Artist and sculptor Martin Puryear will discuss their work with art historian, curator, and Rail Editor-at-Large, Jason Rosenfeld. We’ll close with a poetry reading from Kwame Opoku-Duku.
Over the last five decades Martin Puryear has created a body of work based on abstract organic forms rich with psychological, cultural, and historical references. His labor-intensive sculptures are made by hand at his studio in upstate New York. They combine practices adapted from many different traditions, including wood carving, joinery, and boat building, as well as more recent technology. As a student, Puryear studied ornithology, falconry, and archery, and in the 1960s he volunteered with the Peace Corps in west Africa, where he educated himself in the region’s indigenous crafts. Since then he has continued to travel extensively, observing a range of cultures and their unique approaches to object making.
Jason Rosenfeld, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Chair and Professor of Art History at Marymount Manhattan College. He was co-curator of the exhibitions John Everett Millais (Tate Britain, Van Gogh Museum), Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde (Tate Britain and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.), and River Crossings (Olana and Cedar Grove, Hudson and Catskill, New York). He is a Senior Writer and Editor-at-Large for the Brooklyn Rail.
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Kwame Opoku-Duku’s work is featured in Virginia Quarterly Review, Kenyon Review, BOMB, Apogee, The Literary Review, and other publications. He is an educator, a founding member of Unbnd Collective, associate poetry editor for BOAAT, and curator of the reading series Dear Ocean.
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