Thursday, March 14 through Sunday, June 16, 2013
Upper Farago Gallery
Lists: To-dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts, and Other Artists’ Enumerations from the Archives of the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art celebrates an ordinary document -the list- as a key to the lives of some of the most celebrated artists of the last two centuries. The exhibition presents nearly 80 lists, from “to-dos” and grocery lists to painting inventories and pedagogical tenets.
Lists is organized by Liza Kirwin, the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art’s curator of manuscripts. A companion book to the exhibition, published by Princeton Architectural Press, includes an introduction by RISD Museum Director John W. Smith, former director of the Archives.
A companion book to the exhibition by Liza Kirwin, published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2010, includes a foreword by RISD Museum Director John W. Smith, former director of the Archives. It is available in risd|works, the Museum store, and online at RISD WORKS.
“From the mundane to the magical.” — Providence Journal
“An oddly compelling haul of artists’ shopping lists and bulleted concerns… this one-room exhibit sings, in no small part, because it grounds bold-faced names in the ordinary — what could be more ordinary than a list? — without losing sight of their extraordinary talents.” — Providence Phoenix