Join us on Friday, November 5, for a series of livestream events hosted by the curator and writer Helen Molesworth:
Joy Harjo on art and spirituality
In conversation with Portia Zvavahera
Virgil Abloh, Ebony L. Haynes, and Kandis Williams in conversation
Fran Lebowitz on Alice Neel
Cathy Park Hong on Ruth Asawa
Among many other roles, Abloh is the chief creative director and founder of Off-White™ and men’s artistic director at Louis Vuitton. The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago presented a major traveling survey of Abloh’s multidisciplinary work in 2019, one of the highest attended exhibitions in the museum’s history.
A poet, musician, playwright, author, and member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Harjo is currently serving as the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States, her second term as Poet Laureate. She has written nine books of poetry, two memoirs, and edited several anthologies of Native American writing.
Ebony L. Haynes
Haynes is a writer, curator, and director of 52 Walker, a new David Zwirner gallery space in New York that will open October 28 with a Kandis Williams exhibition. She is a visiting curator and critic at Yale School of Art in the Painting and Printmaking class of 2021 and also runs, with Williams, the online “school” Cassandra Press, offering free professional practice classes to Black students.
Cathy Park Hong
The award-winning poet is the author of The New York Times bestselling 2020 essay collection Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning. Hong was recently featured on the cover of TIME magazine as one of its 100 Most Influential People of 2021. She is the poetry editor of The New Republic and professor at the Rutgers University–Newark MFA program in poetry.
A curator and writer, Molesworth was the recipient of a 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship. She has organized numerous exhibitions and recently hosted the podcast Recording Artists with The Getty. She is currently working on a book about art, love, and other adult concerns called Don’t Worry, I’ll Only Read You the Good Parts.
An artist, writer, editor, and founder of the publishing and educational platform Cassandra Press, Williams was recently granted the Mohn Award by the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Her work will be the subject of the inaugural exhibition at the new David Zwirner gallery space 52 Walker, opening October 28.
The Harare, Zimbabwe–based artist will open her first solo presentation in New York at David Zwirner, Ndakaoneswa murima, on November 4, featuring a series of new paintings. Her work is held in many museum collections and was part of the Zimbabwe Pavilion exhibition at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013.
Portrait of Virgil Abloh by Bogdan Plakov, courtesy Virgil Abloh. Portrait of Joy Harjo by Matika Wilbur, courtesy Blue Flower Arts. Portrait of Ebony L. Haynes by Lelanie Foster, courtesy David Zwirner. Portrait of Cathy Park Hong by Beowulf Sheehan, courtesy Penguin Random House. Portrait of Fran Lebowitz by Brigitte Lacombe, courtesy Steven Barclay Agency. Portrait of Helen Molesworth by Catherine Opie. Portrait of Kandis Williams by Lelanie Foster, courtesy Kandis Williams and 52 Walker, New York. Portrait of Portia Zvavahera by Mario Todeschini. © Portia Zvavahera and courtesy David Zwirner and Stevenson, Cape Town and Johannesburg