapiro, Colette, Richard Nonas, and many others. 

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SHOWS

Chuck Close & Artifex Press
Lyle Ashton Harris and Chuck Close, Excessive Exposure
Representing NYC and Downtown Electric
Bill T. Jones, Live Ideas
AACM at 50: Muhal Richard Abrams, George Lewis & Roscoe Mitchell
Nancy Princenthal on Agnes Martin
Dubai to Tunis: In Time, Across Land
Scientific Controversies: Can We Explain the World?
Scientific Controversies: Is Reality Beautiful?
Scientific Controversies: Time's Arrow
Vik Muniz
Radio Benjamin: Cagliostro
Radio Benjamin: Gypsies
Radio Benjamin: Herculaneum and Pompeii
Radio Benjamin:The Rental Barracks
Radio Benjamin: The Bastille
Radio Benjamin: Doctor Faustus
Robert Wilson and Philip Glass: Einstein on the Beach, Performed
American Rhapsody: Claudia Roth Pierpont & Jonathan Galassi
Radio Benjamin: Postage Stamp Swindles
Radio Benjamin: Naples
Persian Poets
Radio Benjamin: Bootleggers
Radio Benjamin:The Railway Disaster at Firth of Tay
One World Trade
Radio Benjamin: A Visit to the Brassworks
Radio Benjamin: Robber Bands in Old Germany
Fontane's Wanderings through the Mark Brandenburg
John Cage & Morton Feldman: Impersonality
Eye of the Sixties, Richard Bellamy and the Transformation of Modern Art
Radio Benjamin: Theater Fire in Canton
Radio Benjamin: The Lisbon Earthquake
Radio Benjamin: The Mississippi Flood of 1927
Louise Nevelson: Light and Shadow, Laurie Wilson + Arezoo Moseni
Four Generations: A Panel Discussion
Radio Benjamin: Demonic Berlin
Radio Benjamin: True Dog Stories
Radio Benjamin: Berlin Guttersnipe
Allen Ginsberg at The New School, Part 3
Harold Schimmel Pt.1, Reading
Andy Warhol & Bob Colacello: The Lost Fashion Interview
Allen Ginsberg on Buddhism and The Beats
Alex Haley, Roots (1976)
Brian Eno: How High Can Low Go?
Richard Nonas
Radio Benjamin: Witch Trials
Radio Benjamin: Kaspar Hauser
Scientific Controversies No. 8: Are We Alone?