The New Social Environment#790

Darío Escobar: Encrypted Messages

Featuring Escobar and José Falconi, with María Argel and Enrique Aureng Silva


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Darío Escobar joins Rail contributor José Falconi for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by María Argel and Enrique Aureng Silva.

In this talk

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This event will be available in English and Spanish, through simultaneous translation.

We’d like to thank our friends at Almine Rech Gallery for graciously sponsoring the translation services.

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Darío Escobar

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Guatemalan-born sculptor Darío Escobar is a contemporary artist whose work is characterized by the formal and conceptual investigation of objects and their insertion into the field of art history and visual art. His work challenges the viewer to reflect on the space we occupy within the social, political, and economic systems that sustain our existence. Since the late 1990s, Escobar has utilized a wide range of industrial and everyday consumer products, from cereal boxes to car bumpers, to construct an ongoing dialogue on global consumerism. That dialogue, invariably, has also incorporated an extensive conversation with object-making across the ages. Over the last two decades, Escobar’s art has gained a critical place around the world.

José Falconi

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Assistant Professor of Art and Human Rights at the University of Connecticut, José Falconi received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2010. From 2001 to 2011, he was Art Forum Curator at the David Rockefeller for Latin American Studies at Harvard University, curating more than thirty shows of cutting-edge Latino and Latin American artists in an academic setting. In the United States, he has been appointed Lecturer in the Department of Art History and Architecture at Brandeis University (2014-2020), Boston University in the Spring of 2016 and in the School of the Arts at the University of Connecticut in the Spring of 2021.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have María Argel, and Enrique Aureng Silva reading.

María Argel

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María Argel (1993) grew up in Montelíbano, a town in the Colombian Caribbean Coast. She studied Literature in Bogotá and is now attending the Master in Creative Writing in Spanish at NYU. She writes poetry and fiction and is currently working on her first novel: a coming of age of a young woman searching for the story of a suicidal actress of the 70s. She is also working on a group of poems based on female characters in movies.

Enrique Aureng Silva

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Enrique Aureng Silva (Mexico City, 1988) is an architect, writer and translator. He has edited design and literary magazines and is chief editor at Apart from drawing plans and writing short-stories, he translates literary texts at

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