The New Social Environment#363

Abstract Cartography: Robert Smithson

Featuring Lisa Le Feuvre, Jack Flam, James Meyer, and Phyllis Tuchman


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Holt/Smithson Foundation Director Lisa Le Feuvre, Dedalus Foundation President Jack Flam, and Curator at the National Gallery of Art James Meyer join Rail Editor-at-Large Phyllis Tuchman for a conversation on Robert Smithson. We conclude with a poetry reading by Gaia Rajan.

In this talk

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Lisa Le Feuvre

A portrait of Lisa Le Feuvre
Curator, writer, editor, and public speaker Lisa Le Feuvre is the inaugural Executive Director of Holt/Smithson Foundation. Committed to communicating and testing ideas, she has curated exhibitions in museums and galleries across Europe, published writings in international publications and journals, spoken in museums and universities across the world, sat on numerous award panels, and has played a pivotal role in shaping academic and arts organizations. Previously based in the UK, she led the Henry Moore Institute (2010-17), was an academic based in the graduate Curatorial Program at Goldsmiths College, University of London (2004-10), and until 2004 was Course Director of the graduate program in Arts Policy and Management at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Jack Flam

Jack Flam
Jack Flam is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Dedalus Foundation and distinguished Professor Emeritus of Art and Art History at Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of numerous books, catalogues, and articles on various aspects of nineteenth and twentieth-century European and American art, and on African art. He has organized exhibitions in major European and American museums and has lectured extensively at museums and universities throughout the world. He is the editor of Robert Smithson: The Collected Writings, which was published by the University of California Press in 1996.

James Meyer

A portrait of James Meyer
Photo by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Art historian James Meyer is Curator of Modern Art at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and organizer of The Double exhibition. He was previously the Winship Distinguished Research Associate Professor of Art History at Emory University and Deputy Director and Chief Curator of Dia Art Foundation. His publications include Minimalism: Art and Polemics in the 1960s (Yale University Press, 2001), Dwan Gallery: Los Angeles to New York, 1959-1971 (University of Chicago Press, 2016), The Art of Return: The Sixties and Contemporary Culture (University of Chicago Press, 2019) and The Double: Identity and Difference in Art Since 1900 (Princeton University Press, 2022).

Phyllis Tuchman

Phyllis Tuchman
Critic and art historian Phyllis Tuchman teaches and writes about art, particularly sculpture. She has taught at Williams College, Hunter College, and the School of Visual Arts. 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 Gaia Rajan reading.

Gaia Rajan

A portrait of Gaia Rajan
Poet and editor Gaia Rajan is a cofounder of the WOC Speak Reading Series, a Junior Journal Editor for Half Mystic, a web manager for Honey Literary, and poetry editor for Saffron Literary. Her work has previously appeared or is forthcoming in the Kenyon Review, Muzzle Magazine, Split Lip Magazine, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, Moth Funerals, is out now from Glass Poetry Press, and she is a two-time National Student Poet semifinalist.

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