The New Social Environment#715

Alex Katz: Gathering

Featuring Robert Storr, David Salle, Jordan Casteel, and Phong H. Bui, with Parker Menzimer


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artists Robert Storr, David Salle, and Jordan Casteel join Rail Publisher and Artistic Director Phong H. Bui for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Parker Menzimer.

In this talk

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Robert Storr

Robert Storr
Portrait by Phong H. Bui
Preeminent art critic, curator, artist, and educator Robert Storr is the former Dean of Yale School of Art and senior curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He has written numerous catalogues, articles, and books on major 20th and 21st-century artists. He was the first American to serve as visual arts director of the Venice Biennale and has been researching and writing on Philip Guston for more than three decades.

David Salle

Photo of David Salle in front of a blue door.
Photo by Robert Wright
Artist David Salle’s paintings have been shown in museums, galleries, and major international expositions worldwide for over 35 years. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at the Whitney Museum, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Dallas Contemporary; and the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo in Málaga, among others. Salle is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. A collection of his essays, How To See, was published in 2016 by W.W. Norton. Born in 1952 in Oklahoma, Salle grew up in Wichita, Kansas. After earning a BFA in 1973 and an MFA in 1975, both from CalArts, Salle moved to New York, where he has lived since.

Jordan Casteel

Jordan Casteel
Photo credit: David Schulze
Jordan Casteel (b. 1989, Denver, CO) has rooted her practice in community engagement, painting from her own photographs of people she encounters. Posing her subjects within their natural environments, her nearly life-size portraits and cropped compositions chronicle personal observations of the human experience. Casteel received her BA from Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA for Studio Art (2011) and her MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT (2014). Casteel is an Assistant Professor of Painting in the Department of Arts, Culture, and Media at Rutgers University - Newark. The artist lives and works in New York.

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 Parker Menzimer reading.

Parker Menzimer

A portrait of Parker Menzimer
Parker Menzimer is a poet and editor in New York. His chapbook The Links was published by 1080press in July 2022. His writing has appeared in BOMB, Epiphany, Tiding House, Works & Days, and other places. He earned his MFA from Brooklyn College, where he was a Truman Capote Fellow.

❤️ 🌈 We'd like to thank the The Terra Foundation for American Art for making these daily conversations possible, and for their support of our growing archive.