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Two shows highlight the RISD Museum's new direction

It's been a year-and-a-half since John Smith took over as director of the RISD Museum. But it's only now that his vision for the place is becoming reality.  
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By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 15, 2013
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These 10 exhibits will open your eyes

In March, the RISD Museum dusts off its two millennia-old mummy of a priest named Nesmin as part of "Made for Eternity" (March 15 to November 17), a small showcase of the institution's Egyptian treasures.
Strange and wondrous
By GREG COOK  |  December 28, 2012
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At RISD: designing ballots, designing democracy

Hanging chads were not the only problem with the Florida ballots at the center of the Bush-Gore election fight in 2000.
Elections
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 21, 2012
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Two different approaches at the RISD Museum

When Minimalist art began in the 1960s and ’70s, it was difficult stuff. Painters reduced their vocabularies to lines and grids as they pared painting down toward its essential ingredients.
Stripped down and plugged in
By GREG COOK  |  July 27, 2012
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‘Homecoming’ at Brown’s List Art Center

A sign of a thriving art community is its influence, the way other artists adopt and adapt its looks and methods and thinking.
Body works
By GREG COOK  |  June 15, 2012
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Making the RISD Museum sizzle

The Rhode Island School of Design Museum is one of New England's — and America's — most underappreciated and underperforming cultural treasures.
Can new director John W. Smith polish Providence's hidden gem?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 04, 2012


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Spencer Finch’s ‘Painting Air’ at the RISD Museum

The question at the heart of Spencer Finch's art is: how to recreate fleeting impressions, like the green-blue-brown surface of the Hudson River or the sunlight filtering down from the Pantheon's dome in Rome.
Mission: Impossible
By GREG COOK  |  March 09, 2012
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‘Chicken Little’ and ‘Manchester Tracks’ at the RISD Museum

The star of New York painter Nancy Chunn's epic installation "Chicken Little and the Culture of Fear" at the RISD Museum (224 Benefit Street, Providence, through April 15) is the fabled fowl — you know, the one who mistakenly thought the sky was falling
Discomfort and joy
By GREG COOK  |  January 13, 2012
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Shows worth seeing in the new year

From centuries-old Taoist visions to the ways technology can channel emotions, local exhibits this winter prompt comparisons between then and now.
Eyes wide open
By GREG COOK  |  December 30, 2011
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Britannia rules at RISD’s “Made In the UK”

"Made In the UK: Contemporary Art from the Richard Brown Baker Collection," a survey of post-World War II British art at the RISD Museum (224 Benefit Street, Providence, through January 8), arrives as British artists are the top of the pops.
Top of the pops
By GREG COOK  |  October 07, 2011
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Savor these urban (and suburban) oases

It's not a huge state, but Rhode Island, you may be realizing, is abuzz with activity. There's music, poetry, theater, gallery shows, social gatherings, and all sorts of events at the colleges.
Quiet, please
By MARION DAVIS  |  September 30, 2011


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A British invasion and the local hall of fame

The art season follows the school year.
Autumn offerings
By GREG COOK  |  September 16, 2011
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How a Rembrandt wound up on a pig farm

The next time you're bored on a Friday night and considering a caper at the RISD Museum, Anthony Amore wants you to consider this: you're more likely to make a few bucks begging the high school crowd on Thayer Street.
Stealing Beauty
By DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  August 12, 2011

Tips for young artists

This region of the country is, and always has been, a magnet for artists. If I spent some time thinking about why this is the case, I could probably conjure up a few convincing theories. But that's not my purpose today.
Express your self; bus fumes; bands behind bars
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  July 15, 2011
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Review: ''Among the Breakage'' scratches the surface at Bell Gallery

Over the past dec-ade, Providence art has been known for its visionary printmaking and graphics, crafty constructions, and funhouse installations, but local painting has tended to operate out of the limelight.
An incomplete picture
By GREG COOK  |  July 01, 2011
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Do the funky pot roast! The triumphant (three-night only) return of the Young Adults

The shorter gent was balding, hirsute, and on the plump side. While bellowing lyrics about Broderick Crawford's machismo and the joys of being a carnivore, he occasionally wore a "brain hat" and was dolled up in a form-fitting muumuu.
Still complex after all these years
By JIM MACNIE  |  May 27, 2011


