RISD Museum Programs for Faculty
Exhibition Preview: European Galleries
Tuesday, September 12, 12-1 pm
The Museum’s newly renovated European galleries include works from the 11th to the 19th centuries. Visit with Laurie Brewer, Associate Curator, Costume and Textiles, and Elizabeth Williams, David and Peggy Rockefeller Curator of Decorative Arts and Design in the galleries to hear more about the object selection and placement. Consider how the presentation of themes and materials might combine with studio and classroom practices.
Exhibition Preview: Lines of Thought
Thursday, September 14, 12-1 pm
Join Jan Howard, Chief Curator and Houghton P. Metcalf Jr. Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, for a digital presentation of Lines of Thought: Drawings from Michelangelo to Now from the British Museum. The exhibition will be presented thematically by the thought processes that motivate drawing: brainstorming, experimentation, insight, association, and decision-making. Chat with educators about possibilities for class visits, creative assignments, and experimental approaches to this exhibit.
Faculty Workshop: Curating your Course
Wednesday, October 4, 12-1:15 pm
Organizing and contextualizing material can be a challenging component of course design. This interactive session explores how the RISD Museum approaches curatorial and display decisions while considering context and pedagogy in newly reinstalled European galleries as a process to making decisions about the inclusion and presentation of course content. Participants examine the effects of different curation strategies, practice applying a curatorial eye to a piece from the gallery, and have the opportunity to reflect on their own course design process. Presented in partnership with Brown University’s Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning.
Exhibition Preview: Gorham Manufacturing Company
Wednesday, October 11, 12-1 pm
Leaders in the American silver industry, the Providence-based Gorham Manufacturing Company became the largest producer of silver in the world with innovative designs that retained traditional metalsmithing handwork while embracing mechanization, technology and cutting-edge production processes. Elizabeth Williams, David and Peggy Rockefeller Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, presents a digital introduction of varied and multi-disciplined themes and subjects for classroom and studio connections featured in this major exhibition, Designing Innovation: The Gorham Manufacturing Company 1850-1970, opening May 2019. Wide-ranging design aesthetics and techniques, pioneering industrial practices and philosophies, modern manufacturing facilities designed for workflow, cultural and social factors impacting the market, and the trajectory of the design process from idea to object.
Faculty Workshop: Lines of Thought
Wednesday, November 8, 12:15-1 pm
The vital role of drawing as a continual and active process of discovery is explored in the exhibition Lines of Thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to Now. Utilizing the concept of thinking through drawing as our departure point, participants in this interactive workshop explore visual ways of interpreting and understanding information gathered from the world around us. Utilizing mark making and drawing as conceptual tools, we experience ways to encourage metacognition in our students–an understanding of how they learn–as well as discuss inclusive strategies to engage diverse student learners through creative expression in courses across the disciplines. Presented in partnership with Brown University’s Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning.