Zoe Leonard, Al Rio/To the River, 2016-2021. Approximately 500 gelatin silver prints and 50 chromogenic color prints. Dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne and Hauser & Wirth, New York.

Texas Talks Art: Zoe Leonard and Tim Johnson in conversation with Ingrid Schaffner

Chinati was pleased to join arts organizations large and small in Texas Talks Art: a statewide conversation between artists and curators. Starting in January 2021, the program has unfolded through a series of compact, online conversations, hosted by participating organizations, every Tuesday at noon.

On March 9, Chinati hosted artist Zoe Leonard and poet Tim Johnson in conversation with curator Ingrid Schaffner about Al Rio/To the River. Over 550 photographs by Leonard focus on the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo along the stretch where the river is used to demarcate the boundary between the United States and Mexico. Together with the compendium two-volume publication edited by Johnson, Al Rio/To the River considers deeply and broadly the complexities of border culture. To view a recording of their conversation, click here.

Texas Talks Art
Texas Talks Art is a multi-institutional initiative intended to both introduce the work of artists across the state of Texas to a wider audience and to foster collaboration between local non-profit arts organizations. Taking the form of virtual 30-minute lunchtime talks, the series features 50 Texas artists and artist collectives in conversation with 50 Texas curators that began in January 2021 and continue throughout the year. 

Texas Talks Art is built on a belief in the need to work collectively to support the remarkable and diverse community of artists living and working in Texas. The series features an intergenerational roster of artists working across mediums and at differing points in their careers. Texas Talks Art encourages dialogue between arts professionals and emphasizes the broad range of concerns and questions that animate Texas-based artists. Each free, virtual talk takes place on Tuesdays at 12 p.m. CST and will be recorded and archived.

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