The New Social Environment#789

Michaela Yearwood-Dan: Some Future Time Will Think of Us

Featuring Yearwood-Dan and Amber Jamilla Musser, with Alex Patrick Dyck


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Michaela Yearwood-Dan joins Rail contributor Amber Jamilla Musser for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Alex Patrick Dyck.

In this talk

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Michaela Yearwood-Dan

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Photo by Kristy Nobel
Michaela Yearwood-Dan’s work reflects on subjectivity and individual identity as forms of self-determination. Whilst her work may be underpinned by an expansive and multivalent repertoire of cultural signifiers borrowing freely from Blackness, healing rituals, flora, texting, acrylic-nails, gold-hoops, carnival culture, they enable her to present and privilege the variance of her own individual experience. As such, her work refuses to be framed by narrow expectations of racial or gendered notions of collective identity and history. Yearwood-Dan’s work has been exhibited internationally and is included in multiple permanent collections. She has participated in a range of fellowships and residencies, including the Palazzo Monti Residency, Brescia, Italy. She lives and works in London.

Amber Jamilla Musser

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Dr. Amber Jamilla Musser is professor of English at the CUNY Graduate Center. She writes about race, sexuality, and aesthetics. She is the author of Sensational Flesh: Race, Power, and Masochism (NYU Press, 2014) and Sensual Excess: Queer Femininity and Brown Jouissance (NYU Press, 2018). She has an MSt in Women’s Studies from Oxford University and received her PhD in History of Science from Harvard University, and has held fellowships at New York University’s Draper Program in Gender Studies and Brown University’s Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women. She also writes art criticism for the Brooklyn Rail.

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

Alex Patrick Dyck

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Alex Patrick Dyck is a multimedia poet, splosh artist, frog man, storyteller, performer & medicine maker; a romantic hoarder of sentimental trash and trampled roses, an altar builder, memory gatherer, a seeker seeking. They work with the interaction of plants, dye, resin, textiles, refuse, movement, bodily fluids, text & hardware as a way to explore the life-death-life cycle of the natural world. They see art-making as a devotional act before the divine, imbued with the interlocking arms of desire and grief. Alex is the April artist-in-residence at Basilica Hudson in conjunction with the Spark of Hudson. They live, work and grow in Hudson, New York on occupied Mohican land.

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