Artist Joan Semmel joins art historian Amelia Jones for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Phong H. Bui.
In this talk
Artist Joan Semmel (b.1932) began her painting career in the 1960s while living in Madrid as an Abstract Expressionist, exhibiting in Spain and South America. Returning to New York in 1970, she moved to figuration in response to pornography and concerns around representation of women in the culture. Her practice traces the transformation that women’s sexuality has seen in the last century and emphasizes the possibility for female autonomy through the body. Her work has been widely exhibited and is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Tate, London, United Kingdom, the Brooklyn Museum, NY; and The Dallas Museum, TX; among many others.
Art historian, critic, and curator Amelia Jones is the Robert A. Day Professor and Vice Dean of Academics & Research in Roski School of Art & Design at USC. Amelia is the curator of the critically acclaimed exhibition Sexual Politics: Judy Chicago’s ‘Dinner Party’ in Feminist Art History at the Hammer Museum and most recently Queer Communion: Ron Athey at Participant, Inc., New York and ICA, Los Angeles. Recent publications include In Between Subjects: A Critical Genealogy of Queer Performance (Routledge Press, 2021), the anthology Otherwise: Imagining Queer Feminist Art Histories (Manchester University Press, 2016), and Seeing Differently: A History and Theory of Identification and the Visual Arts (Routledge Press, 2012).
The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poem, and we’re fortunate to have Phong H. Bui reading.
Phong H. Bui
Artist, writer, and independent curator Phong H. Bui is Publisher and Artistic Director of the Brooklyn Rail, the River Rail, Rail Editions, and Rail Curatorial Projects. Among many other awards, Bui received The Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Prize for Arts Writers in 2017, was the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from University of the Arts in 2020, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts in 2021.