Grad community events and webinars

Throughout the year Graduate Studies hosts webinars and virtual events that bring together the graduate student community and connect them to the wide variety of resources available at RISD—both on campus and online. Virtual exhibition openings, artist talks and social events are complemented by sessions focused on essential academic services, career guidance and other forms of support to help ensure student success at RISD and after graduation.

Students may find others of interest on RISD’s events calendar and on involved.risd.edu, and we also offer prospective students several opportunities to connect with RISD, including on-campus and online information sessions throughout the fall.

If you have questions about upcoming events, please email gradstudies@risd.edu.

Note: You will need to sign into Zoom using your RISD credentials to access most events below.

Webinars archive

Grad Show 2020 artist talk: Gonzalo Nunez Galetto, Digital + Media


In this artist talk, recent graduate Gonzalo Nunez Galetto MFA 20 DM discusses thesis work currently on view in Grad Show 2020.

Grad Show 2020 artist talk: T Deutch, Architecture


In this artist talk, recent graduate T Deutch MArch 20 discusses thesis work currently on view in Grad Show 2020.

Grad Show 2020 artist talk: Kate Pincus-Whitney, Painting



In this artist talk, recent graduate Kate Pincus-Whitney MFA 20 PT discusses thesis work currently on view in Grad Show 2020.

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Grad Show 2020 artist talk: Tongji Philip Qian, Printmaking



In this artist talk, recent graduate Tongji Philip Qian MFA 20 PR discusses thesis work currently on view in Grad Show 2020.

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Graduate Studies x RISD Research


In this session Director of RISD Research Soul Brown discusses fellowship opportunities, research sponsorships, grant guidelines, RFPs and best practices for winning awards and research support. This webinar will help graduate students prepare for the upcoming Graduate Commons Grant cycle this spring as well as many other funding opportunities RISD Research can help you explore.

RISD Museum x Grad Studies: Multidisciplinary Museum Experiences

This informal discussion session offers insight into RISD Museum initiatives and projects and about how graduate students can engage with the museum. Bring observations and questions from your own digital exploration of risdmuseum.org to the conversation.

Events calendar highlights

RISD Unbound | Art Book Fair

Saturday, April 10,
More dates through April 18, 2021

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RISD Unbound is an event celebrating artists’ books, zines,and experimental printed matter created by RISD students and community, local artists and designers, as well as publishers, artists, designers and enthusiasts from across the region.   

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Visit https://unbound.risd.edu/ to register for our events.

Virtual Table Visit with Olivia Orr, Lara Henderson and Aya Rothwell - Unbound 2021

Saturday, April 10,

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Virtual Table Visit with Olivia Orr, Lara Henderson and Aya Rothwell.  Join us for a conversation with these exhibitors and learn more about their new work.

Please register here:  https://risd.libcal.com/calendar/exhibits/virtualtable.

The Zoom link will be sent out the morning of April 10.

This tour will be recorded and posted on the Unbound website: https://unbound.risd.edu/.

 

Dial-In Information

Please register here:  https://risd.libcal.com/calendar/exhibits/virtualtable.

The Zoom link will be sent out the morning of April 10.

This tour will be recorded and posted on the Unbound website: https://unbound.risd.edu/.

RISD Unbound | DWRI Letterpress studio tour

Monday, April 12,

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RISD Unbound presents a virtual tour of DWRI Letterpress in Providence, RI. Alumni Dan Wood 94 PR and Lois Harada 10 PR will talk and about their process and share some of their work.

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Please register via our website: https://unbound.risd.edu/.  The Zoom link will be sent out the morning of April 12.

This tour will be recorded and posted on the Unbound website: https://unbound.risd.edu/.

Architecture lecture | Heterogeneous Constructions

Monday, April 12,

Please join us for the first in the Heterogeneous Constructions lecture series. This event will feature a conversation between artist Marlon de Azambuja and architect and historian Jesús Vassallo, moderated by RISD Architecture faculty Aaron Forrest and Brett Schneider and Harvard GSD faculty Yasmin Vobis. The Heterogeneous Constructions series explores ideas and practices that challenge contemporary conventions around architectural materials, bringing together leading thinkers and makers from a range of disciplines. The series is funded by the RISD Architecture Design Research Seed Fund. 

Marlon de Azambuja was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 1978. He studied at the Edilson Viriato Center for Contemporary Art in Curitiba, Brazil. He currently lives and works in Madrid.

