The New Social Environment#494

Soft Shadows: Dominic Chambers

Featuring Chambers and Zoë Hopkins


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Dominic Chambers joins Rail contributor Zoë Hopkins for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Tyhe Cooper.

In this talk

Visit Dominic Chambers: Soft Shadows, on view at Lehmann Maupin through February 26, 2022 →

Dominic Chambers

Photo of Dominic Chambers
The recipient of, among other awards, the Robert Reed Drawing Scholarship (Yale University 2018), Dominic Chambers creates vibrant paintings that engage art historical models, such as color-field painting, and contemporary concerns around race, identity, and the necessity for leisure and reflection. Interested in how art functions as a mode for understanding or renegotiating one’s relationship to the world, Chambers sees painting as an intellectual endeavor, as much as an aesthetic one. A writer himself, Chambers draws inspiration from W.E.B. Du Bois, particularly The Souls of Black Folk, and one of its central themes―the veil. References to this metaphorical lens through which Black bodies are observed appear throughout his work. Chambers currently lives and works in New Haven, CT.

Zoë Hopkins

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Writer Zoë Hopkins studies Art History and African American Studies at Harvard University. Her writing has appeared in Hyperallergic, the Brooklyn Rail, and Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art.

Phong H. Bui

Photo of Phong Bui taken by Nicola Delorme
Photo by Nicola Delorme
Artist, writer, and independent curator Phong H. Bui is Publisher and Artistic Director of the Brooklyn Rail, the River Rail, Rail Editions, and Rail Curatorial Projects. Among many other awards, Bui received The Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Prize for Arts Writers in 2017, was the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from University of the Arts in 2020, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts in 2021.

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

Tyhe Cooper

Photo of Tyhe Cooper
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.

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