The New Social Environment#510

His Mark: Bruce Nauman

Featuring Carlos Basualdo, Joan Simon, Robert Storr, and Constance Lewallen


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Curator Carlos Basualdo, artist and writer Joan Simon, and curator Robert Storr join Rail contributor Constance Lewallen for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Bianca Stone.

In this talk

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Carlos Basualdo

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Argentine curator Carlos Basualdo is the Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where he oversees the Museum’s Department of Contemporary Art. He was the lead organizer of Bruce Nauman: Topological Gardens at the 2009 Venice Biennale, where it was awarded the Golden Lion for Best National Participation. Most recently, he organized Dancing Around the Bride: Cage, Cunningham, Johns, Rauschenberg and Duchamp, which opened in Philadelphia in October of 2012. He was part of the curatorial teams for Documenta11, the 50th Venice Biennale and conceived and curated Tropicalia: A Revolution in Brazilian Culture. From 2010 until 2013 he worked as Curator at Large at MAXXI Arte, in Rome, Italy.

Joan Simon

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Independent curator, writer, and arts administrator Joan Simon is based in Paris. As curator-at-large for the Whitney Museum of American Art (2004-2009), she organized Alexander Calder: The Paris Years, 1926-1933 (2008), with Brigitte Leal, in partnership with the Centre Pompidou, Paris (seen there in 2009), and Alice Guy Blaché: Cinema Pioneer (2009), the first comprehensive retrospective of the work of cinema’s first woman director and studio owner, whose careers in France and the U.S. spanned 1896-1920. Simon was a contributor to Gordon Matta-Clark: “You Are the Measure” (2007) and Jenny Holzer: Protect Protect, which traveled to the Whitney 2010). She organized Sheila Hicks: Fifty Years (with Susan Faxon) for the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Mass. (2010).

Robert Storr

Robert Storr
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Preeminent art critic, curator, artist, and educator Robert Storr is the former Dean of Yale School of Art and senior curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He has written numerous catalogues, articles, and books on major 20th and 21st-century artists. He was the first American to serve as visual arts director of the Venice Biennale and has been researching and writing on Philip Guston for more than three decades.

Constance Lewallen

Constance Lewallen
Curator and writer Constance Lewallen is Adjunct Curator at the University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, where she has curated many contemporary art exhibitions, including Ant Farm (1968-1978), 2004 (co-curated with Steve Seid), A Rose Has No Teeth: Bruce Nauman in the 1960s, 2007, and most recently co-curated Stephen Kaltenbach: The Beginning and the End for the Manetti Shrem Museum at UC Davis. She is the author of 500 Capp Street: David Ireland’s House and co-author with Dore Bowen of Bruce Nauman: Spatial Encounters, both published by UC Press. She is an Editor-at-Large for the Brooklyn Rail.

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

Bianca Stone

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Writer and visual artist Bianca Stone is the author of Someone Else’s Wedding Vows (Tin House, 2014), Poetry Comics From the Book of Hours, (Pleiades, 2016), The Mobius Strip Club of Grief (Tin House, 2018) and the children’s book A Little Called Pauline, with text by Gertrude Stein. She collaborated with Anne Carson on Antigonick, a book of Carson’s translation of Antigone (New Directions, 2012). Her poems, poetry comics, and nonfiction have appeared in a variety of magazines including The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, American Poetry Review and many others. She is director of programs for The Ruth Stone House, a literary nonprofit artist residency, letterpress studio and community poetry center in Vermont.

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