ATTENTION: THE 2021/22 VISITING ARTIST, SCHOLAR, AND DESIGNER PROGRAM SERIES
Taking notice can make the invisible suddenly visible, as if by magic. And artists and designers are expert magicians. Their methods and work direct the audience’s attention to the mundane, the overlooked, the misunderstood, and the disregarded, recreating the artist’s experience of discovery in the viewer. This creative discipline of mindful and open observation requires intentionality and practice because, despite our best efforts and technologies, humans have focus limits. When we faithfully give our attention to something, we are simultaneously and necessarily diverting our attention from something else. The boundaries of our active perceptual bandwidth are strained and stressed in an environment of constant bombardment by things vying for our focus. And what we pay attention to is not always our choice – it can be pressured, controlled, misdirected, and manipulated by external forces. Noticing, then, is both a purposeful act of care and deliberate refusal.
Catalyzed by a year of reckonings that helped redefine our values and relationships, and inspired by art’s transformative ability to take notice, this series pays attention to attention.
FALL 2021 ARTIST/DESIGNER TALKS
- MIRELLE PHILLIPS | Tue. Sept. 14, 2021 at 6:00pm. MST (doors open at 5:30pm).
- IAN CHENG | Tue. October 5, 1:30 pm MST (virtual).
- JILL MAGID | Tue. Nov. 9, 2021 at 6:00pm. MST (doors open at 5:30pm).
SPRING 2022 ARTIST/DESIGNER TALKS
- CHERYL D. MILLER | Tue. Jan 18, 2022 at 4:30pm. MST (VIRTUAL).
- RONALD RAEL & VIRGINIA SAN FRATELLO | Tue. March 8, 2022 at 6p. MST.More ATTENTION Series artists and designers will be announced soon. Sign up for our mailing list to receive series updates.
Artist/Designer Talks are free and open to the public and registration is highly encouraged.
ATTENTION Series Artist/Designer Talks will be held in person with a live-streamed option (unless otherwise noted). If health and safety protocols prevent us from hosting in-person events we will transition the events to an online platform. As always, we will continue to offer vigorous and timely contemporary art conversations for our visiting artists/designers/scholars, our students, and our community while also prioritizing everyone’s wellbeing. To learn more about RMCAD’s current COVID-19 policies please go here. We thank you for your patience and understanding in this shifting landscape.
For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations for these events, please contact Gretchen Marie Schaefer at email@example.com or 303-995-8353. Requests should be made as soon as possible but no less than 5 business days prior to the scheduled event.
ADDITIONAL RMCAD COMMUNITY EVENTS
In addition to the Artist/Designer Talk, RMCAD students, faculty, and staff have the opportunity to interact with our distinguished guests during Next Day Q+A Sessions, workshops, studio visits, and more. These events will take place the day following the Artist/Designer Talk (unless otherwise noted). Click on the artist’s/designer’s name above to learn more.