The New Social Environment#926

Barkley L. Hendricks: Portraits at the Frick

Featuring Aimee Ng, Richard J. Powell, and Jason Rosenfeld, with Jaye Elizabeth Elijah


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Curator Aimee Ng and art historian Richard J. Powell join Rail Editor-at-Large Jason Rosenfeld for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Jaye Elizabeth Elijah.

In this talk

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Aimee Ng

Photo of Aimee Ng
Photo by Joseph Coscia Jr.
In 2020, Aimee Ng co-curated Frick Madison, the critically acclaimed installation of the Frick’s historic collection in the Breuer building on Manhattan’s Madison Avenue, where she recently co-organized a year-long project called Living Histories: Queer Views and Old Masters, featuring the work of Salman Toor, Doron Langberg, Jenna Gribbon, and Toyin Ojih Odutola alongside paintings by Vermeer, Holbein, and Rembrandt. She has also co-created and featured in Frick video series including the Webby Award-honored Cocktails with a Curator as well as What’s Her Story? and Where in the World?

Richard J. Powell

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Richard J. Powell is the John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art & Art History at Duke University. He has written on a range of topics, including such titles as Cutting a Figure: Fashioning Black Portraiture (2008), Going There: Black Visual Satire (2020), and Black Art: A Cultural History (1997, 2002, and 2021). Powell has also organized numerous art exhibitions, most notably Back to Black: Art, Cinema, and the Racial Imaginary (2005), and Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist (2014). From 2007 until 2010, Powell was Editor-in-Chief of The Art Bulletin. Powell is currently the Leonard A. Lauder Research Center Distinguished Scholar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Jason Rosenfeld

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Distinguished Chair and Professor of Art History at Marymount Manhattan College Jason Rosenfeld, Ph.D., has curated the exhibitions John Everett Millais (Tate Britain, Van Gogh Museum), Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde (Tate Britain and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.), and River Crossings (Olana and Cedar Grove, Hudson and Catskill, New York). He is a co-author of the monograph Cecily Brown (Phaidon, 2020), and a Senior Writer and 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 Jaye Elizabeth Elijah reading.

Jaye Elizabeth Elijah

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Jaye Elizabeth Elijah is an orbweaver. Their practice connects art and poetry, visual media and the land, teaching and pleasure. Their words and images have appeared in The Counter, beestung, Earth in Color, Journal Safar, the Poetry Project newsletter, and the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day series. Jaye Elizabeth holds a BA from The New School and is an editor-at-large at Nightboat Books, a freelance language worker, and a forever student (current subject areas include stars, grief, and disability justice). Born and raised in southwest Ohio, they now reside under the wide skies of central New Mexico.

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