Handwriting the Constitution
Fain Gallery, RISD Museum
Are you curious about the United States Constitution? In this artist-led community program, you are welcome to read and hand-copy the words from this foundational document for as long as you like. Hosted by Karen Schiff, (MFA/PhD), artist and lecturer at RISD in Art History and in the Graduate Commons, this program is planned in connection with Handwriting the Constitution, an international social project begun in 2017 by artist Morgan O'Hara; For Freedoms, a platform for civic engagement, discourse, and direct action for artists in the U.S.; and in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibition, Former Glory. Joining the program is Jared Goldstein who teaches constitutional law at Roger Williams University School of Law. His book To Kill and Die for the Constitution is forthcoming from the University Press of Kansas.
Copies of the Constitution in multiple languages (Arabic, Chinese [Simplified], French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish) and studio materials will be provided. You may also invent "friendly amendments" to communicate your vision of an ideal society.
This event connects with the United States annual observance of Constitution Day / Citizenship Day on September 17, 2018. This day marks the signing of the Constitution, and recognizes “all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens.”
Additional support provided by RISD’s Office of Academic Affairs.
Free and open to all.