T.J. Clark joins our 84th Radical Poetry Reading, featuring readings by Lytle Shaw and Mia You, and with an introduction by Rail Consulting Editor Joachim Pissarro.
In this talk
Born in Bristol, England in 1943, T.J. Clark took a B.A. in Modern History at Cambridge, and a Ph.D. in Art History at the Courtauld Institute, University of London. He taught at various places in England and the USA, and from 1988 to 2010 at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is George C. and Helen N. Pardee Chair Emeritus. Clark is the author of a series of books on the social character and formal dynamics of modern art, most recently Heaven on Earth: Painting and the Life to Come (Thames & Hudson, 2018).
Poet and scholar Lytle Shaw is a Contributing Editor of Cabinet, Founder and Co-editor of Shark, and Founder and Curator of the Line Reading Series at The Drawing Center. Among other publications, he is the author of Frank O’Hara: The Poetics of Coterie (2006), Fieldworks: From Place to Site in Postwar Poetics (2013), and most recently New Grounds for Dutch Landscape (2020), which argues that the works of Jan van Goyen, Jacob van Ruisdael, and Meindert Hobbema do not so much represent the newly made landscape of seventeenth-century Holland as re-enact, through their facture, both the processes of its reclamation, and ongoing threats to its stability: drainage problems, floods, abrasion and erosion of the ground plane.
Poet Mia You is the author of I, Too, Dislike It (1913 Press, 2016), the chapbook Objective Practice (Achiote Press, 2007), and an artist’s book YOU (created by Thorsten Kiefer, 2004). She currently teaches creative writing and literature at the Universiteit Utrecht, after completing a PhD in English at the University of California, Berkeley. She writes essays and book reviews and has published them with Artforum, Bookforum, The Critical Flame, The Hairpin, Jacket2, and the Los Angeles Review of Books.
Art historian Joachim Pissarro is the Bershad Professor of Art History and Director of the Hunter College Galleries, Hunter College, City University of New York. He was a Curator at MoMA’s Department of Painting and Sculpture. His recent curatorial projects include Alberto Giacometti | Yves Klein: In Search of the Absolute, Gagosian Gallery London (2016); Pissarro à Eragny, Musée du Luxembourg (2017); Olga Picasso, Musée National Picasso, Paris (2017), Museo Picasso, Málaga (2019), and the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow (2019). His latest book Aesthetics of the Margins / The Margins of Aesthetics: Wild Art Explained (2018, Penn State University Press) is co-authored with David Carrier, following Wild Art (Phaidon, 2016). Joachim is Consulting Editor of the Rail.