Common Ground#868

Louise Nevelson’s Sculpture: Drag, Color, Join, Face

Featuring Julia Bryan-Wilson, Bridget R. Cooks, and Trevor Paglen, with Hannah Treasure


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Author Julia Bryan-Wilson and curator Bridget R. Cooks join artist Trevor Paglen for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Hannah Treasure.

In this talk

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Julia Bryan-Wilson

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Julia Bryan-Wilson is the author of Louise Nevelson’s Sculpture: Drag, Color, Join, Face. Her previous books include Art Workers: Radical Practice in the Vietnam War Era and Fray: Art and Textile Politics, which won the ASAP Book Prize, the Frank Jewett Mather Award from CAA, and the Robert Motherwell Book Award. She teaches at Columbia University and is Curator-at-Large at the Museu de Arte de São Paulo.

Bridget R. Cooks

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Bridget R. Cooks is a scholar and curator focused on the art of African Americans. She serves as Chancellor’s Fellow and Professor of African American Studies and Art History at the University of California, Irvine. Her books, articles, and essays can be found widely across interdisciplinary academic publications and art exhibition catalogues. She is most well-known as the author of the book, Exhibiting Blackness: African Americans and the American Art Museum (UMass, 2011).

Trevor Paglen

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Trevor Paglen is an artist whose work spans image-making, sculpture, investigative journalism, writing, engineering, and other disciplines. Paglen has had solo exhibitions at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington D.C., the Barbican Centre, London, and numerous other venues. Paglen has launched an artwork into distant orbit around Earth in collaboration with Creative Time and MIT, contributed research and cinematography to the Academy Award-winning film Citizenfour, and created a radioactive public sculpture for the exclusion zone in Fukushima, Japan. Paglen is the author of several books and articles and his work has been profiled in publications including The New York Times and Art Forum. Among other recognitions, Paglen was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2017.

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

Hannah Treasure

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Hannah Treasure is a Lecturer in the English Department at Clemson University. She received her MFA in Poetry from Brooklyn College in 2020. Her work appears in Ghost City Review, Afternoon Visitor, No Dear, Sonora Review, and Volume Poetry, among others.

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