Jesús Vassallo is a Spanish architect and writer, and currently an associate professor at Rice University. His work focuses on the problem of realism in architecture through the production of design and scholarship. He is the author of Seamless: Digital Collage and Dirty Realism in Contemporary Architecture (Park Books, 2016), and Epics in the Everyday: Photography, Architecture and the Problem of Realism (Park Books, 2019). His articles have been published internationally in magazines such as El Croquis, AA Files, 2G, Log, Harvard Design Magazine, Domus, or Arquitectura Viva.

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Visiting artist | Ivan Puig

Monday, April 12,

The Digital + Media department presents a talk by Ivan Puig (b. 1977, Mexico), whose work is precipitated by indignation and wonder and is connected by the critical perspective and humor present in his observations about society. Puig is concerned with the time-consuming collateral activities related to the professionalization of art, such as writing biographies in the third person.
www.ivanpuig.net
www.seft1.net

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RISD Museum | Powers of Observation

Tuesday, April 13,
More dates through April 20, 2021

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Powers of Observation is a three-part series that compares and contrasts objects from different cultures that are united by a common theme. Participants will work together to develop close looking skills through conversation driven by inquiry and guided by museum educator Hanna Exel. By applying tools that we all carry with us—observation, curiosity and lived experience—to works of art in the museum’s collection, we can better understand other cultures and time periods. Free.

Hanna Exel holds an MA in Art History from Tufts University, where her research focused on artistic responses to the early years of the AIDS pandemic. She uses an object-centered and inquiry-based approach to engaging with art, which has been honed through her experience as a youth development worker and positions at art institutions including MoMA and the New Museum.

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Dates: April 613, and 20.
Registration required. After registering an email will be sent with a Zoom link to access the program.
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Queer/Feminist/Praxis | Queer and Trans Activism

Tuesday, April 13,

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Please join us for Queer and Trans Activism in Korea and the Korean Diaspora, a panel session with Sooyoung Kim (Emory University), Ju Hui Judy Han (UCLA) and John Won (KQTx National Network). The event is moderated by Jiyeon Kang (University of Iowa).

Queer/Feminist/Praxis is an international conference that brings together scholars, artists, designers, writers, and filmmakers to explore visual arts and activism revolving around the LGBTQI+ and feminist experience in South Korea and abroad.

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RISD Careers | Fulbright info session

Tuesday, April 13,

Interested in a cross-cultural exchange experience in which you can promote mutual understanding between people of the US and people of other countries? The Fulbright US Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects for 9–12 months in over 140 countries. This remarkable opportunity is open to all disciplines and all kinds of creative projects. During their grants, Fulbrighters meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country. Through thoughtfully designed project activities, research and artistic practice, Fulbrighters have meaningful engagement in the community and promote mutual understanding. Enrolled seniors, fifth years and graduate students, and recent alumni (up to three years after graduating) may apply through RISD. Students may begin the application process in their junior year but cannot submit an application until the fall of their senior year. Applicants must have a bachelor degree before the start of the grant and must be a US citizen. This information session will provide you with an overview of the program and the application process, along with motivation to develop your ideas and jump in!

Image Credit: Ying Bonny Cai BRDD 18 AP & Fulbright South Korea 2019–20

Dial-In Information

Students, RSVP through ArtWorks! You will be sent a Zoom link once you are registered for the event.

RISD Careers | Prep for Fine Arts Portfolio Review

Wednesday, April 14,

Be prepared to show your artwork and connect with arts professionals at the remote Fine Arts Portfolio Review event on April 26 & 27. This is an unparalleled opportunity to build your fine arts network as you consider future exhibitions, residencies, grants, resources and more. You'll have access to gallery owners, curators, museum professionals, residencies and arts organizations and you'll want to make the most of this opportunity! Learn what should be in your portfolio, how many pieces/projects, what to say about your work, how it should be shown and what to leave behind. Hear about the essential skills of researching the organizations, introducing yourself and following up after the event.

The Fine Arts Portfolio Review is for juniors, seniors and graduate students only, but all students may attend this prep session.

Dial-In Information

Students, RSVP through ArtWorks! You will be sent a Zoom link once you are registered for the event.

RISD Leads | Malene Barnett

Wednesday, April 14,

RISD’s Center for Student Involvement and the RISD Museum welcome artist/activist Malene Barnett, an authority on the cultural traditions and practices of art in the African diaspora and how it translates into the modern Black experience. Barnett will discuss care for the self and the community.

