The New Social Environment#315

A Conversation on Jennifer Bartlett

Featuring Phong H. Bui, Klaus Ottmann, and Raphael Rubinstein moderated by Eleanor Heartney


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Phong H. Bui, Klaus Ottmann, and Raphael Rubinstein join Eleanor Heartney for a conversation on artist Jennifer Bartlett. We conclude with a poetry reading by Malvika Jolly.

In this talk

This conversation is on the occasion of Jennifer Bartlett’s exhibition at Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, on view from May 5 – June 25, 2021.

Find more details on the gallery’s website »

Phong H. Bui

Photo of Phong Bui taken by Nicola Delorme
Photo by Nicola Delorme
Phong H. Bui is an artist, writer, independent curator, and Co-Founder and Publisher/Artistic Director of the Brooklyn Rail, Rail Editions, River Rail and Rail Curatorial Projects.

Klaus Ottmann

Klaus Ottmann
Curator, critic, academic, and administrator Dr. Klaus Ottmann has a career in the visual arts spanning more than 30 years. At The Phillips Collection, he oversees the curatorial department and leads the museum’s University of Maryland Center for Art and Knowledge. He has curated more than 60 exhibitions internationally and was curator of the 2006 SITE Santa Fe Biennial. In 2013, Ottmann curated JENNIFER BARTLETT: HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE—Works 1970–2011 for the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia and the Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY. In 2020 he authored the catalogue for an exhibition at The Phillips Collection, JENNIFER BARTLETT & PIERRE BONNARD: In and Out of the Garden (which was scheduled to open last summer, but has been postponed).

Raphael Rubinstein

Raphael Rubinstein, portrait drawing by Phong Bui
Portrait by Phong H. Bui
Art critic and poet Raphael Rubinstein is the author of numerous books including The Afterglow of Minor Pop Masterpieces (2007) and The Miraculous (2014). He edited the anthology Critical Mess: Art Critics on the State of their Practice (2006) and is widely known for his articles on “provisional painting.” He is a Contributing Editor to Art in America, where he was also a Senior Editor. His blog The Silo has been awarded a Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant and the Best Blog Award of Excellence by the International Association of Art Critics. A Professor of Critical Studies at the University of Houston School of Art, he divides his time between Houston and New York. He is an Editor-at-Large for the Rail.

Eleanor Heartney

Eleanor Heartney
Portrait by Phong H. Bui
New York-based art critic Eleanor Heartney is the author of numerous books on contemporary art. Heartney is a contributor to Art in America, Artpress and Artnet and has written extensively for publications including Artnews, The New Art Examiner, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. Her books include Art & Today (2008), Postmodern Heretics: The Catholic Imagination in Contemporary Art (2004) and Doomsday Dreams: The Apocalyptic Imagination in Contemporary Art (2019). She is co-author of After the Revolution: Women who Transformed Contemporary Art, The Reckoning: Women Artists in the New Millennium (2013) and Mothers of Invention: The Feminist Roots of Contemporary Art (2024). She is an Editor-at-Large for the Rail.

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

Malvika Jolly

A portrait of Malvika Jolly
Artist, writer, and translator Malvika Jolly (she/her) lives on occupied Munsee, Lenape, and Wappinger land in New York City. Her essays, interviews, and criticism have appeared or are forthcoming in Chicago magazine, The Margins, and the South Side Weekly, where she is a regular contributor focusing on visual culture and community history. She is the Special Projects Associate at the Brooklyn Rail.

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