Raid the Icebox Now with Triple Canopy
This installation considers the role of early American decorative arts in the formation of a common identity. How do artworks and decor—as well as fictions and fashions—give rise to nations and nationalities? What do they tell viewers about how to look and act, and what and whom to value? How has the United States been shaped through the consumption and display of such goods, as well as the subjugation of the people whose labor or likenesses mark them?
Can I Leave You? centers on the efforts of Americans to define themselves through products and portrayals of China, whether porcelain bowls or travelogues, whether out of admiration or animus. The installation is divided between the Spalter New Media Gallery and Pendleton House; multiple works are linked by a series of letters scrutinizing fictional representations of China and Chinese people from the colonial era to the present. Among them are a capsule collection and campaign video by the collective and fashion label CFGNY (Concept Foreign Garments New York), commissioned for the occasion.
Triple Canopy’s installation will lead to an issue of the magazine, published online and in print, featuring works by additional artists, writers, and researchers.
Triple Canopy is a magazine based in New York and founded in 2007. The magazine is devoted to sustained inquiry and creative research through collaborations with artists, writers, technologists, and designers. Issues of the magazine are published online and include digital works of art and literature, public conversations, exhibitions, performances, books, and software
Raid the Icebox Now is made possible by a lead grant from the National Endowment for the Arts with additional support from the RISD Museum Associates, Judy and Robert Mann, Taylor Box Company, and a generous in-kind gift from Meyer Sound Laboratories for TRIPLE CANOPY: Can I Leave You?
RISD Museum is supported 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, and with the generous partnership of the Rhode Island School of Design, its Board of Trustees, and Museum Governors.