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Alumni Club of LA | Sarabeth Berk talk

Thursday, April 15,

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Join the RISD Alumni Club of LA for a talk with Sarabeth Berk MAT 06 about her book More Than My Title: The Power of Hybrid Professionals in a Workforce of Experts and Generalists. After Berk underwent her own professional identity crisis, she learned that she was a "hybrid" and that concept revolutionized her career path. Now she's obsessed with changing the way we see the workforce and helping professionals realize that their unique value lies at the intersections of their multiple identities. The talk and subsequent Q&A are hosted by Cristina Sirbu MFA 14 TX, vice chair of the Alumni Club of LA.

Registrants will receive a Zoom webinar link within the Eventbrite confirmation email.Hosted by the RISD Alumni Club of LA.

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RISD Global | Virtual Denmark Q&A

Thursday, April 15,

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Learn about RISD Global Summer Studios 2021 Virtual, Denmark | Design Seminar + Workshop from RISD Furniture Design faculty member Nathaniel Smith. Join us as we answer questions about what to expect in this global studio running virtually in June 2021!

These three-week art and design virtual Global Summer Studios are led by RISD faculty and designed to broaden perspectives, de-center experiences and reframe assumptions by exploring the intersections of craft, art and design as they manifest around the world.

All courses offer three RISD academic credits. Application is first-come, first-serve and is open NOW–April 18, 2021. Global Summer Studios are open to undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at RISD or in other art and design institutions worldwide, as well as recent graduates practicing in the field.

This event will take place via Zoom Meeting. We recommend watching the Course Snapshot Video to inform your questions, if you have time before attending (not required).

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Queer/Feminist/Praxis | Filmmaker KyungMook Kim

Thursday, April 15,

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Korean filmmaker and artist KyungMook Kim discusses his films portraying the lives of marginalized beings in South Korea and his current works in progress with Una Chung, associate professor of Literature and Media at Sarah Lawrence College. Kim’s award-winning film Stateless Things (2011) will be screened prior to his artist’s talk. Please register for the screening event here.

Queer/Feminist/Praxis is an international conference that brings together scholars, artists, designers, writers, and filmmakers to explore visual arts and activism revolving around the LGBTQI+ and feminist experience in South Korea and abroad.

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Alumni event | RISD Black Alumni panel and after-party

Thursday, April 15,

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Join RISD Black Alumni for a virtual panel featuring Black creative professionals followed by our first Zoom after-party. This is the second installment of What Are we Up to Now? featuring moderator Vincent Brathwaite 05 ID and guests Morolake Odeleye 07 PH and Chereth Hines-Channer MArch 16. They'll update us on what they have been working on recently and then take part in a guided conversation about life as a RISD student and their journeys after RISD. We will also facilitate an audience Q&A session. Following the one-hour panel, we invite you to pour yourself a drink and meet the community.

Registrants will receive two links - one for the Zoom webinar-style conversation at 7 pm and one for a Zoom meeting-style after-party at 8 pm.

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Queer/Feminist/Praxis | Artist Sungjae Lee

Friday, April 16,

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Seoul/Chicago-based artist Sungjae Lee performs live on Zoom My Own Private Iowa, first performed in Chicago in 2018, based on his autobiographical experiences. For Q/F/P, Lee reconstructs his original installation, including a shrine commemorating his family’s first encounter with the US and speculating on his own racial, sexual and religious identities. Following his live performance, Lee discusses his queer performative praxis with Avishek Ganguly, associate professor of Literary Arts and Studies at RISD.

Queer/Feminist/Praxis is an international conference that brings together scholars, artists, designers, writers, and filmmakers to explore visual arts and activism revolving around the LGBTQI+ and feminist experience in South Korea and abroad.

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RISD Unbound | Panel discussion

Sunday, April 18,

Join us for a conversation about why we organize fairs/fests and why they matter.  This panel discussion goes behind the scenes, shares experiences about how to make the events successful and explores why fairs and fests are so important in the 21st century.

Panelists:
Claudia Covert of Unbound
Zaidee Everett of Queer/Trans Zinefest (QTZ)
Christopher Sleboda of Odds and Ends Art Book Fair / Draw Down Books
Paul Soulellis, exhibitor with Printed Matter's fairs / Queer.Archive.Work

Dial-In Information

Please register at our website:  https://unbound.risd.edu/.

