Jessica Sarah Rinland (SMACT ’18) Talk at List Visual Arts Center

Jessica Sarah Rinland, Those That, at a Distance, Resemble Another, 2019. Film still.

May 31
MIT List Visual Arts Center
Wiesner Building (E15)
20 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA

Examine and enjoy the List Visual Arts Center’s exhibitions from a new perspective. Join ACT Graduate student Jessica Sarah Rinland (SMACT ’18) to discover more about Carissa Rodriguez: The Maid. 

The talk will focus on Rinland’s multi-layered art work Those That, at a Distance, Resemble Another, which culminates in a replica ceramic elephant tusk and a film that chronicles the process of the object coming into being. The work invites reflection upon forms of representation, replicas, and embodiments of materials, disciplines, and institutions. The project was made in collaboration with conservators, scientists, archaeologists, ceramicists, and technicians across various museums including The Harvard Art Museums. This approach allowed for a disruption of perspectives and methods in the field of conservation, creating new ways of thinking for everyone involved.

About the Speaker:

Argentine-British artist filmmaker, Jessica Sarah Rinland has exhibited work in galleries, film festivals and universities internationally including New York Film Festival, Rotterdam, Oberhausen, Somerset House, and Bloomberg New Contemporaries. She has received grants from Arts Council England, Wellcome Trust, and elsewhere. Residencies include the MacDowell Colony. She is currently an Associate Artist at Somerset House Studios, a Schnitzer prize awardee at M.I.T., and a Film Studies Center Fellow at Harvard University.

About the Exhibition:

Carissa Rodriguez examines the material and social conditions in which art is produced and reveals how the canonical figure of the artist is reflected in—and reproduced by—the products of her labor. Rodriguez’s solo exhibition will feature a newly commissioned video work that premiered at SculptureCenter, New York. By engaging the discourse of sculpture through the tools of cinema, the video follows the lives of “related” artworks and recounts the conditional relationships between artist, artwork, and third-party agents (institution, caregiver, surrogate) in familial terms. Through this work, Rodriguez investigates how techniques of modern reproduction—both artistic and biological—are organized around property and kinship structures that are mediated through technology and the law. Carissa Rodriguez: The Maid is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition on the East Coast.

Free and Open to the Public; however, a reservation is required. RSVP here