The New Social Environment#914

Ruth Asawa Through Line

Featuring Kim Conaty and Edouard Kopp and Christina Yang, with Cleo Abramian


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Curators Kim Conaty and Edouard Kopp join scholar Christina Yang for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Cleo Abramian.

In this talk

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Kim Conaty

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Photo by Kelly Conaty
Kim Conaty is the Steven and Ann Ames Curator of Drawings and Prints at the Whitney Museum, a position she has held since 2017. In addition to overseeing the Whitney’s collection of drawings and prints, she has organized several exhibitions there, including Edward Hopper’s New York (2022) and Nothing Is So Humble: Prints from Everyday Objects (2020). Prior to her role at the Whitney, Conaty was Curator at the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University and Assistant Curator at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and Clark Fellowship, Conaty holds a Ph.D. in the History of Art from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, and a Masters degree from Williams College.

Edouard Kopp

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Edouard Kopp is the John R. Eckel, Jr. Chief Curator of the Menil Drawing Institute. The latter is a program of the Menil Collection in Houston, TX, that seeks to foster scholarship and raise public understanding of the drawing medium through collecting, exhibitions, publications, public programs and fellowships. Edouard is co-curator, with Kim Conaty, of the exhibition Ruth Asawa Through Line, which will travel to the Menil after its presentation at the Whitney Museum of American Art. He is the author of Robert Motherwell Drawing: As Fast as the Mind Itself (Houston, 2022); and co-editor of Dare to Know: Prints and Drawings in the Age of Enlightenment (Cambridge, MA, 2022). Kopp holds a Ph.D. in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute, London.

Christina Yang

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Christina Yang is an independent curator, writer, and scholar based in New York. She specializes in experimental genres, spectatorship, politics of the image, and feminist care. She has been a curator at The Kitchen, Queens and Guggenheim Museums, as well at Williams College and UC Berkeley. She is a Ph.D candidate in performance studies at NYU. Her essay “Hung Liu: Seeing and Unknowing” on the Chinese-born artist is forthcoming for RYANLEE in May 2024.

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

Cleo Abramian

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Cleo Abramian is a poet originally from Colorado. She is the author of the chapbook Debt (b l u s h, 2023), and her writing has appeared in Armenian Creatives, Shitwonder, Columbia Journal, dirt child and elsewhere. She is currently an MFA candidate at UMass Amherst’s Poetry program.

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