Artist Federico Solmi joins curator, educator, and Rail Editor-at-Large Dan Cameron for a conversation. We’ll conclude with a poetry reading from Urayoán Noel.
(Italy, 1973) lives and works in New York. Solmi’s work utilizes bright colors and a satirical aesthetic to portray a dystopian vision of our present-day society His exhibitions often feature articulate installations composed of a variety of media including video, painting, drawing, and sculpture. Solmi uses his art as a vehicle to stimulate a visceral conversation with his audience, highlighting the contradictions and fallibility that characterize our time. Through his work, Solmi examines unconscious human impulses and desires in order to critique Western society’s obsession with individual success and display contemporary relationships between nationalism, colonialism, religion, consumerism.
New York-based curator, art writer, and educator whose career began with his 1982 New Museum of Contemporary Art exhibition, Extended Sensibilities: Homosexual Presence in Contemporary Art, the first museum effort in the US to examine gay & lesbian identity in art. During his 11 years as Senior Curator at the New Museum, Cameron organized survey exhibitions of David Wojnarowicz, Martin Wong, and Marcel Odenbach, among many others. While serving as artistic director of international biennials, Dan is probably best-known as founding director of Prospect New Orleans, which assists in the cultural rebuilding of the city after Hurricane Katrina. In 2016 he organized the exhibition When Jackie Met Ethyl on Jackie Curtis and Ethyl Eichelberger at Howl! Happening on NYCs Lower East Side.
The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poem, and
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Urayoán Noel is a Puerto Rican poet, performer, translator, and critic living in the Bronx. He has published seven books of poetry and the prize-winning study In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam, and he has been a finalist for the National Translation Award and the Best Translated Book Award for his translations of Latin American poetry. Noel teaches at New York University and at Stetson University’s MFA of the Americas.