Curation, Exhibition Design
In fall 2017, Angela Lorenzo and I asked artists across departments at Rhode Island School of Design and writers in Brown University’s Literary Arts department to consider what is missing in the political now and to imagine what it might mean to encounter those things in the future.
Lost&, an archive of future artifacts, opened in Gelman Gallery on October 12, 2017. Over 300 visitors moved through the space over the course of two hours, many lingering to watch a series of live performances.
When Angela and I initially began working on Lost& the previous spring, we challenged ourselves to reimagine what a gallery could do. How could our exhibition create space for a new political imagination? And how could it do so while leaving room for artists, writers, and visitors to imagine the future differently?
We worked with a graduate student in the Sculpture Department to create a reading, meeting, and performance space within the exhibition and prioritized programming that would disrupt the familiar, static space one often encounters in a gallery. On any given day, visitors might participate in a performative meal, a poetry reading, or a conversation with RISD Museum curators.