The Zoom link will be sent out the morning of April 18.

This tour will be recorded and posted on the Unbound website: https://unbound.risd.edu/.

Exhibition | DON'T YOU SIT DOWN

Monday, April 19
More dates through May 14, 2021
RISD Museum Entrance & Market Square

An interactive exhibition, Don't You Sit Down: Shades of Jim Crow, 1960– explores racism in the US originating with Jim Crow laws from the post-Civil War era that legalized racial segregation. It was inspired by the 1960 Greensboro Sit-in in which four Black college students—Ezell Blair, Franklin McCain, David Richmond and Joseph McNeil—sat at the counter of a Woolworth store in Greensboro, NC and asked to be served.

Gary Metz lecture | Vanessa Winship

Tuesday, April 20,

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RISD's Photography department welcomes Gary Metz lecturer Vanessa Winship, a visual poet whose photographs are concerned with the elusive qualities of fragility and transience in history, landscape and individual lives and society. A wanderer by nature, Winship has amassed a body of work that moves between genres—reportage, documentary, portraiture and landscape—as well as diverse geopolitical territories including the Balkans, the countries bordering the Black Sea and America.

Winner of the Prix Henri Cartier Bresson, Godfrey Argent Prize (National Portrait Gallery), Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, and the Oskar Barnack Award, Winship has exhibited her work in France, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Canada and Spain. Her retrospective exhibitions include And Time Folds, Barbican, London (2018) and Vanessa Winship, Fundación MAPFRE (2014). She has published five monographs of her work, most recently And Time Folds (MACK, 2018), she dances on Jackson (MACK, 2018, 2016) and Vanessa Winship (Fundación MAPFRE, 2016).

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Performance piece | La Resistencia

Tuesday, April 20,

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The Liberal Arts division and Nature-Culture-Sustainability Studies graduate program welcome Latinx poets, performers and activists of La Resistencia. Alex Martinez, Jessica Ayala, Lucky Garcia, Miguel Morales and Mattie Salazar will perform some of their current work and speak on their personal and collective relationships to activism and accessibility.

La Resistencia is a collective of LGBTQ creatives of color who share their words, art, voices and bodies with community. The collective lives in pride and celebrates the experiences of QTPOC communities and individuals as they amplify their voices.

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Please go to the Nature–Culture–Sustainability Studies program’s event listing for login details.

** PLEASE NOTE: This event will be recorded and posted online by RISD or the external speaker, please turn off your video if you do not want your image shown.

Queer/Feminist/Praxis | Artist Kang Seung Lee

Tuesday, April 20,

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LA-based artist Kang Seung Lee has been forming and supporting intergenerational queer kinship through collaborative artmaking and queer archive building. Lee discusses his recent work in Korea and the US and the effect of intergenerational caring in queer communities with Lisi Raskin, associate professor of Sculpture at RISD.

Queer/Feminist/Praxis is an international conference that brings together scholars, artists, designers, writers, and filmmakers to explore visual arts and activism revolving around the LGBTQI+ and feminist experience in South Korea and abroad.

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RISD Careers | Ready, Set, Freelance!

Tuesday, April 20,

Get ready for this fast-paced workshop covering every aspect of the wide world of freelancing! Long-time freelancers Ed Shems 91 IL and Justin Perricone will guide you through the rewards and potential pitfalls of a freelance creative career. They’ll cover everything from finding clients to creating contracts, delivering concepts, sending a final invoice and other steps that lead to a successful project and a happy (returning!) client. They’ll talk about pivoting during tough times, and you’ll also learn tips for how to sell your services to new clients, the basics of setting up your business, passive income opportunities, and how to have the money conversation without panicking—all so you can enjoy more freelance success! 

Image Credit: Victoria Joh 15 ID

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Students, RSVP through ArtWorks! You will be sent a Zoom link once you are registered for the event. Faculty and staff are welcome to attend and can email the Career Center at risdcareers@risd.edu to RSVP.

Alumni talk | Chris Frantz 74 PT

Wednesday, April 21,

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Join the RISD Alumni Club of Connecticut for a virtual talk with author Chris Frantz 74 PT of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club, who will discuss his book Remain in Love: Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, Tina, and his experiences being in the bands while he was a student at RISD. The conversation will be moderated by Margot Nishimura, RISD dean of libraries.

Registrants will receive a Zoom webinar link within the Eventbrite confirmation email.

