Academic Enrichment and Kyobo Fund courses awarded funding
The Provost’s Council has awarded two Academic Enrichment/Kyobo Fund proposals with funding for courses to be offered in 2014/15:
“This Is the Woonasquatucket: Stories of a Living River” to be team taught by Mairead Byrne (Professor, Literary Art + Studies) and Lindsay French (Associate Professor, History, Philosophy and Social Sciences) and “The Exhibition: History and Theory” and its co-requisite studio “Introduction to Design for Museums and Exhibitions” to be taught by Eric Anderson (Assistant Professor, History of Art and Visual Culture) and Brian Kernaghan (Professor Emeritus, Interior Architecture).
Byrne and French will invite “students to engage as researchers and creative artists with the Woonasquatucket River, and with the people who live and work in its proximity and speak about it. At RISD we see the Woonasquatucket just before it reaches the sea. But if we turn and follow the river upstream, under the Providence Place Mall, through Valley and Olneyville, to its source in North Smithfield, we begin to recognize the impact the river has had upon the state…we will begin gathering stories from people whose lives have been entwined with the river, paying particular attention to the expressivity of the human voice, and environmental sounds.”
Anderson and Kernaghan will provide a “historical and theoretical framework for understanding issues in the design and experience of exhibition spaces. Students will examine case studies past and present, including private collections, public museums, world’s fairs, trade fairs, and retail environments… as they develop increasingly sophisticated stratagems for engagement with the communities they serve.…The studio will proceed through a series of short design exercises, each of which will introduce a different approach to the forming of a narrative environment, connecting with the museum visitor through diverse means of communicating complex ideas… and engage in meaningful dialog with those curators /clients whose task is to project their collections and special exhibitions as effectively as possible.”