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Manual honored with Excellence Award, second issue available now

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Manual: a journal about art and its making
Issue 2, Spring 2014, Lorem ipsum

The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) honors Manual with its 2014 EdCom Excellence in Resources Award! The journal’s inaugural issue has been named an outstanding print resource by AAM’s Education Professional Network. The award will be presented at the AAM’s annual meeting in Seattle in May.

The second issue of Manual: a journal about art and its making is now available. In potently meaningful and deliberately meaningless ways, this issue, “Lorem ipsum,” celebrates text. The standard placeholder text used by designers and printers, lorem ipsum isn’t really Latin. Mangled over centuries of use, the passage has become meaningless and untranslatable—and yet it is highly useful in that in its incomprehensibility, it occupies space. Over the centuries and across many inventions and innovations in type and printing, lorem ipsum has acted as a space filler and form shaper in conventional printing, desktop publishing, and electronic typesetting. Join us as we read and read into calls to action, incantations, prayers, portrayals, missives, notes, proclamations, and musings.

In this issue:
From the Files: curator Kate Irvin decodes the transaction that brought a 17th-century Buddhist monk’s stole from Kyoto to Providence. Double Takes: Egyptologist James P. Allen and illustrator Antoine Revoy read and revive a 21st-century BCE gravestone; curator Jan Howard and graphic designer Nancy Skolos respond to the revolutionary content and form of For the Voice (Mayakovsky and El Lissitzky). Artists on Art: type designer Cyrus Highsmith signs text, while poet Kenneth Goldsmith muses on Andy Warhol’s Raid the Icebox. Object Lesson: art historian Daniel Harkett deciphers delicate inscriptions that speak aloud of the friendships and social networks comprising Madame Récamier’s early 19th-century salon. Portfolio: text as stitched, chiseled, illuminated, scrolled, penned, and typed. How To: Mellon curatorial fellow Alison W. Chang schools us in Occupy Wall Street hand signals.

Manual: a journal about art and its making, a twice-yearly journal, uses the collections, exhibitions, and collaborations of the RISD Museum as an impetus for essays and interviews, artist interventions, and archive highlights. A fusion of academic arts journal and design magazine, Manual is a resource for engaged conversations about art, design, and the impact of creative making by curators, artists, scholars and educators.

Manual is available for purchase at RISD WORKS.

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