A conversation with Paul Scott, Beth Katleman, and curator Elizabeth A. Williams
For the 50th anniversary of Andy Warhol’s Raid the Icebox exhibition, RISD Museum invited eight contemporary artists and collectives to mine the museum, taking inspiration from objects or incorporating objects into new installations that reconsider how collections can be reimagined.
Introduced by Leslie Ferrin, this virtual program brings together Scott and Katleman to discuss their experiences raiding the icebox with curator Elizabeth A. Williams, PhD, David and Peggy Rockefeller Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, including an unexpected collaboration that resulted in Scott’s New American Scenery platter, New York from Brooklyn (After Beth Katleman).
Raid the Icebox Now with Paul Scott: New American Scenery is on view at RISD Museum through December 31, 2021. The exhibition juxtaposes early 19th century printed Staffordshire wares drawn from the museum’s collection with Scott’s ongoing series New American Scenery, transferwares updated for the 21st century.
Raid the Icebox Now with Beth Katleman: Games of Chance, on view through July 4th, also employs the tropes of the decorative arts to address contemporary issues. Katleman created an ornate, fully-immersive period room of more than 10,000 individual porcelain elements that chronicles the transgressions--both real and imagined--of antiquarian Charles Pendleton.