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Feb. 16 2011 2:03 PM

The Culture Gabfest, "Church of High Modernism and Puppies" Edition

Listen to Slate's show about MoMA's "Abstract Expressionist New York," John Adams' Nixon in China at the Met, and the Westminster Dog Show.

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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner are joined by Slatecolumnist Fred Kaplan to discuss the exhibition "Abstract Expressionist New York"at the Museum of Modern Art.They're then joined by New Yorkmagazine's music and architecture critic Justin Davidson to discuss John Adams' Nixon in China at the Metropolitan Opera. Finally, they're joined by Slate'sculture editor John Swansburg to discuss the Westminster Dog Show.

Here are some links to the things we discussed this week:

The official Web site for MoMA's ongoing exhibition "Abstract Expressionist New York."

Fred Kaplan's slide show on the exhibition in Slate.

A brief history of abstract expressionism.

American abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock.

The official Web site of Nixon in Chinaat the Metropolitan Opera.

Justin Davidson's review of  the Met's Nixon in China in New York magazine.

Nixon in China composer John Adams.

Dance choreographer Mark Morris.

John Corigliano's opera The Ghosts of Versailles.

You can buy tickets to the encore HD broadcast of Nixon here.

The official Web site of the Westminster Dog Show.

John Swansburg on "the accidental poetry of American Kennel Club breed standards" in Slate.

Martin Kihn on the tricky situation of the American Kennel Club in Slate.

The British Kennel Club's revised breed standards.

Who's the Boss? actress Judith Light.

Dogs in snoods.

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Dana's pick: Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, and writer Callie Khouri's commentary track on the new 20th-anniversary Blu-ray edition of Thelma & Louise (which she reviewed here).

Julia's pick: The 1940 romantic comedy The Shop Around the Corner.

John's pick: Thomas Mann's essay "Herr und Hund" ("A Man and His Dog").

Steve's pick: Montreal bar Bily Kun.

Outro: "Fido, Your Leash Is Too Long" by The Magnetic Fields.

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Justin Davidson is the music and architecture critic for New York.

Stephen Metcalf is Slate's critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

Dana Stevens is Slate's movie critic.

John Swansburg is Slate's deputy editor. 

 

Julia Turner is the editor in chief of Slate and a regular on Slate's Culture Gabfest podcast.