The New Social Environment#138

Joseph Kosuth with Tom McGlynn and Charlotte Kent


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Conceptual artist, Joseph Kosuth will be in conversation with Rail Editor-at-Large, Tom McGlynn and visual culture theorist, Charlotte Kent. We’ll conclude with a poetry reading from Kit Robinson.

In this talk

Joseph Kosuth

Joseph Kosuth

Joseph Kosuth, one of the pioneers of Conceptual art and installation art, has initiated language-based works and appropriation strategies since the 1960s. His work has consistently explored the production and role of language and meaning within art.

Born in 1945 in Toledo, Ohio, Kosuth attended the Toledo Museum School of Design from 1955 to 1962 and studied privately under the Belgian painter Line Bloom Draper. From 1963 to 1964, he was enrolled at the Cleveland Institute of Art.

In 1965, Kosuth moved to New York to attend the School of Visual Arts, where he would later join the faculty. Soon after, he abandoned painting and began making conceptual works, which were first shown in 1967 at the exhibition space he co-founded, known as the Museum of Normal Art. In 1969 Kosuth held his first solo exhibition at Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, and in the same year became the American editor of the journal Art and Language.

From 1971-1972 Kosuth studied anthropology and philosophy at the New School for Social Research, New York. The philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein, amongst others, influenced the development of his art from the late sixties to mid-seventies. His more than fifty-year inquiry into the relation of language to art has taken the form of installations, museum exhibitions, public commissions and publications throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia, including Documenta and the Venice Biennale on multiple occasions.

Joseph Kosuth lives and works in New York and London.

Tom McGlynn

Portrait drawing of Tom McGlynn by Phong Bui
Portrait of Tom McGlynn by Phong Bui
Tom McGlynn is an artist, writer, and independent curator based in the NYC area. His work is represented in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum of the Smithsonian. He is the director of Beautiful Fields, an organization dedicated to socially-engaged curatorial projects, and is also currently a visiting lecturer at Parsons/the New School. Tom is an Editor-at-Large of the Brooklyn Rail.

Charlotte Kent

Charlotte Kent
Charlotte Kent, PhD is Assistant Professor of Visual Culture in the Department of Art and Design at Montclair State University. She received her PhD in Comparative Literature (CUNY Graduate Center), with a certificate in critical theory. Her dissertation focused on the narratives and rhetoric of art writing, with grant funded research at Tate Modern, to contextualize the problematics of the Homeland Security Agency’s claim “if you see something, say something.” Currently, she is co-editing a collection on the absurd in contemporary art. Beyond scholarly contributions to essay collections and journals, Charlotte produces exhibition reviews for Brooklyn Rail, opinion pieces for Clot, and feature articles as well as monthly column for Artists Magazine. In 2019-2020, she was the Guest Editor for the Creative Research Center, producing a series of posts on the topic of Collaboration.

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

Kit Robinson

Kit Robinson
Kit Robinson is a poet, writer and musician. He’s the author of “Thought Balloon,” “Leaves of Class,” “Marine Layer,” and 20 other books of poetry. His essays appear on Jacket2, Open Space and Nowhere. He plays Cuban tres guitar in a charanga band called Calle Ocho.

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