Michael Jones McKean


  • Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
  • Lecture begins at 6:30 p.m.
  • Mary Harris Auditorium on RMCAD’s Campus

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About the Lecture

Michael Jones McKean’s work explores the nature of objects in relation to folklore, technology, anthropology, and mysticism. His work engages an interest in deep time, timescales, and their collapse, in the process de-centering anthropocentric registrations of events, distances, and meaning. Through his working process, he challenges stable definitions, such as real and replica, natural and synthetic, fact and fiction, past and future, while employing media as diverse as ancient meteorites, primitive textiles, of-the-moment technologies, raw clay, psychotropic medicines, and prismatic rainbows.

McKean’s lecture will focus on the possibility of disparate objects skidding across time, exploring “scale” and how the collapse of timescales can help re-articulate our ancient involvement with forms, materials, meaning, representation, and poetics.

About the Artist

Michael Jones McKean was born in Micronesia and now lives and works in New York City. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Nancy Graves Foundation Award, and an Artadia Award. McKean has also been awarded fellowships and residencies at The Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The MacDowell Colony, The International Studio and Curatorial Program, The Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, and the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program.

McKean’s work has been exhibited at multiple institutions, including the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in New York, Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, Horton Gallery in New York, The Quebec Biennale in Quebec City, Canada, The Art Foundation in Athens, Greece, Inman Gallery in Houston, Texas, Parisian Laundry in Montreal, Canada, Shenkar University in Tel Aviv, Israel, and The Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.

Learn more about McKean at michaeljonesmckean.com


The artist will also be participating in the following events with RMCAD students, faculty, and staff:


Next Day Q+A Luncheon with Michael Jones McKean

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
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RMCAD faculty, staff, and students are invited to join the VASD Program and Michael Jones McKean for a casual Q+A session over lunch. This intimate gathering provides an opportunity to further discuss ideas presented in the previous night’s lecture and a place for students to further engage with our special guest.

Studio Visits with Michael Jones McKean

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 – Thursday, February 15, 2018

Michael Jones McKean will conduct one-on-one, 30-minute studio visits on Wednesday, February 14 and Thursday, February 15 with RMCAD students.

All RMCAD students from all academic departments are welcome to participate. You do not need to have a studio in Spivak to participate.

To reserve a spot for this special opportunity, RMCAD students are required to submit the following to tfike@rmcad.edu by Friday, February 2, 2018:

  1. Name
  2. Academic Department
  3. Phone Number
  4. Top three studio visit time slots (see below)
  5. A short paragraph (3-4 sentences) stating your interest in participating in this event.
  6. Do you have a studio in Spivak? Which one? (you are not required to have a studio to participate).

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

9:25am – 9:55am – Studio visit #1
10:05am – 10:35am – Studio visit #2
11:00am – 11:30am – Studio visit #3
11:45am – 12:45pm Next Day Q+A Luncheon with students and faculty
1:00pm – 1:30pm Studio Visit #4
1:40pm – 2:10pm Studio Visit #5
2:20pm – 2:50pm Studio Visit #6
3:00pm – 3:30pm Studio Visit #7

Thursday, February 15, 2018

9:40am – 10:10am Studio Visit #8
10:20am – 10:50am Studio Visit #9

The VASD Program Committee will review submissions and selected students will be notified by Tuesday, February 6, 2018.