The New Social Environment#504

Capitol Reef: Beaux Mendes

Featuring Mendes and Ksenia M. Soboleva


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Beaux Mendes joins writer and art historian Ksenia M. Soboleva for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Jan Freeman.

In this talk

Visit Beaux Mendes: Capitol Reef, on view at Miguel Abreu Gallery through March 12, 2022 →

Beaux Mendes

A portrait of Beaux Mendes.
Born in 1987 in New York City, Beaux Mendes lives and works in Los Angeles. They received an MFA from University of California, Los Angeles as well as from Bard Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts. In 2021, their first one-person exhibition, Willow Staging Area, was held at STARS, Los Angeles. En Plein Error, an eponymous exhibition of a collaborative drawing group’s work, was staged at ltd los angeles in 2019. Mendes’ work has been included in group shows at STARS, Real Pain Fine Arts, The Gallery at Michael’s, all in Los Angeles, at Palazzo Tamborino Cezzi, Lecce, Italy, and at Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, New York, among others.

Ksenia M. Soboleva

A picture of art historian Ksenia M. Soboleva.
Photo by Irina Kadyrova-Schuddeboom
Dr. Ksenia M. Soboleva is a New York based art historian specializing in queer art and culture. She holds a Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, with a dissertation on art, AIDS, and lesbian identity in the United States. Soboleva is currently working on a book project titled Friendship as a Way of Art: Queer Identity and Visual Citation, and co-editing (with Svetlana Kitto) the first major publication on the lesbian gallery Trial Balloon. Her writings have appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, BOMB Magazine, Hyperallergic, Ursula Magazine, as well as various exhibition catalogues and artist monographs. She teaches at the New School and NYU.

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

Jan Freeman

Photo of Jan Freeman
Photo by Kamini Avril
Poet Jan Freeman is the author of three collections of poems, most recently Blue Structure, and she is the founder and former director of Paris Press (1995–2018), which is now an imprint of Wesleyan University Press. She is the recipient of a 2020–2022 Associateship at the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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