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.

Museum program | Viewpoints: Queer Art

June 20,
RISD Museum
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Explore queer themes, experiences and identities through works from the museum’s collection with Jamie Gabbarelli, assistant curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs. In honor of Pride Month and commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, consider the historical, social and cultural contexts of LGBTQIA art through close looking and conversation. Free. Space limited. Registration required. (12 participants)

Museum program | The Art of Race: Asian Art

June 20,
RISD Museum
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Join Elon Cook Lee, program director and curator at the Center for Reconciliation, and RISD Museum Curator of Asian and Islamic Art Wai Yee Chiong for a special opportunity to explore and discuss the racial history of works in the museum's collection. Registration required.

Museum performance | Beyond Repair

June 20,
RISD Museum
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Inspired by and created expressly to complement the exhibit Repair and Design Futures, artist/entertainer Larry Krone’s new performance Beyond Repairapproaches the idea of “repair” from the point of view of an emotional middle-aged singing cowboy’s struggle to understand and deal with the effect of time on his relationships and life. Free. Space limited. This performance includes occasional profanity and no nudity.

Museum performance | Beyond Repair

June 20,
RISD Museum
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Inspired by and created expressly to complement the exhibit Repair and Design Futures, artist/entertainer Larry Krone’s new performance Beyond Repairapproaches the idea of “repair” from the point of view of an emotional middle-aged singing cowboy’s struggle to understand and deal with the effect of time on his relationships and life. Free. Space limited. This performance includes occasional profanity and no nudity.

Museum event | Super Art Sunday

June 23,
RISD Museum
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Join us for a day of family-friendly activities. Get the entire family looking, thinking and making together. Featuring projects by guest artists Brian Chippendale, Rachel Blumberg and more. Each activity runs the entire day and is designed for all ages to enjoy. Free. Event sponsored by BankNewport.

Museum event | Design the Night

July 18,
RISD Museum
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Design your own summer night with mind-bending installations, quirky art-making and treats from local makers. Watch the sparks fly as artists demonstrate metalsmithing techniques on the Steel Yard’s mobile blacksmithing trailer. Grab a specialty cocktail from The East End and locally sourced food from Rhody Roots while you groove to the sounds of Nova One with Roz Raskin and friends. Step inside to immerse yourself in a silly and serious spectacle as Jess Brown, aka the Lady J, occupies the Grand Gallery with an interactive installation questioning race and pop culture. Take part in a haunting storytelling game with Janaya Kizzie and the ritual art collective We Gather. Join a participatory experience designed by artist Andrew Oesch 02 FD and members of the 2019 Summer Teen Intensive program, and find your own creative voice with a hands-on activity for the whole family led by Hernan Jourdan. Free! Enter at 20 North Main Street for this event. Design the Night is sponsored by Site Specific and Zennovation.