The New Social Environment#594

We Are But One: Breyer P-Orridge

Featuring Lia Gangitano, Benjamin Tischer, and Jess Barbagallo


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Curators Lia Gangitano and Benjamin Tischer join Rail contributor Jess Barbagallo for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by El Roy Red.

In this talk

Visit We Are But One: Breyer P-Orridge, on view at Pioneer Works through July 10 →

Benjamin Tischer

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Formerly co-owner of the gallery INVISIBLE-EXPORTS, Benjamin Tischer is an independent curator, art advisor, and private dealer operating under the moniker New Discretions. New Discretions works with the estates of BREYER P-ORRIDGE, Stephen Irwin, Bob Mizer, and Alan Vega, as well as working with living artists such as Tom Bianchi, Vaginal Davis, Paul Gabrielli, Clarity Haynes, Cary Leibowitz, Matthew Porter, Gabriela Vainsencher, and Marianne Vitale.

Lia Gangitano

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In 2001, Lia Gangitano founded PARTICIPANT INC, NY, a not-for-profit art space of which she is now the director. She has served as curator of Thread Waxing Space, NY, associate curator, The ICA, Boston, and curatorial advisor, MoMA PS1. She is a recipient of Skowhegan Governors’ Award for Outstanding Service to Artists (2015), the inaugural White Columns/Shoot the Lobster Award (2016), and the Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence (2018). She teaches at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.

Jess Barbagallo

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Jess Barbagallo is an actor, writer, dramaturg & director. He has collaborated with Big Dance Theater, Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf (& its Dyke Division), the Builders Association, Half Straddle, Tina Satter, Andrea Geyer, Casey Llewellyn & many others. Jess has written the plays Grey-Eyed Dogs, I’ll Meet You in Tijuana, Saturn Nights, Men’s Creative Writing Group, Good Year for Hunters & Great Romance. Jess is partially responsible for the ongoing comedy Without Me I’m Something or Karen Davis Does… and brother project Joe Ranono’s Yuletide Log and Other Fruitcakes. Jess was a 2014-15 New York Live Arts Writer-in-Residence. Additionally, he works as an adjunct professor at New York University and is a contributing writer at Artforum and The Brooklyn Rail.

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

El Roy Red

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El Roy Red works in the space btwn hope & efficacy until they reach actualisation. They are a poet/ healer/ facilitator/ reiki practitioner. Galvanised in Black/ Brown queer liberation, Red utilises writing, movement, ritual & performance 2 facilitate healing, growth, & alternative futures.

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We Are But One: Breyer P-Orridge

Featuring Lia Gangitano, Benjamin Tischer, and Jess Barbagallo

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