Hosted by the RISD Alumni Club of CT.

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RISD Leads speaker series | Carlos Andrés Gómez

Wednesday, April 21,

The Center for Student Involvement and Intercultural Student Engagement invite the RISD community to a talk by Colombian-American author and actor Carlos Andrés Gómez called Reimagining Gender: Beyond Roles, Beyond the Binary. Gómez is author of Fracture, winner of the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry and star of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. A genre-transcending multi-hyphenate, he partnered with John Legend on Senior Orientation, a program to counteract bullying and champion inclusive masculinity among high school students.

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Alumni event | Angel Investing 101

Wednesday, April 21,

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The RISD Founders + Entrepreneurs Venture Committee invites the alumni community to an exclusive mini workshop on the basics of angel investing led by Brooke Harley, founder and CEO of ClassRebel. The goal of the workshop is to get you comfortable with the language and mechanics of angel investing so that you can invest directly into startups you believe in or take equity for your consulting services. This program is hosted by Hina Cao MArch 17, co-chair of the RISD Founders + Entrepreneurs Venture Committee.

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Visiting designer | Clara Balaguer

Thursday, April 22,

The Graphic Design department’s spring lecture series continues with Clara Balaguer, a cultural worker and the coordinator of the Social Practices course at Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam. She co-founded Hardworking Goodlooking, a cottage industry publishing hauz, and The Office of Culture and Design, a research platform and residency program that articulated cultural programming with rural and underserved communities. Through her projects, she is interested in the value of vernacular material culture and processes of collectivizing authorship. Balaguer lives and works in Rotterdam.

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Alumni event | Talk with VR/AR expert Luis Blackaller

Thursday, April 22,

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Join the Alumni in Immersive Experience affinity group for a talk with Luis Blackaller, creative director at immersive technology studio Wevr. He began exploring the intersection between narrative art, immersive technologies and popular culture at the MIT Media Lab before joining Wevr and is currently working on location-based experience VR and virtual production while at the same time developing ideas for serialized television. Blackaller will share his experiences as a media artist, filmmaker and creative director and answer your questions.

This event is hosted by affinity group co-leaders Zach Deocadiz 17 GD, Josh Inch 16 GD and Jesse Lehrhoff 03 FAV, who will also discuss the goals for this newly established group. 

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Queer/Feminist/Praxis | Artist siren eun young jung

Thursday, April 22,

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Seoul-based artist siren eun young jung has been ceaselessly pursuing artistic praxis that is simultaneously aesthetic and political. For Q/F/P, siren discusses her feminist-queer praxis across visual art, film and performance, focusing on her decade-long, award-winning work Yeosung Gukguek Project with Yeong Ran Kim, a Mellon Digital Media Fellow at Sarah Lawrence College. Deferral Theatre (single channel video, 2018) will be screened prior to this event.

Queer/Feminist/Praxis is an international conference that brings together scholars, artists, designers, writers, and filmmakers to explore visual arts and activism revolving around the LGBTQI+ and feminist experience in South Korea and abroad.

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Queer/Feminist/Praxis | Hyperlink Press

Friday, April 23,

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Please join us for a conversation with the founding members of Hyperlink Press: Taehee Whang, Jeong Yoon Lee and Minsoo Thigpen. Founded in 2018, Hyperlink Press is an online publication and curatorial collective that creates intersectional platforms to showcase work by artists navigating the in-between spaces. For Q/F/P, the founding members discuss their work inspired by South Korean online LGBTQ communities in the 2000’s and share the time of utopic excitement for an equal world, breaking free from the traditional forms of community building. The roundtable is moderated by Jung Joon Lee, associate professor of Theory and History of Art and Design at RISD and Yeong Ran Kim, Mellon Digital Media Fellow at Sarah Lawrence College.

Queer/Feminist/Praxis is an international conference that brings together scholars, artists, designers, writers, and filmmakers to explore visual arts and activism revolving around the LGBTQI+ and feminist experience in South Korea and abroad.

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Gary Metz lecture | Emmanuelle Andrianjafy

Tuesday, April 27,

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RISD's Photography department welcomes Gary Metz lecturer Emmanuelle Andrianjafy, a Malagasy photographer who arrived in the port city of Dakar, situated on the westernmost African coast, in 2011. Nothing’s in Vain is Adrianjafy’s response to the experience of uprooting to the Senegalese capital, a city as vibrant as it is disorientating. Embracing the chaos of an unfamiliar world, she takes us on an exploratory journey through a metropolis in constant flux between construction and deconstruction. The sequence of images careens between street scenes, portraits, landscapes and close-up details, recreating her fluctuating experience of the multiple faces of the city.

