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Detail of a concrete object with a crack running up the left side

Immaterial: Concrete

What makes concrete so controversial? Well, it’s complicated.
Close-up detail of a sheet of tan linen cloth

Immaterial: Linen

Suit up as we undress the complex legacy of linen.
Detail view of the inside of a conch shell

Immaterial: Shells

It all began with the call of the conch.
Detail of an ink and watercolor painting on paper with plants, leaves, and other organic elements

Immaterial: Paper

Get a handle on palm-sized ephemera in The Met collection.
Detail of the curves of a clay vessel with stripes of dark and light red clay

Immaterial: Clay

Touch it, smell it... eat it?
A metallic black and gold texture

Immaterial: Metals, Part Two

Let’s talk about the metals that break the rules.
Detail of the interior of a 5th-century BC bronze Chinese zhong or bell with a green patina

Immaterial: Metals, Part One

Dive into the magic of iron, bronze, lead, and copper.
Extreme close-up of a carved piece of green jade

Immaterial: Jade

How did a Māori hei tiki find its way halfway across the world to The Met?
17th century etching of two peasant card players and a skeleton representing death

Immaterial: Bonus Episode, Tarot

Grab a cup of tea and join us for a bonus episode on tarot.
The inside of a conch shell with the text

Introducing: Immaterial

Get up close and personal with artists’ materials to see what they can tell us about art, history, and humanity.

Production Credits

Host: Camille Dungy

At The Met:
Executive Producer: Sarah Wambold
Producer: Benjamin Korman
Production Coordinator: Rachel Smith
Graphic Design: Christopher DiPietro, Mortimer Lebigre
Marketing, Communications, and Social Media: Ann Bailis, Meryl Cates, Claire Lanier, Jonathan Lee, Gretchen Scott

Executive Advisors: Max Hollein, Inka Drögemüller, Douglas Hegley, Kenneth Weine, Andrea Bayer, Tricia Robson

At Magnificent Noise:
Co-founder: Eric Nuzum
Co-founder: Jesse Baker
Senior Producer: Eleanor Kagan
Producers: Elyse Blennerhassett, Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong
Sound Designer: Ariana Martinez
Fact-checker: Christine Baird
Engineering: Kristin Mueller, Paul Schneider
Music: Austin Fisher

Special Thanks: Sofie Andersen, Suhaly Bautista-Carolina, Kim Benzel, Yaëlle Biro, Skyla Choi, Vonetta DeVonish, Nina Diamond, Adam Eaker, Anne Grady, Lela Jenkins, Meghan Kase, Brinda Kumar, Claire Lanier, Marco Leona, Neyda Martinez, Nadine Orenstein, Lisa Pilosi, Isabel Rivera, Marianna Siciliano, Madhav Tankha

Supported by

and Dasha Zhukova Niarchos.


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An iPhone showing the Immaterial podcast art for Season 2 - white "Immaterial" logo text superimposed on a close-up of colorful feathers.

Season 2

Irving Penn's "The Tarot Reader (Bridget Tichenor and Jean Patchett), New York" with two women in stylist black clothing reading tarot cards with a diagram of a hand behind them