Artist Samantha Nye joins Rail contributor Ksenia M. Soboleva for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Dia Felix.
In this talk
Painter, video, and installation artist Samantha Nye lives in Philadelphia. For the first decade of her life, she was a relatively unsuccessful child model. She learned early about performance, identity, and class aspiration. Her work reframes seduction through reenactments of 1960s pop culture. Her paintings, videos, and installations highlight aging bodies, celebrate queer kinship, and facilitate an intergenerational dialogue about sexuality, leisure, and pleasure. Her recent solo show, My Heart’s In A Whirl at The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston was written about in BOMB Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, and other publications. She has a painting in the collection of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston which is on display in the group show, New Light: Encounters and Connections.
Ksenia M. Soboleva
New York-based writer and art historian Dr. Ksenia M. Soboleva specializes in queer art and culture. She holds a PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, with a dissertation titled “Fragments: Art, AIDS, and Lesbian Identity in the United States.” Her writings have appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, BOMB Magazine, Hyperallergic, art-agenda, and various exhibition catalogues. She has curated exhibitions at Candice Madey Gallery, La MaMa Galleria, and Assembly Room. Soboleva was the 2020-2021 Jan and Marica Vilcek Curatorial Fellow at the Guggenheim Museum, where she assisted in organizing the Gillian Wearing: Wearing Masks exhibition. She is currently the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Gender and LGBTQ+ History at the New York Historical Society.
The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poem, and we’re fortunate to have Dia Felix reading.
Dia Felix is an experimental writer and producer living in New York. She wrote the Lambda-nominated experimental novel Nochita (2014, City Lights/Sister Spit), the love-drunk poetry chapbook YOU YOU YOU, (Projective Industries, 2017), and the LA-fabulist short fiction A Star is Drunk (Third Man Books, 2021.) By day she is a media producer with a focus on artists and artworks.