Join David Opdyke, Lawrence Weschler, and Maya Wiley for a conversation on This Land’s mural vignettes, the corrupted system that got us here, and what it will take to make a new future. We’ll conclude with a poetry reading from Allison HedgeCoke.
David Opdyke’s This Land is an epic mural fashioned out of vintage American postcards, which the artist then treated with disconcerting painted interventions—highlighting the climate crisis. A book by the same name affords readers a closer viewing of Opdyke’s devastatingly sardonic take on our impending ecological future. Interspersed among the detailed visual sections of the book are insightful thematic essays by Lawrence Weschler and an afterword that serves as a stirring call to action, by civil rights attorney and current New York City mayoral candidate Maya Wiley.
Join David Opdyke, Lawrence Weschler, and Maya Wiley for a conversation on This Land’s mural vignettes, the corrupted system that got us here, and what it will take to make a new future.
This Land is currently on view at Mana Contemporary. Learn more about the exhibition, and find out how you can visit here. This Land can also be explored at leisure and in high-resolution detail at davidopdyke.com.
In this talk
Maya is a nationally recognized racial justice and equity advocate. She is a leader in city government and in spurring democratic change. As Counsel to the Mayor, she delivered for New York City on civil and immigrant rights, women and minority owned business contracts, universal broadband access and more. After leaving City Hall, she held police accountable as Chair of the Civilian Complaint Review Board, and worked to improve public education as a Co-Chair of the School Diversity Task Force. At the New School, where she served as a University Professor, she founded the Digital Equity Laboratory on universal and inclusive broadband.
Maya is a veteran of both the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and the ACLU, was a former Legal Analyst for NBC News and MSNBC — where she argued against Trump’s attacks on our civil liberties and democratic norms — and was the founder and president of the Center for Social Inclusion. Maya was also Senior Advisor on Race and Poverty at the Open Society Foundations, the largest funder of human rights work the world over.
The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poem, and we’re fortunate to have Allison Adelle Hedge Coke reading.