The RISD Museum opens new exhibition, Repair and Design Futures

Japanese,  Noragi (workcoat) , mid-1800s. Elizabeth T. and Dorothy N. Casey Fund. dosa,  Travel Coat,  2014. Edgar J. Lownes Fund. B. Earley,  Lace Blouse (Top 100 Recycled Shirts Project) , 2008. Helen M. Danforth Acquisition Fund. G-Star RAW,  Jeans , ca. 2005. Proposed: Gift of Anne Marika Verploegh Chassé. Ghanaian,  Fugu (man's robe) , mid-1900s. Museum purchase: Museum Works of Art Fund, by exchange.

Japanese, Noragi (workcoat), mid-1800s. Elizabeth T. and Dorothy N. Casey Fund. dosa, Travel Coat, 2014. Edgar J. Lownes Fund. B. Earley, Lace Blouse (Top 100 Recycled Shirts Project), 2008. Helen M. Danforth Acquisition Fund. G-Star RAW, Jeans, ca. 2005. Proposed: Gift of Anne Marika Verploegh Chassé. Ghanaian, Fugu (man's robe), mid-1900s. Museum purchase: Museum Works of Art Fund, by exchange.

The RISD Museum opens new exhibition,
Repair and Design Futures, on view through September 30, 2019.

PROVIDENCE, RI - The RISD Museum is pleased to announce the opening of Repair and Design Futures. Accompanying the exhibition is a multidisciplinary programming initiative and an issue of the RISD Museum's twice-yearly journal, Manual: a journal about art and its making.

About the exhibition:

Repair, a humble act born of necessity, expresses resistance to the unmaking of our world and the environment. Repair and Design Futures investigates mending as material intervention, metaphor, and call to action. Spanning the globe and more than three centuries, objects in the exhibition reveal darns, patches, and stabilized areas that act as springboards to considering socially engaged design thinking today. 

Through an informal, expansive format of related exhibitions, engagement is encouraged across a broad spectrum of perspectives. Works on display include costume and textile objects from the collections of the RISD Museum and Brown University's Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology.

Related programs:

Alison J. Clarke, "Design for the Real World Today: A Discussion of Victor Papanek's Design Manifesto and its Legacy."
October 5, 1:30pm

WARP Collective, "Repair: Work as a Re-visioning Process"
October 6 & 7, 1-4pm

Becci Davis, "A Counter-Monument F.U.B.U."
October 11, 17 & 18, 10am-5pm

Paola Antonelli on Broken Nature
October 17, 6:15pm

SORRY, A Live Listening Party
October 18, 7-8pm

International Repair Day with Fashion Revolution
October 20, 11am-4pm

Amy Lee Sanford, Break Pot:Benefit St. performance
November 8, 1:30pm

For complete program descriptions, visit risdmuseum.org.

Accompanying journal issue:

Manual Issue 11: Repair

Manual: a journal about art and its making, a twice-yearly publication, uses the collections, exhibitions, and collaborations of the RISD Museum as an impetus for essays and interviews, artist interventions, and archive highlights. A fusion of academic arts journal and design magazine, Manual is a resource for engaged conversations about art, design, and the impact of creative making by curators, artists, scholars, and educators.

Brian Goldberg and Kate Irvin from the preface to Issue 11: "Can we find in the detail, in the stitch and the weave, an ecology of care, a model for activating new forms of life, ones that might reject or reimagine an economic and cultural order based on novelty, disposability, and the monadic self? Can they help us learn to live together in a broken world?"

Repair and Design Futures is made possible by a generous grant from the Coby Foundation and programming support from the RISD Museum Associates. It is also made possible by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of Assemblages, a Brown-RISD collaboration focused on object-based teaching and research. The RISD Museum is supported by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and with the generous partnership of the Rhode Island School of Design, its Board of Trustees, and the RISD Museum Board of Governors. Additional generous support for this issue of Manual is provided by the RISD Museum Associates and Sotheby's.

About the RISD Museum

The RISD Museum was founded on the belief that art, artists, and the institutions that support them play pivotal roles in promoting broad civic engagement and creating more open societies.

Established in 1877 as part of a vibrant creative community, the RISD Museum stewards works of art representing diverse cultures from ancient times to the present. We interpret our collection with the focus on the maker and we deeply engage with art and artists, presenting ideas and perspectives that can be inspiring and complex. We aspire to create an accessible and inclusive environment that builds meaningful relationships across all communities.

For more information: 401-454-6500 or risdmuseum.org.


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