The New Social Environment#791

James Clar: By Force of Nature

Featuring Clar and Barbara Pollack, with Farnaz Fatemi


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Aritst James Clar joins Rail contributor Barbara Pollack for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Farnaz Fatemi.

In this talk

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James Clar

Photo of James Clar.
Artist James Clar was born in Wisconsin to immigrant Filipino parents. He studied Film and Animation at New York University and received his Masters from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. His practice explores the narrative potential of light and technology, and has been exhibited at museums and galleries globally. His work is motivated through personal experience and has been heavily influenced by the cities he has lived in. His studio was based in Dubai for 6 years, New York for 15, and 2 years ago he moved to the Philippines. It’s from here that he developed his last two exhibitions Share Location (2022) in Manila, and recently By Force of Nature (2023) that is currently running at Silverlens New York.

Barbara Pollack

Barbara Pollack, photo by Grace Roselli
Photo by Joe Gaffney
Barbara Pollack is cofounder and co-director of Art at a Time Like This, a platform for expression for artists and curators to respond to the most pressing issues of the 21st century. Considered a leading authority on Asian contemporary art, she curated the recent exhibition Mirror Image: A Transformation of Chinese Identity at the Asia Society Museum in New York. Her latest book, Brand New Art from China: A Generation on the Rise is available from Bloomsbury Publishing. She is the recipient of two grants from the Asian Cultural Council, and received a Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writer Grant in 2008. Pollack teaches at SVA.

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

Farnaz Fatemi

A photo of Farnaz Fatemi
Farnaz Fatemi, an Iranian American poet and writer, and Santa Cruz County Poet Laureate for 2023 & 2024, is a founding member of The Hive Poetry Collective. Her book, Sister Tongue زبان خواهر, was published in September 2022. It won the 2021 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize, selected by Tracy K. Smith, is a finalist for the Foreword Indies, and received a Starred Review from Publisher’s Weekly. Some of her poems and lyric essays appear in Poem-a-Day (, Tab Journal, Pedestal Review, Nowruz Journal, Grist Journal and Tupelo Quarterly. Farnaz was formerly a writing instructor at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

❤️ 🌈 We'd like to thank the The Terra Foundation for American Art for making these daily conversations possible, and for their support of our growing archive.