RISD Museum: Lines of Thought

Julie Mehretu, Untitled, 2002


The RISD Museum would like to warmly invite faculty to attend a series of programs related to the new exhibition, Lines of Thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to Now From the British Museummostly particularly a day long exploration of drawing to be held on Friday, 10th November at the RISD Museum, see below for full details.


Critical Encounters: Lines of Thought

Friday, November 10, 10:30 am – 4 pm

Metcalf Auditorium and Chace Center Galleries, RISD Museum

20 North Main Street, Providence, Rhode Island

Drawing can capture a fleeting thought or externalize the germ of an idea. It can synthesize an elaborate plan or brainstorm multiple solutions to a problem. Explore and experience a variety of approaches to drawing processes, historic and contemporary, global and experimental with artists, scholars, scientists, and students across disciplines.Presented in conjunction with the exhibit Lines of Thought and co-sponsored with RISD’s Department of Experimental and Foundation Studies.

Free, registration requested

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Schedule of the Day

10:00 Check in   Visit Lines of Thought

10:30 Welcome, Jan Howard, Chief Curator and Houghton P. Metcalf Jr. Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Lines of Thought Exhibition Origins, Isabel Seligman, Curator, British Museum
Provisional Fluency, Ali Dipp, Brown-RISD Dual Degree, 2021, Painting
Drawing as Thinking
Tracie Costantino, Associate Provost & Dean of Faculty, RISD
Marit Dewhurst, Director of Art Education and Associate Professor at the City College of New York
Judith Fan, Cognitive scientist and postdoctoral scholar in psychology at Stanford University
Maya Valladares, Manager of Fashion & Textiles at the Parsons School of Design’s Making Center

12:30-1:00  Break

1:00-4:00   A Drawing Experience

Both Sides Now
Deborah Zlotsky, Associate Professor, Experimental and Foundation Studies, RISD

Gallery Conversations
Arc Procession 9 by William Kentridge

Leora Maltz-Leca, Associate Professor and Department Head, History of Art and Visual Culture, RISD
Emanuel Admassu, Assistant Professor, Architecture, RISD

Untitled study for Arrest series by Bridget Riley
Carl Lostritto, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, Architecture, RISD
Masha Ryskin, Assistant Professor, Experimental and Foundation Studies, and Drawing Concentration Coordinator, RISD


3:30-4:00 Closing Remarks, Jan Howard


Other Upcoming Programming for Lines of Thought

Artist Talk: Movement in Drawing
Wednesday, November 15, 12-1 pm
RISD Museum
Chace Center Galleries
Mimi Cabell, Assistant Professor in RISD’s department of Experimental and Foundation Studies, examines artists’ physical and gestural movement in creating images. She uses work in the exhibit, Lines of Thought, to explore research questions around the potential of everyday actions, limitations of language, and performance in art.


Faculty Forum: Introduction to Leonardo’s Drawings
Sunday, December 3, 1-2 pm
RISD Museum
Danforth Hall and Chace Gallery
Mary Bergstein, Professor in RISD’s History of Art and Visual Culture department, shows how Leonardo used drawing for scientific, investigative, expressive, and philosophical purposes. Leonardo’s botanical, anatomical, hydrodynamic, religious, and landscape drawings—including the late controversial deluge drawings, which seem so pertinent to today’s environmental crises—will be examined. The lecture will be immediately followed by a visit to the exhibit Lines of Thought to look closely at Leonardo’s, Virgin and Child with a Cat.

Day Long Exploration of Drawing, RISD Museum

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