Writers and art critics, Amanda Fortini, Mary Abbe Hintz, and Seph Rodney will discuss art criticism in the context of our new social reality with Rail guest critic, David Carrier. We’ll conclude with a poetry reading from Brandon Downing.
Amanda Fortini has written about art, design, architecture, fashion, and aesthetics for T: The New York Times Style Magazine, The New York Times, New York Magazine, The New Yorker, I.D., Interview, Elle, and Slate, among other publications. She is currently the Beverly Rogers Fellow at Black Mountain Institute, and, for the last four years, has been a visiting lecturer at the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In 2020, she won the Rabkin Prize for visual arts journalism. She divides her time between Livingston, Montana and Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mary Abbe Hintz
Mary Abbe Hintz has been writing about art and cultural affairs since 1977. During her 32 year tenure as art critic and art news reporter at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, she wrote stories, profiled Minnesota artists and museum staff, reviewed exhibitions, analyzed national cultural politics and finance, and penned stories inspired by art-themed travel in Europe. An advocate of snappy ledes and jargon-free lingo, she remains confident that, no matter how esoteric art may sometimes appear, it will interest anyone if the writing about it is engaging and informative. Topics she’s written about include royal treasures, Congressional culture wars, Chinese tomb sculpture, civil rights photos, graffiti, American Indian paintings and pottery, manga, 3-D printed sculpture, Charles Schulz cartoons, Japanese ceramics, Korean furniture, custom-made guns, Hmong textiles, Italian couture, Renaissance bronzes, restitution of Nazi-era stolen art, paintings and drawings of every era, practitioners of “erotic torture,” and poop-in-art.
Seph Rodney, PhD was born in Jamaica, and came of age in the Bronx, New York. He has an English degree from Long Island University, Brooklyn; a studio art MFA from the University of California, Irvine; and a PhD in museum studies from Birkbeck College, University of London. He became a staff writer at Hyperallergic in 2016 and is now a senior editor and writer there, writing on contemporary art and related issues. He has also written for The New York Times, CNN, NBC Universal, and American Craft Magazine and penned catalog essays for Joyce J. Scott, Teresita Fernandez, and Meleko Mokgosi, among others. He has appeared on the AM Joy show with Joy Reid and on the Jim Jefferies Show on Comedy Central. He can be heard on the podcast “The American Age”. His book, The Personalization of the Museum Visit, was published by Routledge in May of 2019. In 2020 he won the Rabkin Arts Journalism Prize.
David Carrier, a former professor of Philosophy, Carnegie Mellon University and Champney Family Professor in Cleveland, has been Lecturer in the Council of the Humanities and Class of 1932 Fellow in Philosophy, Princeton University; a Getty Scholar; and a Clark Fellow. He has lectured in China, Europe, India, Japan, New Zealand and North America. In Spring, 2009 he was a Fulbright-Luce Lecturer in Beijing, and he lectured also in Taiwan. His recent books include A World Art History and its Objects (Penn State. 2008) and Proust/Warhol: Analytical Philosophy of Art(Peter Lang. 2008). He has published catalogue essays for many museums and art criticism for Apollo, art critical, Artforum, Artus and Burlington Magazine. And he has been a guest editor for The Brooklyn Rail.
The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poem, and
we’re fortunate to have
Brandon Downing’s collections of poetry include The Shirt Weapon, Dark Brandon, AT ME, and Mellow Actions. He recently completed a sixteen-book cycle based on Euripides' The Bacchae. Originally from San Francisco, he now lives in New York and is freaking out like everybody else.