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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.
Lorén Spears (Narragansett Niantic), executive director of the Tomaquag Museum, provides important context for understanding this painting from 1700 of a Native leader.
Community MusicWorks commissioned composer and vocalist Ken Ueno to write Four Contemplations for the restoration and rededication of RISD Museum’s Dainichi Buddha.
1 artist : 1 object :
many ways of seeing
What are the essential questions museums need to ask themselves to understand the future of art?
Curatorial assistant of contemporary art A. Will Brown interviews artist Kudzanai Chiurai about his film Iyeza
Todd Oldham speaks about the design processes, philosophies, and collaborations that informed the 1990s fashions on view in the retrospective All of Everything: Todd Oldham Fashion (RISD Museum, April 8–September 11, 2016).
Lorén Spears discusses how a 17th-century historical account was used to assemble a painting that served 19th-century politics.
Providence-based composer J. P. A. Falzone’s arrangement of his instrumental works for a quintet of keyboard, vibraphone, and strings. Elaborating simple mathematical structures, his music draws inspiration from Buckminster Fuller’s Six Part Push Pull Tensegrity.
The celebrated poet C.D. Wright died unexpectedly on January 12, 2016. The RISD Museum joins Brown University and the Providence community in mourning the loss of her sharp wit and generous spirit.
Wright contributed a Double Take essay on Fiona Banner’s Shy Nude to the Fall 2015 issue of Manual. Click here to read her essay and its companion piece by curator Jan Howard.
Curatorial assistant of contemporary art A. Will Brown on Raid the Database 2 with Nafis White
For conservators, fabrics incorporating metallic components raise complex questions about construction, materials, and manufacturing techniques, all of which impact how an object will be stabilized and displayed
Curator Maureen C. O’Brien discusses American drawings and watercolors in the RISD Museum collection
Photographer and RISD critic Jesse Burke (RISD MFA 2005, Photography) and his daughter talk about making the images featured in the exhibition Jesse Burke: Wild & Precious.
The Museum recently acquired Huevos de Los Angeles, a collaborative work by two RISD alumni, Adam Silverman and David Wiseman. Here the artists describe how they created “eggs” to rival the most coveted variety.