The New Social Environment#871

Schema: World as Diagram

Featuring Raphael Rubinstein, Heather Bause Rubinstein, Mike Cloud, Joanne Greenbaum, Hilma’s Ghost, Loren Munk, and Karla Knight, with Pareesa Pourian


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Exhibition curators Raphael Rubinstein and Heather Bause Rubinstein, and contributing artists Mike Cloud, Joanne Greenbaum, Hilma’s Ghost, Loren Munk, and Karla Knight join Rail contributor Gaby Collins-Fernandez for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Pareesa Pourian.

In this talk

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Raphael Rubinstein

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Raphael Rubinstein’s most recent book is Negative Work: The Turn to Provisionality in Contemporary Art (Bloomsbury Academic, 2023). Other publications include The Miraculous (Paper Monument, 2014), A Geniza (Granary Books, 2015) and monographs on Shirley Jaffe (Flammarion, 2014) and Guillermo Kuitca (Lund Humphries, 2020). Curatorial projects include Reinventing Abstraction: New York Painting in the 1980s (Cheim & Read, 2013) and Under Erasure (co-curated with Heather Bause Rubinstein, at Pierogi, 2018-19) His poems have appeared in several anthologies including Best American Poetry 2015. A contributing editor of Art in America and an Editor-at-Large for the Brooklyn Rail, he is also Professor of Critical Studies at the University of Houston School of Art.

Heather Bause Rubinstein

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Until recently, Heather Bause Rubinstein’s painting practice centered on large scale textile works, ranging from unstretched recto/verso canvases to sewn works such as The Clockwork, an immersive installation included in the 2023 International Triennial of Tapestry at the Central Museum of Textiles in Łódź, Poland. Informed by her study of historical land use, migration and the nomadic cultures of Central Asia, these works transpose and transform their materials into patterns of meaning. Recently, she has returned to oil and canvas, creating gestural abstractions that draw on influences as diverse as Vuillard and Twombly, while registering the complexity of the natural world amid the tragedy of climate change. She divides her time between New York City and the Catskills.

Mike Cloud

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Mike Cloud is a painter who experiments with materials and techniques embedded in mass-culture to both activate and defy preconceived notions of painterly expression. Drawing on deep human experiences such as death, community and freedom, combined with his countercultural relationship to painting, Cloud creates totalizing pictures— “holistic abstractions”. His works have been exhibited at Frieze London; Thomas Erben Gallery, NYC, NY; The Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC, NY; MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, NYC, NY. Cloud is an Associate Professor in the department of Art, Theory & Practice at Northwestern University.

Joanne Greenbaum

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Joanne Greenbaum has exhibited widely at international venues including at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS; Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Germany; and MoMA PS1, New York, among many others. In 2008, a career-spanning survey of her work was mounted by Haus Konstruktiv in Zurich, Switzerland and travelled to the Museum Abteiberg in Monchengladbach, Germany. In 2018, the Tufts University Art Galleries at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston mounted Joanne Greenbaum: Things We Said Today, a comprehensive solo exhibition that travelled to the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. Greenbaum is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant and Artist in Residence at The Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX.

Hilma's Ghost

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Hilma’s Ghost is a feminist artist collective founded by Brooklyn-based artists Sharmistha Ray and Dannielle Tegeder. The collective makes work collaboratively, conducts experimental pedagogy, and engages in transcultural research and dialogue through the lens of feminism and spirituality to build community and reckon with patriarchal art histories that have excluded women, trans, and nonbinary practitioners. Solo and group exhibitions include Schema: World as Diagram, Marlborough Gallery, NY and Radical Spirits, Hill-Stead Museum, CT (2022); among others. They have upcoming projects and exhibitions at The Aldrich Museum, CT; Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago; and Gallery RGR, Mexico City.

Loren Munk

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Loren Munk came to New York City in 1979 to study painting on the G.I. Bill under Knox Martin at the Art Students League. He worked at the Utrecht Art Supply store during the heydays of the East Village art scene. In 2001 Munk began a mapping project documenting culturally rich areas in the city like SoHo, the East Village, Chelsea, Tribeca, Williamsburg and Bushwick, and started writing reviews for the Brooklyn Rail. In 2006 he started two YouTube channels, under the pseudonym James Kalm, that have received over eighteen million views, creating and maintaining a video archive of over 1500 programs featuring New York art exhibitions and reports accessible to anyone in the world.

Karla Knight

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Karla Knight is a visual artist living and working in Connecticut. She received her BFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design in 1980. Knight’s work has been widely exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions. She is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Walker Art Center, among other venues. She has been the recipient of various awards/fellowships including MacDowell, Yaddo, and two Connecticut Artist Fellowships. Knight is represented by Andrew Edlin Gallery in New York City, and recently had her first solo museum exhibition, a forty-year survey, at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT. Her work has been reviewed in The Brooklyn Rail, The New Yorker, Artforum, and elsewhere.

Gaby Collins-Fernandez

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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 Pareesa Pourian reading.

Pareesa Pourian

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Pareesa Pourian is a painter and poet. She received an MFA in Painting from Rutgers University and did her undergraduate studies in painting and philosophy at Louisiana State University. She currently teaches painting and creative writing at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, and lives and studies herbalism in upstate New York.

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