Tuesday Night Lecture Series: Kenny Rivero

  • Starts: 7:30 pm on Tuesday, November 8, 2022
  • Ends: 9:00 pm on Tuesday, November 8, 2022

As part of the Tuesday Night MFA Lecture Series, BU College of Fine Arts School of Visual Arts presents a lecture with artist Kenny Rivero

Kenny Rivero (b. 1981, New York; works in New York. MFA Yale 2012, BFA SVA 2006.) Rivero’s work, which spans paintings, collage, drawings, and sculpture, explores the complexity of identity through narrative images, language, and symbolism. His aim is to deconstruct the histories and identities he has been raised to understand as absolute and to re-engineer them into new wholes, with new functions. His creative process allows him to explore what he perceives as the broken narrative of Dominican American identity, socio-geographic solidarity, familial expectations, race, and gender roles. Rivero cites the hybrid qualities of salsa, hip-hop, house music, jazz, and merengue—as well as Vodun and Santeria, which were present in his daily life growing up—as core influences on his decision-making in the studio. Kenny Rivero's work is represented in notable public collections including The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; El Museo del Barrio, New York; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Collection of Thomas J. Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Pérez Art Museum Miami, Florida, The Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas; and the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University in Durham North Carolina

This is a free and in-person event available to the BU Community.

Hosted by the graduate programs in painting and sculpture at Boston University, the Tuesday Night MFA Lecture series brings practicing artists to campus to present their work throughout the semester.

BU College of Fine Arts School of Visual Arts prepares students to think seriously, to see critically, to make intensely, and to act with creative agency in the contemporary world. The School of Visual Arts merges the intensive studio education of an art school with the opportunities of a large urban university, and is committed to educating the eye, hand, and mind of the artist.

Room 410, 808 Commonwealth Ave.