Common Ground#873

Surreal Spaces: The Life and Art of Leonora Carrington

Featuring Joanna Moorhead and Ann McCoy, with Amanda Deutch


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Journalist and author Joanna Moorhead joins Rail Editor-at-Large Ann McCoy for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Amanda Deutch.

In this talk

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Joanna Moorhead

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Joanna Moorhead is a British journalist and author whose critically acclaimed memoir, The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington, chronicles her relationship with Carrington, her cousin. Moorhead writes for The Guardian, The Observer, The Times (London), and many other publications.

Ann McCoy

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Portrait by Phong H. Bui
New York-based sculptor, painter, and art critic Ann McCoy is an Editor-at-Large for the Brooklyn Rail. She lectured at the Yale School of Drama for 10 years, and taught in the Art History Department at Barnard College for 20 years. Ann’s work is included in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others. In 2019, she was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. Ann McCoy worked with Prof. C.A. Meier, Jung’s heir apparent for twenty-five years in Zurich. She has studied alchemy since the early seventies in Zurich and in Rome at the Vatican Library.

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

Amanda Deutch

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Amanda Deutch is a poet born and raised in New York City. Her poetry has been published in the Brooklyn Rail, The New York Times, Oversound, The Rumpus, Cimarron Review, and in many other journals and magazines. Recent poetry collections include the chapbooks wild anemone (forthcoming above/ground press, 2023), Bodega Night Pigeon Riot (above/ground press) and Surf Avenue & 29th Street, Coney Island (Least Weasel Press). An artist book of poems from wild anemone is forthcoming in collaboration with the artist Sarah Nicholls. Deutch has been awarded residencies from Footpaths to Creativity (Azores, Portugal) and The Betsy Writer’s Room (Miami, Florida). She lives in Brooklyn, where she works as the Executive Director of Parachute Literary Arts.

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