Events

Throughout the year hundreds of renowned artists, designers, scholars and others visit RISD to speak and share their work, and many departments host annual lecture series highlighting discipline-specific topics of interest. Open to the entire campus community—and often the general public, too—these talks, performances, openings and other special events offer insights into the world of contemporary practice and can inspire students to push their work in new directions.

Exhibition | Shared Languages

November 15,
More dates through January 20, 2019
Fleet Library (Main)
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RISD Global presents Shared Languages, an exhibition of works in progress from the studios Centre de Formation et Qualification des Métiers de l’Artisanat Al Batha and Fés (CFQMA) as well as RISD students engaged in Crafting the City, a multi-year pilot program focused on the role of craft in the built environment of Morocco. The exhibition, installed by Wesley Sanders 19 IA, focuses on the languages of making, materials and process shared by the artisans and art and design students while also celebrating their diverse approaches to craft and design. More details are available here.

Exhibition | Criteria of Beauty

November 15,
More dates through November 25, 2018
Gelman Student Exhibitions Gallery
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A curated exhibition by Qualeasha Wood 19 PR and David Guy 19 SC.

Exhibition | Painting graduate students

November 15,
More dates through December 5, 2018
Sol Koffler Graduate Student Gallery

Opening reception | Interior Architecture department

November 15,
Woods-Gerry Gallery

Gallery Talk | Why Art Museums?

November 15,
RISD Museum
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In 1938, German exile Alexander Dorner became director of the RISD Museum, where he immediately began applying radical theories he had developed in collaboration with modernist artists during his directorship of the Provinzialmuseum in Hanover. The essays and unpublished materials presented in Why Art Museums? The Unfinished Work of Alexander Dorner (MIT Press, 2018) demonstrate that Dorner’s commitment to progressive education, public access to art and design and the shaping of environments for experiential learning remains pertinent to concerns about the social relevance of art today. Dorner’s mark remains evident in the galleries. Join the authors for a tour followed by a salute to his unfinished work. Free. Registration requested. Register

Exhibition | Overwhelming Draw

November 15,
More dates through December 5, 2018
Memorial Hall
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This exhibition spotlights the importance of drawing as both device and artifact for research. For very distinctive reasons, each artist included uses drawing as intake valve at the heart of their interest as citizens, artists, seers and readers of the world around them. They comment, metabolize and rebroadcast their learning through drawings, further framing their narratives in video and image text configurations such as comics, zines, monographs or graphic novels. They all have sustained, incessant interests in their subjects, which are tied to narrative currents both personal and historical, high and low, and they use drawing to foster, distribute and broaden their perspective subjects. The seed for the show was sown by encountering the singular, autonomous work of Glicenstein, Uncovering Walter Benjamin, which sparked an immediate desire to put the work in front of the student body alongside similarly research-based if aesthetically distinctive projects by younger artists, using it as a model for building artistic and historical consciousness through practice. Opening reception: Nov. 6, 6–7 pm Gallery discussion with Mala Iqbal, Angela Dufresne and Grace Sullivan (representing Rolande Glicenstein) For more information, please read this piece from the Third Rail Quarterly.

Visiting Designer | Nicole Killian

November 15,
Design Center

The Graphic Design department welcomes Nicole Killian, whose work investigates how the structures of the internet, mobile messaging and shared online platforms affect contemporary interaction and shape cultural identity from a queer perspective. Killian is interested in the repetition, looping and dissemination of content. She has exhibited at Emily Carr University in Vancouver, Kunsthall Stavanger in Norway, Sediment in Richmond, CAVE in Detroit, Arcadia Missa in London, Present Works in Milwaukee, Little Berlin in Philadelphia, Embassy in Los Angeles, Sadie Halie Projects in Brooklyn, Nomade Gallery in Hangzhou and Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art at the Whitney Museum of American Art for Lorna Mills’ Ways of Something. She recently served as guest editor for the Walker Art Center's Sounboard and organized How Will We Queer Design Education without Compromise?

Thanksgiving Break

November 22,
More dates through November 25, 2018

No classes held; Offices and Library closed; RISD Housing Remains Open

Info Session | Grad Experience

November 27,
More dates through December 11, 2018
Center for Integrative Technologies (CIT)

Graduate students are invited to meet with Associate Director of Graduate Experience Ashlie Norris during drop-in hours. Stop by to connect or ask grad-specific questions.

