Artist Christy Rupp joins Rail Editor-at-Large Eleanor Heartney for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Bob Holman.
In this talk
Born in Rochester, New York, Christy Rupp began her career as an artist in the 1980’s at Fashion Moda, an alternative space in the South Bronx where artists made art, exchanged ideas, and exhibited. She graduated Maryland Institute College of Art, Rinehart School of Sculpture in 1977 with an MFA in Sculpture. Rupp has taught in a number of universities including Bard College, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, School of Visual Arts, Brooklyn College (CUNY), and Lehman College (CUNY). She has been involved in a number of public art projects and commissions. Rupp’s sculptures incorporate the science of animal behavior with metaphoric allusion of isolation and alienation, and her compositions are often related to environmental issues.
New York-based art critic Eleanor Heartney is the author of numerous books on contemporary art. Heartney is a Contributing Editor for Art in America and has written extensively for publications including Artnews, The New Art Examiner, the Washington Post, and the New York Times. She is author of several noteworthy books about art, such as Art & Today (2008), Postmodern Heretics: The Catholic Imagination in Contemporary Art (2004), co-author of After the Revolution: Women who Transformed Contemporary Art (2007) (winner of the Susan Koppelman Award), and most recently, Doomsday Dreams: The Apocalyptic Imagination in Contemporary Art (2019). She is an Editor-at-Large for the Rail.
The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poem, and we’re fortunate to have Bob Holman reading.
An American poet and poetry activist, Bob Holman is equal parts spoken word performer, professor, impresario, activist, proprietor of the Bowery Poetry Club, filmmaker and host of Language Matters (2015 Documentary of the Year, Berkeley Film Festival), and beyond. From slam to hip-hop, from performance to spoken word, he’s been a central figure in redefining poetry as it exists on, off, and beyond the page. Author of 17 poetry collections, he was described by Henry Louis Gates Jr. in The New Yorker as “the postmodern promoter who has done more to bring poetry to cafes and bars than anyone since Ferlinghetti.” Bob is a contributor of the Brooklyn Rail. His two recent books, The UnSpoken and Life Poem (both YBK/Bowery Books, 2019), were written fifty years apart.