The New Social Environment#801

Aliza Nisenbaum: Queens, Lindo y Querido

Featuring Nisenbaum and Gaby Collins-Fernandez, with Stephanie Adams-Santos


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Aliza Nisenbaum joins Rail contributor Gaby Collins-Fernandez for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Stephanie Adams-Santos.

In this talk

Visit Aliza Nisenbaum: Queens, Lindo y Querido, on view at the Queens Museum through September 10, 2023 →

Aliza Nisenbaum

Portrait of Aliza Nisenbaum
Portrait by Phong H. Bui
Born in Mexico City, Aliza Nisenbaum paints portraits that are the manifestation of exchanges with her subjects, taking place over time. Distinct social groups are at the foreground of her work, including immigrants, dancers, members of grassroot organizations, and subway and health workers. She engages with these groups on various levels, sharing resources, skills, and ultimately, social representation. Nisenbaum is currently finalizing a commission for a joint collaboration with the Queens Museum and Delta Air Lines, with a mosaic to be installed at the new Terminal C at LaGuardia Airport in 2024. Among other notable solo shows, she exhibited at the Tate Liverpool in 2021. She also recently participated in the Gwangju Biennale in South Korea (April 2023).

Gaby Collins-Fernandez

Photo of Gaby Collins-Fernandez
Photo by Michael Marcelle
Gaby Collins-Fernandez is an artist living and working in New York City. She holds degrees from Dartmouth College (BA) and the Yale School of Art (MFA, Painting/Printmaking). Her work has been shown in the US and internationally, including at Peter Freeman, Inc., the Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama and El Museo del Barrio, NY. Her work has been discussed in publications such as the Brooklyn Rail and artcritical, and on the video interview series, Gorky’s Granddaughter. She is a recipient of residencies at Yaddo (Saratoga Springs, NY), The Marble House Project (Dorset, VT), and a 2013 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Art Award. She is a founder and publisher of the annual magazine Precog, and a co-director of the artist-run art and music initiative BombPop!Up.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Stephanie Adams-Santos reading.

Stephanie Adams-Santos

A portrait of Stephanie Adams-Santos.
Multidisciplinary writer and artist Stephanie Adams-Santos’s work is rooted in the crossroads of ritual, ancestry, and environment—with a penchant for the weird, queer, and surreal. She is the author of several collections of poetry: Dream of Xibalba (forthcoming 2021, winner of the Orison Books Poetry Prize), Swarm Queen’s Crown (finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards), and The Sundering (winner of a New York Chapbook Fellowship by Poetry Society of America). Stephanie’s poems and prose have appeared in Orion Magazine, The Boston Review, Guernica, the anthology Speculative Fiction for Dreamers, among others. She is a 2022 Ojalá Ignition Fellow and is also a professional Tarot reader and occasional instructor of poetry and divination.

❤️ 🌈 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.