The New Social Environment#454

And I Say, Brother Had A Very Good Day: Arthur Simms

Featuring Simms and Phong H. Bui


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Arthur Simms joins Rail Publisher & Artistic Director Phong H. Bui for a conversation on his exhibition at Martos Gallery. We conclude with a poetry reading by Chekwube Danladi.

In this talk

Visit And I Say, Brother Had A Very Good Day, One Halo on view at Martos Gallery through December 23, 2021 →

Arthur Simms

Photo of Arthur Simms.
A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Arthur Simms lives and works in Staten Island, New York. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including representing the country of Jamaica in the 49th Venice Biennial in 2001. Other venues include Musée International des Arts Modestes, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, Neuberger Museum, American Academy of Arts and Letters, MoMA P.S.1, American Academy in Rome, and the Queens Museum. Numerous awards include the Rome Prize and Guggenheim Fellowship.

Phong H. Bui

Photo of Phong Bui taken by Nicola Delorme
Photo by Nicola Delorme
Artist, writer, and independent curator Phong H. Bui is Publisher and Artistic Director of the Brooklyn Rail, the River Rail, Rail Editions, and Rail Curatorial Projects. Among many other awards, Bui received The Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Prize for Arts Writers in 2017, was the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from University of the Arts in 2020, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts in 2021.

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

Chekwube Danladi

A portrait of Chekwube Danladi
Poet Chekwube Danladi is the author of Semiotics (Georgia, 2020), winner of the 2019 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. She has received fellowships and support from Callaloo, Kimbilio Fiction, Hedgebrook, Jack Jones Literary Arts, the Lambda Literary Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. Joint winner of the 2016 Brunel International African Poetry Prize, her chapbook Take Me Back was included in the New Generation African Poets 2017 boxset. She teaches in the Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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