The New Social Environment#645

Deborah Buck: Figures Transformed

Featuring Buck and Chloe Stagaman


5 p.m. Eastern / 2 p.m. Pacific

Artist Deborah Buck joins Rail Programs Director Chloe Stagaman for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Barbara Henning.

In this talk

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Deborah Buck

Photo of Deborah Buck in her studio
Exhibiting professionally since the 1980s, Deborah Buck has shown recently in The Hamptons, Connecticut, and New York City. She explores the interplay of surrealism and abstraction in her work, where interests in absurdity, romanticism, and the darker side of fairy tales lend a strong narrative sense to her practice. Deborah has played an instrumental part in New York’s arts education as both member of the faculty at School of Visual Arts Master of Design Program and as a Trustee of The Pratt Institute. She is the Founder and Director of The Deborah Buck Foundation which supports organizations working to reverse the marginalization of women in the fine arts.

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 Barbara Henning reading.

Barbara Henning

Photo of Barbara Henning
Photo by Michah Saperstein
Born in Detroit, Barbara Henning is the author of four novels and eight collections of poetry, as well as many chapbooks and essays. Her recent books include a hybrid biography of her mother, Fern: A Detroit Story (Spuyten Duyvil 2022); a novel, Just Like That (SD 2018); poetry collections, Digigram (United Artist Books, 2020) and A Day Like Today (Negative Capability Press 2015). She’s also the editor of a book of interviews, Looking Up Harryette Mullen (2011), The Selected Prose of Bobbie Louise Hawkins (2012), and Prompt Book: Experiments for Writing Poetry and Fiction (2020). Barbara presently lives in Brooklyn, where she is Professor Emerita at Long Island University.

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