Raid the Icebox Now
Publisher & Date
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 2020.
A landmark example of artist-curated museum exhibitions, Raid the Icebox I with Andy Warhol (1970) presented entire sections of objects at the RISD Museum as they appeared in storage, with little or no regard for their condition, authenticity, or art historical status. It remains one of the most celebrated and subversive exhibitions in contemporary art. Raid the Icebox Now celebrates the 50th anniversary of this exhibition. Artists Pablo Bronstein, Nicole Eisenman, Pablo Helguera, Beth Katleman, Simone Leigh, Sebastian Ruth, Paul Scott, and Triple Canopy have created new bodies of work that use the museum as a site for critical creative production and presentation through an exhibition and publication. Developed in response to each of the artists, the publication features new writings and multimedia projects by each of the artists. Museum objects, spaces, and the stories they hold have provided the catalysts and fertile ground for new narratives and experiences.
This publication accompanies the exhibition Raid the Icebox Now, on view at the RISD Museum September 13, 2019–September 6, 2020. Raid the Icebox Now is made possible by a lead grant from the National Endowment for the Arts with additional support from the RISD Museum Associates, Judy and Robert Mann, Taylor Box Company, and a generous in-kind gift from Meyer Sound Laboratories.
RISD Museum is supported by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and with the generous partnership of the Rhode Island School of Design, its Board of Trustees, and Museum Governors.
RISD Museum Director
John W. Smith
Deputy Director, Exhibitions, Education, and Programs
Sarah Ganz Blythe
Assistant Director, Digital Initiatives
Assistant Director of Museum Publications and Senior Editor
Digital Media Fellow
Senior Graphic Designer
Raid the Icebox Now is created using Ziggurat, an open-source publishing tool. Ziggurat was built by the RISD Museum in collaboration with Oomph, Inc.