The New Social Environment#591


Featuring Williams, Zoë Hopkins, and Chloe Stagaman


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Amanda Williams joins Rail contributor Zoë Hopkins and Rail Director of Programs Chloe Stagaman for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Nikki Wallschlaeger.

In this talk

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Amanda Williams

A photo of artist Amanda Williams by Jacob Hand, courtesy of Gagosian.
Photo © Jacob Hand, courtesy of Gagosian
Visual artist who trained as an architect, Amanda Williams employs color as an operative means for drawing attention to the complex ways race informs how we assign value to the spaces we occupy. Williams’ installations, sculptures, paintings, and works on paper seek to inspire new ways of looking at the familiar and in the process, raise questions about the state of urban space and ownership in America. Her breakthrough series, Color(ed) Theory, a set of condemned south side of Chicago houses, painted in a monochrome palette derived from racially and culturally codified color associations, was recently named by the New York Times as one of the twenty-five most significant works of postwar architecture in the world.

Zoë Hopkins

Photo of Zoë Hopkins.
Zoë Hopkins is a writer and critic based in New York. She received her BA in Art History and African American Studies at Harvard University, and is currently working on her MA in Modern and Contemporary Art at Columbia University. Her writing has been published in the Brooklyn Rail, Artforum, Cultured and Hyperallergic.

Chloe Stagaman

A polaroid photo of Chloe Stagaman
Chloe Stagaman is a Brooklyn-based curator. She is Director of Programs at the Brooklyn Rail, where she works on the journal’s weekday conversation series The New Social Environment.

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

Nikki Wallschlaeger

A black and white photo of [Nikki Wallschlaeger]
Poet Nikki Wallschlaeger is the author of the full-length collections Houses (Horseless Press 2015) and Crawlspace (Bloof 2017) as well as the graphic book I Hate Telling You How I Really Feel (2019) from Bloof Books. She is also the author of an artist book called “Operation USA” through the Baltimore based book arts group Container, a project acquired by Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee. Her third collection, Waterbaby, is out from Copper Canyon Press. She was a Visiting Associate Professor of Poetry at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop from Spring 2021/ to Spring 2022. Her next book, Hold Your Own, will be released from Copper Canyon (details to come).

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