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a journal about art and its making. Loreum Ipsum

The second issue of Manual: a journal about art and its making is now available. In potently meaningful and deliberately meaningless ways, this issue, “Lorem ipsum,” celebrates text. The standard placeholder text used by designers and printers, lorem ipsum isn’t really Latin. Mangled over centuries of use, the passage has become meaningless and untranslatable—and yet it is highly useful in that in its incomprehensibility, it occupies space. Over the centuries and across many inventions and innovations in type and printing, lorem ipsum has acted as a space filler and form shaper in conventional printing, desktop publishing, and electronic typesetting. Join us as we read and read into calls to action, incantations, prayers, portrayals, missives, notes, proclamations, and musings.

From the Files: curator Kate Irvin decodes the transaction that brought a 17th-century Buddhist monk’s stole from Kyoto to Providence

Double Takes: Egyptologist James P. Allen and illustrator Antoine Revoy read and revive a 21st-century BCE gravestone; curator Jan Howard and graphic designer Nancy Skolos respond to the revolutionary content and form of For the Voice (Mayakovsky and El Lissitzky)

Object Lesson: art historian Daniel Harkett deciphers delicate inscriptions that speak aloud of the friendships and social networks comprising Madame Récamier’s early 19th-century salon Portfolio: text as stitched, chiseled, illuminated, scrolled, penned, and typed

How To: Mellon curatorial fellow Alison W. Chang schools us in Occupy Wall Street hand signals

Artists on Art: type designer Cyrus Highsmith signs text, while poet Kenneth Goldsmith muses on Andy Warhol’s Raid the Icebox

Manual: a journal about art and its making, a new twice-yearly journal, uses the collections, exhibitions, and collaborations of the RISD Museum as an impetus for essays and interviews, artist interventions, and archive highlights. A fusion of academic arts journal and design magazine, Manual is a resource for engaged conversations about art, design, and the impact of creative making by curators, artists, scholars and educators.

RISD Museum director: John Smith Manual Editor-in-chief: Sarah Ganz Blythe with S. Hollis Mickey Editor: Amy Pickworth Graphic designer: Derek Schusterbauer Photographer: Erik Gould (unless otherwise noted) Printer: Jay Buckley at Meridian

Selected objects from Manual:
a journal about art and its making. Loreum Ipsum