PODCAST | MUSED: LA 2 HOU hosted by Melissa Richardson Banks

MUSED: LA 2 HOU is a podcast series hosted by Melissa Richardson Banks. In late 2016, she left Los Angeles where she lived and worked for over two decades, and returned to her home state of Texas … but to a new frontier for her — Houston! Episodes range in focus on the concept of journeys to the literal and figurative connections between Los Angeles and Houston. #MUSEDla2hou

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SON CUATRO: Cheech in Conversation with Judithe Hernández

In this episode of the “Son Cuatro: In Conversation” podcast, artist Judithe Hernández talks with art advocate Cheech Marin; Todd Wingate, Director of Exhibitions and Collections at Riverside Art Museum; Edward Hayes, Exhibitions Senior Manager, McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas; Charlene Villaseñor Black, Professor of Art History and Chicana/o Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles; editor of Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, and founding editor-in-chief of Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture; and arts marketing specialist Melissa Richardson Banks of CauseConnect, the producer and moderator of this series who also manages Marin’s notable Chicano art collection.

SON CUATRO: Cheech in Conversation with CiCi Segura González

In this episode of the “Son Cuatro: In Conversation” podcast, artist CiCi Segura González talks with art advocate Cheech Marin; Todd Wingate, Director of Exhibitions and Collections at Riverside Art Museum; Cris Scorza, the Helena Rubinstein Chair of Education at the Whitney Museum of American Art; and arts marketing specialist Melissa Richardson Banks of CauseConnect, the producer and moderator of this series who also manages Marin’s notable Chicano art collection.

SON CUATRO: Cheech in Conversation with Sonya Fe

In this episode of the “Son Cuatro: In Conversation” podcast, artist Sonya Fe talks with art advocate Cheech Marin; curator Todd Wingate of Riverside Art Museum; curator Norma Chairez-Hartell-Hartell of Las Cruces Museum of Art in New Mexico; and arts marketing specialist Melissa Richardson Banks of CauseConnect, the producer and moderator of this series who also manages Marin’s notable Chicano art collection.

SON CUATRO: Cheech in Conversation with Margaret Garcia

Artist Margaret García says “her work provides a look at my community through the presence of the individual” and her desire is for her work “to be pertinent and meaningful.” In this episode of the “Son Cuatro: In Conversation” podcast, artist Margaret García talks with art advocate Cheech Marin; curator Todd Wingate of Riverside Art Museum; curator Anna Bermudez of Museum of Ventura County; and arts marketing specialist Melissa Richardson Banks of CauseConnect, the producer and moderator of this series who also manages Marin’s notable Chicano art collection.

MUSED Podcast: “4 For the Physical” with Troy Murrah

Los Angeles-based Texas native Troy Murrah is a visual artist; songwriter, guitarist, and founder of the DIY punk/blues duo Restavrant; and founder of Built Quilt, which makes functional art based on traditional quilt patterns.

MUSED Podcast: “Will You Love Me Forever” with Sarah Sudhoff

When I first moved to Houston in late 2016, I recall seeing Sarah Sudhoff at art openings, but we didn’t meet in person until February 2020 before the pandemic shut down the world. I impulsively called her one day and said, “Let’s be friends. Can…

MUSED Podcast: “Welcome to Wolfhouse” with Chiwan Choi

I’ve known Chiwan Choi for over a decade. We first connected through our photography of Downtown Los Angeles on Instagram. Like me, he woke up early to take quiet walks. While he traversed his Historic Core neighborhood, at the same time, I was wandering the…

MUSED Podcast: “States of Mind” with Sandy Rodriguez

Artist and arts educator Sandy Rodriguez has been a friend of mine since 2008, which is when her artwork first came to my attention. I had previously known of her through her mother Guadalupe Pilar Rodríguez Mondragón who I had met at Plaza de la…

MUSED Podcast: “Documenting Protest” with Oscar R. Castillo and Luis C. Garza

This special episode is drawn from a Zoom program organized by Riverside Art Museum and produced by CauseConnect on August 29, 2020 in support of The Cheech Center for Chicano Art & Culture. The online program featured photographers Oscar R. Castillo and Luis C. Garza…

MUSED Podcast: “Everything Lasts Forever” featuring Tommy Gregory

While I had previously been aware of him, I finally met artist and curator Tommy Gregory a week and a half before he left Houston in 2018. He moved with his family to head the public art program for the Port of Seattle (SEA-TAC) at…

MUSED Podcast: “We Hustle Harder” featuring Raul Rene Gonzalez

If this was a perfect world, I wouldn’t be releasing an episode of my yet-to-be-announced, not-really-ready-to-launch podcast. It’s not a perfect world — in fact, a pandemic has turned everything upside down, and I decided, “WTH … I’m sharing my interview with artist Raul Rene…