Artist Huma Bhabha joins Rail Artseen Editor Amanda Gluibizzi and Editor-at-Large Jason Rosenfeld for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Daisy Atterbury.
In this talk
Themes of memory, war, displacement, and the pervasive histories of colonialism can be found in the work of Huma Bhabha. Using found materials and the detritus of everyday life, she creates haunting human figures that hover between abstraction and figuration, monumentality and entropy. While her formal vocabulary is distinctly her own, Bhabha embraces a postmodern hybridity that spans centuries, geography, art historical traditions, and cultural associations. Her work includes references to ancient Greek Kouroi, Gandharan Buddhas, African sculpture, and Egyptian reliquary. At the same time, it remains insistently modern, looking to Giacometti, Picasso, and Rauschenberg for inspiration, as well as to science fiction, horror movies, and popular novels.
Formerly Associate Professor at Ohio State University, Amanda Gluibizzi is the founding Co-Director of the New Foundation for Art History (NFAH) and Artseen Editor for the Brooklyn Rail. She specializes in mid- and late-20th century art, design, and urbanism in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. Amanda is the author of Art and Design in 1960s New York (Anthem Press, 2021).
Distinguished Chair and Professor of Art History at Marymount Manhattan College Jason Rosenfeld, Ph.D., has curated the exhibitions John Everett Millais (Tate Britain, Van Gogh Museum), Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde (Tate Britain and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.), and River Crossings (Olana and Cedar Grove, Hudson and Catskill, New York). He is a co-author of the monograph Cecily Brown (Phaidon, 2020), and a Senior Writer and Editor-at-Large for the Brooklyn Rail.
The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poem, and
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Based in NYC and New Mexico, Daisy Atterbury has written for Post45, BOMB, and the Journal for Interactive Technology and Pedagogy. They’ve received an Andrew W. Mellon fellowship in Public Humanities and a fellowship in archival research from Lost and Found: the CUNY Poetics Document Initiative. They are Consulting Curator for the Living Room Series of Virtual Live Poetry at CCA Santa Fe. They’re finishing their PhD at The Graduate Center, CUNY.