The New Social Environment#924

Barbara Kasten: Figure/Chair, 1972-73

Featuring Kasten and Martha Schwendener, with Zoe Brezsny


2 p.m. Eastern / 11 a.m. Pacific

Artist Barbara Kasten joins Rail contributor Martha Schwendener for a conversation at a special time of 2 p.m. EST. We conclude with a poetry reading by Zoe Brezsny.

In this talk

Visit Barbara Kasten: Figure/Chair, 1972-73, on view at Bortolami Gallery, New York through November 4, 2023 →

Barbara Kasten

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Barbara Kasten lives and works in Chicago. Kasten’s practice centers an exploration of perception and materiality. Her photographic output has been essential to the last decade of multi-disciplinary work in sculpture, video, installation, and public art. These works continue to examine an object’s presence within both illusionistic and real space. Forms—designated by shadow, color, and the space between objects—oscillate between representation and abstraction. Her work has been exhibited across the United States and Europe. Most recently, Kasten was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany, which traveled to Sammlung Goetz. Her work is featured in the collections of the MoMA, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Tate Modern, and many others.

Martha Schwendener

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Art historian Martha Schwendener, PhD, is an art critic for the New York Times and a visiting professor at New York University. Her criticism and essays have been published in Artforum, Afterimage, Bookforum, October, Art in America, The New Yorker, the Village Voice, the Brooklyn Rail, Art Papers, New Art Examiner, Paper Monument, and other publications. She is working on a manuscript that examines Vilém Flusser’s philosophy in relation to art.

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

Zoe Brezsny

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Zoe Brezsny is the author of Earthworks (Land and Sea Press), Shortest Century (Erudite Fangs) with Anne Waldman, and Ecstasy (Topos Press), an audio cassette of poems. She records a weekly guided meditation segment for WFMU 91.1 FM radio. Brezsny co-runs the project space Gern en regalia with Mario Miron.

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