Lecture | Laine Rettmer

The Sculpture department welcomes Laine Rettmer as part of its Spring 2021 Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Rettmer is a North American visual artist and opera director. Rettmer’s work has been presented nationally and internationally: Vizcaya Museum; Manifesta; MoMA Public, curated by Mel Logan and Jakob Boeskov; the Museum of Fine Art, Boston; Massachusetts Institute of Technology Museum for the exhibition, Hot Steam; the Illuminus Festival; the Yuan Art Museum; Yve Yang Gallery; Perkins and Ping; Present Company; NADA NY, NADA Presents; AREA gallery, among others. Rettmer’s opera productions have been praised as “wickedly smart” and “devastatingly funny” by The New York Times and “not only profound but also shattering” by The Observer. Their Barber of Seville was named one of the top 10 classical music productions of 2014 by The New York Times and La Bohème one of the best operas of the decade by The Observer. For four years Rettmer was the resident stage director for the New York based company LoftOpera, with whom their last production, Macbeth, received WQXR Awards for Best New Production and Best Director. 

Recent awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Grant for the upcoming video opera Island of Hope, by Gabriele Vanoni, as well as NEA funding and a MAP Fund grant for the collaborative, place-based opera, Standby Snow: Chronicles of a Heat Wave, an Art Alliance Fellowship from HFBK Hamburg, a research fellowship from the Center for Arts Design and Social Research, and residences at Skaftfell Center for Visual Arts in Iceland, Robert Wilson's Watermill Foundation on Long Island, and MassArt’s Brant Gallery.

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Please email sculpture@risd.edu for the zoom link. 

Tuesday, April 27 at 1:10pm

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