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September 19, 2013

Design the Night: Open House

  • RISDM 2007-46 pg_03

Olafur Eliasson, Your House, 2006. George D. Gannett Fund

5 – 9 pm, Museum Galleries

We are pulling out all the stops to welcome you - we’ve rolled up the rugs and pushed the furniture against the walls. Come celebrate with food and libations and join us for a look around!


Cash Bar in Grand Gallery and Mama Kim’s Korean Barbeque Food Truck in the Chace Center Plaza

The Artist’s Lab: Paper in Bloom *

Musical Loom
5:30-8 pm | Chace Center Lobby
Corresponding patterns, audio and visual, are expressed simultaneously as inventor Nora Rabins (RISD MFA Furniture Design 2009) strikes chimes while weaving a tapestry.

Music: DJ Dox Ellis
5:30-8:30 pm | Grand Gallery

Screening: Collection 2013
5:30-8:30 pm | Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center
Drop in to watch RISD’s Apparel Design students’ design process from this past spring’s annual fashion show.

Spotlight: Poetry Is Not a Luxury *

Hands On Art: Sight & Touch
6-8 pm | Grand Gallery, 5th fl
A straightforward drawing exercise, blind contour drawing, trains the hand to draw only what the eye sees - without looking at your paper.

Gallery Talk: A Dash of Dandy
6:30-7 pm | 20th-Century Galleries, 3rd fl
Join Megan Martinelli (URI, MS Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design 2013) for a conversation on mining the Museum’s costume and textile collection to curate the historical women’s wear on view.

Poetry-on-Demand and Post-It Lit
7-8:45 pm | Headquarters, 4th fl and Museum Galleries
Encounter poets stationed at typewriters, ready to write poems to your specifications. In the Post-It Zone, make your own poems and short stories out of other people’s lines, or add your own, right on the museum wall.

Manual Launch
7-8 pm | European Galleries, 5th fl
In an evening devoted to words and things, celebrate the debut of Manual: a journal about art and its making. Meet the artists and authors, mingle with writers and makers. Take in hand a copy of the inaugural issue.

Art Shots Gallery Talks | 7-7:20 & 7:30-7:50 pm

Work in Process
Engage with RISD students for conversations about the processes, techniques, and tools they use to create their art.
English Wheeling & Sculpture | 6-8 pm
Hot Glass Experimentation | 6-8 pm
Sculpture | 7-8:30 pm
Glass, Body and Time | 7-8:30 pm

Gallery Talk: Locally Made
7:30-9 pm | Contemporary Art Gallery, 6th fl
Providence-based artist Ruth Dealy (RISD, BFA Painting 1971 and MFA Painting 1973) shares her experience in Rhode Island’s evolving artistic community.

*This event is part of “Locally Made” One Room programming.

Support for Design the Night is provided by the Providence Tourism Council and the City of Providence, Angel Taveras, Mayor.