The New Social Environment#866

Thaddeus Mosley: Recent Sculpture

Featuring Mosley and John Yau, with Mark He


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Thaddeus Mosley joins Rail contributor John Yau for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Mark He.

In this talk

Visit Thaddeus Mosley: Recent Sculpture, on view at Karma, Los Angeles through September 9, 2023 →

Thaddeus Mosley

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Thaddeus Mosley is a Pittsburgh-based artist whose monumental sculptures are crafted with the felled trees of Pittsburgh’s urban canopy, via the city’s Forestry Division. Using only a mallet and chisel, Mosley reworks salvaged timber into biomorphic forms. These “sculptural improvisations,” as he calls them, take cues from the modernist traditions of jazz. Mosley is the recipient of the 2022 Isamu Noguchi Award. His work has been exhibited and acquired by major museums and foundations since 1959, and his traveling solo exhibition Forest, is currently on view at the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas. Mosley’s work is included in Inheritance at the Whitney Museum of American Art, on view through February 2024.

John Yau

A portrait of John Yau.
Photo by Eve Aschheim
John Yau has been publishing reviews and essays on art and literature since 1978. He is the Publisher of Black Square Editions and cofounded the online magazine Hyperallergic Weekend. Recent books by Yau include Joe Brainard: The Art of the Personal, published by Rizzoli in 2022, and the book of poems Genghis Chan on Drums published by Omnidawn in 2021. He is the 2017 recipient of the Jackson Prize in Poetry and a 2021 recipient of a Rabkin Prize for art criticism. He teaches at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and lives in New York.

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

Mark He

Photo of Mark He
Mark He (he/his) is a scientist, poet, and artist living in Queens, NY. He is a first generation immigrant. His work has appeared in Works & Days, The Reservoir (forthcoming), and World War 3 Illustrated.

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