The New Social Environment#594

We Are But One: Breyer P-Orridge

Featuring Benjamin Tischer, Clarity Haynes, Lia Gangitano, Scott Treleaven, Ryan Martin, Genesse P-Orridge, and Ksenia Soboleva.


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Curators Lia Gangitano and Benjamin Tischer, artists Clarity Haynes, Scott Treleaven, Ryan Martin, and Genesse P-Orridge join Rail contributor Ksenia Soboleva for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by El Roy Red.

In this talk

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Benjamin Tischer

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Formerly co-owner of the gallery INVISIBLE-EXPORTS, Benjamin Tischer is an independent curator, art advisor, and private dealer operating under the moniker New Discretions. New Discretions works with the estates of BREYER P-ORRIDGE, Stephen Irwin, Bob Mizer, and Alan Vega, as well as working with living artists such as Tom Bianchi, Vaginal Davis, Paul Gabrielli, Clarity Haynes, Cary Leibowitz, Matthew Porter, Gabriela Vainsencher, and Marianne Vitale.

Lia Gangitano

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In 2001, Lia Gangitano founded PARTICIPANT INC, NY, a not-for-profit art space of which she is now the director. She has served as curator of Thread Waxing Space, NY, associate curator, The ICA, Boston, and curatorial advisor, MoMA PS1. She is a recipient of Skowhegan Governors’ Award for Outstanding Service to Artists (2015), the inaugural White Columns/Shoot the Lobster Award (2016), and the Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence (2018). She teaches at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.

Clarity Haynes

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Born 1971 in McAllen, Texas, and based in Brooklyn, NY, and upstate New York, Clarity Haynes is known for her long-standing explorations of the torso as a site for painted portraiture. Works in her Breast/Chest Portrait Project, always painted from life and usually monumental in scale, have focused on themes of healing, trauma, and self-determination. Feminist and queer craft practices are often honored in her work. Bright colors, lively compositions and multiple narratives conjoin in the depictions of both bodies and altars. Her work has been exhibited widely, including at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, New Discretions, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, and many others. Her work has been discussed in publications like Hyperallergic and Artnews, among others.

Scott Treleaven

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Artist Scott Treleaven first came to attention in the early 90s through a series of influential zines and short films. Since then Treleaven has continued to explore transcendental currents running through painting, photography and a variety of other media. Exhibitions include Cooper Cole, Toronto; XYZ Collective, Tokyo; MOCA Tucson, Arizona; Unit 17, Vancouver; Invisible-Exports, New York; 80WSE, New York; Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and ICA Philadelphia among others. Treleaven’s publications are included in historical overviews such as In Numbers: Serial Publications by Artists Since 1955 (JRP|Ringier 2009), _The Magazine – Documents of Contemporary Art Series _(MIT Press 2015), and Showboat: Punk, Sex, Bodies (Dashwood 2016).

Ryan Martin

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Co-founder of American independent record label Dais Records, Ryan Martin is Vice President at The Estate of Genesis P-Orridge. Dais Records was founded in 2007 and is operated out of Los Angeles and New York. The label focuses on both the new and the old: maintaining a roster of emerging, influential artists while concurrently seeking out rare, forgotten and lost recordings to reissue for a modern audience.

Genesse P-Orridge

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Photo credit: OK McCausland for The New York Times
The daughter of performer Genesis P-Orridge, Genesse P-Orridge is a contributor to Breyer P-Orridge: We Are But One at Pioneer Works. She constructed a sanctuary called “Altared State” for the exhibition as an homage to Genesis.

Ksenia M. Soboleva

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Photo by Irina Kadyrova-Schuddeboom
Dr. Ksenia M. Soboleva is a New York based art historian specializing in queer art and culture. She holds a Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, with a dissertation on art, AIDS, and lesbian identity in the United States. Soboleva is currently working on a book project titled Friendship as a Way of Art: Queer Identity and Visual Citation, and co-editing (with Svetlana Kitto) the first major publication on the lesbian gallery Trial Balloon. Her writings have appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, BOMB Magazine, Hyperallergic, Ursula Magazine, as well as various exhibition catalogues and artist monographs. She teaches at the New School and NYU.

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

El Roy Red

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El Roy Red works in the space btwn hope & efficacy until they reach actualisation. They are a poet/ healer/ facilitator/ reiki practitioner. Galvanised in Black/ Brown queer liberation, Red utilises writing, movement, ritual & performance 2 facilitate healing, growth, & alternative futures.

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