Assembly: Creative Vernacularism with RISD Public Health + Public Space featuring Nadine Gerdts, David Kim, Jordan Taylor, Julie de Jesus, and Noel Lefebvre
12 – 1 pm, Contemporary Art Gallery
“Part of Locally Made’s One Room.
In Assembly, gather for casual meetings of the minds and unexpected happenings curated by local artists and designers. Congregate for poetry readings, sonic performances, movement, projection, and more.
Patricia Phillips curates Creative Vernacularism from 9/24-9/29.
Locally Made invokes the situated conditions of people, practices, adaptations, habits, and innovations derived from a particular time and place. Contemporary concepts of creativity and vernacularism provide a platform to consider what it means to make and flourish locally. “”Creative Vernacularism”” is a dynamic convening of active initiatives and bold speculations in art, design, and public space that seeks to prepresent Providence’s distinctive critical and creative character. — Patricia C. Phillips
9/28: RISD Public Health + Public Space featuring Nadine Gerdts, David Kim, Jordan Taylor, Julie de Jesus, and Noel Lefebvre.
The HAD (Health, Art + Design) Breakfast series develops a new methodology of community engagement utilizing the unique position of RISD, an art and design institution. The series works to immerse artists and designers in the perspectives of the Providence community. Through walking tours, collaborative brainstorming activities, and conversations over breakfast, the group will explore new ways of building sustainable relationships for future projects. — Noël Lefebvre
Free with museum admission.
Patricia C. Phillips’ research and writing involve contemporary public art, architecture, sculpture, landscape, and the intersection of these areas. Her essays and reviews have been published in Artforum, Art in America, Flash Art, Sculpture, and Public Art Review, as well as books and collected essays published by Rizzoli International Publications, Princeton Architectural Press, M.I.T. Press, Actar Press, Bay Press, and Routledge. She is the author of Ursula von Rydingsvard: Working (New York: Prestel 2011) and It is Difficult, a survey of the work of Alfredo Jaar (Barcelona: Actar Press, 1998). She recently completed essays on artists Mel Chin, Alfredo Jaar (for the 2013 Venice Biennale), and temporary public art for a forthcoming Companion to Public Art by Wiley Publishers.Her curatorial and design projects inclued Disney Animators and Animation (Whitney Museum of Art, 1981), The POP Project (Institute for Contemporary Art/P.S. 1, 1988), and Making Sense: Five Installations on Sensation (Katonah Museum of Art, 1996). From 2002-2007, she was Editor-in-Chief of the Art Journal, a quarterly on contemporary art published by the College Art Associations. She was appointed Dean of Graduate Studies at Rhode Island School of Design in August 2009.
RISD Public Health + Public Space is an initiative focusing on how art and design can uniquely advance health in the public space of Providence. Funded through a grant from the Rhode Island Foundation, the initial research phase is exploring new ways in which RISD can support and engage with the Providence community. The project will take place between June and December 2013 and has three main objectives.