The New Social Environment#874

Renée Cox: A Proof of Being

Featuring Cox and Eleanor Heartney, with Dior J. Stephens


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Photographer Renée Cox joins Rail Editor-at-Large Eleanor Heartney for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Dior J. Stephens.

In this talk

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Renée Cox

Photo of Renée Cox
Renée Cox makes photographs, collages, and installations that draw on art history, fashion photography and popular culture. Her work invokes a critical vision of female sexuality, beauty, power and heroism through nudity, religious imagery and symbolism that inform her interdisciplinary process. Her work has been included in solo and group exhibitions at prominent institutions including Tate Liverpool, The New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York, NY), and the Brooklyn Museum. She received the Artists Fellowship Award, New York Foundation for the Arts, among other recognitions. Cox is an associate professor at Columbia University.

Eleanor Heartney

Eleanor Heartney
Portrait by Phong H. Bui
New York-based art critic Eleanor Heartney is the author of numerous books on contemporary art. Heartney is a contributor to Art in America, Artpress and Artnet and has written extensively for publications including Artnews, The New Art Examiner, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. Her books include Art & Today (2008), Postmodern Heretics: The Catholic Imagination in Contemporary Art (2004) and Doomsday Dreams: The Apocalyptic Imagination in Contemporary Art (2019). She is co-author of After the Revolution: Women who Transformed Contemporary Art, The Reckoning: Women Artists in the New Millennium (2013) and Mothers of Invention: The Feminist Roots of Contemporary Art (2024). She is an Editor-at-Large for the Rail.

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

Dior J. Stephens

A black and white portrait of Dior J. Stephens
Dior J. Stephens (they/he) is a proud pisces hailing from Midwestern waters. He is the author of the chapbooks SCREAMS & lavender, 001, and CANNON!. Their debut full-length collection, CRUEL/CRUEL is out now with Nightboat Books. They happily serve as the Managing Poetry Editor of Foglifter Journal and Press.

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