Graduate Student Talk: Ryan Ravanpak

November 21, 2019
Event Types
Talk / Lecture
MIT Community
Colored geometric rocks and boulders are installed between vertical sheets of miror.

Alicja Kwade, Trans-For-Men 11 (Fibonacci), 2019 Mirror, berg crystal, ceramic, sandstone, concrete, limestone, granite, marble, volcanic stone,bronze, aluminum, corten steel. 38 1/8 x 342 1/2 x 26 1/4 inches (96.8 x 870 x 66.7 cm)Courtesy Winsing Arts Foundation, Taiwan.


Ryan Ravanpak

Take a look at the List Center’s exhibitions from a new perspective. Join Ryan Ravanpak in the MIT Philosophy Department to discover more about Alicja Kwade: In Between Glances.  The talk will focus on how identity, meaning, and value in art is determined. We will consider the role that artistic intention can have on aesthetic merit, and how different processes of creation and interpretation can inform our attitudes about the content, structure, and value of the work. We will examine this subject through the lens of Alicja Kwade’s exhibition, and along the way we will discuss related areas in the subject of philosophy and aesthetics.

About the Speaker

Ryan Ravanpak is a Ph.D. candidate in the MIT department of Philosophy. He studies issues at the intersection of metaphysics and ethics, and he also has substantive interests in aesthetics and the history of early modern philosophy. Before this, he was at the University of California, Berkeley. In his spare time, he enjoys creative writing and musical pursuits.

About the Series

Graduate Student Gallery Talks at the List Center present focused explorations of our current exhibitions and are led by an MIT graduate student. These interdisciplinary talks examine art through the lens of students’ research, backgrounds, and interests.