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

Open today 10 am–5 pm

Today is February 17, 2018

Open today 10 am–5 pm

Third Thursday

February 15th
5 – 9 pm

Night-time fun at the RISD Museum. Come check out what we're all about—watch demos, experiment with art-making materials, hear from students about their work, and learn to look at art and design in a new way. Not your average Thursday evening.


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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.

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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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From Sewing to Secrets, the Life of a Globe Table

Decorative arts curator Emily Banas explores the history and inner-workings of this technically complex piece of furniture, which is hiding more than meets the eye.


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: Out of Line

This issue of Manual—themed Out of Line—is a collection about the way that lines disrupt, point outward. In poetry, the attention to detail one takes in crafting a line is all about making the line disappear, making something it holds to take front stage. . . . The space between the lines creating the image . . . the space around that argues for the importance of all that the lines hold. Out of line—or you got me fucked up, as someone might have said in my youth. A way to say, the thing you think you know, ain't right. The thing said, done, imagined: a crossed line. These lines we draw are all about history. —Reginald Dwayne Betts, from the introduction to Issue 9: Out of Line

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