The New Social Environment#591
CANDYLADYBLACK: Amanda Williams
Featuring Williams, Zoë Hopkins, and Chloe Stagaman
1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific
Artist Amanda Williams joins Rail contributor Zoë Hopkins and Rail Director of Programs Chloe Stagaman for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Nikki Wallschlaeger.
In this talk
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Visual artist who trained as an architect, Amanda Williams employs color as an operative means for drawing attention to the complex ways race informs how we assign value to the spaces we occupy. Williams’ installations, sculptures, paintings, and works on paper seek to inspire new ways of looking at the familiar and in the process, raise questions about the state of urban space and ownership in America. Her breakthrough series, Color(ed) Theory, a set of condemned south side of Chicago houses, painted in a monochrome palette derived from racially and culturally codified color associations, was recently named by the New York Times as one of the twenty-five most significant works of postwar architecture in the world.
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.
The Brooklyn Rail’s Director of Programs Chloe Stagaman is a curator working with artists in public spaces. Prior to her time at the Rail, Chloe was a public art curator in London where she collaborated with artists to deliver site-specific commissions, artist-in-residence programs, and cultural partnerships in the US and UK. Chloe has also held stints at Van Alen Institute in New York, where she created international public programs on topics in architecture and urban design, at Judd Foundation and at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Chicago. She has an M.A. in Art History with a focus on documentary photography and contemporary art from The Courtauld Institute of Art in London.
The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Nikki Wallschlaeger reading.
Poet Nikki Wallschlaeger is the author of the full-length collections Houses (Horseless Press 2015) and Crawlspace (Bloof 2017) as well as the graphic book I Hate Telling You How I Really Feel (2019) from Bloof Books. She is also the author of an artist book called “Operation USA” through the Baltimore based book arts group Container, a project acquired by Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee. Her third collection, Waterbaby, is out from Copper Canyon Press. She was a Visiting Associate Professor of Poetry at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop from Spring 2021/ to Spring 2022. Her next book, Hold Your Own, will be released from Copper Canyon (details to come).
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