Throughout the year hundreds of renowned artists, designers, scholars and others visit RISD to speak and share their work. Their talks, along with a range of performances, openings and other special events, are open to the entire campus community and often the general public, too.

Upcoming events

Apr 23

Visiting Speaker | Rachel Haidu

5 pm | Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

Please join us for the fifth lecture in the 2018 Grad Commons Speaker Series: Conversations on Contemporary Art: The Tragicomic Self: Amy Sillman & Philip Guston. Historian, critic, author and Associate Professor at the University of Rochester Rachel Haidu examines the role that shape plays in the tragicomic enterprise, when it is seen not as a formal or compositional element but as key to both the tragic aspect of a painting's historical reflection and its comic operations — its funniness. She will discuss Amy Sillman and Phillip Guston, who both make painting, in their different historical moments (respectively, the present and the 1960s-70s), into a tragicomic enterprise. Tragicomic shape is the means that painting has at its disposal for exploring selfhood, a concept that Haidu develops in her new book in relation to not only painting but also video and dance. Conversations on Contemporary Art: The Gradual Contemporary is a collaboration among RISD’s Divisions of Liberal Arts, Graduate Studies and Fine Arts.

Apr 24

Visiting Artist | Matthew Ronay

1:10 pm | Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

The Sculpture department welcomes visiting sculptor and installation artist Matthew Ronay to RISD. Melding vocabularies of modernist abstraction and ritualistic objects, Ronay's sculptures and enigmatic installations express the primacy of the handmade object. Suggesting the transcendent qualities of our bodies and the world we inhabit, Ronay’s meticulously crafted works embody modes of visual production that remind us that objects are not merely representations of a material culture of mass production, but rather are sites of projection: acting as locations that embody and reflect our inception and corporeal struggle. Formally drawing on traditions of non-Western art making, folk and pre-avant-garde art, as well as surrealism, mythology and psychedelia, each tongue-like protuberance, textured edge, nook, hole and orifice articulates Ronay’s distinct visceral language.

Apr 24

Gary Metz Lecturer | Kelli Connell

7 pm | Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

RISD's Photography department welcomes Gary Metz lecturuer Kelli Connell, whose work has been included in solo and group exhibitions in the US, Australia, China, Denmark and Spain. Her work is in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Columbus Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Microsoft, The Haggerty Museum of Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Dallas Museum of Art. Publications of her work include MP3: Midwest Photographers’ Publication Project (Aperture/The Museum of Contemporary Photography), Vitamin Ph: New Perspectives in Photography (Phaidon), Photo Art: The New World of Photography (Aperture) and Kelli Connell: Double Life (DECODE Books).

Apr 25

Visiting Speaker | Claire Bishop

6 pm | Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

Please join us for the sixth lecture in the 2018 Grad Commons Speaker Series: Conversations on Contemporary Art, co-hosted by RISD Global Partners + Programs. In her lecture, Information Overload: Research Based Art and the Politics of Attention, renowned art historian and critic Claire Bishop examines research-based art and its problematic relationship with new regimes of knowledge and spectatorship since the internet. Bishop is an art historian and critic based at CUNY Graduate Center. She is the author of Radical Museology, or What's Contemporary in Museums of Contemporary Art?, Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship and Installation Art: A Critical History. Conversations on Contemporary Art: The Gradual Contemporary is a collaboration among RISD’s Divisions of Liberal Arts, Graduate Studies and Fine Arts.

Apr 26

Visiting Speaker | Joaquín Barriendos

6:30 pm | Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

Please join us for the Art History Research Colloquium's keynote address by Joaquín Barriendos: Global Vorkurs: Reassembling the History of the Bauhaus from the Global South. Barriendos is a research fellow at the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, Universidad Autónoma de México in Oaxaca, México and an associate academic curator at Tlatelolco University Cultural Center. His talk on the Bauhaus coincides with the school's 100th anniversary in Germany. In order to celebrate the legacy of this influential school and aesthetic idea, Germany will relocate different Bauhaus archives in three new museums. In addition, a number of exhibitions and seminars around the globe will be discussing the presence of the Bauhaus worldwide. The centenary of the Bauhaus is the perfect arena for discussing the latest epistemological and geopolitical foundations that are encouraging art historical visions and museum imaginaries in Europe to become global. In this keynote address, Barriendos focuses on the relationship between the Bauhaus and Latin America, with an emphasis on Mexico and the intense connection this country “south of the border” had with several of the members of the Bauhaus. Barriendos has published extensively on the globalization of Latin American contemporary art as well as the theorization of global art circuits and institutions. He has served as Latin American cultural studies assistant professor at Columbia University, visiting professor at the Universitat de Barcelona and research fellow at the Institute National d’Histoire de l’Art in Paris. He is author of Geoestética y Transculturalidad: Globalización de la Diversidad Cultural, Políticas de Representación y Nuevo Internacionalismo del Arte Contemporáneo (Girona, Fundaciò Espais [Premio Espais a la Crítica de Arte]), and his writings have appeared in Javier Guerrero’s Visual Objects (Princeton University Press, 2018), James Elkins’s Art and Globalization (Penn State University Press, 2011), Mieke Bal’s Migratory Politics: Technology, Time, Performativity (Amsterdam, 2011) and Hans Belting’s The Global Art World: Audiences, Markets and Museums (Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2009). Please reserve your seat in advance.

