The New Social Environment#289
Josiah McElheny with Charlotte Kent
1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific
Artist Josiah McElheny joins Rail Editor-at-Large Charlotte Kent for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading from Eileen Tabios.
In this talk
New York based artist Josiah McElheny’s sculptures, paintings, installations, performances, and films engage with the history of ideas across wide-ranging fields of study—from literature to architecture, music theory, and astronomy—transforming this research into physical form. His works often combine glass or mirror with other materials, to emphasize the importance of the act of looking “as a subject in and of itself.” A skilled glassblower, McElheny frequently incorporates hand-blown and shaped glass within evocative assemblages, whose mode of presentation creates a sense of unsettled ideals, and a challenge to fixed definitions. The material serves as a productive agent, inciting chance encounters between forms and ideas that point toward alternative histories and futures.
Associate professor of visual culture at Montclair State University Charlotte Kent, PhD, has a particular interest in historical frameworks for art practices, with a research focus on contemporary digital culture and the absurd. She writes for assorted magazines and various academic journals. She is an Editor-at-Large for the Brooklyn Rail.
The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Eileen R. Tabios reading.
Eileen R. Tabios
Poet and writer Eileen R. Tabios has released collections of poetry, fiction, and experimental biographies from publishers in 10 countries, including a first poetry book, Beyond Life Sentences, which received the Philippines’ National Book Award. She most recently released a first novel, DoveLion: A Fairy Tale for Our Times, which is about a poet and an artist who topple a dictatorship. She also invented the “hay(na)ku,” a 21st-century diasporic poetic form, and the MDR Poetry Generator that can create poems totaling theoretical infinity.
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