The New Social Environment#504

Capitol Reef: Beaux Mendes

Featuring Mendes and Ksenia M. Soboleva


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Beaux Mendes joins writer and art historian Ksenia M. Soboleva for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Jan Freeman.

In this talk

Visit Beaux Mendes: Capitol Reef, on view at Miguel Abreu Gallery through March 12, 2022 →

Beaux Mendes

A portrait of Beaux Mendes.
Born in 1987 in New York City, Beaux Mendes lives and works in Los Angeles. They received an MFA from University of California, Los Angeles as well as from Bard Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts. In 2021, their first one-person exhibition, Willow Staging Area, was held at STARS, Los Angeles. En Plein Error, an eponymous exhibition of a collaborative drawing group’s work, was staged at ltd los angeles in 2019. Mendes’ work has been included in group shows at STARS, Real Pain Fine Arts, The Gallery at Michael’s, all in Los Angeles, at Palazzo Tamborino Cezzi, Lecce, Italy, and at Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, New York, among others.

Ksenia M. Soboleva

Picture of Ksenia M. Soboleva.
Writer, art historian, and curator Ksenia M. Soboleva is based in New York City and specializes in queer art and culture. She received her PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts. Soboleva has curated exhibitions at La MaMa Galleria, Assembly Room, and 80WSE. She has taught at NYU, the Cooper Union, and presented her research at various institutions in the United States and abroad. She was the 2020–2021 Marica and Jan Vilcek Curatorial Fellow at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, where she co-organized the Gillian Wearing retrospective on view through June 2022. She is currently the Andrew W. Mellon Gender and LGBTQ+ History Fellow at the Center for Women’s History at the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library

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

Jan Freeman

Photo of Jan Freeman
Photo by Kamini Avril
Poet Jan Freeman is the author of three collections of poems, most recently Blue Structure, and she is the founder and former director of Paris Press (1995–2018), which is now an imprint of Wesleyan University Press. She is the recipient of a 2020–2022 Associateship at the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center in Amherst, Massachusetts.