Category Archives: CONVERSATION

RACHEL KUSHNER IN CONVERSATION

Sometimes I am boggled by the gallery of souls I’ve known. By the lore. The wild history, unsung. People crowd in and talk to me in dreams. People who died or disappeared or whose connection to my own life makes no logical sense, but exists, as strong as ever, in a past that seeps and stains instead of fading. The first time I took Ambien, a drug that makes some people sleep-fix sandwiches and sleepwalk on broken glass, I felt as if everyone I’d ever known were gathered around, not unpleasantly. It was a party and had a warm reunion feel to it. We were all there.

But sometimes the million stories I’ve got and the million people I’ve known pelt the roof of my internal world like a hailstorm. — Rachel Kushner*

A series of online events:

On Tuesday, Kushner will join Hal Foster to talk about her new book of essays The Hard Crowd. The following day she will join Dana Spiotta in conversation. And a week after that, Kim Gordon will sit down with the author.

RACHEL KUSHNER and HAL FOSTER—THE HARD CROWD

London Review 

Tuesday, April 6.

11 am on the West Coast, 2 pm East Coast, 6 pm London, 7 pm Paris.

RACHEL KUSHNER and DANA SPIOTTA IN CONVERSATION

City Lights 

Wednesday, April 7.

6 pm on the West Coast, 9 pm East Coast.

RACHEL KUSHNER with KIM GORDON

Skylight Books

Wednesday, April 14.

6:30 pm on the West Coast, 9:30 pm East Coast.

*Rachel Kushner, The Hard Crowd: Essays 2000–2020 (New York: Scribner, 2021). Text © Rachel Kushner, courtesy of the author and Scribner.

From top: Rachel Kushner, photograph by Chloe Aftel; Rachel Kushner, The Hard Crowd: Essays 2000–2020. Images courtesy and © the author and Scribner.

BARBARA LONDON IN CONVERSATION

Barbara London—author of Video Art: The First Fifty Years, and founder of the video-media program at MoMA—will discuss her curatorial practice and forthcoming traveling exhibition Seeing Sound.

See link below to register for the online talk.

CURATOR’S PERSPECTIVE—BARBARA LONDON

Independent Curators International

Tuesday, April 6.

1 pm on the West Coast, 4 pm East Coast.

From top: Barbara London, courtesy and © London and Independent Curators International; London, Video Art: The First Fifty Years (2020), cover image courtesy and © Phaidon; Yuko Mohri, You Locked Me Up in a Grave, You Owe Me at Least the Peace of a Grave, 2018, installation view Childhood: Another Banana Day for the Dream-Fish, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2018, image © Yuko Mohri, courtesy of the artist and Project Fulfill Art Space, Mother’s Tankstation; Juan Cortés, Supralunar, 2018, custom-built mechanisms in perspex (dimensions variable), Arduino, LED lights, custom-built speakers, 4 channel sound, installation view, image © Juan Cortés, courtesy of the artist.

BLACK FUTURES SYMPOSIUM

Kimberly Drew, Jenna Wortham, and The Underground Museum present the Black Futures Symposium, a weekend-long series of online talks, readings, performances, and meditations. On the closing day, Joy Yamusangie and Ronan McKenzie will stream their 2020 film WATA.

See link below to register.

BLACK FUTURES SYMPOSIUM

The Underground Museum

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, March 26–28.

From top: Joy Yamusangie and Ronan McKenzie, WATA (2020), still, image courtesy and © the filmmakers; Jenna Wortham (above) and Kimberly Drew, Black Futures Symposium, image courtesy and © The Underground Museum; WATA poster, image courtesy and © the filmmakers; Black Futures, edited by Drew and Wortham, cover image courtesy and © One World.

JOY HARJO LIVE

United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo—author of An American Sunrise—will present recent and new work live from Oklahoma.

To register for this online event, see:

JOY HARJO

REDCAT

Tuesday, March 23.

5 pm on the West Coast, 8 pm East Coast.

From top: Joy Harjo, photograph by Matika Wilbur, courtesy of REDCAT; Harjo, An American Sunrise (2020) cover image courtesy and © W. W. Norton.

ON EDWARD SAID

There seemed to be two parallel streams in his life. The first—discipline, family order, schooling—dutifully performed but disavowed. The other, an “underground or subterranean” Edward who longed not only to read but to be a book. Everything artistic belonged to this second version: his tastes in reading, his love of music, the creativity he unpersuasively palms off in the memoir as “fibbing.” His childhood friends agreed: “Said was never really part of us … He lived a life separate from us, coddled, spoilt and adored… Timothy Brennan*

This week, Timothy Brennan and Kai Bird will discuss Brennan’s acclaimed new book Places of Mind: A Life of Edward Said. For information on registering for the online conversation, see:

TIMOTHY BRENNAN ON EDWARD SAID, with KAI BIRD

City University of New York

Wednesday, March 24.

3 pm on the West Coast, 6 pm East Coast.

*Timothy Brennan, Places of Mind: A Life of Edward Said (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2021), text © Timothy Brennan, courtesy of the author and publisher.

Image below courtesy and © Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Above: Edward Said.