The New Social Environment#484

Come again: Esther Kläs

Featuring Kläs and Tom McGlynn


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Esther Kläs joins Rail Editor-at-Large Tom McGlynn for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Abigail Welhouse.

In this talk

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Esther Kläs

Image of Esther Kläs
Courtesy the artist and Peter Blum Gallery, New York
Artist Esther Kläs (b. 1981, Mainz, Germany) employs hands-on dexterity with her process-oriented sculptures and works on paper which challenge contemporary sculptural norms and discourses. Kläs graduated from the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (2007) and received an MFA from Hunter College, New York (2010). She currently lives and works in Barcelona, Spain. Museum exhibitions include The subtle interplay between the I and the me, Kolumba Museum, Cologne, Germany (2021); Esther Kläs: Maybe it can be different, Fondazione Giuliani, Rome, Italy (2020); Esther Kläs: Start, Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel (2019); and Proof of Life, Weserburg Museum of Modern Art, Bremen, Germany (2018), among others.

Tom McGlynn

Portrait drawing of Tom McGlynn by Phong Bui
Portrait of Tom McGlynn by Phong Bui
Artist, writer, and independent curator Tom McGlynn is based in the NYC area. His work is represented in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum of the Smithsonian. He is the director of Beautiful Fields, an organization dedicated to socially-engaged curatorial projects, and is also currently a visiting lecturer at Parsons School of Design, The New School. McGlynn’s work is interested in the morphing of commercial signage into cyphers of phenomenal experience—minimalist, abstract arrangements of color. He holds an MFA from Hunter College and a BFA from the Ramapo College of New Jersey. Tom is an Editor-at-Large for the Brooklyn Rail.

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

Abigail Welhouse

Photo of Abigail Welhouse.
Photo by Gregory Crosby
Poet Abigail Welhouse is the author of the poetry chapbooks Small Dog (dancing girl press), Too Many Humans of New York (Bottlecap Press), and Bad Baby (dancing girl press). She is also the author of Memento Mori, a poem/comic collaboration with Evan Johnston. Her poems have been published in The Toast, Flapperhouse, Ghost Ocean Magazine, and elsewhere. Subscribe to her Secret Poems at

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