The New Social Environment#596

The Observing Heart: Mary Frank

Featuring Frank and Andrew Woolbright


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Mary Frank joins Rail contributor Andrew Woolbright for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Sarah Passino.

In this talk

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Mary Frank

A photo of artist [Mary Frank].
Sculptor, painter, photographer and a fierce advocate for human rights, Mary Frank’s work is in the collections of the Metropolitan, Whitney and Brooklyn Museums and numerous private collections. Represented by DC Moore and Elena Zang Galleries in New York, she lives and works in Manhattan and Bearsville, New York. “Endlessly I ask myself- what is art for? The list changes. When people make music they inhale, connect their eyes and, on exhalation, begin the music- I would love to make that moment visible. A body of work is a wonderful expression. The feet, the space between the bones, the sigh, the scream, the wings, the eyes, the connective tissue in us and between all living things.”

Andrew Woolbright

Andrew Woolbright
Artist, curator, and critic Andrew Woolbright is based in Brooklyn, New York, and is an MFA graduate from RISD in painting. Woolbright is the founder and director of the gallery Below Grand located on the Lower East Side in New York. In addition to curating, he is an Editor-at-Large at the Brooklyn Rail. In 2021, Woolbright curated the show Density Betrays Us with Angela Dufresne and Cash Ragona at the Hole; and curated shows at Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and Hesse Flatow in the summer or 2022. He currently teaches at School of Visual Arts and Pratt Institute and is a 2021-2022 resident at the Sharpe Walentas Studio Program in Dumbo.

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

Sarah Passino

A photo of Sarah Passino
The author of Versioning Sappho Versioning (Stereoverse Editions), Sarah Passino has work in or forthcoming in The Brooklyn Rail, DIAGRAM, Berkeley Poetry Review, Washington Square Review, Poetry Daily, Boston Review’s What Nature, Wendy’s Subway’s Capital and Ritual, Company Gallery, and elsewhere. Her writing has been supported by fellowships from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Rona Jaffe Foundation, Poet’s House, The Center for Book Arts, and by the 92nd Street Y’s Rachel Wetzsteon Poetry Prize. Before getting her MFA from Bard, she earned a PhD from Vanderbilt University and an MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has most recently been experimenting with washes, intimate publishing, and the old notebook as unfamiliar source material.

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