The New Social Environment#696

Nicky Nodjoumi: 1981

Featuring Nodjoumi and Jason Rosenfeld, with Natasha Rao


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Nicky Nodjoumi joins Rail Editor-at-Large Jason Rosenfeld for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Natasha Rao.

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Nicky Nodjoumi

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Contemporary artist Nicky Nodjoumi (b. 1942, Kermanshah, Iran) has used painting as his primary medium while exploring the relationship between power and violence for over 40 years. Nodjoumi participated in Iran’s political revolution and as a result was expelled from the country leading him to become a major driver in building a profound, political body of works taking social power structure and violence as its subject. Nodjoumi’s works are in several prominent institutional collections worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum in London, Guggenheim Museum in Abu Dhabi, and elsewhere. Major exhibitions of the artist’s work include those at the LA County Museum of Art (2018); Metropolitan Museum of Art (2015); and Cleveland Museum of Art (2014).

Jason Rosenfeld

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Distinguished Chair and Professor of Art History at Marymount Manhattan College Jason Rosenfeld, Ph.D., has curated the exhibitions John Everett Millais (Tate Britain, Van Gogh Museum), Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde (Tate Britain and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.), and River Crossings (Olana and Cedar Grove, Hudson and Catskill, New York). He is a co-author of the monograph Cecily Brown (Phaidon, 2020), and a Senior Writer and Editor-at-Large for the Brooklyn Rail.

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

Natasha Rao

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Natasha Rao is the author of Latitude, which was selected by Ada Limón as the winner of the 2021 APR/Honickman First Book Prize. The recipient of a 2021 Ruth Lilly & Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, she has also received fellowships from Bread Loaf, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Community of Writers. Her work appears in The Nation, American Poetry Review, The New York Times Magazine, The Yale Review, and elsewhere. She holds a BA from Brown University and an MFA from NYU, where she was a Goldwater Fellow. She currently serves as an Editor of American Chordata.

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