The New Social Environment#919

Laura Anderson Barbata: Singing Leaf

Featuring Barbata and Dan Cameron, with Melina Casados


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Laura Anderson Barbata joins Rail Editor-at-Large Dan Cameron for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Melina Casados.

In this talk

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Laura Anderson Barbata

Photo of Laura Anderson Barbata
Born in Mexico City, Laura Anderson Barbata is a transdisciplinary artist currently based in New York and Mexico City. Since 1992, she has initiated long-term projects and collaborations in the Venezuelan Amazon, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, Norway, and the United States that address social justice and the environment. Her work often combines performance, procession, dance, music, spoken word, textile arts, costuming, papermaking, zines and protest. Her work is in various private and public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; el Museo de Arte Moderno, México D.F.; and Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary TBA21-Academy.

Dan Cameron

Dan Cameron
New York-based curator, art writer and educator Dan Cameron launched his career in 1982 with Extended Sensibilities at the New Museum, the first institutional effort in the US to examine gay & lesbian identity in art. For over forty years, Cameron has held senior curatorial positions at the New Museum, Orange County Museum of Art and CAC New Orleans, and organized more than a hundred museum exhibitions, including surveys of Martin Wong, David Wojnarowicz, Faith Ringgold, and others. In 2007, Dan founded Prospect New Orleans, the contemporary art triennial to benefit the city after Hurricane Katrina, and organized the first two editions. More recently, his book on Nicole Eisenman’s paintings was published in 2021 by Lund Humphries.

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

Melina Casados

Photo of Melina Casados
Melina Casados is a poet, educator, and daughter of Central American immigrants with roots in North Carolina. Now living in New York, Melina teaches at Brooklyn College where she received her MFA in poetry and was a Rona Jaffe Found Fellowship recipient. Melina serves as the poetry editor for Snapdragon: A Journal of Art & Healing, and she is chronically invested in identity, culture, and care.

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