Winner of the MACK First Book Award (2017), Andrianjafy’s work has been exhibited at Photo London, Image Afrique Fesival (Basel) and Festival Voies Off (Arles) at the Athens Photo Festival, and she won the CAP Prize in 2017.

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Visiting artist | GaHee Park

Tuesday, April 27,

The Painting department welcomes artist GaHee Park, whose paintings and drawings feel like voyeuristic glimpses into enigmatic fantasies. Her canvases portray entangled couples and solitary nude women with perky breasts and pointy fingernails, often set in domestic spheres with cocktails, fanciful foods, flora and fauna. Park’s latest works are imagined narrative scenes, at times informed by daydreams, that consider the boundaries between public and private. 

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Alumni event | Providence studio tour

Tuesday, April 27,

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Join the Alumni Club of RI for a virtual studio tour of Katrinkles, a wholesale supplier of buttons and tools for textiles artists, hosted by Katy Westcott 02 JM. She will demo her products and processes and discuss the challenges of being a woman-owned and -operated manufacturer.

This event is hosted by Amy Cohen 76 TX, chair of the Alumni Club of RI.

Registrants will received Zoom information within the Eventbrite confirmation email.

Photo credit: Brittanny Taylor

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Alumni event | Creatives in Law School

Wednesday, April 28,

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Are you considering pursuing a career in law? Want to know what it’s like to be a creative in the law industry? Join the RISD Lawyers alumni affinity group for a discussion and Q&A session. Panelists include Daniel Cho BArch 07, Amy Helfant 08 TX and Michelle Mechanic 02 GL; moderated by Greg Kanaan 02 FAV, leader of the RISD Lawyers alumni affinity group.

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Alumni talk | Creatives in Law School

Wednesday, April 28,

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Join RISD alumni lawyers for a conversation about going to law school and practicing law! Are you considering pursuing a career in law? Want to learn about what it's like to be a creative in law school and the law industry? Join the RISD Lawyers alumni affinity group for a discussion and Q&A session. Panelists include Daniel Cho BArch 07, Amy Helfant 08 TX and Michelle Mechanic 02 GL; moderated by Greg Kanaan 02 FAV, leader of the RISD Lawyers alumni affinity group.

Hosted by RISD Lawyers.

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Registrants will receive Zoom information within the Eventbrite confirmation email.

Alumni event | RISD Footwear Affinity Group Launch

Wednesday, April 28,

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Join the RISD Footwear Affinity Group to connect with others who are making or designing shoes and boots. Co-leaders Daphne Board 98 TX and Sarah Guerin BArch 99 will lead the session with special guest and RISD faculty member  Anne Marika Verploegh Chasse, who will discuss how she got into shoemaking, her practice and how she makes a living.

The RISD Footwear Affinity Group aims to bring together alumni in all areas and levels of experience of footwear. Members of this affinity group benefit from learning and sharing with a worldwide community of RISD alumni in shoemaking, bootmaking and footwear design. Proposed events include speakers, panels and virtual studio visits. Join us and suggest your own!

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Visiting artist | Mays Albaik

Tuesday, May 4,

The Glass department welcomes artist Mays Albaik MFA 19 GL, whose interdisciplinary visual practice has literary writing at its heart. Crystalizing as performance, video and spatial installations, her work seeks to assert a connection to a location through the study of literary flora, of poetic production that is as tied to land as rooted plants. An alumna of Salama Emerging Artist Fellowship (SEAF), she has participated in exhibitions including Qala 0.8900 (Darat Al Funun, Jordan), BWWB (Helix Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY), Sawt 2a (Grey Noise, Dubai), Mind the Gap (Tashkeel, Dubai) and Change Coordinates + Someone Else (1971 Design Space, Sharjah).

Partial funding for this series comes from the Page Hazlegrove Fund.

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Alumni event | Decolonizing the RISD Museum’s collection

Tuesday, May 4,

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Join the Alumni Club of NYC for a virtual presentation by Sarah Ganz Blythe, Interim Director of the RISD Museum, about decolonizing the museum’s collection. Museums offer potent opportunities to critically confront the legacies of colonialism and the oppressive systems on which they were founded. Hear about how the collection and spaces of the RISD Museum are being activated to confront the past, embrace the complexity and ambiguity of our present, and offer up opportunities for deep learning, collaboration and creativity for the future.

