Murray Moss + Rosanne Somerson
5:30pm – 6:30pm: Self-guided tour of the Glass House site
6:30pm – 7:30pm: Lecture
7:30pm – 8:00pm: Reception
Join design curator Murray Moss and RISD president Rosanne Somerson for a conversation about the legacy of the Bauahus — the 20th century’s most influential school of art and design — as it relates to design and art education today, particularly at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Murray Moss is the founder and creative mind behind MOSS design gallery, established in 1994. He has conceived and curated over a hundred influential exhibitions, at Moss in New York and Los Angeles, as well as other venues, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the Museum Fur Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt; Collective Design Fair; and the Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh. Moss has been honored with numerous awards and has written three books: Georg Jensen Reflections (Rizzoli, 2014), Baccarat: Two Hundred and Fifty Years (Rizzoli, 2013), and Tertium Quid (August Editions, 2013), and co-authored Please Do Not Touch (Rizzoli, 2018). He is on the Graduate Faculty of the School of Visual Arts and is a Senior Presidential Fellow at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Rosanne Somerson is a designer, professor, and academic leader who has been advancing art and design since she was a student at the Rhode Island School of Design in the 1970s. She returned to the College in the 1980s to teach and in 1995 founded the Furniture Design Department before serving as Provost and chief academic officer. As RISD’s 17th president she is committed to expanding inclusion, equity, and access in order to enhance a genuinely rich learning environment that consists of diverse experiences, viewpoints, and talents. President Somerson also maintains a creative practice, designing and creating furniture for exhibitions and commissions, and frequently speaks and writes about the power of critical thinking and making, underscoring the value of art and design to advancing life in the 21st century.