The New Social Environment#419

Notes from Black Wall Street: Crystal Z Campbell

Featuring Campbell and Andrew Woolbright


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Crystal Z Campbell joins Rail contributor Andrew Woolbright for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading from Keetje Kuipers.

In this talk

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Crystal Z Campbell

Portrait of Crystal Z Campbell.
Photo by Melissa Lukenbaugh
Multidisciplinary artist, experimental filmmaker, and writer of African American, Filipino, and Chinese descents Crystal Z Campbell finds complexity in public secrets—fragments of information known by many but untold or unspoken. Select honors include a Guggenheim, Harvard Radcliffe Fellowship; Pollock-Krasner; MAP Fund; MacDowell; Rijksakademie; Whitney ISP; UNDO Fellowship; and Skowhegan. Select exhibitions/screenings include the Drawing Center, ICA-Philadelphia, and SFMOMA. Campbell writing is featured in two artist books (VSW Press), World Literature Today, Monday Journal, GARAGE, and Hyperallergic. Founder of, Campbell is currently a Distinguished Scholar at the University of Buffalo who lives and works in New York & Oklahoma.

Andrew Woolbright

Andrew Paul Woolbright
Artist, curator, and critic Andrew Woolbright is based in Brooklyn, New York, and is an MFA graduate from RISD in painting. Woolbright is the founder and director of the gallery Below Grand located on the Lower East Side in New York. In addition to curating, he writes for Momus, E-Flux Art and Education, Two Coats of Paint, and Whitehot Magazine. In 2021, Woolbright curated a survey show of the work of Kathy Goodell at the Dorsky Museum; the show Density Betrays Us with Angela Dufresne and Melissa Ragona at the Hole; and will be curating a version of that show with Dufresne and Ragona with Vacancy Gallery, Shanghai in 2022. He currently teaches at SUNY New Paltz and will be an upcoming resident at the Sharpe Walentas Studio Program in Dumbo for 2021/2022.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poem, and we’re fortunate to have Keetje Kuipers reading.

Keetje Kuipers

Photo of Keetje Kuipers.
Courtesy of Fiona Margo.
Poet Keetje Kuipers is the author of three books of poems, all from BOA Editions: Beautiful in the Mouth (2010), chosen by Thomas Lux as the winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, The Keys to the Jail (2014), and All Its Charms (2019), which was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, as well as the Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies. Keetje has been a Stegner Fellow, Bread Loaf Fellow, and the Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Resident. She lives in Missoula where she is Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Montana, editor of Poetry Northwest, and a boardmember at the National Book Critics Circle.