Kevin Beasley


  • 12 p.m. MST
  • Zoom Webinar

Free and open to the public. Space is limited. Registration is highly encouraged.


Forging A View of a Landscape

This talk will be about the process of A View of a Landscape – the exhibition presented at The Whitney Museum of American Art from December 2018 – March 2019. We will cover the conception of the idea from when the artist attended graduate school in 2012 to the early development stages of the chamber in Milan, to the rehearsals for the performances within the exhibition. This will be a comprehensive conversation about the inner workings of this exhibition, how it came about, and what was involved to create the experience of the exhibition from seeing the motor running in silence to meditating to its sound in the listening room next door. Photography, sculpture, sound, installation, and performance span (thus far) eight years of work and development, presented with the intent to render legible the various societal, cultural, and historical forces at play in the artist studio. Learn more about the exhibition here.


Kevin Beasley (b. 1985, Lynchburg, VA) lives and works in New York. Beasley’s practice traverses sculpture, photography, sound and performance. Recent exhibitions include A4 Arts Foundation, Cape Town (2020) (solo); The Warehouse, Dallas (2020); Baltimore Museum of Art, MD (2019); The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2018-2019) (solo); The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2018) (solo); The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco (2018); Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus (2018); Hammer Projects, Los Angeles (2017) (solo); The Studio Museum in Harlem, Morningside Park, New York (2016-17) (solo); The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago (2016); The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2015); MoMA PS1, Long Island City (2015); and The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (2015). Beasley has recently performed at venues including The Kitchen, New York (2019); The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2018-2019); Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, University of Houston, TX (2017); The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (2016); The Dallas Museum of Art (2015); The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2015); The Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland (2014); The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2014); Queens Museum of Art, New York (2014); and The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2012). His work is held in public collections such as The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; The Art Institute, Chicago; Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Pérez Art Museum, Miami; San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; and TATE Modern, London.

Virtual One-On-One Sessions

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

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RMCAD students have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with visiting artist Kevin Beasley.

This opportunity is available to any interested student looking to gain insight and perspective on their work through an in-depth conversation about art and ideas with this accomplished artist.

To reserve a one-on-one meeting with Kevin Beasley RMCAD students are required to fill out the form at The form will remain open until all spots have been filled.

Students will receive a confirmation email after submitting a request. The VASD Program Committee will review submissions and selected students will be notified.

Please contact Gretchen Schaefer at with any questions.

Next-Day Q+A

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. MST

RMCAD faculty, staff, and students are invited to join the VASD Program and visiting artist Kevin Beasley for a Q+A session the day following his World Building series Artist Talk. This intimate gathering provides space to further discuss the ideas presented in the previous night’s lecture and an occasion to further engage with the artist. The RMCAD community is encouraged to attend with an open and curious mind, prepared to actively participate in a constructive and challenging conversation about art and culture.

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Rachel Harrison – Life Hack at The Whitney Museum of American Art (Exhibition and catalogue)

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The Fifth Season by Lafawndah (Album)

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations for this event, please contact Gretchen Marie Schaefer at or 303-995-8353. Requests should be made as soon as possible but no less than 5 business days prior to the scheduled event.

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