RISD Museum Exhibition Previews for Faculty

Faculty Exhibition Preview: Gorham Manufacturing Company
Wednesday, October 11, 12-1 pm
Danforth Hall
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.
Free. Registration requested.


Faculty Exhibition Overview: European Galleries
Wednesday, October 18,1-2 pm
The Museum’s newly renovated European galleries include textiles from the 14th to the 19th centuries. Visit with Laurie Brewer, Associate Curator, Costume and Textiles in the galleries to learn how materials, motifs and techniques demonstrate the history of trade, imperialism and colonialism. Consider how these work and issues connect with studio and classroom practices.
Free. Registration requested.


Faculty Exhibition Preview: Contemporary Art
Friday, October 20, 12-1 pm
Start at Benefit Street Entrance
Join Dominic Molon, Richard Baker Curator of Contemporary Art, shares the recent installation, Pledges of Allegiance, and upcoming exhibit, The Phantom of Liberty. Pledges of Allegiance is a nationwide art project organized by Creative Time. Serialized commission flags created by artists respond to the current political climate. On view from October 11 through November 11, Jayson Musson’s A Horror. The Phantom of Liberty features works from the museum’s Contemporary Art, Costume and Textiles, Decorative Arts, Painting and Sculpture, and Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, in the broadest and most expansive presentation of postwar art and design from the collection to date. The exhibition’s title and structure are inspired by Luis Buñuel’s 1974 film of the same name, with often disparate thematic concentrations–ranging from faith and spirituality, to race and representation—that transition from one into the other. The title’s political overtones also reflects the exhibition’s emphasis on more topical and provocative work in the collection and demonstrates how artists variously engage with the issues and concerns of the moment.
Free. Registration requested.


Faculty Exhibition Preview: Repair
Wednesday, October 25, 12-1 pm
Danforth Hall
Curator of Costume and Textiles, Kate Irvin, digitally introduces an upcoming exhibit, Repair, that expansively investigates examples, processes, and concepts of repair through works from the collection and programmatic encounters. Ethical, environmental, social, and political implications are considered and offer entry points for classroom and studio connections.
Free; registration requested.

Exhibition Previews, RISD Museum

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