Common Ground#923

Aesthetic Confessions: Sean Kelly

Featuring Kelly and Phyllis Tuchman, with Marisa Crawford


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Gallerist Sean Kelly joins Rail Editor-at-Large Phyllis Tuchman for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Marisa Crawford.

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Sean Kelly

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Gallerist Sean Kelly began his career in England as an artist, before branching into work as a museum curator and director. After relocating to New York, he established his eponymous gallery in 1991. Under his stewardship, the gallery has become a symbol for high-quality, thought-provoking contemporary art and conversation. Kelly is equally committed to education, human rights, and social justice issues, making the gallery available free of charge to educational advocacy groups and school tours throughout the year. Recently, he and his wife, Mary Kelly, donated their extensive James Joyce collection to the Morgan Library and Museum. He currently serves on the board of PEN America, where he is co-chair of the annual PEN Literary Gala.

Phyllis Tuchman

Phyllis Tuchman
Critic and art historian Phyllis Tuchman teaches and writes about art, particularly sculpture. She has taught at Williams College, Hunter College, and the School of Visual Arts. She is an Editor-at-Large for the Brooklyn Rail.

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

Marisa Crawford

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Marisa Crawford is the author of the poetry collections The Haunted House, Reversible, and, most recently, DIARY (Spuyten Duyvil, 2023). She is the editor of The Weird Sister Collection (Feminist Press, forthcoming 2024), and co-editor, with Megan Milks, of We Are The Baby-Sitters Club: Essays & Artwork from Grown-Up Readers. Marisa is co-host of the ’90s rock podcast All Our Pretty Songs. She lives in New York.

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