Art In Conversation

DONNA HARAWAY
with Thyrza Nichols Goodeve

It is 1989. I am enrolled in a graduate seminar called “Science Fiction and the Fictions of Science” taught by Donna Haraway in the History of Consciousness program in Santa Cruz, California, while also acting as her teaching assistant for an undergraduate course, “Science Fiction as Political Theory.” She receives a call from Artforum (edited at that time by Ida Panicelli) asking her to contribute to their special summer issue on “Wonder.” She says she doesn’t have anything but suggests the name of one of her graduate students.

Art In Conversation

RAHA RAISSNIA
with Charles Schultz

Raha Raissnia’s first solo exhibition in a museum, Alluvius, opened in early December at the Drawing Center. Organized by the museum’s Assistant Curator, Amber Harper, the exhibition highlights Raissnia’s mixed media work on paper as a central element of her multivalent practice, which encompasses film, photography, and performance.

Art In Conversation

CECILY BROWN
with Jason Rosenfeld

“I like my space to be very aggressive, I think, that I play a lot with something—just as you think something is a long way away, it comes right up in your face again.”

Art In Conversation

IRVING PETLIN
with Elyse Benenson

Irving Petlin is the world’s premier living pastel artist. He is currently an expatriate, living in Paris, France. We sat down at the National Arts Club to discuss his current exhibition there, and his history as an activist and artist.

Art In Conversation

KATHY HIGH
with Sadie Rebecca Starnes

“Our understanding of the agency of non-human creatures, be they animals, plants, bacteria, fungi, whole organisms, or cells, needs to be stretched and nurtured. Rats laugh, bacteria can be happy. We need to consider our connections in so many ways.”

Art In Conversation

ANN MAGNUSON
with Katherine Dieckmann

“We weren’t hustling those things, we did it for each other, and we enjoyed it, and then we were on to the next thing the next day. That kind of spontaneity and being in the moment doesn’t have a price tag on it. It’s a spiritual practice, in a way.”

Art In Conversation

LUCY LIPPARD
with Jarrett Earnest

I was called an “art critic” but I always just called myself a writer. Now it’s interesting because they call us “art writers”—they don’t say critics as much anymore.

The Rail's Best Books of 2017

Selections from our Books Editor

THE HELD ESSAYS ON VISUAL ART
Dorine, Barbara, Kathy

Before working at a large art institution, like many people I thought of museums as slow-moving machines that are slightly out of place in history; anachronistic titans that are too big to fail.

From the Publisher & Artistic Director

Dear Friends and Readers,

Human beings: those who aspire to move forward And those who insist on walking backwards. Who else cares enough to look at the bright sun and the shining moon?

Editor's Messsage Guest Critic

Art, Science, and the Question of Convergence

Somewhat improbably, in the thick of a political climate that has both art and science under threat of irrelevance, something of a renaissance seems to be happening at their intersection.

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