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Loose threads unknotted. Ideas unrealized. Outlines left bare. Function unperformed. The essays, images, and projects presented in the fifth issue of Manual attend to the fluid potential of objects that are in some way incomplete.
Curator Laurie Brewer discusses the “undressed” figure in an unfinished work by Wilhelm Von Kobell.
Curator Maureen C. O’Brien discusses American drawings and watercolors in the RISD Museum collection
Innovative handmade, woven, knit, and computer-generated textile designs by the newest generation of RISD designers offer testimony to the creativity sparked by even the smallest details of traditional craftsmanship, and speak to a long tradition of fruitful exchanges between the Museum and the School.
Summer intern Erin Hein reflects on her experience restoring a frame, possibly from the 19th century, for a John La Farge drawing after Gericault.
A school programs educator describes student encounters with Edouard Manet’s Repose.
Architects have been recognized as key figures in furniture design since the late 19th century, although they’ve certainly been designing furniture for far longer. But what compels them to do so?
Graduating high-school intern India Timpani reflects on her formative experiences at the RISD Museum
Insights into Ingres’s studio practice and clues to his intellectual process
Understanding historic frames and how to care for them can be a complicated matter.
Inspired by the European galleries, graphic designer Kelly Walters explores 19th-century notions of exoticism and beauty through the creation of a folded broadsheet poster.
Issue four: Blue now available
Indigo blue, ultramarine blue, cobalt blue, cerulean blue, zaffre blue, Facebook blue. The fourth issue of Manual is a meditation on blue.
Curatorial assistant of contemporary art A. Will Brown on Raid the Database 1 with Natalja Kent