The New Social Environment#404

Number 305: Leonardo Drew

Featuring Drew and Eleanor Hartney


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Leonardo Drew joins art critic, author, and Rail Editor-at-Large Eleanor Heartney for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Charles Theonia.

In this talk

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Leonardo Drew

A drawing of Leonardo Drew by Phong Bui.
Portrait by Phong H. Bui.
Artist Leonardo Drew is known for creating contemplative abstract sculptural works that play upon a tension between order and chaos. Drew’s works have been shown internationally and are included in numerous public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and others. Recent solo museum exhibitions include shows at the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson (2020); North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh (2020); de Young Museum, and Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, California (2017). Drew was born in 1961 in Tallahassee, Florida, and he grew up in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

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 the forthcoming Mothers of Invention: The Feminist Roots of Contemporary Art. 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 Charles Theonia reading.

Charles Theonia

A portrait of Charles Theonia.
Charles Theonia is a poet, teacher, enthusiast, and transsexual without direction. They are the author of artist book Saw Palmettos (Container, 2018) and chapbook Which One Is the Bridge (Topside Press, 2015).

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