The New Social Environment#429

Ascents and Echoes: Radcliffe Bailey

Featuring Bailey and Ksenia M. Soboleva


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Radcliffe Bailey joins writer and art historian Ksenia M. Soboleva for a conversation. We conclude with a reading of Salette Tavares’ poems by translator Isabel Sobral Campos.

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Radcliffe Bailey

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Painter, sculptor, and mixed media artist Radcliffe Bailey (b. 1968, Bridgetown, NJ; lives and works in Atlanta, GA) utilizes the layering of imagery, culturally resonant materials and text to explore themes of ancestry, race, migration and collective memory. His work often incorporates found materials and objects from his past into textured compositions, including traditional African sculpture, tintypes of his family members, ships, train tracks and Georgia red clay. The cultural significance and rhythmic properties of music are also important influences that can be seen throughout his oeuvre. Often quilt-like in aesthetic, his practice creates links between diasporic histories and potential futures, investigating the evolution or stagnation of notions of identity.

Ksenia M. Soboleva

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Writer, art historian, and curator Ksenia M. Soboleva is based in New York City and specializes in queer art and culture. She received her PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts. Soboleva has curated exhibitions at La MaMa Galleria, Assembly Room, and 80WSE. She has taught at NYU, the Cooper Union, and presented her research at various institutions in the United States and abroad. She was the 2020–2021 Marica and Jan Vilcek Curatorial Fellow at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, where she co-organized the Gillian Wearing retrospective on view through June 2022. She is currently the Andrew W. Mellon Gender and LGBTQ+ History Fellow at the Center for Women’s History at the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library

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

Isabel Sobral Campos

Picture of Isabel Sobral Campos.
Poet and translator Isabel Sobral Campos is the author of How to Make Words of Rubble (Blue Figure Press, 2020), Your Person Doesn’t Belong to You (Vegetarian Alcoholic Press, 2018), Autobiographical Ecology (Above/Ground Press, 2019), and Sobriety Crystal. Her poetry has appeared in the Boston Review, the Brooklyn Rail, in the anthologies BAX 2018: Best American Experimental Writing and Poetics for the More-Than-Human World, and elsewhere. She is the co-founder of the Sputnik & Fizzle publishing series.