On objects, time, and the fallacy of scale lecture poster

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

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