Tony Bluestone: The Passenger

Featuring Bluestone and Ksenia M. Soboleva


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Tony Bluestone joins Rail contributor Ksenia M. Soboleva for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Óscar Moisés Díaz.

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Tony Bluestone

Photo of Tony Bluestone painting.
Artist Tony Bluestone (b. Englewood, New Jersey) has participated in residencies including The Shandanken Project, The Basil Alakazi Residency in Detroit, DNA Residency in Provincetown and The Prattsville Art Center. She has had solo shows at Elaine L Jacob gallery at Wayne State University in Detroit, Larrie Gallery and a Two-Person Show at La Mama Gallery. She has had work in group shows at Rachel Uffner, Freight and Volume, the Academy of Arts and Letters, and others, and has also performed written works at Storm King Art Center. In 2017, she was awarded the John Koch Award by the Academy of Arts and Letters. Bluestone is a teacher at Cooper Union and Hunter College.

Ksenia M. Soboleva

A picture of art historian Ksenia M. Soboleva.
Photograph by Irina Kadyrova-Schuddeboom
New York-based writer and art historian Dr. Ksenia M. Soboleva specializes in queer art and culture. She holds a PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, with a dissertation titled “Fragments: Art, AIDS, and Lesbian Identity in the United States.” Her writings have appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, BOMB Magazine, Hyperallergic, art-agenda, and various exhibition catalogues. She has curated exhibitions at Candice Madey Gallery, La MaMa Galleria, and Assembly Room. Soboleva was the 2020-2021 Jan and Marica Vilcek Curatorial Fellow at the Guggenheim Museum, where she assisted in organizing the Gillian Wearing: Wearing Masks exhibition. She is currently the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Gender and LGBTQ+ History at the New York Historical Society.

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

Óscar Moisés Díaz

Photo of Óscar Moisés Díaz
Poet-astrologer, film curator, and visual artist Óscar Moisés Díaz has exhibited art in places such as the 10th Central American Biennial, the International Film Festival of El Salvador, the Queens Museum, the Museum of Art El Salvador, and a solo exhibit at The Museum of Contemporary Art Costa Rica among others. Currently, they serve as a Contributing Editor for Asphalte Magazine and a Poetry in Translation Editor for Fence. They were a 2020-2021 Inaugural Curatorial Fellow at the Poetry Project as a member of Tierra Narrative. Recently they completed a writing residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Recent poems can be found in Schlag Magazine, A Gathering of the Tribes, and Scalawag Magazine.

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