The New Social Environment#495

What I Saw: Joseph E. Yoakum

Featuring Esther Adler, Randall Morris, Mark Pascale, and Lyle Rexer


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Curators Esther Adler, Randall Morris, and Mark Pascale join critic and Rail contributor Lyle Rexer for a conversation on Joseph E. Yoakum. We conclude with a poetry reading by Carolyn Funk.

In this talk

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Esther Adler

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Curator and author Esther Adler is Curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints at The Museum of Modern Art. Along with Mark Pascale and Édouard Kopp, she is co-author of Joseph E. Yoakum: What I Saw, published by Yale University Press in 2021.

Randall Morris

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Writer and independent scholar Randall Morris is co-owner of Cavin-Morris Gallery in New York. With his partner Shari Cavin he has specialized in non-mainstream art since 1980. Particular areas of interest have been visionary artists from the African diaspora, particularly Haiti and Jamaica, and Asia.

Mark Pascale

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Curator Mark Pascale is Janet and Craig Duchossois Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago and Senior Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute. He is also a practicing lithographer with a deep knowledge of contemporary and historical printmaking techniques. He has organized exhibitions on topics ranging from the Harlem Renaissance to artists’ ephemera. Along with Esther Adler and Édouard Kopp, he is co-author of Joseph E. Yoakum: What I Saw, published by Yale University Press in 2021.

Lyle Rexer

Lyle Rexer
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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.

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