Raymond Foye, author, editor, small press publisher, and art curator based in New York City, will give a talk on the research and editorial practices involved in curating arts publications and exhibitions at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at The Armory, 203 Draper Road in Blacksburg. 

Foye will center his discussion around an issue of "The Brooklyn Rail" that he guest edited which covers poetry, art, music, experimental film. The talk is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served. This event is in conjunction with the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech, which is presenting a gallery talk by Philip Taaffe, with whom Foye works, at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15.

Foye studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and the San Francisco Art Institute. He began working as a freelance editor at City Lights Books and New Directions. From 1980-85 he worked as editor at Petersburg Press where he oversaw limited edition and book publishing projects with artists such as David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Motherwell, Howard Hodgkin, Jasper Johns, and Francesco Clemente. 

In 1985 he traveled to India with Clemente, where they founded the publishing firm Hanuman Books, bringing out fifty books over the next ten years, including original titles by Patti Smith, Cookie Mueller, Eileen Myles and Candy Darling. From 1990-95 he was director of exhibitions and publications at Gagosian Gallery, New York, where he worked on exhibitions and catalogues with Richard Serra, Ed Ruscha, Mark di Suvero, Philip Taaffe, and Damien Hirst. Since 1995, Foye has worked independently on writing, editing, publishing, and curating projects. His exhibition featuring the visual artworks of underground filmmaker and ethnomusicologist Harry Smith was named by the New York Times as one of the ten best exhibitions of 2002.

Foye is also the executor of the estates of poets James Schuyler, John Wieners, and Rene Ricard, and is presently editing the later works of Gregory Corso, and a comprehensive edition of the writings of Rene Ricard.

Foye's talk is presented by Virginia Tech’s School of Visual Arts and the Center for the Arts along with the support of the Creative Writing Program in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. 

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Katie Gehrt at 540-231-2108 or email kgehrt@vt.edu during regular business hours at least 7  business days prior to an event.​ With a visitor’s pass, parking is available in the Squires Lot on Otey Street. A visitor’s pass may be obtained Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Visitor’s Information Center, located at 965 Prices Fork Road, near the intersection of Prices Fork and University City Boulevard next to the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center.