The New Social Environment#403

Born Yesterday: Jonathan Lasker

Featuring Lasker and Choghakate Kazarian


3 p.m. Eastern / 12 p.m. Pacific

Artist Jonathan Lasker joins Rail Editor-at-Large Choghakate Kazarian for a conversation. We conclude with a collaborative reading by Jessica Grim & Melanie Neilson.

In this talk

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Jonathan Lasker

A portrait of Jonathan Lasker
Portrait of Jonathan Lasker by Phong H. Bui
Since the 1980s, artist Jonathan Lasker has transformed a visual language inherited from modernism into a syntax all his own, making paintings that exert both analytical rigor and an undeniably visceral appeal. Born Yesterday, his first solo exhibition with Greene Naftali, spans four decades from Lasker’s early career to the present, occasioning new interpretations of his singular brand of abstraction and its lasting impact on generations of artists. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; K20 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf; The Power Plant Contemporary Art Center, Toronto; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, among others.

Choghakate Kazarian

A portrait of Choghakate Kazarian
Portrait of Choghakate Kazarian by Phong H. Bui
Curator and art historian Choghakate Kazarian was formerly a curator at the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris and taught at the École du Louvre. She has curated exhibitions on artists such as Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni, Karel Appel, and Henry Darger, and she has edited various exhibition catalogues and published on postwar art, outsider art, Marcel Duchamp, and Louis Michel Eilshemius. She is Editor-at-Large at the Brooklyn Rail and is a ph.d. candidate at the Courtauld Institute of Art, where she is writing a dissertation on Albert Pinkham Ryder. She is currently a Terra Foundation fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Jessica Grim, and Melanie Neilson reading.

Jessica Grim

Portrait of Jessica Grim
Jessica Grim is author of Vexed (BlazeVox, &  /Ubu Editions), Fray (O Books), Locale (Potes & Poets), and The Inveterate Life (O Books). With Melanie Neilson she co-founded and co-edited Big Allis (1989 to 2000). Excerpts of a long-form collaboration with Neilson, The Autobiography of Jean Foos, have appeared in Bomb, Brooklyn Rail, Chicago Review, Conjunctions and Some. A recent collaboration with Melanie and Jean Foos, Alsop’s Tables, was published by Ragged Sky. She lives in Ohio.

Melanie Neilson

Portrait of Melanie Neilson
Poet Melanie Neilson’s books include Civil Noir (Roof Books), Natural Facts (Potes & Poets), and several chapbooks. Her poems are included in over 20 anthologies, most recently in Rage Baking: The Transformative Power of Flour, Fury, and Women’s Voices by Kathy Gunst and Katherine Alford (Simon & Schuster, 2020). She continues to collaborate on writing projects with Jessica Grim. Originally from San Diego, California, she lives in New York City.

❤️ 🌈 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.