Elsewhere(s), a co-curated exhibition at Another Space by Estrellita Brodsky and José Falconi, brings together works by over 25 artists from Latin America and its diaspora exploring cosmology, magic, and non-Western forms of knowledge.
New York-based curator, collector and philanthropist Estrellita B. Brodsky who is well known for her support of Latin American art and artists. She curated the first US museum survey of Julio Le Parc at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) in 2016–17, the first US retrospective of the Venezuelan kinetic artist Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Americas Society in 2008, and ‘Jesus Soto: Paris and Beyond, 1950–1970’ at Grey Art Gallery, New York University, in 2012. Brodsky is the founder of ANOTHER SPACE, a programme established by the Daniel and Estrellita B. Brodsky Foundation to broaden international awareness and appreciation of art from Latin America, and she has endowed curatorial positions in this field at Tate, MoMA and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Allowing the act of drawing to organically dictate his compositions in works that range from intimate drawings to large scale murals, Hugo Crosthwaite juxtaposes a wide range of textural and tonal ranges against spaces that alternate from dense and atmospheric to flat and graphic. His subjects—the everyday men, women and children that populate the border region of San Diego/Tijuana—are presented in a non-idealized documentary style. Crosthwaite is the 2019 winner of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. He was born 1971 in Tijuana and spent his formative years in Rosarito, Mexico. An American citizen with family on both sides of the border, he lives and works in San Diego, CA and Rosarito, Mexico.
Assistant Professor of Art and Human Rights at the University of Connecticut, José Falconi received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2010. From 2001 to 2011, he was Art Forum Curator at the David Rockefeller for Latin American Studies at Harvard University, curating more than thirty shows of cutting-edge Latino and Latin American artists in an academic setting. In the United States, he has been appointed Lecturer in the Department of Art History and Architecture at Brandeis University (2014-2020), Boston University in the Spring of 2016 and in the School of the Arts at the University of Connecticut in the Spring of 2021.
Mexican-born artist Rubén Ortiz-Torres began his career as a photographer, printmaker, and painter in the early 1980s. Ortiz-Torres is widely regarded as one of today’s leading Mexican artists and as an innovator in the 1980s of a specifically Mexican form of postmodernism. Over the past ten years, he has produced a body of work in a wide range of media, from extended series of photographs to large scale video installations to major painting series and customized cars. Since 1982, Ortiz-Torres’s work has been featured in 25 solo exhibitions, over 100 group shows around the world. Ortiz-Torres has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including those from the Andrea Frank Foundation and the Foundations for Contemporary Performance Art.
Independent critic, curator, and writer Lyle Rexer is the author of The Critical Eye: 15 Pictures to Understand Photography (Intellect Ltd 2019), The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography (Aperture 2009), and Photography’s Antiquarian Avant-Garde: The New Wave in Old Processes, (Harry N. Abrams 2002) and others. He has published hundreds of catalog essays and articles on art, architecture, and photography and contributed to such publications as The New York Times, Harper’s, Art in America, among others. He has lectured at many institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Yale University, among others, and he teaches in both the graduate and undergraduate programs at SVA.
The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have
Poet, writer, performer and activist Angie Trudell Vasquez is the current City of Madison Poet Laureate. Angie Trudell Vasquez received her MFA in poetry from the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her work was recently featured by Tracy K. Smith, on the poetry podcast, The Slow Down. Most recently her work has been published in Taos Journal of Poetry, Yellow Medicine Review, Raven Chronicles, The Rumpus, Cloudthroat, and the South Florida Poetry Journal. She has poems on the Poetry Foundation’s website, and was a Ruth Lilly fellow while at Drake University. In 2018 she was a finalist for the New Women’s Voices series and her book, In Light, Always Light, her third collection of poetry, was published by Finishing Line Press in May 2019.