This event is hosted by Matthew Shenoda, Associate Provost, Social Equity & Inclusion & SEI Advisor to the President, the RISD Alumni Club of NYC and the RISD Museum.

Registrants will receive Zoom information within their Eventbrite confirmation email.

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Gary Metz lecture | Rhea Anastas

Tuesday, May 4,

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RISD's Photography department welcomes Gary Metz lecturer Rhea Anastas (b. 1969, Gloucester, MA), an art historian and curator based in Los Angeles who cofounded  cooperative gallery Orchard on New York City's Lower East Side in 2005. Anastas ran Orchard with artists Moyra Davey, Andrea Fraser, Christian Philipp Müller, Jeff Preiss, R.H. Quaytman and Jason Simon, among others for its predetermined three-year lifespan (2005–08). Among Anastas’s first editorial projects is the book Witness to Her Art: Art and Writings by Adrian Piper, Mona Hatoum, Cady Noland, Jenny Holzer, Kara Walker, Daniela Rossell, and Eau de Cologne, which Anastas co-edited with Michael Brenson (Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, 2006, distributed by DAP).

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Alumni event | RISD Architects

Wednesday, May 5,

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Join the RISD Architects affinity group for a talk with Alexandra Gadawski MArch 15, an architect and sustainability leader at HMFH Architects, where her passion for lighting design that promotes wellness has made her crucial to projects at every stage. In this talk, she'll focus on establishing a continuous and open dialogue among architects, engineers, consultants and stakeholders about the materials selected for a project and how their combination can define the space and set the tone for the entire project.

The presentation is hosted by RISD Architects affinity group co-leaders Dante Gamache MLA 16 and Xuan Wang MArch 17.

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Visiting lecturer | Peter McCoy

Thursday, May 6,

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The Liberal Arts division and the Nature-Culture-Sustainability graduate program welcome Peter McCoy, who will give a talk titled Radical Mycology: A Treatise on Seeing and Working with Fungi. He will speak on his book, also titled Radical Mycology, and the development of Mycologos, a platform that produces educational materials that enable individuals and organizations to readily apply the arts and sciences of mycology throughout their lives and livelihoods. As we examine parallels of culture and mycology, we will discuss the ethos of citizen science and civic research, as community-based projects expand the dialogues of mycological futures.

McCoy speaks on behalf of the fungi, the most overlooked and misrepresented organisms in the web of life. As an interdisciplinary, systems-oriented mycology educator with 17 years of experience, he is considered one of the most prominent voices in the modern mycology movement. McCoy’s work is widely regarded as pioneering in the topics of accessible mushroom cultivation and mycoremediation, while his in-depth mycological knowledge has also elevated his voice to one of the foremost in the less-explored fields of fungal evolution, fungal communication and the history of fungi in human cultures.

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Go to the Nature–Culture–Sustainability Studies program’s event listing for login information and to learn more about Peter McCoy. 

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Alumni talk | Architect Gabrielle Bullock

Wednesday, May 12,

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Join the Alumni Club of LA and RISD Architects for a talk with RISD Trustee Gabrielle Bullock BArch 84 on her latest project, Destination Crenshaw. A principal and the director of Global Diversity at Perkins&Will, Bullock will discuss a 1.3-mile stretch of Crenshaw Boulevard in Los Angeles that “will be transformed from an area that has long deserved economic investment and strategic urban planning into a thriving commercial corridor linked by architecturally stunning community spaces and pocket parks, hundreds of newly planted trees and over 100 commissioned works of art.”

This event will be hosted by Cristina Sirbu MFA 14 TX, vice chair of the Alumni Club of LA.

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Artist talk | Craig Taylor

Tuesday, March 8,

Associate Professor of Painting Craig Taylor discusses his ongoing exhibition in RISD’s Color Lab, TESTS: Variants. Taylor deploys seriality in this work to demonstrate how color can create content that is often connected to an emotive or evocative state. In TESTS:Variants, Taylor presents a new series of chromatic sculptures cast from a single mold. Each sculpture functions as a site for the exploration of color systems. During the production of the sculptures, a short single-channel video depicting the bust as a source was found and created.

While the Color Lab space at 30 North Main Street is temporarily closed due to COVID-19, the full exhibition is visible from the street.

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