David and Art

Monday 4:44am, 6:44am, 8:44am and 5:44pm

Art reveals the world to us in new ways.  On KWBU, we have a new weekly feature focusing on art.

The module is hosted by David Smith, an American historian with broad interests in his field.  He’s been at Baylor University since 2002 teaching classes in American history, military history, and cultural history.  For eight years he wrote an arts and culture column for the Waco Tribune-Herald, and his writings on history, art, and culture have appeared in other newspapers from the Wall Street Journal to the Dallas Morning News.

The very first record he remembers listening to when he was little was Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic’s recording of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and that set him on a lifelong path of loving music and the arts.  He’s loved history for almost as long, and finally saw them come together in his career.  He believes that history illuminates the arts and the arts illuminate history—that they co-exist and are best understood together.

Follow David on Twitter @DavidASmith12

David and Art - Ruining The View

Feb 18, 2019
Joe Riley

In the hands of a skilled artist we can be made to see even the sky differently - but carelessness can rob us of the experience. David Smith discusses the artist James Turrell in this week's edition of David and Art

David and Art - Openminded

Feb 11, 2019
Joe Riley

Familiarity is not the most important element in experiencing art.

What do “Stars and Stripes Forever,” the “Mona Lisa,” Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, and Grant Wood’s “American Gothic” all have in common?  Well, for one thing, they’re some of the familiar workhorses of our culture: things that a lot of people automatically think of when they hear the word “art.”

Joe Riley

Taking care of art often involves science that didn't exist when a threatened piece was created.

The other day my daughter brought home a painting from school that she had done.  Her class was studying the postimpressionist apparently and, as art students have done for centuries, she had copied the work of a master:  in this case Vincent Van Gogh.  She'd produced a very good copy of his famous painting Sunflowers.

Joe Riley

If you want to record some old songs from 1923, you can now make them live again without violating copyright laws.

Joe Riley

A controversy at a California public school threatens two lively murals, and the freedom of expession that created them.

Joe Riley

High and low art - is there really a difference?  

Joe Riley

Should some of the oldest and grandest sculptures in the British Museum go back to a new museum in Athens?

Joe Riley

Does a museum have an obligation to return works of art to countries that didn't agree to give them up in the first place?

David and Art - Christmas

Dec 24, 2018
Joe Riley

It may look easy but it takes determination for a musical instrument to change a life.

David and Art - Learning the Classics

Dec 17, 2018
Joe Riley

How do we learn to like cetrain kinds of art that pop culture overlooks?  It may be by exposing young people to a wider world.

Joe Riley

Buying an original work of art is like nothing else you can purchase.  But, that doesn't mean it's difficult.

David and Art - Nutcracker

Dec 3, 2018
Joe Riley

For lots of Americans, a Russian ballet is as much a part of Christmas as packages under the tree.

Joe Riley

For some, a holiday tradition includes seeing a ballet company production of  the "Nutcracker." 

David and Art - Jazz

Nov 26, 2018
Joe Riley

Why is it that Jazz music is often regarded as one of the most distictively American art forms? 

David and Art - Thanksgiving

Nov 19, 2018
Joe Riley

During WWII, painter Norman Rockwell tried to portray one of Franklin Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms and produced a work of art we can still be thankful for.