The New Social Environment#480

Memory Portals: Martín Ramírez

Featuring Victor Espinosa, Frank Maresca, and Lyle Rexer


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Author Victor Espinosa and gallerist Frank Maresca join Rail contributor Lyle Rexer for a conversation on artist Martín Ramírez. We conclude with a poetry reading by Lily Lady.

In this talk

Visit Martín Ramírez: Memory Portals on view at Ricco/Maresca Gallery through February 26, 2022 →

Victor Espinosa

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Assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the Ohio State University-Newark Víctor M. Espinosa is the author of El dilema del retorno: Migración, género y pertenencia en un contexto transnacional (El Colegio de Michoacán 1998) and Martín Ramírez: Framing His Life and Art (University of Texas Press 2015). His most recent publication, Performances of Suffering in Latin American Migration: Heroes, Martyrs and Saints (Palgrave Macmillan 2020) is a collaborative book with OSU performance studies scholar Ana Elena Puga that combines historical, sociological analysis, and a theater/performance studies lens to understand how migrant suffering is framed and staged (by migrants, activists, artists, and advocates) to claim human rights for undocumented migrants.

Frank Maresca

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American art dealer Frank Maresca is co-founder of Ricco/Maresca Gallery in New York City. A long-term advocate of Self-Taught, Folk, and Outsider Art, he has championed and showcased the work of artists creating on the margins of the art-historical mainstream for over 35 years. Through many gallery exhibits, museum collaborations, philanthropic work, and key publications (including American Primitive, 1988, Bill Traylor: His Art, His Life, 1991, American Self-Taught, 1993, and American Vernacular, 2002), Maresca has sought to blur the lines that have traditionally separated conventional categories in visual art and vernacular art. He is currently on the advisory board of Raw Vision Magazine, Fountain House Gallery, Intuit in Chicago, and the Art Dealers Association of America.

Lyle Rexer

Lyle Rexer
Photo by Jerry Spagnoli
Independent critic, curator, and writer Lyle Rexer is the author of The Critical Eye: 15 Pictures to Understand Photography (Intellect Ltd 2019), The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography (Aperture 2009), and Photography’s Antiquarian Avant-Garde: The New Wave in Old Processes, (Harry N. Abrams 2002) and others. He has published hundreds of catalog essays and articles on art, architecture, and photography and contributed to such publications as The New York Times, Harper’s, Art in America, among others. He has lectured at many institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Yale University, among others, and he teaches in both the graduate and undergraduate programs at SVA.

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

Lily Lady

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Writer Lily Lady is based in New York City. Their work can be found in Blush, Bureau of Complaint, and House of Theodora. Lily’s forthcoming book, quickie, will be published by Dream Boy Book Club in spring 2022.

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