The New Social Environment#536

To Light the Sky: Jordan Nassar

Featuring Nassar and Dan Cameron


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Jordan Nassar joins Rail Editor-at-Large Dan Cameron for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Elizabeth Robinson.

In this talk

Visit Jordan Nassar: To Light The Sky, on view at James Cohan through May 7, 2022

Jordan Nassar

Photo of Jordan Nassar
Photo by Alexander Rotondo
Artist Jordan Nassar’s multivalent practice engages the material variety of craft to execute ideas centered on heritage and homeland. Through hand-embroidery, wood inlay, glass and expansive installations, he examines issues of identity, diaspora and cultural participation. Nassar often employs “the landscape” as a thread throughout these different mediums, using fields of color to define rolling hills and expanses of water. His work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions globally at institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Asia Society, New York, NY; and many others. Jordan Nassar is the recipient of the 2021 Unbound United States Artists Fellowship in craft. His upcoming solo exhibitions at the ICA Boston will open August 11, 2022.

Dan Cameron

Dan Cameron
New York-based curator, art writer and educator Dan Cameron launched his career in 1982 with Extended Sensibilities at the New Museum, the first institutional effort in the US to examine gay & lesbian identity in art. For over forty years, Cameron has held senior curatorial positions at the New Museum, Orange County Museum of Art and CAC New Orleans, and organized more than a hundred museum exhibitions, including surveys of Martin Wong, David Wojnarowicz, Faith Ringgold, and others. In 2007, Dan founded Prospect New Orleans, the contemporary art triennial to benefit the city after Hurricane Katrina, and organized the first two editions. More recently, his book on Nicole Eisenman’s paintings was published in 2021 by Lund Humphries.

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

Elizabeth Robinson

Photo of Elizabeth Robinson outdoors.
The author of several collections of poetry, Elizabeth Robinson’s most recent project is Rumor from Parlor Press. A new book, Being Modernists Together is forthcoming in 2022 from Solid Objects. Recent work has appeared in, or is forthcoming from, Big Other, Conjunctions, Denver Quarterly, Fence, Image, New Letters, Plume, Posit, and Salt.

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