The New Social Environment#521

Diasporic Entropic Diremption and the Cross-Cultural Cross

Featuring David Dixon, Nari Ward, Renee Cox, and Lee Ann Norman


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artists David Dixon, Nari Ward, Renee Cox join Rail contributor Lee Ann Norman for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Jeremy Hoevenaar.

In this talk

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David Dixon

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Artist, filmmaker, and performer David Dixon is the founding director of the Cathouse FUNeral / Proper gallery project which he began in 2013. Since, he has organized over thirty solo exhibitions, fifteen group exhibitions, and dozens of events. His artwork has been exhibited in venues such as MoMA, Sculpture Center, and Anthology Film Archive, among others. He has lectured at Harvard University, The School of Visual Arts, Hunter College, Tyler School of Art, Cornell University, and New York University. His film David Dixon is dead. was awarded best feature film in the Queens World Film Festival of 2012 and received a distribution grant from NYSCA through Wave Farm. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Nari Ward

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Born in Jamaica, Nari Ward’s work has been exhibited at national and international venues and institutions including the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, the New Museum, MoMA PS1, the Venice Biennale, and many more. His work has been acquired by a number of collections, including the Brooklyn Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Art, Istanbul Modern, and more. He is the recipient of awards such as the Vilcek Foundation Prize, the Joyce Award from the Joyce Foundation and the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Rome. He has been commissioned by the United Nations and the World Health Organization. He currently resides in New York and teaches in the Department of Art and Art History at Hunter College.

Renee Cox

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Born in Jamaica, Renée Cox has been included in solo and group exhibitions at prominent institutions, including Tate Liverpool, Brooklyn Museum of Art, and Perez Art Museum, among others. Her work has been acquired by a number of collections, including Whitney Museum of American Art, National Gallery of Jamaica, Brooklyn Museum of Art, and more. She has been the recipient of the Artists Fellowship Award from NYFA for The MacDowell Colony Residency, and the Aaron Matalon Award from The National Gallery of Jamaica. She has taught at New York University and Columbia University, and has lectured at Yale College of Art, New York University, and Parsons School of Design, among others. She lives and works in Manhattan and Amagansett, NY.

Lee Ann Norman

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Writer and strategist Lee Ann Norman loves to tell good stories about the arts in our everyday. Her scholarly investigations and creative yarns highlight an interest in designing spaces that allow people to learn about each other and themselves through the arts. Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including BOMB, Studio, the Studio Museum of Harlem’s magazine, and the Penn GSE Journal on Urban Education, and the Brooklyn Rail. Lee Ann studied art criticism and writing at the School of Visual Arts. She is currently based in New York.

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

Jeremy Hoevenaar

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Jeremy Hoevenaar is a writer and composer that lives in a place both here and there with his beautiful family. He is the author of Cold Mountain Mirror Displacement (American Books) and Our Insolvency (Golias Books). Other writings can be found online at the Brooklyn Rail and The Believer.

❤️ 🌈 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.