“It, Me, You, Us” lecture/workshop series

It, Me, You, Us: Close Encounters with Interpretation

A series of lectures and workshops exploring varied ways of writing about and engaging with art, with an emphasis on the sensory, the subjective, and the shared.

Co-programmed and co-sponsored by the RISD Museum, the RISD Writing Center, Teaching + Learning in Art + Design, the Mapping Identities initiative of the Provost’s Office, Graduate Studies, History of Art and Visual Culture, and Brown University’s John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage



“Interpreting Art: Taking It Personally”

Thursday, October 2, 6:30-7:30 pm

Terry Barrett, educator, artist, and author of Interpreting Art: Reflecting, Wondering, and Responding

Metcalf Auditorium


The Gail Silver Memorial Lecture

Wednesday, October 8, 6:15-8:00 pm

Holland Cotter, New York Times art critic and 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner for Criticism

RISD Auditorium (reservations encouraged)


“Living between Visuality, Materiality, and Language”

Thursday, October 16, 6:30-8:00 pm

Mira Schor, artist and author of the essay collection A Decade of Negative Thinking and the blog A Year of Positive Thinking

Danforth Hall, RISD Museum


“Feedback, Judgment, and Criticism: Creating Frameworks for Change”

Thursday, October 30, 6:30-8:00 pm

Liz Lerman, choreographer and author of Critical Response Process

BEB 106


“Prosopopoeia as Protocol: The Hale Experiments and Object-Oriented Ventriloquy during the Cold War”

Thursday, November 6, 6:30-8:00 pm

The Esthetical Society for Transcendental and Applied Realization (now incorporating the Society of Esthetic Realizers) is an established body of private, independent scholars who work collectively to recover, scrutinize, and (where relevant) draw attention to the historicity of the Order of the Third Bird.

RISD Museum Grand Gallery (reservations encouraged)


Listening Party

Thursday, December 4, 6:00-8:00 pm

A celebration of the RISD Museum’s new audio program, which features vibrant, surprising stories about objects in the collection spoken by more than 100 artists, scholars, designers, and students.

RISD Museum Galleries (free with admission)


Graduate Studies, History of Art and Visual Culture, Mapping Identities, RISD Museum, The John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, TLAD, Writing Center

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