What truths, problems, and possibilities might be overlooked by regular museum-goers, curators, and critics? Asserting lived experience as sufficient cred to act as a cultural critic, “Critic’s Choice” invites four Rhode Islanders who don’t visit art museums to oversee site-specific art interventions by local artists at the RISD Museum. The artworks push for transparency, access, and accountability.
The four critics–Laurilim Rosado, Stephan McCants, Orianna Rodriguez, and Debra Harris–first visited the RISD museum as part of Look at Art. Get Paid., a socially engaged artwork that pays people who don’t go to art museums to visit one as a critic of the art and institution.
“Critic’s Choice” is organized by Maia Chao and Josephine Devanbu– the artists behind Look at Art. Get Paid., and features interventions by artists Dana Heng and Shey Rivera, and designer Lukas Eigler-Harding. This activity is made possible 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. Additional support provided by the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism.