The Art Angle Podcast: Tyler Mitchell and Helen Molesworth on Why Great Art Requires Trust

Mitchell's work is on view as part of "Feedback," a show curated by Helen Molesworth.

Tyler Mitchell's Laundry Line as part of "Feedback" at Jack Shainman's gallery in Kinderhook NY.

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Today, one of the swiftest rising stars in the art world is a 26-year-old wunderkind photographer who is equally comfortable shooting heads of state for magazine profiles as he is putting together shows for the gallery context.

Of course we’re talking here about Tyler Mitchell, who gained international fame when Beyoncé tapped him to be the first Black photographer to shoot a cover for Vogue, and who has now moved on to having surveys at the International Center of Photography and, beginning last month, is part of a group show at Jack Shainman’s gallery outpost The School, in Kinderhook New York.

Adding to the excitement around that show is the fact that it was curated by none other than Helen Molesworth, one of the most prominent curators in the country, who is known in particular for her groundbreaking reinstallation of the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles’s collection and her ongoing mission to highlight artists of color.

So what’s going on with this gallery show? To find out, Artnet News’s art and design editor, Noor Brara, sat down with both Mitchell and Molesworth to discuss how the show, titled “Feedback,” came to be, how they grew to trust each other while working together, how they feel about diversity and inclusivity in the art world today, and what advice they’d give aspiring youngsters hoping to have careers in the art world one day.


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