Common Ground

On Art At A Time Like This

 

1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Collaborative artist duo Thukral & Tagra and curators Barbara Pollack and Anne Verhallen join Rail Editor-at-Large Thyrza Nichols Goodeve for a conversation on Art At A Time Like This. We will conclude with a poetry reading from Kathe Burkhart.

In this talk

Barbara Pollack

Barbara Pollack, photo by Grace Roselli
Barbara Pollack, photo by Grace Roselli
Cofounder and co-director of Art at a Time Like This, a platform for artists' free expression at times of crises, Barbara Pollack is a leading authority on Chinese contemporary art. She has written extensively for Artnews, The Village Voice, Vanity Fair, and the New York Times. In 2022, Pollack will be lead curator of the exhibition Mirror Image: Changing Chinese Identity at the Asia Society Museum in New York. She previously curated the exhibition My Generation: Young Chinese Artists, featuring the 80’s generation of US-based artists. Her latest book is Brand New Art from China: A Generation on the Rise. She is the recipient of two grants from the Asian Cultural Council, and received a Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writer Grant in 2008. Pollack teaches at SVA.

Anne Verhallen

Anne Verhallen
Curator based in New York, Anne Verhallen is a cofounder of Art At A Time Like This, for which she has curated numerous exhibitions including Ministry of Truth: 1984/2020, a public art exhibition on twenty billboards across NYC which The New York Times called “one of the most important art moments of 2020.” As the current director of the fine art division at CXA, she was worked on projects for Kehinde Wiley, Robert Wilson, Friedrich Kunath, DRIFT, and Lily Kwong. Born in the Netherlands, Verhallen brings a global perspective to her projects, seeking to cultivate the intersection between technology, design, art, and health. She is a regular contributor to Arte Fuse and has contributed to Artshesays alongside other publications.

Thyrza Nichols Goodeve

Thyrza Nichols Goodeve
Writer, editor, artist, and interviewer Thyrza Nichols Goodeve writes “with” rather than “on” contemporary art and artists. Her interests range across art as a “structure of feeling,” human/nonhuman animal ontologies, the aesthetics of wonder, the interview as essay, surrealist methodologies, and the metaphysics of technology. She has published widely on artists such as Ellen Gallagher, Tom Friedman, Hadieh Shafie, Joan Waltemath, among many others. She is the author of How Like A Leaf: A Conversation with Donna Haraway (1999) and is compiling her collected writings, No Wound Ever Speaks for Itself: Writing, Art, Vulnerability, Conversation, Attitude with a preface by Avital Ronell. She was Senior Art Editor at the Rail from 2017 to 2019 and is currently an Editor-at-Large.

Thukral & Tagra

Thukral & Tagra
Collaborate artist duo Jiten Thukral and Sumir Tagra work with a wide range of media including painting, sculpture, installations, interactive games, video, performance, and design. Thukral & Tagra work on new formats of public engagement and attempt to expand the scope of what art can do, further emphasizing what the practice can do in a virtual context through their archives and publications. They break out of the mediated-disciplinary world, create multi-modal sensory, and storytelling in immersive environments. Recently, they seek to identify the practice as pedagogy through their collaborative Pollinator.io – Interdisciplinary lab, which cultivates an inclusive learning ecosystem that indexes to achieve knowledge sharing through cross-pollination.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poem, and we’re fortunate to have Kathe Burkhart reading.

Kathe Burkhart

Kathe Burkhart
Writer and artist based in New York City and Amsterdam, Kathe Burkhart engages gender roles, sexuality, celebrity, and language in an interdisciplinary practice. Her Liz Taylor Series uses Pop Art imagery and assemblage to critique representation and the sexual politics of identity. Her visual art has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally and she received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2017. She is the author of four books of fiction and has been anthologized. She has also been published in Artforum, Hyperallergic, Evergreen Review, Esopus, among many others. Regency Arts Press published a monograph of her paintings, The Liz Taylor Series: The First Twenty Five Years in 2007. She is currently at work on a forthcoming book of stories, “Almost Heaven”.