RISD Alumna Arlene Shechet at RISD Museum

In the first U.S. exhibition of her one-of-a-kind Meissen sculptures, Arlene Shechet (RISD MFA 1978, Ceramics) exhibits works she produced during her recent artist residency at the world-renowned German porcelain manufacturer. In “Arlene Shechet: Meissen Recast,” opening at the RISD Museum on January 17, the artist presents her own Meissen works in two galleries, alongside a number of pieces from the Museum’s collection of Meissen figurines and tableware that date back to the 18th century—connecting the past and present, fine arts and decorative arts.

“During a residency at Germany’s Meissen porcelain factory, American artist Arlene Shechet, known for her wild and witty sculptures, took a variety of the company’s classic molds and radically repurposed them. The result is a collection of of more than 60 strange but beautiful hybrids” — Elle Decor (February 2014)

“Arlene Shechet: Meissen Recast” is on view Friday, January 17, through Sunday, July 6, 2014. Preview on Thursday, January 16, 5-9 pm in RISD Museum’s Upper Farago and Porcelain galleries.

“Arlene Shechet: Meissen Recast” is supported by the Providence Pottery and Porcelain Club, Gretchen and William Viall, and the Robert Lehman Foundation.

Arlene Schechet, Asian Vase, 2013. Courtesy of the artist.

Arlene Schechet, Asian Vase, 2013. (c) Arlene Schechet. Courtesy of the artist.