The New Social Environment#739

Art + Tech: Laurie Simmons

Featuring Simmons and Charlotte Kent, with Jennifer Michael Hecht


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Laurie Simmons joins Rail Editor-at-Large Charlotte Kent for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading.

In this talk

Laurie Simmons

Photo of Laurie Simmons
Since the mid-1970s, artist Laurie Simmons has staged scenes to create images with intensely psychological subtexts and nonlinear narratives. By the 1980s Simmons was at the forefront of a generation of artists, predominantly women, whose use of photography began a new dialogue in contemporary art. Her work is included in many permanent collections worldwide. The Modern in Fort Worth and The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago presented a major retrospective of Simmons’s work, titled Big Camera/Little Camera, in 2018-19. Simmons lives and works in New York and Connecticut.

Charlotte Kent

Charlotte Kent
Associate professor of visual culture at Montclair State University Charlotte Kent, PhD, has a particular interest in historical frameworks for art practices, with a research focus on contemporary digital culture and the absurd. She writes for assorted magazines and various academic journals. She is an 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 Jennifer Michael Hecht reading.

Jennifer Michael Hecht

Photo of Jennifer Michael Hecht
Historian and poet Jennifer Michael Hecht is the award-winning and bestselling author of the histories Doubt, Stay, The Happiness Myth, and The End of the Soul, and the forthcoming The Wonder Paradox, to be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux on March 7. Her poetry books include Who Said, The Next Ancient World, and Funny. She earned her PhD in history from Columbia University and teaches in New York City.

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