Heads Up! Recent Gifts to the Collection
Celebrating several recent gifts to the RISD Museum’s collection of prints, drawings, and photographs, Heads Up! features about 35 portraits and representations of the head by major figures such as Jim Dine, Nicole Eisenman, Sally Mann, Susan Rothenberg, Betye Saar, and Weegee. The exhibition includes selections from a satellite collection of prints from the Brandywine Workshop and Archive in Philadelphia.
Support for Heads Up! is provided in part 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.
Museum collections are built from the great generosity of donors who either make gifts of artworks or give the funds used to purchase them. This exhibition celebrates an impressive group of contemporary works on paper that were given to the RISD Museum over the past five years by seventeen benefactors. In most cases, the work on view is just a sample of the objects that came with that donation.
As a theme that could unite a diverse group of gifts, portraiture and more generalized depictions of the face stood out. The human likeness, one of art’s oldest subjects, continues to provoke intense investigation. While some of these images record physical and emotional characteristics of an individual, others use the face as a canvas for conveying the human condition.
We are deeply grateful to the donors who have enriched our collection with the works on view here, and to all the donors who since 2010 have given more than 1,700 prints, drawings, and photographs to the collection.