Fall programs at the RISD Museum

Dear Colleagues,

It is a pleasure to welcome you back to the start of the academic year. The fall semester at the Museum offers exhibitions and programs that may interest you and your students. Opening on September 19, What Nerve! Alternative Figures in American Art 1960 to the Present provides an alternative history of contemporary art focusing on venues outside of New York—-the Hairy Who in Chicago, Funk in San Francisco, Destroy All Monsters in Ann Arbor, and Forcefield in Providence. Also on view is Circus, presenting the popular spectacle as seen through the eyes of Calder, Chagall, Matisse, Tissot, Toulouse-Lautrec and others. And our completely reinterpreted 6th floor is now open, presenting our collections of Ancient Egyptian and Asian art and offering galleries devoted to world textiles with a dedicated study center for research and teaching.

In conjunction with What Nerve!, on Friday afternoon September 19 curators Dan Nadel and Judith Tannenbaum will lead Critical Encounters with Body, Place and Time with a group of the artists in the galleries (reservations requested). Then on Wednesday, October 8, New York Times critic Holland Cotter will give the Gail Silver Lecture (reservations requested). This fall we continue our series of Double Takes offering diverse perspectives on the color blue; participants include Suzanne Scanlan, Johan Van Aswegen, Anais Missakian, and Frank Bosco from RISD, and Paul Williard from Brown. RISD Museum PROJECTIONS is a new program featuring artists’ films and videos—-this fall’s offerings include work by David Hartt, Derek Jarman and Sejla Kameric.

This year we are happy to expand our celebration of RISD faculty by offering the opportunity to elect either to exhibit a work of art in the Faculty Exhibition in the Chace Center or to offer a reading, paper, performance, or discussion in the Faculty Forum—-a series of programs to be scheduled in the Metcalf Auditorium and Museum galleries during the run of the Biennial, February 20—March 22, 2015. Look for details about the Exhibition and Forum on the Biennial submission form, due in the Exhibition Office on December 15.

Finally, please book your Museum visits early. Gallery and classroom visits should be scheduled before the semester begins and not later than three weeks into the term. Information on class visits can be found on the Museum website.

With the very best wishes for the coming academic year,

Deborah Wilde
Associate Educator, Academic Programs
RISD Museum

RISD Museum

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