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Review: ''The 2011 RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition''

Walking into the "2011 RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition" at the Rhode Island Convention Center (1 Sabin Street, Providence, through June 4), you can't miss Laura Swanson's Homemade Bull .
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By GREG COOK  |  May 27, 2011
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Bringing the noise at Brown

Remember when you were just a little tyke and you considered banging Lincoln Logs on the heads of Gobots music to your ears?
Sounding Off
By DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  May 13, 2011
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RISD's 'Cocktail Culture' offers an intoxicating history of 20th-century fashion

Across the country, on January 16, 1920, citizens drank up at liquor "wakes" before the 18th Amendment, ratified a year before, went into effect at midnight, banning the manufacture, sale, and transportation of "intoxicating liquors."
The high life
By GREG COOK  |  May 13, 2011
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Review: Corinna Schnitt's ''Once Upon A Time'' at the RISD Museum

Corinna Schnitt's video Once Upon a Time opens on a comfortable living room.
Surreal storybooks
By GREG COOK  |  April 22, 2011
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Review: Wlodzimierz Ksiazek's abstract expressions at RIC

Wlodzimierz Ksiazek's exhibit of chunky, muscular abstract paintings at Rhode Island College's Bannister Gallery (600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Providence, through March 30) is a dose of the old-time religion.
Energetic textures and surfaces
By GREG COOK  |  March 18, 2011


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Photos: RISD Museum's Music Friday with Sit Down Baby

Music Friday at the RISD Museum features Sit Down Baby, playing blues with the backdrop of the "RISD 2011 Faculty Biennial," on March 11, 2011.
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By CAROLYN BUBEL  |  March 18, 2011
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Review: 'Crossing Currents: Feminism Now' at URI

One of the cool developments of the past decade has been the reassessment and historical embrace of the founding feminist art of the 1960s and '70s.
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By GREG COOK  |  March 11, 2011
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Review: RISD's '2011 Faculty Biennial' impresses and inspires

The Rhode Island School of Design's "2011 Faculty Biennial" at the RISD Museum (20 North Main Street, Providence, through March 20) features more than 200 teachers for a varied buffet ranging from tangled noodley junk sculpture to sleek architecture des
A visual buffet
By GREG COOK  |  March 04, 2011
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Review: The eye-popping vitality of 'Printed in Providence'

Providence printmaking continues to be the primary representative of the city's art in books from Street World (2007) to Paper Politics: Socially Engaged Printmaking Today (2009) to the Museum of Modern Art's Modern Women (2010). It's a printmakin
Lasting impressions
By GREG COOK  |  February 25, 2011
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At RISD: 2x4s, tape, and 'Co-Habitation'

In photographs, it looks like a giant spider web. But up close, it's shiny and transparent under the golden light. It's big enough for a person to climb into and crawl through — or you can poke your head in from a hole underneath or on the sides.
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By MARION DAVIS  |  February 11, 2011


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Louise Marianetti at Bert Gallery; plus, Brian Knep at RISD

The starched woman in Louise Marianetti's 1942 painting holds a copy of the libretto to Verdi's Aida . Her blonde ringlets are decorated with flowers, a pair of blue birds, and a veil. But what sticks with you how she stares with her eerie blue eyes.
Into the mystic
By GREG COOK  |  February 04, 2011
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Museums and Galleries preview: Looking ahead

In November, incoming Speaker of the House John Boehner and fellow Republicans called for the Smithsonian to shutter its National Portrait Gallery show surveying gay identity in a century of art.
Marianetti, Sharlin, Schnitt, and "Feminism Now"
By GREG COOK  |  December 31, 2010

Sound advice: Girl Howdy, Girls Rock!, and more

Flee the cubicle and head to the RISD Museum on FRIDAY for the next Music Friday show featuring GIRL HOWDY .
Off the Couch
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  November 12, 2010
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Collision at RISD's Museum of Art


Jackie Saccoccio was looking for some creative tension when she conceived "Collision," the new show at RISD's Museum of Art, 20 North Main Street, Providence....
By webteam  |  November 09, 2010