Art historian Suzanne Blier will be in conversation with artist and writer, Coco Fusco. We’ll conclude with a poetry reading from Corrine Fitzpatrick.
Suzanne Preston Blier is an American art historian who currently serves as Allen Whitehill Clowes Professor of Fine Arts and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University with appointments in both the History of Art and Architecture department and the Department of African and African American studies. She is also a member of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science and a faculty associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Her work focuses primarily on African art, architecture, and culture. Her most recent book projects include the forthcoming 1325: How Medieval Africa Made the World Modern (Yale University Press 2021) and Picasso’s Demoiselles: The True Origins of a Modern Art Masterpiece (Duke University Press 2019).
Coco Fusco is an interdisciplinary artist and writer based in New York. She is a recipient of a 2018 Rabkin Prize for Art Criticism, a 2016 Greenfield Prize, a 2014 Cintas Fellowship, a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2013 Absolut Art Writing Award, a 2013 Fulbright Fellowship, a 2012 US Artists Fellowship and a 2003 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts. Fusco’s performances and videos have been presented in the 56th Venice Biennale, Basel Unlimited, Frieze Special Projects, and two Whitney Biennials, among many others. Her latest book Dangerous Moves: Performance and Politics in Cuba was issued by Tate Publications in 2015, and a Spanish translation was published by Turner Libros in 2017.
The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poem, and
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Corrine Fitzpatrick is a poet, editor, and teacher. Recent writing can be found at Can We Have Our Ball Back, and artforum.com. he teaches for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Low-Residency MFA Program, and lives in Inverness, CA.
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