Common Ground

Synthesis of the Arts: ‘T’ Space Rhinebeck

Featuring Steven Holl, George Quasha, Eirini Tsachrelia, Susan Wides, and Phong H. Bui


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Board Member Steven Holl and Curator and Director Susan Wides from ‘T’ Space Rhinebeck join Phong H. Bui for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Mia Ayumi Malhotra.

In this talk

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Steven Holl

A portrait of architect Steven Holl.
Architect Steven Holl has published numerous texts and has lectured widely. He is a tenured faculty member at Columbia University where he has taught since 1981. He was named by Time magazine as “America’s Best Architect,” for creating “buildings that satisfy the spirit as well as the eye.” Steven Holl Architects is a 28-person innovative architecture and urban design office working between New York City and Beijing. Steven Holl Architects projects combine sustainable technology and forward-looking approaches to urbanism and architecture, and see a sustainable approach to design and construction as an obligation to the future of the built environment and are committed to this vision in each project. He is the founder of ‘T’ Space, a project of the Steven Myron Holl Foundation.

George Quasha

A black and white photo of [George Quasha] among sculptures.
Poet, artist, musician and writer George Quasha works in diverse mediums to explore certain principles (e.g., axiality, ecoproprioception). For his primary medium poiesis he has invented the genre preverbs as a medium of axial language and “linguality at zero point.” There are thirteen books of preverbs to date of which seven published, most recently Not Even Rabbits Go Down This Hole (2020) and Waking from Myself (2022). Among some thirty published books is Poetry in Principle: Essays in Poetics (2019). Soon to appear is Zero Point Poiesis: George Quasha’s Axial Art, a collection of writings on his poetry, art and thought by sixteen authors, edited by Burt Kimmelman, foreword by Jerome McGann.

Eirini Tsachrelia

A black and white photo of [Eirini Tsachrelia].
Int’l Associate AIA Eirini Tsachrelia has taught at Parsons School of Constructed Environments, New York City College of Technology, and the Spitzer School of Architecture. Eirini is Director of Educational Programs at ‘T’ Space, where she has instructed the Summer Architecture Residency since 2017, when she co-developed the program. Currently she is co-curating Pamphlet Architecture Visions and Experiments in Architecture in 2022. Eirini has curated exhibitions in Greece and New York. She received her Diploma in architecture with honors from Patras University, School of Architecture in Greece, and her M.S Degree in Advanced Architectural Design with honors from GSAPP Columbia University. She is a WELL AP and Living Future Accredited Professional.

Susan Wides

A portrait of Susan Wides.
Photo by John Isaacs
Susan Wides, the Curator and Director of ‘T’ Space, has curated over 30 exhibitions as well as their poetry, music performances, exhibition texts, and publications since 2010. Wides is a photo-based artist—nature and perception are driving forces of her work. She uses the language of the lens and its conceptual, psychological, and formal dimensions to create abstract, hybrid photographic spaces fused with an ecologically driven representation. Over 25 solo exhibitions of Wides’ work include a survey at The Hudson River Museum, The Center for Creative Photography, PS122, The Samuel Dorsky Museum, and the storied Galerie Urbi et Orbi in Paris. Her work resides in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, ICP, among many others and is widely published.

Phong H. Bui

Photo of Phong Bui taken by Nicola Delorme
Photo by Nicola Delorme
Artist, writer, and independent curator Phong H. Bui is Publisher and Artistic Director of the Brooklyn Rail, the River Rail, Rail Editions, and Rail Curatorial Projects. Among many other awards, Bui received The Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Prize for Arts Writers in 2017, was the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from University of the Arts in 2020, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts in 2021.

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

Mia Ayumi Malhotra

A photo of [Mia Malhotra].
Photo by Zach Domes
Poet Mia Ayumi Malhotra is the author of Notes from the Birth Year (Bateau Press, 2022), winner of the Bateau Press BOOM Chapbook Contest, and Isako Isako (Alice James Books, 2018), winner of the Alice James Award. She was received numerous awards, including the Nautilus Gold Award for Poetry, the Hawker Prize for Southeast Asian Poetry and the Singapore Poetry Prize. Her poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including The Yale Review, The World I Leave You: Asian American Poets on Faith and Spirit, and many others. A founding editor of Lantern Review, Mia has received fellowships from the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop and Kundiman. She teaches poetry and tends a hillside in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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