The New Social Environment#375

Tickety-Boo: Charles H. Traub

Featuring Charles H. Traub and Lyle Rexer


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Charles H. Traub joins critic, curator, and writer Lyle Rexer for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Cynthia Dewi Oka.

In this talk

Tickety-Boo is a block of a book with more than two hundred images edited from smart phone photographs taken during Charles H. Traub’s everyday ramblings over the last four years. It will be available from Damiani in September 2021.

Charles H. Traub

A portrait of Charles Traub
Artist Charles H. Traub is the chair of the MFA Program in Photography, Video & Related Media at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He holds an MS from the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology and a BA from the University of Illinois. He was formerly the director of the prestigious Light Gallery of New York and was president of the Aaron Siskind Foundation for support of creative photography. and he is one of the co-founders of here is new york, a Democracy of Photographs, which received the Brendan Gill Award of the Municipal Arts Society, Cornell Capa Infinity Award, and a Distinguished Service Award from the Children’s Aide Society of New York. His book Tickety-Boo will be published in September 2021 by Damiani.

Lyle Rexer

Lyle Rexer
Photo by Jerry Spagnoli
Independent critic, curator, and writer Lyle Rexer is the author of The Critical Eye: 15 Pictures to Understand Photography (Intellect Ltd 2019), The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography (Aperture 2009), and Photography’s Antiquarian Avant-Garde: The New Wave in Old Processes, (Harry N. Abrams 2002) and others. He has published hundreds of catalog essays and articles on art, architecture, and photography and contributed to such publications as The New York Times, Harper’s, Art in America, among others. He has lectured at many institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Yale University, among others, and he teaches in both the graduate and undergraduate programs at SVA.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Cynthia Dewi Oka reading.

Cynthia Dewi Oka

Cynthia Dewi Oka
Photo by Jose Quintana
Poet Cynthia Dewi Oka is the author of Fire Is Not a Country, forthcoming in fall 2021 from Northwestern University Press (NUP), Salvage: Poems (NUP 2017), and Nomad of Salt and Hard Water (Thread Makes Blanket 2016). The recipient of the Tupelo Quarterly Poetry Prize and the Leeway Transformation Award, her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, POETRY, Academy of American Poets, The Rumpus, PANK, Guernica, and elsewhere. She has taught creative writing at Bryn Mawr College and is a 2021-2022 Amy Clampitt Resident. She is the creator of Sanctuary: A Migrant Poetry Workshop for immigrant poets based in Philadelphia, and is originally from Bali, Indonesia.

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