The New Social Environment#198

A Conversation with Kate Fowle, Helen Lee, and Joachim Pissarro


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Join us for a conversation with MoMA PS1 Director Kate Fowle, hosted by Rail Board Member Helen Lee and Rail Consulting Editor Joachim Pissarro. We’ll conclude with a poetry reading from Coco Sofia Fitterman.

In this talk

Kate Fowle

Kate Fowle
Photo by James Hill

Kate Fowle is the director of MoMA PS1. She was appointed in 2019 after six years as the inaugural chief curator of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia, and director-at-large at Independent Curators International, New York. During her tenure at Garage, she oversaw the institution’s transition from art center to internationally recognized, public-facing museum, establishing new infrastructure and developing departments of exhibitions, archives, education, public programs, performance, publishing, research, development, and communications. Ms. Fowle also worked closely with Rem Koolhaas and OMA to oversee the design and opening of Garage’s first 56,000-square-foot Museum building in 2015.

Ms. Fowle’s curatorial projects at Garage included exhibitions and commissions with David Adjaye, John Baldessari, Sammy Baloji, Louise Bourgeois, Marcel Broodthaers, Olga Chernysheva, Urs Fischer, Rashid Johnson, Irina Korina, Robert Longo, Andrei Monastyrsky, Anri Sala, Taryn Simon, Juergen Teller, and Rirkrit Tiravanija, among others. In 2014 she established Field Research, the first research-oriented program in Russia for artists, and in 2017 she established Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art.

Helen Lee

This is a headshot of Rail Board Member, Helen Lee with a window background overlooking a garden.
Helen Lee has had many roles in the art world, including collector, academic, art advisor, art book editor, and auction house specialist. She has worked at Christie’s, Harry N. Abrams Publishing, the Robert Miller Gallery, and for James Wolfensohn, among others. Her passion for the arts derives from her belief that art and culture provide vital means of communication across cultural and political divides. Helen is an advisor to the Milken Institute for its art and culture programming. She is the Chairman of the American Foundation for the Courtauld Institute of Art, where she completed her post-graduate studies after earning a BA from Harvard. Helen is also a Board Member of the Brooklyn Rail.

Joachim Pissarro

Joachim Pissarro
Joachim Pissarro is the Bershad Professor of Art History and Director of the Hunter College Galleries, Hunter College, CUNY/City University of New York. He was a Curator at MoMA’s Department of Painting and Sculpture. His recent curatorial projects include Alberto Giacometti | Yves Klein: In Search of the Absolute at Gagosian Gallery London (2016); Pissarro à Eragny at the Musée du Luxembourg (2017); Olga Picasso, Musée National Picasso, Paris (2017), Museo Picasso, Málaga (2019), and the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow (2019). His latest book Aesthetics of the Margins / The Margins of Aesthetics: Wild Art Explained (2018, Penn State University Press) is co-authored with David Carrier, following Wild Art (Phaidon, 2016). Joachim is a Consulting Editor of the Brooklyn Rail.

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

Coco Sofia Fitterman

Coco Sofia Fitterman
A writer whose poetry has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Provence Magazine, and Brand-New-Life, among others. Coco has performed at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, MoMA PS1, American Medium, Printed Matter, and other venues in Berlin and NYC. She is the author of Say It With Flowers.

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