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  • EXL1-20133-20 Konrad

Adolf Konrad, packing list, 1962–63. Adolf Ferdinand Konrad papers, 1962–2002. Archives of American Art. Smithsonian Institution.

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


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