Artist Brad Kahlhamer will be in conversation with scholar, curator, and Rail board member Susan Harris. We’ll conclude with a poetry reading from Aria Aber.
Brad Kahlhamer is an artist known for his multi-media practice, ranging from sculpture and painting to performance and music. He is currently based in New York City, working from his studio in Brooklyn. Major influences that appear throughout his work are informed by a lifetime of multi-ethnic and street culture explorations. Kahlhamer questions notions of authenticity and representation within a very specific discourse of Native American art. His work has been collected by institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Denver Art Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Seattle Art Museum, the Hood Museum of Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art among others.
Susan Harris is an independent scholar and curator with a particular focus on drawing and women artists. She is a Consulting Editor and Board Member of the Brooklyn Rail. She was the Rail Guest Critic of “Recalling the Saints” (November 2016) and Managing Editor of Unfinished Memories: 30 Years of Exit Art. She is Executive Vice President of the Board of the International Association of Art Critics, United States section (AICA-USA). Exhibitions she has curated include Toxic Beauty: The Art of Frank Moore at The Grey Gallery in New York (co-curated with Lynn Gumpert); Pat Steir: Drawing Out of Line, RISD Museum in Providence, Rhode Island and the Neuberger Museum in Harrison, New York (co-curated with Jan Howard, Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at the RISD Museum); Richard Tuttle: Memento, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves in Porto, Portugal and cENTER at Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea (CGAC) in Santiago de Compostela, Spain; Nancy Spero: Weighing the Heart Against a Feather of Truth, CGAC, Spain; Jim Hodges: This Line To You, CGAC, Spain; Venus Drawn Out: 20th Century Drawings by Great Women Artists, The Armory Show, New York; among others.
The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poem, and
we’re fortunate to have
Aria Aber is the author of Hard Damage. She completed her MFA at NYU and holds fellowships from Kundiman, Dickinson House, and the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing. Her poems have appeared in the New Yorker, New Republic, Kenyon Review, POETRY, and elsewhere.