The New Social Environment#535

Hung Out to Dry: Troy Montes-Michie

Featuring Montes-Michie, Andrea Andersson, and Zoë Hopkins


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Troy Montes-Michie joins curator and author Andrea Andersson and Rail contributor Zoë Hopkins for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Jaylen Strong.

In this talk

Visit Troy Montes-Michie: Dishwater Holds No Images, on view at Company through April 23, 2022 →

Visit Troy Montes-Michie: Rock of Eye, co-organized by Rivers Institute for Contemporary Art & Thought, on view at the California African American Museum through September 4, 2022 →

Troy Montes-Michie

Photo of Troy Montes-Michie
Through assemblage and juxtaposition, Troy Montes-Michie (b. 1985) engages black consciousness, Latinx experience, immigration, and queerness. Utilizing textiles, garments and archival paper, from newsprint to pornography, Montes-Michie subverts dominant narratives by placing past and present in confrontation. Referencing a rule of camouflage known as “disruptive patterning” which works by breaking up the outlines of an object with a strongly contrasting pattern, he investigates the ways in which bodies of marginalized communities are frequently erased and fetishized. His work has recently been exhibited at the Institute for Contemporary Art (Richmond), The MAC (Belfast), and many other institutions. Montes-Michie is a Lecturer in the Visual Arts Program at Princeton University.

Andrea Andersson

A headshot of Andrea Andersson
Writer and curator Andrea Andersson serves as Founding Director and Chief Curator of Rivers Institute for Contemporary Art & Thought, a non-profit institute for research, publishing, and exhibitions, committing to art informed by diasporic experience. She has organized exhibitions with artists including Troy Montes-Michie, Yto Barrada, Sanford Biggers, Cecilia Vicuña, Zarouhie Abdalian, Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick, and Adam Pendleton, among others; she co-edits a series of artists’ books with Siglio Press including Adam Pendleton: Becoming Imperceptible, Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen, Hinge Pictures: Eight Women Artists Occupy the Third Dimension and most recently, Troy Montes-Michie: Rock of Eye. She also recently co-edited Sanford Biggers: Codeswitch (Yale UP).

Zoë Hopkins

Photo of Zoë Hopkins.
Zoë Hopkins is a writer and critic based in New York. She received her BA in Art History and African American Studies at Harvard University, and is currently working on her MA in Modern and Contemporary Art at Columbia University. Her writing has been published in the Brooklyn Rail, Artforum, Cultured and Hyperallergic.

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

jaylen strong

A portrait of poet and artist Jaylen Strong.
multi-hyphenate, slow-walking, seed-catching body jaylen strong is beneath the tree calculating how the shadows might reign. he is the former librarian curator for the playground annex. his work has been featured at moma ps1, artists space, pratt institute, brown university, moca cleveland, the center for african american poetry & poetics, and elsewhere.

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