The New Social Environment#430

Richard Serra Drawings: James Lawrence in conversation with Phong H. Bui

Featuring Lawrence and Bui


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Art critic and historian James Lawrence joins Rail Publisher & Artistic Director Phong H. Bui for a conversation on Richard Serra’s Drawings. We conclude with a reading from the 50th anniversary expanded edition of Diane di Prima’s Revolutionary Letters by Micah Ballard.

In this talk

Check out Richard Serra Drawings on view at ORDOVAS through December 17, 2021 →

Richard Serra: Transmitter is also on view at Gagosian, Le Bourget. More details here →

James Lawrence

A portrait of James Lawrence
Critic and historian of postwar and contemporary art James Lawrence is a contributor to the Burlington Magazine and Gagosian Quarterly. His writings appear in numerous gallery and museum publications around the world, including an essay alongside art historian Richard Shiff in RICHARD SERRA: DRAWINGS. WORK COMES OUT OF WORK (Kunsthaus Bregenz, 2008) and most recently in Richard Serra Drawings (Ordovas Books, 2021).

Phong H. Bui

Photo of Phong Bui taken by Nicola Delorme
Photo by Nicola Delorme
Artist, writer, and independent curator Phong H. Bui is Publisher and Artistic Director of the Brooklyn Rail, the River Rail, Rail Editions, and Rail Curatorial Projects. Among many other awards, Bui received The Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Prize for Arts Writers in 2017, was the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from University of the Arts in 2020, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts in 2021.

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

Micah Ballard

Photo of Micah Ballard reading at a podium.
Photo by Norma Cole
Poet Micah Ballard is the author of four full-length collections of poetry: The Michaux Notebook (FMSBW, 2019), Afterlives (Bootstrap Press, 2016), Waifs and Strays (City Lights Books, 2011), nominated for a California Book Award, and Parish Krewes (Bootstrap Press, 2009), and over a dozen small books, including Selected Prose (2008–19) (Blue Press, 2020), Daily Vigs (Bird & Beckett Books, 2019), Vesper Chimes (Gas Meter, 2014), Evangeline Downs (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2006) and Negative Capability in the Verse of John Wieners (Bootstrap Press, 2017). He is co-editor for Auguste Press and Lew Gallery Editions.

❤️ 🌈 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.