Rick Lowe and Christopher Bedford
Wednesday, January 25, 2023, 7pm EST
As part of the Encore Presentations series at the Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, a filmed discussion between Rick Lowe and former Rose Art Museum director Christopher Bedford will be available to view online. The conversation was originally recorded in 2016 as part of the series Art | Race | Activism. Encore Presentations highlights the museum’s long history of engaging both emerging and leading contemporary artists in critical conversations.
Rick Lowe, Project Row Houses, Houston, 1993–2018 © Rick Lowe Studio
Elyse A. Gonzales
Thursday, November 10, 2022, 7pm
Carver Community Cultural Center, San Antonio
As part of Taller Talks, a series of public talks organized in collaboration by Ruby City and the Carver Community Cultural Center, both in San Antonio, Rick Lowe will discuss his work and process with Ruby City director Elyse A. Gonzales. In 2021 the contemporary art center acquired Lowe’s painting Untitled (2021) and it is currently on view for the first time in the exhibition Tangible/Nothing through July 30, 2023.
Rick Lowe, Untitled, 2021 © Rick Lowe Studio. Photo: Thomas Dubrock
Chicago Humanities Festival 2022
Rick Lowe and Amanda Williams on the Transformative Power of Public Art
Saturday, October 22, 2022, 12pm
Northwestern University, Chicago
As part of this year’s Chicago Humanities Festival, Rick Lowe and Amanda Williams—who were named MacArthur Fellows in 2014 and 2022, respectively—will reflect on community-based creative practices and the power of art to remake our public lives. The Chicago Humanities Festival connects people to the ideas that shape and define us and promotes the lifelong exploration of what it means to be human.
Left: Rick Lowe. Photo: Brent Reaney. Right: Amanda Williams. Photo: Jacob Hand
Rick Lowe, Tom Finkelpearl, Eugenie Tsai
Thursday, September 29, 2022, 6pm
Gagosian, 541 West 24th Street, New York
Join Gagosian for a conversation between Rick Lowe and his longtime friends Tom Finkelpearl, author and former commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and Eugenie Tsai, senior curator of contemporary art at the Brooklyn Museum, New York, inside Lowe’s exhibition Meditations on Social Sculpture, at Gagosian, 541 West 24th Street, New York. The trio will discuss how Lowe’s new paintings evolve from his ongoing community projects, moving beyond the conventions of visual practice, as well as their shared interest in transforming social structures and policies to effect change. The event has reached capacity.
Left: Rick Lowe. Photo: Brent Reaney. Middle: Tom Finkelpearl. Right: Eugenie Tsai
Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 12pm EDT
As part of Talking to Our Time program, an online series of artist talks organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, Rick Lowe will be joined by Gagosian director Antwaun Sargent to discuss how creativity can empower people and communities to spark economic, social, and political change. The pair will speak about Lowe’s community-based initiatives, such as Project Row Houses and Greenwood Art Project, as well as his paintings and drawings based on a visual language developed from aerial photographs of dominoes, a game he often plays with residents of his social projects. To join the online event, register at smithsonian.zoom.us.
Left: Rick Lowe. Photo: Brent Reaney. Right: Antwaun Sargent. Photo: Chase Hall
David Adjaye and Rick Lowe
Moderated by Thelma Golden
Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 2pm edt
Join Gagosian for a conversation between Sir David Adjaye and Rick Lowe, moderated by Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, on the occasion of Social Works at Gagosian, New York. Livestreaming from the exhibition in Chelsea in advance of the opening on June 24, the trio will explore Adjaye and Lowe’s shared interests in architecture, community building, and the relationship between space and the Black body. Featuring work by twelve artists, the exhibition includes Asaase (2021), Adjaye’s first large-scale autonomous sculpture, and Black Wall Street Journey (2020–), a new series of paintings by Lowe memorializing the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre in Oklahoma. To join the online event, register at eventbrite.com.
Left: David Adjaye. Photo: Alex Fradkin, courtesy Adjaye Associates. Middle: Thelma Golden. Photo: Julie Skarratt. Right: Rick Lowe. Photo: Brent Reaney