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Design the Night: Down the Rabbit Hole

September 17, 2015, 5 – 9 pm
Museum Galleries
  • Design the Night: Down the Rabbit Hole
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Japanese, Textile fragment (detail), 1750-1850. Gift of Mrs. Gustav Radeke.

How does passing curiosity become an enduring obsession? Is there a formula to accessing inspiration? Hear from designers, writers, scientists, and makers about the stages of their mysterious museum explorations and journeys through the unknown. Refresh and relax with savory treats and a cash bar. Wander the galleries to discover your own wonderland.

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Hands-on Art: A Mad Tea Party
5-8:30 pm, Danforth Hall
Transform silhouettes of cups, saucers, sugar bowls, and teapots with your own designs.

Music and Making
5-8:30 pm, Grand Gallery
Enjoy refreshments and art-making led by RISD Quickies, a student organization. Make hand-drawn GIFs with Suzie Shin (BFA 2017, Graphic Design); create a hand-made book with Olivia Park and Somnath Bhatt (both BFA 2018, Graphic Design); and learn to write in whimsical script with Elizabeth Goodspeed (Brown BA 2016, Cognitive Science / RISD BFA 2016, Graphic Design).

What Do We Have Here?
5-8:30 pm, Modern and Contemporary Gallery (Upper Farago)
Explore works of art through tactile experience with borrowed samples of composite and innovative materials from the RISD Material Resource Center at the Fleet Library.

Work in Process: MADE
5-8:45 pm, Chace Center Lobby
The team behind MADE—an online boutique of RISD student work—are on hand to display their wares and discuss their experiences as student entrepreneurs.

Work in Process: Designing Traditions
5:30-8:30 pm, Donghia Costume and Textiles Gallery
Sarah Haenn and Molly Schlyter Gorlick, both BFA 2016, Textiles, shares their investigation of pieces from the Museum’s collection and the techniques used to produce new work on view in the exhibition Designing Traditions.

Work in Process: Curating Japanese Prints
6:30-8:30 pm, Rockefeller Japanese Print Gallery
Get insight into the current student-curated installation of Japanese prints from students Yi Bin Liang and Rae Whiteley and their professor, Elena Varshavskaya.

Double Take
7-7:45 pm, Works on Paper Galleries
Join Angela Dufresne, assistant professor in RISD’s Painting Department, and Paul Guyer, the Jonathan Nelson Professor of Humanities and Philosophy in Brown University’s Department of Philosophy, for a discussion of Nicole Eisenman’s untitled prints in the exhibition Heads Up!.

Presented with RISD’s departments of Textiles and History of Art + Visual Culture.

Double Takes are supported, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. This program is part of the Pell Humanities initiative in Rhode Island to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Support for the Museum is provided by the Providence Tourism Council and the City of Providence.