The New Social Environment#875

Edvard Munch: Trembling Earth

Featuring Peter Acheson, Jay Clarke, David Carrier, and Sarah Jackson, with Allen Fisher


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Peter Acheson, curator Jay Clarke, and author David Carrier join visual artist and writer Sarah Jackson for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Allen Fisher.

In this talk

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Peter Acheson

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Peter Acheson lives and works in the Hudson Valley in Ghent, NY. His interest is in graphing the overlaps of image, language, and nature, mindful of how they roll into each other. A refugee from the ’80s Williamsburg scene, he inhabits a landscape of orchards and farm fields giving way to second homes, populated by maple trees, red-tailed hawks, deer, and the occasional black bear. He has been an avid reader of archetypal psychology, artists’ biographies, and poetry for 40 years. He has written, “the key concern of the painter and poet is the Wild- wild nature from the macro to the microscopic. The mind is wild, imagination is wild, and artists should free themselves from categorical thinking and the dominating concept of Self…"

Jay A. Clarke

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Jay A. Clarke is the Rothman Family Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago. From 2009 to 2018 she was the Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Clark Art Institute and a lecturer in the graduate program in the history of art at Williams College. Most recent exhibitions she has curated or co-curated with books she has edited or co-edited include, Bridget Riley Drawings from the Artist’s Studio (2022), and Edvard Munch: Trembling Earth (2023). Jay has written several articles on Käthe Kollwitz, Edvard Munch, and the materials, processes, and markets of prints and drawings circa 1900. She received her master’s and PhD from Brown University.

David Carrier

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David Carrier taught philosophy in Pittsburgh and art history in Cleveland. He writes art criticism. His In Caravaggio’s Shadow: Naples as a Work of Art (London, 2025) is forthcoming.

Sarah Jackson

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Sarah Jackson is a Jungian analyst and visual artist as well as an adjunct faculty member and supervisor at the C.G. Jung Institute of NY. She is interested in the overlap and intersection of visual art and analytic psychology. Recent lectures include “Some Reflections on Shadow”, the keynote address at the Metamorfos Institute’s annual conference (2023), “Shaker Communal Life”, Shaker Museum, Old Chatham, NY, (2022), and “Images of the Other in Visual Art”, at the XXI International Congress for Analytical Psychology, Vienna, Austria (2019). Her review of the Clark’s Turner & Constable at the Clark appeared in the journal Chronogram in 2018. Sarah lives in Great Barrington MA.

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

Allen Fisher

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Poet, painter, and art historian Allen Fisher has been included in over 160 publications, with his most recent artist’s book Black Pond (2020). Fisher worked in the City Lead Works from 1962 until the ’70s, performed with Fluxus in Britain in the ’70s, and studied physics, human physiology, drawing and color, and art history at Goldsmiths and Essex. He is Emeritus Professor of Poetry and Art at Manchester Metropolitan University and editor of the journal Spanner and Spanner Editions and co-publisher of Aloes Books, New London Pride, and Edible Magazine.

❤️ 🌈 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.