RISD Glass

Visiting Lecturer Series

Spring 2019


Partial funding for this lecture series by the Page Hazlegrove Fund and Koichi Hamada and Carolyn M. Beaudin in memory of Kotaro Hamada.


Fayen D’Evie

Fayen d'Evie is an artist based in Dja Dja Wurring country, rural Victoria, Australia. Her projects are often conversational and collaborative, and resist spectatorship by activating diverse audiences in embodied readings of artworks. Fayen advocates the radical potential for blindness, arguing that blindness offers critical positions and methods attuned to sensory translations, ephemerality, the tangible and intangible, precariousness, concealment, the obscured and the invisible. Fayen is the founder of 3-ply, which investigates artist-led publishing as an experimental site for the creation, dispersal, translation, and archiving of texts.  Past exhibitions include:  Eavesdropping, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2018; When the Other Meets the Other Other, Cultural Centre, Belgrade, 2017; From One Body to Another, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney, 2017; Human Commonalities, V.A.C. and the State Museum of Vadim Sidur, Moscow, 2016; TarraWarra Biennial: Endless Circulation, Healesville, 2016; The Gravity, the Levity, KADIST, San Francisco 2016; 3rd Ural Industrial Biennial, Yekaterinburg, 2015; Just as Money is the Paper, the Gallery is the Room, Osage Gallery, Shanghai, 2015. Fayen is a candidate for a PhD in Curatorial Practice at Monash University. She holds a BFA in Painting from the University of Melbourne, a PhD in Environmental Studies from the Australian National University, and a BSc (Hons) in Physics from the University of Canterbury, Aotearoa/New Zealand.




Sara Raza

Sara Raza is 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).

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Jina Valentine

Jina Valentine’s interdisciplinary practice is informed by the intuitive strategies of folk artists and traditional craft techniques, and interweaves histories latent within found texts, objects, narratives, and spaces. She has exhibited widely, both in her independent work and with her collaborative project, Black Lunch Table. Valentine has participated in numerous residencies including the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, and the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.  Her work has received acknowledgement and support from Art Matters, Creative Capital, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, and the North Carolina Arts Council. Jina completed her BFA at Carnegie Mellon University, her MFA at Stanford University, and is an Assistant Professor of Printmedia at SAIC.

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Dave Hardy

Dave Hardy is an artist who works primarily in sculpture. He received a BA from Brown University, an MFA from Yale School of Art and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2004. Hardy’s work has been exhibited widely in the U.S. and internationally. Solo shows include Galerie Christophe Gaillard, Paris (2017); Skibum MacArthur, Los Angeles (2017); Galerie Jeanroch Dard, Brussels (2016); Wentrup Gallery, Berlin (2014); Churner and Churner, NYC (2014); Regina Rex, NYC (2013) and Art in General, NYC (2009). Selected group shows include Tibor De Nagy (2016), Invisible Exports (2015), Bortolami (2014) and Jack Shainman Gallery (2008) in NYC. His work was included in the Queens International at the the Queens Museum (2016), Greater New York 2005 at PS1/MoMA and Make It Now at Sculpture Center in NYC (2005). In 2018 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and he received a NYFA Fellowship in 2017 and 2011 and an Emerging Artist Fellowship from Socrates Sculpture Park, NYC in 2005. He has taught at New York University, Sarah Lawrence College and Pratt Institute, amongst others, and he was resident faculty at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in summer 2018. In 2019 he will be the Warhol Fellowship Resident at RAIR in Philadelphia, PA. His work has been written about in Artforum, Art in America, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal… and has been articulated as performative, nasty, elegant, depersonalized, corporal, abject, vulnerable, improvisational.


Brenda Danilowitz

Brenda Danilowitz, is an art historian and chief curator at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. She received her MA in Art History from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, where she taught art history before relocating to the US. She has taught at Yale University, and the Universities of Hartford and Connecticut. She is the author and editor of numerous books and essays on the work of Josef and Anni Albers and has organized exhibitions of their work in the US, Europe, Mexico, Peru and Brazil. She has published essays and articles on twentieth century Southern African art and artists including photographer Constance Stuart Larrabee and printmakers John Muafangejo and Azaria Mbatha. 


Rachel Berwick

Rachel Berwick’s multi-media installations focus on the threshold between nature and culture as a means of exploring themes of extinction and loss, and our inevitable desire to recover that which is lost.  Her work has been included in exhibitions at venues such as the Serpentine Gallery, London; the 26th Bienal de São Paolo; the 7th International Istanbul Bienal; and Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.  In the U.S, she has exhibited at the Smithsonian American Art Museum; Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA; The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, among others. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, a Smithsonian Artists’ Research Fellowship and The Robert Rauschenberg Residency. Berwick received her MFA from Yale University School of Art and BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. She taught at Yale School of Art from 1991–99 before joining the faculty at RISD where she is professor and Head of the Glass Department.

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