The New Social Environment#815

Harmony Hammond: Accumulations

Featuring Hammond and Ksenia M. Soboleva, with Timmy Straw


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Harmony Hammond joins Rail contributor Ksenia M. Soboleva for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Timmy Straw.

In this talk

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Harmony Hammond

Black and white photo of Harmony Hammond
Photo by Clayton Porter
Harmony Hammond is an artist, art writer and independent curator. A leading figure in the development of the feminist art movement in New York in the early 1970s, she was a co-founder of A.I.R., the first women’s cooperative art gallery in New York (1972) and Heresies: A Feminist Publication on Art & Politics (1976). Since 1984, Hammond has lived and worked in northern New Mexico, teaching at the University of Arizona, Tucson from 1989–2006. Hammond’s earliest feminist work combined gender politics with post-minimal concerns of materials and process, frequently occupying a space between painting and sculpture – a focus that continues to this day. Hammond’s book, Wrappings: Essays on Feminism, Art and the Martial Arts (1984), is a foundational publication on 1970s feminist art.

Ksenia M. Soboleva

A picture of art historian Ksenia M. Soboleva.
Photo by Irina Kadyrova-Schuddeboom
Dr. Ksenia M. Soboleva is a New York based art historian specializing in queer art and culture. She holds a Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, with a dissertation on art, AIDS, and lesbian identity in the United States. Soboleva is currently working on a book project titled Friendship as a Way of Art: Queer Identity and Visual Citation, and co-editing (with Svetlana Kitto) the first major publication on the lesbian gallery Trial Balloon. Her writings have appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, BOMB Magazine, Hyperallergic, Ursula Magazine, as well as various exhibition catalogues and artist monographs. She teaches at the New School and NYU.

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

Timmy Straw

Photo of Timmy Straw
Timmy Straw is a poet and translator from Oregon. Their poems appear in Annulet, The Paris Review, Yale Review, and elsewhere, and their first book, The Thomas Salto, comes out on Fonograf Editions in fall 2023. They’re also working with the wonderful Ainsley Morse on a collection of translations of the Russian poet Grigori Dashevsky, and they study comparative literature at the University of Pennsylvania.

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