The New Social Environment#685

Zoe Leonard: Al río / To the River

Featuring Leonard, Tim Johnson, Thyrza Nichols Goodeve, and Esther Gabara, with Josephine Shokrian


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Zoe Leonard joins Marfa Book Company’s Tim Johnson, Rail Editor-at-Large Thyrza Nichols Goodeve and Rail contributor Esther Gabara for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Josephine Shokrian.

In this talk

Visit Zoe Leonard: Al río / To the River, on view at Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris through January 29, 2023 →

Zoe Leonard

Photo of Zoe Leonard wearing a blue shirt
New York-based artist Zoe Leonard balances rigorous conceptualism with a distinctly personal vision in her work, which merges photography, sculpture, and installation. By employing strategies of repetition, shifting perspectives, and a multitude of printing processes, Leonard’s practice probes the politics of representation and display. Leonard explores themes such as gender and sexuality, loss and mourning, migration, displacement, and the urban landscape. Her photography specifically invites us to contemplate the role that the medium plays in constructing history, and to consider the roots of contemporary photographic culture.

Tim Johnson

Photo of Tim Johnson
Based in Texas, Tim Johnson manages Marfa Book Company, a book store, art gallery, and music venue.

Thyrza Nichols Goodeve

Thyrza Nichols Goodeve
Thyrza Nichols Goodeve is a writer, editor, and educator who lives in Brooklyn Heights. She was Senior Art Editor at the Rail from 2017 to 2019 and is currently an Editor-at-Large.

Esther Gabara

A photograph of Esther Gabara.
Professor Esther Gabara works in the Departments of Romance Studies and Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University. She was curator and editor of the exhibition and accompanying catalog Pop América, 1965–1975. She is the author of Errant Modernism: The Ethos of Photography in Mexico and Brazil (Duke UP, 2008) and Non-Literary Fiction: Art of the Americas Under Neoliberalism (Chicago UP, 2022).

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

Josephine Shokrian

An image of a screen displaying a page in a book, black text on a white background says “this page intentionally left blank.” A silhouette of a figure is reflected in the screen.
New York-based artist Josephine Shokrian works behind and between the scenes. Recent engagements include constructing wire sculptures and scenic design for a disabled dance company’s performance on containment, producing a talking book from an archival text about illness under capitalism, and running a curricular lab on the politics and poetics of care. Shokrian’s current work explores the relationships between voice, telecommunication, data surveillance, and disability, with support through an initiative of Leonardo (MIT Press) and Beall Center for Art + Technology, Claire Trevor School of the Arts, UC Irvine.

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