The New Social Environment#428

Mind/Mirror: Jasper Johns

Featuring Carlos Basualdo, Scott Rothkopf, and Richard Shiff


3 p.m. Eastern / 12 p.m. Pacific

Curators Scott Rothkopf and Carlos Basualdo join Rail Consulting Editor Richard Shiff for a conversation on the simultaneous Jasper Johns exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art and Philadelphia Museum of Art. We conclude with a poetry reading by Cole Swensen.

In this talk

Check out Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, up until February 13 →

Scott Rothkopf

Portrait of Scott Rothkopf.
Senior Deputy Director and Nancy and Steve Crown Family Chief Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Scott Rothkopf served on the curatorial team responsible for the Whitney’s inaugural collection display America Is Hard to See. Rothkopf served as Senior Editor of Artforum International from 2004 through 2009, where he was a frequent contributor of feature reviews and essays. Rothkopf has published widely on the work of contemporary artists, and served as editor of Yourself in the World (2011), the collected writings and interviews of Glenn Ligon. Rothkopf is a member of the board of trustees of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in the history of art and architecture from Harvard University.

Carlos Basualdo

A photo of Carlos Basualdo in front of a painting by Francesco Clemente
Curator Carlos Basualdo is Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Among the exhibitions that he has organized at the Museum are: Bruce Nauman: Topological Gardens, which represented the United States at the 2009 Venice Biennale; a survey exhibition of Michelangelo Pistoletto in 2010, which was a collaboration between the Philadelphia Museum of Art and MAXXI; Dancing Around the Bride: Cage, Cunningham, Johns, Rauschenberg and Duchamp (with Erica F. Battle); and Embracing the Contemporary: The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Collection.

Richard Shiff

A drawing of Richard Shiff by Phong Bui.
Portrait by Phong H. Bui
The Effie Marie Cain Regents Chair in Art at The University of Texas at Austin, Richard Shiff directs the Center for the Study of Modernism. His scholarly interests range broadly across the field of modern and contemporary art and theory. His publications include Cézanne and the End of Impressionism (1984), Critical Terms for Art History (co edited, 1996, 2003), Barnett Newman: A Catalogue Raisonné (co authored, 2004), Doubt (2008), Between Sense and de Kooning (2011), Ellsworth Kelly: New York Drawings 1954–1962 (2014), and Sensuous Thoughts: Essays on the Work of Donald Judd (2020).

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

Cole Swensen

A black and white photo of poet Cole Swensen.
Photo by Anthony Hayward
Poet Cole Swensen is the author of 17 volumes of poetry and a collection of critical essays, Noise That Stays Noise. A book of hybrid poem-essays, Art in Time, was published by Nightboat in 2021. A former Guggenheim Fellow, she has been a finalist for the National Book Award and has been awarded the Iowa Poetry Prize, the SF State Poetry Center Book Award, and the National Poetry Series. She has also translated over 20 volumes of poetry, prose, and art criticism from French and won the 2004 PEN USA Award in Literary Translation.