The New Social Environment#794

Face to Face: Portraits of Artists

Featuring Helen Molesworth, Tacita Dean, Brigitte Lacombe, Catherine Opie, and Amanda Gluibizzi, with Elena Comay del Junco


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Curator Helen Molesworth and artists Tacita Dean, Brigitte Lacombe, and Catherine Opie join Rail Art Editor Amanda Gluibizzi for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Elena Comay del Junco.

In this talk

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Helen Molesworth

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Helen Molesworth is a writer and a curator based in Los Angeles. Her new podcast is “Death of an Artist: The Story of Ana Mendieta and Carl Andre” (Pushkin and Sony Entertainment). She also recently hosted a podcast series called “Recording Artists” with The Getty, and is the host of Program with David Zwirner Gallery. She has curated many major museum exhibitions and has organized monographic exhibitions of Ruth Asawa, Moyra Davey, Noah Davis, and others. The author of numerous catalogue essays, her writing has appeared in Artforum, Art Journal, Documents, and October. She is the recipient of the 2011 Bard Center for Curatorial Studies Award for Curatorial Excellence, a 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship, and the 2022 Clark Art Writing Prize.

Tacita Dean

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Photo by Jim Rakete
Tacita Dean works primarily in film. She lives and works in Berlin and Los Angeles, where she was the Artist in Residence at the Getty Research Institute in 2014- 2015. Dean has been the recipient of numerous prizes including the Kurt Schwitters Prize in 2009 and the Hugo Boss Prize at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, in 2006. Solo exhibitions were most recently held in 2022 at MUDAM, Luxembourg, the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. Dean designed the sets and costumes for The Dante Project, a collaborative production with the Royal Ballet. In 2011 Dean’s work FILM, a part of the Unilever Series of Tate Modern and shown in the Turbine Hall, marked the beginning of the campaign to preserve photochemical film.

Brigitte Lacombe

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For four decades, Brigitte Lacombe has created iconic and intimate photographs of many of the most celebrated artists, actors, politicians and intellectuals. Her work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC; Phillips, New York; Sotheby’s, London; Qatar Museums, Doha; and elsewhere. Her books include Lacombe Anima | Persona (Steidl/Dangin, 2009) and Lacombe Cinema | Theater (Schirmer/Mosel). She has received the Lucie Award for Lifetime Achievement in Travel & Portraiture (2012), among other awards. Her photography has appeared in publications including Vanity Fair, GQ, and Harper’s Bazaar. Lacombe has worked on many film sets, major theater productions and fashion advertising campaigns. She lives in New York City.

Catherine Opie

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Photo by Heather Rasmussen
Catherine Opie is an artist working with photography, film, collage, and ceramics who lives and works in Los Angeles. Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States and abroad and is held in over 50 major collections throughout the world. Opie was the Robert Mapplethorpe Resident in Photography at the American Academy in Rome for 2021 and was a recipient of The Guggenheim Fellowship in 2019, among other awards. Her first monograph, Catherine Opie, was published by Phaidon in 2021. She holds the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Endowed Chair in Art at UCLA where she is a professor of Photography and also Chair of the Department of Art.

Amanda Gluibizzi

This is a sunny portrait of the Rail's Art Editor, Amanda Gluibizzi with houses in the background and a blue sky. Gluibizzi is wearing a yellow shirt and sunglasses.
Formerly Associate Professor at Ohio State University, Amanda Gluibizzi is the founding Co-Director of the New Foundation for Art History (NFAH) and Artseen Editor for the Brooklyn Rail. She specializes in mid- and late-20th century art, design, and urbanism in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. Amanda is the author of Art and Design in 1960s New York (Anthem Press, 2021).

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Elena Comay del Junco reading.

Elena Comay del Junco

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Elena Comay del Junco is a writer and philosophy professor in New York and Connecticut. She recently published a chapbook, Second Nature; her essays and criticism have appeared in publications including Texte zur Kunst, 3:AM and The Point. She is currently writing a book about the history of the “natural” as an ethical and political category from antiquity to the present. Her scholarly writing focuses on the history of Greek and Arabo-Islamic philosophy.

❤️ 🌈 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.