Go To It Laughing: Sam Messer

Featuring Messer and Jonathan T.D. Neil


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Sam Messer joins Rail contributor Jonathan T.D. Neil for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Hannah Lamb-Vines.

In this talk

Visit Sam Messer: Go To It Laughing, on view at M+B Art, Los Angeles, through February 26, 2022 →

Sam Messer

A portrait of Sam Messer.
Portrait by Phong H. Bui
Artist Sam Messer received a B.F.A. from Cooper Union in 1976 and an M.F.A. from Yale University in 1982. Mr. Messer has received awards including a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation grant in 1984, the Engelhard Award in 1985, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant in 1993, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1996. He most recently collaborated with the poet Sharon Olds on a print project, and past collaborations include working with Paul Auster on The Story of My Typewriter, and with Denis Johnson on Cloud of Chalk. Sam’s exhibition I Sing To You is currently on view in Athens, Greece at the Allouche-Benias gallery.

Jonathan T.D. Neil

A portrait of Jonathan T.D. Neil.
Writer and scholar Jonathan T.D. Neil is Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Strategic Initiatives, as well as Associate Professor of Art Business and Arts Management, at Claremont Graduate University (CGU). Since 2010 Jonathan has served in various editorial roles, most recently as Contributing Editor, for ArtReview magazine. From 2011-2016 he was editor of the Held Essays on Visual Art for the Brooklyn Rail, and from 2008 until 2014 he was Executive Editor at The Drawing Center in New York City. Jonathan has a PhD in 20th-Century Art History from Columbia University and a B.Arch from Cornell University. He has taught at Columbia University, Parsons The New School for Design, and Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poem, and we’re fortunate to have Hannah Lamb-Vines reading.

Hannah Lamb-Vines

A portrait of Hannah Lamb-Vines.
Poet, novelist, and critic Hannah Lamb-Vines lives and works in Berkeley, California. She received an MFA in creative writing from California College of the Arts and uses humor, body horror, and anthropomorphized canines and urban wildlife to explore romantic obsession and other facets of life in late capitalism. She writes reviews for FF2 media and is an interviews editor at Full Stop. Her work in progress, Wolf Baby, is a novel about a woman who inexplicably births a sheep dog.

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