The New Social Environment#87

Wardell Milan with Alvin Hall


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Wardell Milan will discuss their body of work and creative life with writer, collector, educator, radio broadcaster, and Rail guest critic, Alvin Hall. We’ll close with a poetry reading from Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves.

In this talk

Wardell Milan

Portrait of Wardell Milan
Courtesy of SVA
Wardell Milan is a visual artist who makes works on paper, painting, mixed media, videos, and photographs. Milan combines drawing and photography in collages and three-dimensional dioramas. Milan sustains a thoughtful inquiry into the nature of beauty and the unconscious, touching on topics such as body modification and gender performance. His most recent series, Parisian Landscapes, explores the duality between marginalization and freedom of expression, imagining places where the marginalized body is able to express itself and move about the world freely. Milan studied photography at the University of Tennessee and Yale University. Milan lives and works in New York.

Alvin Hall

This is a pencil drawn portrait of Author and Art Collector, Alvin Hall with an off-white background, drawn by the Rail’s publisher Phong Bui.
Alvin Hall is a financial educator, award-winning television and radio broadcaster, best-selling author, and art collector. His recent broadcasts include: The Green Book (BBC Radio 4), “Alvin Hall Goes Back to School” (The Takeaway, PRI with WNYC). His children’s book, Show Me the Money, has been published in 20 foreign-language editions. He has performed on NPR’s The Moth. Hall lives in New York City where he’s completing a memoir of his childhood and his first podcast series.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves reading.

Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves

A photograph of poet Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves.
Courtesy Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves
Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves writes ethnobotanical literary criticism and collages detritus into heraldic devices. Former curator at The Poetry Project, Site Director of Wendy’s Subway, and Rauschenberg artist-in-residence, she is now Young Mother of The Florxal Review.

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