The New Social Environment#911

Michael Rakowitz: The Monument, The Monster, and The Maquette

Featuring Rakowitz and Ann C. Collins, with Emily Jungmin Yoon


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Michael Rakowitz joins Rail contributor Ann C. Collins for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Emily Jungmin Yoon.

In this talk

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Michael Rakowitz

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Photo by Wadi Mhiri
Iraqi-American artist Michael Rakowitz interrogates social geographies on a local, regional, and global scale, working at the intersection of problem-solving and trouble-making. Among his first projects is paraSITE (1998-ongoing), a series of custom built inflatable structures designed for unhoused people that attach to the exterior outtake vents of a building’s HVAC system. Recently, he has been the recipient of the 2018-2020 Fourth Plinth commission in London’s Trafalgar Square; the 2020 Nasher Prize; and the 2018 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts. His work has appeared in MoMA, Whitechapel Gallery, MassMOCA, and Tate Modern, among others. Rakowitz is a Professor of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University.

Ann C. Collins

Ann C. Collins
Regular contributor to the Brooklyn Rail’s ArtSeen section, Ann C. Collins holds a BFA in Film and Television from NYU and an MFA in Art Criticism & Writing from the School of Visual Arts. Her work has also appeared in Degree Critical and Variables West. Her film editing projects include Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold; Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters, and the Netflix series The Pharmacist. Her film work has screened at Sundance, Berlin, and New York film festivals. She lives in Brooklyn.

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

Emily Jungmin Yoon

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Emily Jungmin Yoon is the author of A Cruelty Special to Our Species (Ecco, 2018) and Ordinary Misfortunes (Tupelo Press, 2017). She has also translated and edited a chapbook of poems, Against Healing: Nine Korean Poets (Tilted Axis, 2019). Yoon currently serves as the Poetry Editor for The Margins, the digital magazine of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, and an Assistant Professor in the East Asian Languages and Literatures Department at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Yoon’s second book of poems, Find Me as the Creature I Am, is forthcoming from Knopf.

❤️ 🌈 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.