The New Social Environment#264

To Declare a New World: March Guest Critic Panel with Will Fenstermaker & Friends


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Join us for the Rail’s March Guest Critic Panel with Sarah Cowan, Pac Pobric, Kaitlyn Kramer, and Will Fenstermaker led by Rail Managing Editor Charles Schultz. We’ll conclude with a poetry reading from Helixx C. Armageddon.

In this talk

“Perhaps it’s best not to judge a manifesto by the caliber of its prose but by the contours of the world it proposes.”

- Will Fenstermaker

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Sarah Cowan

Sarah Cowan
With a focus on art, film, and books, Sarah’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker Culture Desk, NYR Daily, The Paris Review, Bookforum, Hyperallergic, The Brooklyn Rail, Modern Painters, and Riot of Perfume. Cowan is a Producer/Editor in Digital Content at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She directs and produces Met Stories, a year-long video series made on the occasion of The Met’s 150th anniversary and produce the web feature MetCollects. Previously, she was a video editor and shooter and worked on the series The Artist Project, 82nd & Fifth, and Connections.

Pac Pobric

Pac Pobric
A writer and the managing editor at Artnet News. Previously, he was an editor at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A former contributor to the Village Voice, Pobric is also a longtime critic for the Brooklyn Rail and former journalist for The Art Newspaper, where he was previously the Exhibitions editor. He was also the editor of Matteau! Matteau!, an editorial project about the New York Rangers and the world of hockey. Pobric has written catalogue essays on Minimalism and its legacy for the Mnuchin gallery; Sean Scully’s recent work for Cheim & Read; and the many grand promises of New York City for Miles McEnery.

Kaitlyn A. Kramer

Kaitlyn A. Kramer
Photo by Joshua Mathews. Courtesy Kaitlyn A. Kramer.
A writer living in Brooklyn, New York. Kaitlyn A. Kramer’s work has been featured in BOMB Magazine, the Brooklyn Rail, Degree Critical,, among other publications, where she writes about art and film. Her book of essays, Very Like a Whale, is out now from des pair books. Kramer holds an MFA in Art Criticism & Writing from the School of Visual Arts in New York, where she primarily researched memory, archives, and the work of Chris Marker. She also works for the Calder Foundation.

Christopher Alessandrini

Christopher Alessandrini is a writer based in New York. He works as a producer and editor in the digital department of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he co-produces the archival film series From the Vaults and edits the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. His writing has appeared in The New York Review of Books Daily, Interview, and The Brooklyn Rail.

Will Fenstermaker

Portrait drawing of Will Fenstermaker by Phong H. Bui
Portrait drawing of Will Fenstermaker by Phong H. Bui
New York-based art critic Will Fenstermaker is editor and producer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he co-edits The Met’s online magazine. Will is a board member and secretary of the U.S. chapter of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA-USA). His writing on art, literature, and culture has been published in Artforum, BOMB, the Brooklyn Rail, Frieze, The Nation, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere.

Charles Schultz

Charles Schultz
Portrait by Phong H. Bui
Writer and editor Charles Schultz is Managing Editor of the Brooklyn Rail.

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

Helixx C. Armageddon

Photo of Helixx C. Armageddon by Anna Bernabe
Photo by Anna Bernabe
A storyteller intrigued with the human condition. She is a performance artist that weaves together poetry, music and fashion to shift her audiences from observers to participants. Known for impassioned performances, Helixx channels a space for community, connection and dialogue. For her, words are powerful and create more than narrative; words create action and momentum towards a more just world.

❤️ 🌈 We'd like to thank the The Terra Foundation for American Art for making these daily conversations possible, and for their support of our growing archive.