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Press Office

The online press office features RISD Museum news, full press kits for exhibitions and select events, and information about photography and filming in the Museum.

RISD Museum Press Office staff members are happy to answer your press inquiries, assist with images, or make arrangements for your visit to the Museum. Journalists and editors can contact the Press Office at or 401 454 6506.

Members of the public may call 401 454 6500, email, or visit for more information about the RISD Museum.

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Photography & Filming in the RISD Museum

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Recent Headlines

“Selecting a favorite object is an impossible task” — John W. Smith in Boston Globe’s Museum issue, “Museum directors play favorites”

“Academic arts journal-meets-design magazine” — Mediabistro’s UnBeige on Manual

Ingres study is “a wonderful modernist assemblage that has an almost Surrealist flavor.” — Art critic Blake Gopnik, Daily Beast “Daily Pic”

“Not to be missed … from student artwork to Picasso to men’s fashion exhibits called ‘Dandy,’ there’s something for every taste.” — offMetro

Praise for Making It in America

Making It in America is a giddy gallop through American dreams achieved. At times, it’s intoxicating.” — Boston Globe

“More than 100 objects from the museum’s collection … demonstrate aspects of the forging of national identity in the United States.”
Boston Globe Critics’ Pick, Fall Arts Preview issue

“RISD celebrates the can-do spirit of American artists and designers while showing off some of the museum’s best-known artworks from the Colonial era through the early 20th century.” — Providence Journal

“A major survey of American-made art and design” — Providence Journal

“Phenomenal collection of American art.” — Design New England

Making It in America is an intellectual and aesthetic journey into the heart of the metaphor and metonymy that is ‘America.’” — The Curated Object

“In a contemporary gallery known for its clean cut lines and vast blank walls, one may be surprised to find an intricate set of traditional silver and an ethereal portrait of a woman in a pink ballgown. But together, this arrangement of historical artwork in a modern venue tells the story of a nation.” — Brown Daily Herald

Praise for Arlene Shechet: Meissen Recast

“During a residency at Germany’s Meissen porcelain factory, American artist Arlene Shechet, known for her wild and witty sculptures, took a variety of the company’s classic molds and radically repurposed them. The result is a collection of of more than 60 strange but beautiful hybrids, on view at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum in Providence.” — Elle Decor

Praise for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests

“Seeing 20 of the Screen Tests in a row makes you realize just how carefully crafted they really were, as visual experiences.” — Blake Gopnik, The Daily Beast “Daily Pic”

“Although he’s best known for his iconic paintings of soup cans and celebrities, Pop artist Andy Warhol was also an avid photographer and filmmaker. Over the next few months, the RISD Museum will explore this side of Warhol’s art in two related exhibits, both of which focus on the artist’s work behind the camera.” — Providence Journal Q&A with RISD Museum director John W. Smith

(Andy Warhol’s Photographs opens January 31, 2014.)

Praise for Locally Made

“A landmark show” — Providence Phoenix

Locally Made, a festival of artwork and other programming at the RISD Museum, has some terrific art in it. … There’s also a daily parade of speakers and demonstrations, an exhilarating mix of local makers and performers that reaches well beyond the visual arts.” — Boston Globe

“Native talent on display” — Providence Journal

Praise for Artist/Rebel/Dandy

“Elegant new exhibition … irresistible … every section contains gems.”
Wall Street Journal

“It explores dandyism through the ages, linking to the cutting edge of men’s fashion and style.” — Jacki Lyden, NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered

“A celebration of sharp dressers, this exhibit mixes drawings, garments, photographs and paintings to illustrate the many ways men have fashioned a unique style, from the elegance of Beau Brummell (1778-1840) to today’s revolutionaries.” — New York Times

“Dandies’ Delights” — New York Times

“Your summer 2013 pilgrimage” — GQ

“Must-See Fashion Exhibition of 2013” — Artinfo

“At once expansive and focused, erudite and charming.” —

“There’s more to true dandyism than exotic plumage. Artist/Rebel/Dandy … emphasizes the wit and whimsy of peacocks past and present.” — W

Artist/Rebel/Dandy is one of the best shows the RISD Museum has done in years.” — Providence Journal

“A smart, sumptuous exhibit, one of the best shows in the region this year.” — Providence Phoenix