The New Social Environment#776

The Potential Worldings of the Kitbash: A Critics Page Conversation

Featuring Miguel Abreu, Isak Berbic, Fawz Kabra, Wallace Whitney, Monsieur Zohore, and Andrew Woolbright, with Jen Fisher.


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Join the Rail’s March 2023 Critics Page contributors for a conversation with guest critic Andrew Woolbright. We conclude with a poetry reading by Jen Fisher.

In this talk

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Miguel Abreu

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Miguel Abreu was born in New York City and grew up in Paris. He established his namesake gallery in 2006 to nurture and promote what Abreu describes as “conceptually challenging, and plastically realized” works of art. In 2010 he co-founded Sequence Press, a publishing enterprise focusing on contemporary philosophy and the arts.

Isak Berbic

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Isak Berbic is a New York based artist, and cofounder of Brief Histories. Working in photography, video, and performance, his recent projects tell stories about fossils and fuels, cactus and earthworks, meteorites, shrapnel, and steel factories.

Fawz Kabra

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Fawz Kabra is a curator and writer living in New York. She is curator and director of Brief Histories, an art gallery and publishing project she co-founded in 2011. Kabra has organized exhibitions at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York; The Palestinian Museum, Birzeit; Bric Arts and Media House, Brooklyn; and Art Dubai. She was Assistant Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York; and co-director of Global Art Forum13, Dubai. Her writing and interviews appear in Art Papers, Canvas, Ibraaz, Ocula, and she is the editor of Tame the Wilderness? (Brief Histories Press 2021); No to the Invasion: Breakdowns and Side Effects (CCS/Barjeel/RAM 2017).

Wallace Whitney

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Wallace Whitney is a painter based in the Bronx. His work has been the subject of many solo exhibitions, most recently Braided Sky at Ceysson & Beneteire, New York and Patience Gift at Soloway, Brooklyn. Whitney is an educator who has taught at the University of Tennessee and the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. His practice includes writing about art including catalogue essays for numerous artists and for the online magazine Artcritical. Whitney has curated exhibitions in the United States and abroad, notably Unfurled: Supports/Surfaces 1966–1976 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit in the spring of 2019 and Feed the Meter, Vol. I and II at Ceysson and Benetiere in Wandhof, Luxembourg in 2015 and 2018. Whitney is a co-founder of the artist-run gallery Canada.

Monsieur Zohore

Monsieur Zohore
Monsieur Zohore is an Ivorian-American artist based in New York and Richmond. His practice is invested in the consumption and digestion of culture through the conflation of domestic quotidian labor and art production. Through performance, installation, and sculpture, his practices explore queer history alongside his Ivorian-American heritage through a multi-faceted lens of humor, economics, art history, and labor.

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 Jen Fisher reading.

Jen Fisher

Jen Fisher
Jen Fisher is a poet living in Queens, NY. Her book, In the Mud was published in 2020 by Desuetude Press and she has a forthcoming chapbook with F magazine in 2023. She is also part of a group show Harry Smith’s Shirt opening at F Gallery in Houston Texas on April 1st, organized and curated by Adam Marnie.

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