The New Social Environment#929

Sydney Vernon

Featuring Vernon, Tyhe Cooper, and Chloe Stagaman, with Victoria Mbabazi


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Sydney Vernon joins Rail Production Editor Tyhe Cooper and Rail Director of Programs Chloe Stagaman for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Victoria Mbabazi.

In this talk

Visit Sydney Vernon, on view at Kapp Kapp, New York through November 3, 2023 →

Sydney Vernon

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Artist Sydney Vernon superimposes personal family photographs and folklore with both real and imagined histories, quietly critiquing the global depiction of Black life and bodies. Combining elements of painting, drawing, and collage, Vernon’s multilayered works blend memory and history into new forms, at once imagining a poetic contextualization and a demand for recontextualization, coalescing symbols and ornaments with the spirit of her figures. Vernon earned her BFA at The Cooper Union, New York. Recent exhibitions include 125 Newbury, New York; Luce Gallery, Turin; Deli Gallery, New York, and Sargent’s Daughter’s, Los Angeles. She lives and works in Baltimore, MD.

Tyhe Cooper

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Photo by Kayhl Cooper
Tyhe Cooper is a writer working in experimental prose, poetry, and digitality. They are the Production Editor and a poetry events curator at the Brooklyn Rail.

Chloe Stagaman

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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 Victoria Mbabazi reading.

Victoria Mbabazi

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Victoria Mbabazi’s work can be found in several literary magazines. Chapbook is available with Anstruther Press and FLIP is available with Knife Fork Book. Their full length collection The Siren In the Twelfth House is coming out in Fall 2024 with Palimpsest Press. Their collection of personal essays and poetry Death To All Darlings is coming out with Fernwood Publishing in Fall 2025. They’re currently Canadian in Brooklyn, New York.

❤️ 🌈 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.