The New Social Environment#920

Willa Nasatir

Featuring Nasatir and Ksenia M. Soboleva, with Nora Treatbaby


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Willa Nasatir joins Rail contributor Ksenia M. Soboleva for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Nora Treatbaby.

In this talk

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Willa Nasatir

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Willa Nasatir’s practice investigates varied approaches to imaging. In both her paintings and photographs the artist transforms everyday objects to the point of the surreal, collecting and accumulating her subjects before distorting and abstracting their forms through various analog, drawing, and painting processes. Through abstracted form, she plays with dualities of meaning and proposes an unraveling of perceived boundaries as they relate to gender and power. She has had solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles; Gaylord Apartments, Los Angeles; Chapter NY, New York; and White Columns, New York.

Ksenia M. Soboleva

A picture of art historian Ksenia M. Soboleva.
Photo by Irina Kadyrova-Schuddeboom
Dr. Ksenia M. Soboleva is a New York based art historian specializing in queer art and culture. She holds a Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, with a dissertation on art, AIDS, and lesbian identity in the United States. Soboleva is currently working on a book project titled Friendship as a Way of Art: Queer Identity and Visual Citation, and co-editing (with Svetlana Kitto) the first major publication on the lesbian gallery Trial Balloon. Her writings have appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, BOMB Magazine, Hyperallergic, Ursula Magazine, as well as various exhibition catalogues and artist monographs. She teaches at the New School and NYU.

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

Nora Treatbaby

Photo of Nora Treatbaby
New York City based Nora Treatbaby’s chapbook Hope Is Weird is available from Other Weapons Distro. Her first full length collection of poetry Our Air is forthcoming from Nightboat Books.

❤️ 🌈 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.