PAC Lecture: Variance: Making, Unmaking, and Remaking Disability

A special live Zoom lecture featuring RISD Museum Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings:
Conor Moynihan
Thursday, June 23rd at 6pm, Live via Zoom
Free and open to the public
Photo of the Featured Exhibition (Credit: Erik Gould)

“In this presentation, I discuss my exhibition Variance: Making, Unmaking, and Remaking Disability, which will be on view at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art from January 29 through July 3, 2022. In forty works dating from the mid-1700s through today, these works ask us to consider how disability and illness are embodied and experienced, and how they have been represented by artists and deployed as visual tropes. These works foreground the ways that culture and art are shaped by physical, mental, and sensory differences that exist on the continuum of human variation. From moralizing, stereotypical historical representations of disability to more prideful modern and contemporary works, this exhibition highlights how disability is made, unmade, and remade towards new ends. Most importantly, I focus on what is gained when we use disability as a critical framework to learn about art.” – Conor Moynihan

About Our Speaker: Conor Moynihan is the Assistant Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the RISD Museum and a Visual Studies PhD Candidate at the University at Buffalo (SUNY). His dissertation explores how contemporary artists engage with and critic the aesthetics of orientalism, primitivism, and exoticism, with a focus on queer, transnational performance- and lens-based artists. More broadly, his research interests include queer theory, disability studies, performance, and identity politics. His curatorial work includes exhibitions such as Drama Queer (2016; Vancouver, BC), Ill at Ease: Dis-ease in Art (2017; Buffalo, NY), and Three Acts, Three Scenes: Your Care, My Care, Careful Care (2018; Brooklyn, NY). He currently has two exhibitions on view at the RISD Museum: Variance: Making, Unmaking, and Remaking Disability and Presence and Perception in Contemporary Drawing.

This program will take place live via Zoom. All are welcome, but registration is required. Attendees will receive the Zoom link vis direct email on the day of the event. Please register by 12pm noon on Thursday, June 23. For questions about this program, please contact Providence Art Club Gallery Manager Michael Rose at


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  • Thursday, June 23, 2022
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm