The New Social Environment#945

Meleko Mokgosi: Spaces of Subjection

Featuring Mokgosi and Zoë Hopkins, with Aristilde Kirby


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Meleko Mokgosi joins Rail contributor Zoë Hopkins for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Aristilde Kirby.

In this talk

Visit Spaces of Subjection: Parts 1 to 5, on view at Jack Shainman Gallery through December 22, 2023 →

Meleko Mokgosi

Photo of Meleko Mokgosi
Meleko Mokgosi (born in Francistown, Botswana; lives and works in Wellesley, MA) is an artist, Associate Professor and director of graduate studies at the Yale School of Art, and co-founder and director of the Interdisciplinary Art and Theory Program. By working across history painting, cinematic tropes, psychoanalysis, and post-colonial theory, Mokgosi creates large-scale project-based installations that examine historiography and the fundamental models for the inscription and transmission of history. Mokgosi’s 2023 exhibition at Jack Shainman Gallery showcases new work from recent solo exhibitions at Saint Louis Art Museum and Art Gallery of York University in Toronto.

Zoë Hopkins

Photo of Zoë Hopkins.
Zoë Hopkins is a writer and critic based in New York. She received her BA in Art History and African American Studies at Harvard University, and is currently working on her MA in Modern and Contemporary Art at Columbia University. Her writing has been published in the Brooklyn Rail, Artforum, Cultured and Hyperallergic.

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

Aristilde Kirby

Portrait of poet Aristilde Kirby.
Aristilde Kirby is quite a few things. She has published chapbooks with Best American Experimental Writing 2020, Belladonna, & Black Warrior Review. Her book, [Daisy & Catherine²] (2022) from auric press will be back with a reissue in the spring. Her work, currently covering the bases of writing, art, & performance, has been featured in Miguel Abreu Gallery, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Entrance, Smack Mellon, Texte Zur Kunst’s Velvet Voice Club @ Roter Salon & soon at The Poetry Project. You can call her Aris, like Paris without the P.

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