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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Amanda Williams

A photo of artist Amanda Williams by Jacob Hand, courtesy of Gagosian.
Photo © Jacob Hand, courtesy of Gagosian
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.

Zoë Hopkins

Photo of Zoë Hopkins.
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.

Chloe Stagaman

A photo of Chloe Stagaman.
The Brooklyn Rail’s Director of Programs Chloe Stagaman is a curator and writer who works at the intersection of art, architecture, and public space. She has an M.A. in Art History with a focus on contemporary art and photography from The Courtauld Institute of Art in London, and a B.A. in French and the History of Art and Architecture from DePaul University in Chicago.

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

Nikki Wallschlaeger

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Poet Nikki Wallschlaeger’s work has been featured in The Nation, Brick, American Poetry Review, Witness, Kenyon Review, Poetry, and others. She 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 forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press.

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