Centering Earth: Contemporary Ceramics at the RISD Museum


Hear from artists Courtney M. Leonard (RISD MFA 2008, Ceramics), Anina Major (RISD MFA 2017, Ceramics), and Adam Silverman (RISD BArch 1988, Architecture) about how their creative practices intersect with environmental, territorial, and social activism.

In conjunction with the Museum's reinstalled modern and contemporary galleries, Art and Design: 1900 to Now and Trading Earth: Ceramics, Commodities, and Commerce, this program is moderated by Elizabeth A. Williams, David and Peggy Rockefeller Curator of Decorative Arts and Design. These contemporary artists will share their reflections on the relationship between human activities, the earth and its waterways; environmental records and current practices; arbitrary borders of statehood, challenges to territorial authority and ownership; transgressions of colonization and post-colonial cultural identity; and concepts of place and belonging.

This program is presented in collaboration with RISD Institutional Advancement and Ceramics Department.