The New Social Environment#339

A Conversation on Nam June Paik with Rudolf Frieling and Constance Lewallen


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Curator Rudolf Frieling joins Rail Editor-at-Large Constance Lewallen for a conversation on Nam June Paik. We conclude with a musical performance by Clara Joy.

In this talk

Rudolf Frieling

A Photo of Rudolf Frieling
Photo by Noya Frieling
Curator of Media Arts at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), Rudolf Frieling is the co-curator of the recent retrospectives Nam June Paik (2019–21), Suzanne Lacy: We Are Here (2019), Bruce Conner: It’s All True (2016–17), and the survey Soundtracks (2017). Other exhibitions include The Art of Participation: 1950 to Now (2008–09), and Stage Presence: Theatricality in Art and Media (2012). Frieling is also a Senior Adjunct Professor at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. He holds a M.A. from the Free University Berlin and a Ph.D. from the University of Hildesheim.

Constance Lewallen

Constance Lewallen
Curator and writer Constance Lewallen is Adjunct Curator at the University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, where she has curated many contemporary art exhibitions, including Ant Farm (1968-1978), 2004 (co-curated with Steve Seid), A Rose Has No Teeth: Bruce Nauman in the 1960s, 2007, and most recently co-curated Stephen Kaltenbach: The Beginning and the End for the Manetti Shrem Museum at UC Davis. She is the author of 500 Capp Street: David Ireland’s House and co-author with Dore Bowen of Bruce Nauman: Spatial Encounters, both published by UC Press. She is an Editor-at-Large for the Brooklyn Rail.

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

Clara Joy

A portrait of Clara Joy
Artist and musician Clara Joy released her first album at 15, earning a fast growing indie reputation. Her latest single, “We’re Not All In This Together,” a political Gen Z anthem, recently went viral on TikTok in support of streaming the song to help donate to trans youth. Her latest debut, a short feature called “Part of Something” by Sophia Johnson, documents the young Clara Joy as she shares tips for musicians searching for venues, and disrupts the conventional music tropes of band culture.

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