The New Social Environment#170

Natalie Frank with Phong H. Bui


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Natalie Frank will be in conversation with Rail publisher and artistic director Phong H. Bui. We’ll conclude with a poetry reading from Cheena Marie Lo.

In this talk

Natalie Frank

Natalie Frank
Natalie Frank explores contemporary discourse on feminism, sexuality, and violence. Her gouache and chalk pastel drawings of the unsanitized Brothers Grimm tales, brings back, with Jack Zipes’ translations, aspects of incest, rape and physical violence left out of our familiar stories. The 2015 exhibition at the New York’s Drawing Center travelled to Blanton Museum, Austin and University of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington, accompanied by, Natalie Frank. Tales of the Brothers Grimm, published by Damiani, 2015. Frank earned BA from Yale University, 2002, and MFA from Columbia University, 2006. Her work is included in the collections of the Whitney and the Brooklyn Museum in NYC; Art Institute of Chicago; Blanton Museum of Art, Austin; and Yale University Art Museum.

Phong H. Bui

Photo of Phong Bui taken by Nicola Delorme
Photo by Nicola Delorme
Phong Bui is an artist, writer, independent curator, Publisher and Artistic Director of the Brooklyn Rail, the River Rail, Rail Editions, and Rail Curatorial Projects. From 2007 to 2010 he served as Curatorial Advisor at MoMA PS1. His recent projects include Artists Need to Create on the Same Scale that Society Has the Capacity to Destroy, an ongoing curatorial project that was exhibited in 2019 as an official Collateral Event of the Venice Biennale and at Colby Museum in Waterville, Maine. He is a trustee of Studio in a School, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Anthology Film Archives, the Third Rail, the Miami Rail, Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, Second Shift Studio Space of Saint Paul, AICA (2007-2020), and is co-founder of the Monira Foundation, a non-profit which aims to curate ongoing exhibitions and public programming at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City and beyond. Forthcoming projects include the Detroit Rail, the first U.S. retrospective of Jonas Mekas, and Occupy Industry City: Artists Need to Create on the Same Scale that Society Has the Capacity to Destroy, Year 3.

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

Cheena Marie Lo

A photo of Cheena Marie Lo in front of green leafy trees.
Courtesy Cheena Marie Lo
Born in Manapla, Philippines, Cheena Marie Lo is a poet and editor currently based in western Massachusetts. They are the author of A Series of Un/Natural/Disasters, and the chapbooks NO FILTER and Ephemera & Atmospheres.

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