Visiting Speaker | Rachel Haidu

Please join us for the fifth lecture in the 2018 Grad Commons Speaker Series: Conversations on Contemporary Art: The Tragicomic Self: Amy Sillman & Philip Guston. 

Historian, critic, author and Associate Professor at the University of Rochester Rachel Haidu examines the role that shape plays in the tragicomic enterprise, when it is seen not as a formal or compositional element but as key to both the tragic aspect of a painting's historical reflection and its comic operations — its funniness. She will discuss Amy Sillman and Phillip Guston, who both make painting, in their different historical moments (respectively, the present and the 1960s-70s), into a tragicomic enterprise. Tragicomic shape is the means that painting has at its disposal for exploring selfhood, a concept that Haidu develops in her new book in relation to not only painting but also video and dance.

Conversations on Contemporary Art: The Gradual Contemporary is a collaboration among RISD’s Divisions of Liberal Arts, Graduate Studies and Fine Arts.

Monday, April 23, 2018 at 5:00pm

Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum
Chace Center, 20 North Main Street, Providence, RI

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Lecture, Visiting Artist


Division of Fine Arts, Division of Liberal Arts


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