Bethany Collins joins Rail ArtSeen Editor Amanda Gluibizzi for a conversation, concluding with poetry reading by Riel Bellow.
In this talk:
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Bethany Collins (b.1984) was born in Montgomery, AL and lives and works in Chicago, IL. Collins is a multidisciplinary artist whose conceptual practice examines the relationship between race and language. Centering language—its biases, contradictions, and ability to simultaneously forge connections and foster violence—her works illuminate America’s past and offer insight into the development of racial and national identities. Drawing on a wide variety of documents, ranging from nineteenth-century musical scores to US Department of Justice reports, she erases, obscures, excerpts, and rewrites portions of text to bring to the fore issues revolving around race, power, and histories of violence.
Formerly Associate Professor at Ohio State University, Amanda Gluibizzi is the founding Co-Director of the New Foundation for Art History (NFAH) and Artseen Editor for the Brooklyn Rail. She specializes in mid- and late-20th century art, design, and urbanism in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. Amanda is the author of Art and Design in 1960s New York (Anthem Press, 2021).
Riel Bellow (Métis) is a storyteller, visual artist, and radio host. They were raised between Santa Fe, NM and Chiapas, MX. Riel holds a BA from Pitzer College and an MFA from the Milton Avery School of the Arts. She is usually on the move.