Laine Rettmer

Laine Rettmer is a visual artist and opera director whose work explores performance, gender, desire, and methods of social control. Their work has been presented nationally and internationally at the Vizcaya Museum; Manifesta; the Museum of Fine Art, Boston; Massachusetts Institute of Technology Museum for the exhibition, Hot Steam; the Illuminus Festival; the Boston Independent Film Festival; the Yuan Art Museum; Yve Yang Gallery; Perkins and Ping; Present Company; NADA NY, NADA Presents; and AREA gallery, among others. Rettmer’s opera productions have been praised as “wickedly smart” and “devastatingly funny” by The New York Times, and “not only profound but also shattering” by the Observer. Their Barber of Seville, was named one of the top 10 classical music productions of 2014 by the New York Times and La Bohème one of the best operas of the decade by the Observer. Recent awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Grant and a MAP Fund grant for the collaborative opera, Standby Snow: Chronicles of a Heat Wave, an Art Alliance Fellowship from HFBK Hamburg, a research fellowship from the Center for Arts Design and Social Research, and residences at Skaftfell Center for Visual Arts in Iceland, the Watermill Foundation on Long Island, and MassArt’s Brant Gallery. They teach digital media, critical theory, and performance in the Sculpture Department at the Rhode Island School of Design and have served as Residential Scholar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Rettmer holds a BFA in stage direction from New York University and an MFA in visual art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts.

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