The New Social Environment#574

Dress Rehearsal for a Dream Sequence: Anna Campbell

Featuring Campbell and Ksenia M. Soboleva


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Anna Campbell joins Rail contributor Ksenia M. Soboleva for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading Oliver Baez Bendorf.

In this talk

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Anna Campbell

A portrait of artist Canna Campbell.
Photograph by Lola Flash for the 2019 Queer|Art Community Portrait Project
Artist Anna Campbell’s research-based practice employs props, scaffold, and trusswork to support models of representation for queer forms that challenge the gaze of classifying taxonomies. Appropriated and abstracted references to domestic spaces, gay bars, and other more provisional architectures poach key signifiers of gender- and hetero-normativity and open them onto new attachments of possibility and desire from what might seem otherwise to be static legacies. Campbell’s work is in the collections of MoMA Library and the Leslie Lohman Museum, among others, and her site-specific, bronze sculpture is permanently installed at the Lesbian Herstory Archives in Brooklyn.

Ksenia M. Soboleva

A picture of art historian Ksenia M. Soboleva.
Photo by Irina Kadyrova-Schuddeboom
New York-based writer and art historian Dr. Ksenia M. Soboleva specializes in queer art and culture. She holds a PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, with a dissertation titled “Fragments: Art, AIDS, and Lesbian Identity in the United States.” Her writings have appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, BOMB Magazine, Hyperallergic, art-agenda, and various exhibition catalogues. She has curated exhibitions at Candice Madey Gallery, La MaMa Galleria, and Assembly Room. Soboleva was the 2020-2021 Jan and Marica Vilcek Curatorial Fellow at the Guggenheim Museum. She is currently the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Gender and LGBTQ+ History at the New York Historical Society, and Adjunct Professor of Art History at NYU.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Oliver Baez Bendorf reading.

Oliver Baez Bendorf

A photo of [Oliver Baez Bendorf].
Poet Oliver Baez Bendorf is the author of two books of poems, Advantages of Being Evergreen and The Spectral Wilderness. He has received fellowships and awards from the NEA and The Publishing Triangle. Born and raised in Iowa, he now lives in the Pacific Northwest. He founded and directs Spellworks, and teaches in the low-residency MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

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