20 North Main St (also enter on 224 Benefit Street) Providence, RI 02903

Open today 10 am–5 pm

Third Thursday

August 16, 2018, 5 – 9 pm

Experience art in new ways through performances, snippets of conversation, hands-on art-making, and encounters with contemporary artists. Bring your work buddy, your studio neighbor, an old friend or a new date and start your evening with Third Thursday.

Free, all are welcome!

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Free membership for newly naturalized RI citizens

The Museum announced a program to welcome newly naturalized U.S. citizens living in RI with ​a ​free one-year​ membership​. New citizens can sign up at​​ the visitor services desk ​by showing a copy of their naturalization certificate. ​

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Soft as a Lambs Ear: Portrait of a Woman Wearing Wool

Curator Laurie Brewer investigates a Dutch/Flemish portrait from the mid-15th to 16th century.


More than 100 artists, scholars, designers, and students offer their perspectives on objects

Artist Programs

Explore how art and design can provoke fresh ideas and stimulate creativity

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Double Take

Two specialists offer their views on a single object.

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Publications `
Manual: Polychromy

In art, especially, polychrome invites us to the dialogue that colors are always having amongst themselves. A history of polychrome could be a series of poems exchanged among colors. The exchange might exhibit something like perpetual newness, again and again revealing differently bent hues and movingly novel blends. It would be a short-line poetry, excruciatingly sensitive to tone. Its speakers would have no names, so it would confuse the psychology of human orientation. In this connection, a warning against rendering polychrome as a pure positive seems in order: the parties to this dialogue talk at cross-purposes, always on the brink of divorcing. Polychrome can offend and destroy. It conscripts discrete colors in order to sacrifice them. Does polychrome offend by mocking our own failure to connect? In any case, polychrome has an advanced idiom for dealing with conflict. It's at home with uncertainty.

—Darby English, from the introduction to Issue 10: Polychrome

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View a listing of RISD Museum publications.

On view
Pledges of Allegiance

A nationwide art project organized by the New York–based public arts nonprofit Creative Time.
On view September 13, 2017–July 31, 2018.

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