Metcalf Auditorium and Chace Galleries
In conjunction with the exhibition, Gorham Silver: Designing Brilliance 1850-1970, explore the history and impact of the Providence-based Gorham Manufacturing on industry, innovation, technology, and artistry in this day-long symposium. Through presentations and gallery conversations historians, curators, and designers examine the cultural and economic context that led to the remarkable growth and global influence of Gorham. Silversmiths involved in Gorham’s recent history use historical examples on view to lead explorations of silver processes and techniques.
Free. Space is limited; registration required.
David L. Barquist, Ph.D., H. Richard Dietrick, Jr., Curator of American Decorative Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Gerald M. Carbone, independent writer and journalist
Amy M. Dehan, Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, The Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio
Jeannine Falino, independent curator, critic at Parsons School of Design, RISD; guest curator at Museum of Art and Design, The Museum of the City of New York, The Richard H. Driehaus Museum, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Holly Snyder, Ph.D., Curator of American Historical Collections and North American History Librarian, John Hay Library at Brown University
Elizabeth A. Williams, Ph.D., David and Peggy Rockefeller Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, RISD Museum
Critical Encounters are convenings bringing together scholarly viewpoints on topics integral to art and its making.