Anthony Graves

Anthony Graves (South Bend, Indiana, 1975) received his BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, his MFA from Cornell University, and was a fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program in 2004–5. Through paintings, installations, performances, and texts, Graves stages the relationships between theatricality and social phenomena such as labor, protest, and pedagogy, with particular interest in the psychic formations of the virtual and the actual, and the parallel acts of reading and looking. Since 2005 Graves has exhibited under the name Camel Collective along with Carla Herrera-Prats and others. The Collective has exhibited and staged performances at the Hessel Museum, Bard CCS, NY; Casa del Lago, UNAM, Mexico City; The Trienal Poli/Gráphica de San Juan, Puerto Rico; Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City; OCAT, Shenzhen, China; Aarhus Kunstbygning, Denmark; Overgaden Samtidskunst, Denmark; Artists Space, NYC; and Art in General, NYC. Graves has taught in the Department of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, where he developed an undergraduate foundations course in theory and criticism and helped organize the AAP New York City internship program. He has taught at the graduate level at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts where he conducted seminars in Critical Theory and graduate group critiques. Graves currently teaches in the Graduate Studies Department at the Rhode Island School of Design where his classes include Art & Design: Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Theory and Practice or ADCOLAB. This course combines a seminar and studio practicum on collaboration, collectivity, and interdisciplinary with particular focus on ‘creative labor’. At RISD, Graves developed the graduate course, Group Critique/Critical Dialogues, which focuses on the genealogy of the concept of ‘the crit’ and critique in art, while providing an extended group critique format. Graves currently advises graduates in the departments of Graphic Design, Sculpture, Digital+Media, and Furniture Design.


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