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This issue of Manual pieces together works made out of practical necessity and others that marry dazzling embellishments for optimal effect, examining how history (or one version of it) was (and is) pastiched from disparate sources, how fashionable textile samples were collected, and more (always more).
Curator Maureen C. O’Brien discusses American drawings and watercolors in the RISD Museum collection
Curatorial assistant A. Will Brown interviews artist Julien Prévieux about his videos What Shall We Do Next? (Sequence #2) and Patterns of Life.
RISD’s ancient art collection includes a vase that demonstrates how one Greek potter perfected international marketing and became one of the most prolific artisans in ancient Athens.
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.
This year the RISD Art Circle (RAC) journeyed together to New York City, an 18-hour adventure filled with incredible experiences.
Artist Mary Beth Meehan discusses work from her series Seen/Unseen
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.
For Yorùbá-speaking peoples in West Africa, cloth is equated with their most precious possession, children.
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.