The New Social Environment#825

A.K. Burns: Of space we are…

Featuring Burns and Ksenia M. Soboleva, with Tess Brown-Lavoie


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist A.K. Burns joins Rail contributor Ksenia M. Soboleva for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Tess Brown-Lavoie.

In this talk

Visit A.K. Burns: Of space we are…, on view at Wexner Center for the Arts through July 9, 2023 →

A.K. Burns

Black and white photo of A.K. Burns
A.K. Burns is an interdisciplinary artist and associate professor in the Department of Art at Hunter College, CUNY. Working at the nexus of language and materiality, Burns troubles systems that assign value and explores their sociopolitical embodiment. Burns currently has a survey exhibition encompassing the last decade of her practice, Of space we are… is on view through July 9th at the Wexner Center for the Arts, in Columbus OH. She has exhibited internationally, including solo shows at the Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Julia Stoschek Foundation, Düsseldorf, Germany; and New Museum, New York. Burns is a 2023 Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin and a 2021 Guggenheim Fellow.

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 Tess Brown-Lavoie reading.

Tess Brown-Lavoie

A photo of Tess Brown-Lavoie
Tess Brown-Lavoie is author of Lite Year (2019), winner of the Fence Modern Poets Series. Other writing has appeared in the Denver Quarterly, Berkeley Poetry Review, Fence Magazine, and Poetry Project’s New Year’s Marathon. Tess co-founded Sidewalk Ends Farm in Providence, RI in 2011, and has served as President of the National Young Farmers Coalition. Tess holds an MFA from Naropa University, and was the 2020-2022 Anne Waldman Fellow. Tess currently teaches writing to architecture students at the Pratt Institute in New York.

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