The New Social Environment#785

LaToya Ruby Frazier: More Than Conquerors

Featuring Ruby Frazier and Jessica Holmes, with Madison McCartha


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Visual artist, photographer, and advocate LaToya Ruby Frazier joins Rail Art Editor Jessica Holmes for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Madison McCartha.

In this talk

Visit More Than Conquerors: A Monument for Community Health Workers of Baltimore, Maryland 2021-2022, on view at Gladstone Gallery, New York through April 15, 2023 →

LaToya Ruby Frazier

A photographic portrait of the artist LaToya Ruby Frazier wearing a silver suit.
Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art. Photography by Sean Eaton
LaToya Ruby Frazier was born in 1982 in Braddock, Pennsylvania. Her practice spans a range of media including photography, video, performance, installation art and books, and centers on the nexus of social justice, cultural change, and commentary on the American experience. Frazier uses collaborative storytelling with the people who appear in her artwork to address topics of industrialism, rust belt revitalization, environmental justice, access to healthcare, access to clean water, workers’ rights, human rights, family, and communal history. This builds on her commitment to the legacy of 1930s social documentary work and 1960s and ’70s conceptual photography that address urgent social and political issues of everyday life. Frazier’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions worldwide.

Jessica Holmes

Jessica Holmes
Writer, editor, and critic Jessica Holmes’s writing features regularly in BOMB, Hyperallergic, and The Brooklyn Rail, where she also edits the ArTonic column. Other bylines include Vanity Fair Spain, The Magazine Antiques, and The Woman’s Art Journal. Recent exhibition catalogue contributions include Judith Braun: My Pleasure (Opalka Gallery, Russell Sage College), Ellsworth Ausby: Somewhere in Space, Paintings from the 1960s and 1970s (Eric Firestone Gallery) and Markus Linnenbrink: THEREARESPACESTHATBREATHE (Museum of New Art, Portsmouth). Previously she served as Editor-in-Chief of the arts publication Degree Critical. For nearly two decades, she worked for the Calder Foundation, including 6 years as its Deputy Director.

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

Madison McCartha

Photo of Madison McCartha
Madison McCartha is a poet, critic, and multimedia artist. FREAKOPHONE WORLD (Inside the Castle, 2021) is their debut book of poetry and visual art. Their second book, THE CRYPTODRONE SEQUENCE, is forthcoming from Black Ocean. McCartha holds an MFA from the University of Notre Dame and is a PhD student at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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