Rouse Visiting Artist Lecture: Raf Simons and Sterling Ruby

Please join us for our final Rouse Visiting Artist program of the spring, an evening with Raf Simons, chief creative officer at Calvin Klein, and artist Sterling Ruby. Simons and Ruby will be in conversation about their design collaborations.

Raf Simons serves as the Chief Creative Officer of Calvin Klein, Inc. In this role, Mr. Simons leads the creative strategy of the CALVIN KLEIN brand globally across the designer, contemporary, bridge, jeans, underwear and home categories in addition to overseeing all aspects of Global Marketing and Communications, Visual Creative Services and Store Design.

Mr. Simons was born and raised in Belgium, where he later studied and obtained a degree in industrial and furniture design. In 1995, he launched his eponymous line, Raf Simons. In 2005, he was appointed creative director of Jil Sander, where he served at the helm for seven years. Mr. Simons assumed the position of creative director at Dior in 2012, a position he held until 2015.

Mr. Simons lives and works in New York City.

Sterling Ruby was born in 1972 on Bitburg Air Base in Bitburg, Germany. He graduated in 1996 from the Pennsylvania School of Art and Design, Lancaster. Ruby received his B.F.A. in 2002 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, and his M.F.A. in 2005 from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena. Ruby’s work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Recent solo exhibitions include  “CHRON II,” Fondazione Memmo Arte Contemporanea, Rome (2013, traveled to Kunsthalle Mainz, Germany); “DROPPA BLOCKA,” Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Belgium (2013); Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland (2014); “STOVES,” Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris (2015); and the Belvedere Museum, Vienna (2016). Ruby’s work is featured in museum collections worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Quebec; Tate, London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and Moderna Museet, Stockholm.

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