The New Social Environment#851

Something Beautiful: Reframing La Colección

Featuring Maria Gaspar, Rodrigo Moura, and Gaby Collins-Fernandez, with Alexis Almeida


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Maria Gaspar and curator Rodrigo Moura join Rail contributor Gaby Collins-Fernandez for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Alexis Almeida.

In this talk

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Maria Gaspar

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Maria Gaspar is an artist negotiating the politics of location through installation, sculpture, sound, and performance. She has received the Guggenheim Award for Creative Arts, Latinx Artist Fellowship, United States Artists Fellowship, Art for Justice Award, Robert Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellowship, Creative Capital Award, Art Matters Grant and many others. She has exhibited extensively at venues across the US and beyond. Gaspar is an Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, holds an MFA in Studio Arts from University of Illinois at Chicago, and a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.

Rodrigo Moura

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Photo by Gonzalo Marroquin/Courtesy El Museo del Barrio, New York
Rodrigo Moura is a writer, editor and curator. He worked in Brazilian institutions such as Museu de Arte de São Paulo and Instituto Inhotim. He currently lives in New York, where he serves as the chief curator at El Museo del Barrio.

Gaby Collins-Fernandez

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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 Alexis Almeida reading.

Alexis Almeida

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Alexis Almeida is the author of I Have Never Been Able to Sing (Ugly Duckling Presse) and most recently the translator of Dalia Rosetti’s Dreams and Nightmares (Les Figues) and co-translator of Carlos Soto Román’s 11 (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2023). Her poems, prose, translations, and interviews have recently appeared in FENCE, Oversound, BOMB, the Poetry Project Newsletter, and elsewhere. She teaches at the Bard Microcollege at the Brooklyn Public Library and edits 18 Owls Press.

❤️ 🌈 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.