Apr 29

Film Screening | Human Flow

2 pm | Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

The Graduate Student Alliance presents a national screening event featuring Ai Weiwei's documentary about migration, Human Flow. Screening will be followed by a livestream Q&A session with Weiwei.

May 2

Visiting Artist | Amy Yoes

1:10 pm | College Building

RISD’s Glass department welcomes multidisciplinary artist Amy Yoes, the final speaker in the Spring ’18 Lecture Series. Yoes alternately employs installation, photography, video, painting and sculpture, responding to formal topologies of ornament and style that have reverberated through time and inform our mutually constructed visual and cultural memory. Her videos and installations have been shown in such venues as the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; MASSMoCA, North Adams, MA; the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH; and the Carpenter Center for the Arts, Cambridge, MA. She has been awarded residencies at the Maison Dora Maar, France; AIR, Austria; McDowell, US; Yaddo, US; and The British School at Rome, Italy. She teaches each fall at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Lecture series funded in part by the Page Hazlegrove Fund, Koichi Hamada and Carolyn M. Beaudin in memory of Kotaro Hamada.

May 2

A Conversation on Cultural Appropriation, Representation and Free Speech | Bhabha/Wilson/Rasheed

6:30 pm | RISD Auditorium

Please join postcolonial scholar and Harvard Professor Homi Bhabha and artists Fred Wilson and Kameelah Janan Rasheed for a panel discussion on the ethics and aesthetics of cultural appropriation, the ideals and limits of free speech and the politics of representation in the US today. The panel will be moderated by Associate Professor Leora Maltz-Leca, head of the History of Art & Visual Culture department at RISD. Please submit questions, concerns or issues that you would like raised during the conversation to Prof. Maltz-Leca by April 25, 2018 (lmaltzle@risd.edu). Homi Bhabha is the Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities in the Department of English at Harvard University, where he is also the Director of the Mahindra Humanities Center and the Senior Advisor on the Humanities to the President and Provost. Bhabha is the author of numerous works exploring postcolonial theory, cultural change and power, and cosmopolitanism, among other themes. Some of his works include Nation and Narration (1990), and The Location of Culture (2004). Kameelah Janan Rasheed is an interdisciplinary American artist, writer and former high school public school teacher. She is known for her immersive text-based installations and her work in photography and book arts, much of which analyzes how language is used to construct and manipulate Black subjectivity. She was shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize in 2017 and has recently received grants from the Magnum and Harpo Foundations, among others. Fred Wilson is an American artist famous for his incisive challenges to received notions of American history and his provocative recasting of it. He works expansively across a range of media, from seminal site-specific installations to more recent forays into glass. He received a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" in 1999 and the Larry Aldrich Foundation Award in 2003. Wilson represented the US at the 50th Venice Biennale with the solo exhibition Speak of Me as I Am in 2003. Fred Wilson: A Critical Reader was published by Ridinghouse in 2009. This event is hosted by the Division of Experimental and Foundation Studies and the Division of Liberal Arts, in partnership with the Provost's Office as a part of RISD’s Social Equity and Inclusion Initiative.

May 3

Visiting Designer | Prem Krishnamurthy

6:30 pm | Center for Integrative Technologies (CIT)

Prem Krishnamurthy lives in New York and Berlin, working in design, curating, editing and teaching. He is founding principal of design studio Project Projects, which crafts identities for art institutions, public spaces, leading architects, non-profit organizations and global brands alike. Project Projects was the recipient of the Cooper Hewitt’s 2015 National Design Award for Communication Design, the USA’s highest recognition in the field. From 2012–17, Krishnamurthy established and directed the multidisciplinary exhibition space P! in New York City’s Chinatown. In 2018, with the support of KW Institute for Contemporary Art, he will open K, an “exhibition-making workshop” in Berlin-Schöneberg. Having curated recent exhibitions and programs at Stanley Picker Gallery at Kingston University London, The Bass Museum (Miami Beach), Para Site (Hong Kong) and Austrian Cultural Forum New York, Krishnamurthy is currently organizing a cycle of shows on the work of polymathic artist and designer Elaine Lustig Cohen at the Jewish Museum, NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts and other institutions. His experimental, interactive monograph/memoir/manifesto, P!DF, was published by O-R-G in September 2017. Project Projects