The New Social Environment#418

Portals: Raquel Rabinovich

Featuring Rabinovich, Ann McCoy, and Alex Bacon


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Raquel Rabinovich joins Rail Editor-at-Large Ann McCoy and art historian Alex Bacon for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Rachel Levitsky.

In this talk

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Raquel Rabinovich

Photo of Raquel Rabinovich with her work.
New York based Argentinian-American artist Raquel Rabinovich (b. 1929) is known for monochromatic paintings and drawings, large-scale glass sculpture environments, and site-specific stone sculpture installations along the shores of the Hudson River. Her work is also informed by her love of poetry, seen in her series of works on paper titled “When Silence Becomes Poetry.” Rabinovich has been the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including the 2011-2012 Lee Krasner Award for Lifetime Achievement from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and is included in the Oral History Program of the Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Art.

Ann McCoy

Portrait drawing of Ann McCoy
Portrait by Phong H. Bui
New York-based sculptor, painter, and art critic Ann McCoy is an Editor-at-Large for the Brooklyn Rail. She lectured at the Yale School of Drama for 10 years, and taught in the Art History Department at Barnard College for 20 years. Ann’s work is included in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others. In 2019, she was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. Ann McCoy worked with Prof. C.A. Meier, Jung’s heir apparent for twenty-five years in Zurich. She has studied alchemy since the early seventies in Zurich and in Rome at the Vatican Library.

Alex Bacon

Photo of Alex Bacon.
Curatorial Associate at the Princeton University Art Museum Alex Bacon is an art historian based in New York City who regularly writes criticism and organizes exhibitions of both contemporary and historical art. Bacon is co-editor, with Hal Foster, of a collection of essays on Richard Hamilton (MIT Press, 2010), as well as the author of texts in various exhibition catalogs and edited volumes. He has taught at the School of Visual Arts, and has served as a guest critic in the graduate painting departments of the Rhode Island School of Design and AKV/St. Joost. He is currently completing his PhD in art history at Princeton, with a dissertation on the first decade of Frank Stella’s career.

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

Rachel Levitsky

A photograph of Rachel Levitsky
Feminist avant-garde poet, novelist, essayist, translator, editor, and educator Rachel Levitsky is a founder of Belladonna* Collaborative. She is a Professor of Writing at Pratt Institute, Naropa University, and occasionally for Poets House and The Poetry Project. She was born in New York City and earned an MFA from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.

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