Visiting Artist | Melissa Brown

November 27,
College Building

The Painting department welcomes back alumna Melissa Brown 96 PR, who currently lives and works in Brooklyn. Earlier this year she showed work in Between States at the Derek Eller Gallery in NYC and in Going AWOL (with fellow alum Patrick Brennan BArch 92) at the Biggin Gallery at Auburn University in Auburn, AL.

Visiting Lecturer | Sara Raza

November 28,
20 Washington Place (Prov/Wash)
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The Glass department welcomes Sara Raza, an independent curator and writer based in New York City. She is a specialist on global curatorial knowledge, with an academic focus on performance-based practice and architectural art history from Central Asia, Caucasus and the Middle East and North Africa. Most recently she was the Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Middle East and North Africa based at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, where she led the third and final phase of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative and curated the exhibition But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporay Art of the Middle East and North Africa, which debuted in New York (April-October 2016) and traveled to the Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan (April-June 2018).

Studio Visits | Provost Fine Arts Fellow Jen Bervin

November 28,
Artists' Studios
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RISD Provost Fine Arts Fellow 2018/19 Jen Bervin will conduct interdisciplinary crits with Fine Arts grads. To register, please contact your department head or rberwick@risd.edu and malbaik@risd.edu.

Student Financial Services Workshop | Student Loan Repayment

November 28,
20 Washington Place (Prov/Wash)

Learn about repayment plans, including those that are income driven; understand the difference between delinquency and default and ways to avoid both; discover when loan forgiveness is an option and when to take advantage of loan consolidation.

Visiting Designers | Synoptic Office

November 28,
Graphic Design Commons

RISD's Graphic Design department welcomes Synoptic Office, a multidisciplinary design studio operating in the space between design, technology and education. The studio’s work has been exhibited internationally and recognized by Fast Company Design, iDn, Neshan, Etapes and It’s Nice That. Synoptic Office was selected to participate in BIO23, the 23rd Biennial of Design at the Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana, Slovenia and has exhibited at the Ningbo Museum of Art in China and the 26th International Biennial of Graphic Design in Brno.

RISD Grad Exchange

November 30,
College Building
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RISD Grad Exchange connects graduate students from all departments, fosters dialogue about the work they are producing and builds a more cohesive graduate community. This event is coordinated and produced by RISD Graduate Experience in collaboration with the RISD Graduate Student Alliance and RISD graduate students.

Visiting Artist | Wael Shawky

December 5,
20 Washington Place (Prov/Wash)

The Glass department welcomes visiting artist Wael Shawky, who tackles notions of national, religious and artistic identity through film, performance and storytelling. Whether instructing Bedouin children to act out the construction of an airport runway in the desert or organizing a heavy metal concert in a remote Egyptian village, Shawky frames contemporary culture through the lens of historical tradition and vice versa.

Opening reception | Jewelry + Metalsmithing department

January 17,
Woods-Gerry Gallery

Opening reception | Landscape Architecture students

January 17,
Sol Koffler Graduate Student Gallery

Exhibition | Landscape Architecture students

January 18,
More dates through February 17, 2019
Sol Koffler Graduate Student Gallery

Student Financial Services Workshop | Creating a Budget

January 23,
20 Washington Place (Prov/Wash)

Learn how you should have a personal budget, how you can create a realistic and affordable budget, and how that budget will eventually work to your benefit.

MLK Series Keynote | Cornel West

January 23,
RISD Auditorium

The Office of Social Equity and Inclusion welcomes 2019 MLK Series Keynote speaker Cornel West, a professor, philosopher, author and activisit. West is professor of the practice of public philosophy at Harvard University and a professor emeritus at Princeton University. He has also taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, and the University of Paris and has written and edited many books about race and democracy, including Race Matters, Democracy Matters and the memoir Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud. His most recent book, Black Prophetic Fire, offers an unflinching look at visionary 19th- and 20th-century African American leaders and their legacies. West is a frequent guest on the Bill Maher Show, CNN, C-Span and Democracy Now. He made his film debut in the Matrix and was the commentator (with Ken Wilbur) on the official trilogy released in 2004. He also has appeared in more than 25 documentaries and films, including Examined Life, Call & Response, Sidewalk and Stand.

Student Financial Services Workshop | Understanding Credit

February 27,
20 Washington Place (Prov/Wash)

Come learn about credit history, credit scores and credit reports.

Student Financial Services Workshop | Student Loan Repayment

March 13,
20 Washington Place (Prov/Wash)

Learn about repayment plans, including those that are income-driven; understand the difference between delinquency and default and ways to avoid both; discover when loan forgiveness is an option and when to take advantage of loan consolidation.