The New Social Environment#97

Nathaniel Dorsky with Constance Lewallen


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Filmmaker Nathaniel Dorsky will discuss his body of work with writer, curator, and Rail Editor-at-Large, Constance Lewallen. We’ll conclude with a poetry reading from Patricia Spears Jones.

In this talk

Nathaniel Dorsky

Nathaniel Dorsky
Nathaniel Dorsky, known as Nick, was born in NY. He moved to SF in 1971. He has received numerous awards including a Guggenheim, two from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the LEF Foundation, and the California Arts Council. His films have been presented at MOMA, the Centre Pompidou, the Tate Modern, the Filmoteca Española, Madrid, the Prague Film Archive, the Vienna Film Museum, the Pacific Film Archive of the Berkeley Art Museum, the Harvard Film Archive, Princeton University, Yale University, and frequently exhibits new work at the New York Film Festival’s Views from the Avant-Garde and the Wavelengths program of the Toronto International Film Festival. In spring 2012, Dorsky took actively part in the three-month exposition of Whitney Biennial. In October 2015, the New York Film Festival honored his work with a thirty-four film complete retrospective at Lincoln Center. Manohla Dargis of the New York Times listed this retrospective in second place in her list of the top ten films of 2015.

Constance Lewallen

Constance Lewallen
Constance Lewallen is Adjunct Curator at the University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. As Matrix curator there from 1980-88 she organized over 75 small contemporary art exhibitions. As Senior Curator from 1998 to 2007, she curated many major exhibitions, including Joe Brainard, A Retrospective, 2001; Dream of the Audience: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha (1951-1982), 2001; Everything Matters: Paul Kos, a Retrospective, 2003; Ant Farm (1968-1978), 2004 (co-curated with Steve Seid); and A Rose Has No Teeth: Bruce Nauman in the 1960s, 2007. All toured nationally and internationally and were accompanied by catalogs. Her exhibition, Allen Ruppersberg: You and Me or the Art of Give and Take, was presented at the Santa Monica Museum in 2009. State of Mind: New California Art ca. 1970, co-curated with Karen Moss, was part of Pacific Standard Time. It opened at the Orange County Museum of Art in 2011 and subsequently was presented at the Berkeley Art Museum and five other museums across the country and in Canada. In 2016, her exhibition Mind over Matter was presented at the UC Berkeley Art Museum., and currently, she co-curated with Ted Mann Stephen Kaltenbach: The Beginning and The End, on view Dec. 13 at the Manetti Shrem Museum, UC Davis, and Reese Palley Gallery (with Jordan Stein), at Cushion Works, San Francisco. Her recent books published by UC Press include: 500 Capp Street: David Ireland’s house and Bruce Nauman; Spatial Encounters (co-author Dore Bowen). Lewallen is currently Editor-at-Large for the Brooklyn Rail.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Patricia Spears Jones reading.

Patricia Spears Jones

A photograph of poet Patricia Spears Jones, smiling in front of greenery and wearing a floral print.
Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Arkansas born & raised; resident of NYC for more than four decades, Patricia Spears Jones is the recipient of The Jackson Poetry Prize and has been a culture maven for four decades and was the first African American Program Coordinator at The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church.

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