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Summer at the RISD Museum

Design the Night, Local Art, and the Summer of the Dandy


Andrew Moon Bain, Mineral Water Song, 2005. © Andrew Moon Bain.
PROVIDENCE, RI ----  The RISD Museum welcomes visitors for a summer of exciting exhibitions, including the critically acclaimed Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion, as well as creative community collaborations and free events for all ages. The wildly popular summer evening series, Design the Night, is back ---- this year, it launches the opening of Locally Made with a block party in July and marks the closing of the groundbreaking exhibition Artist/Rebel/Dandy in August.
"With summer nearly here, we are thrilled to offer exhibitions, programs, and events that will guarantee that the RISD Museum is one of the city's liveliest places to be over the coming months," says Museum Director John W. Smith. 


The Museum celebrates the region's rich pool of talent in various ---- and sometimes surprising ---- genres in Locally Made. Recent acquisitions to the Museum's collection, video works, performance art and creative experiments, and more expand across three gallery spaces July 12 to November 3, 2013.

Paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and photographs ---- most on view for the first time ---- fill the Upper Farago Gallery, created by nearly 40 local artists, including Nicole Chesney, Andrew Moon, Jessica Rosner, William Schaff, and Entang Wiharso. Works by local filmmakers find common ground in the Spalter New Media Gallery, selected by guest curator Dina Deitsch (Contemporary Art Curator, deCordova Museum).
The Museum's Lower Farago Gallery is transformed into a multifaceted experimental space ----One Room---- with roots in New England's long tradition of community storytelling, performance, and knowledge sharing. The heart of the space is a new but nostalgic interactive installation, School House Long House, in which invited artists, designers, performers, brainiacs, and other community innovators share their ideas and processes through daily talks, creative experiments, art demonstrations, and unexpected happenings.
Design the Night - Brown Bird
Brown Bird performs in a 2012 Design the Night concert.
Join the Museum and Locally Made artists and collaborators in celebrating the show's opening on Thursday, July 18, with a free Design the Night: Block Party on Benefit Street, 5-9 pm. Activities in the galleries and outdoors include the Museum's "Dandy's Choice Film Series," hands-on art making, demonstrations by local artists and designers, and lively discussions. Student-run Radish Gourmet Food Truck and PVD Pudding Pops' pedal-powered cart offer tantalizing walk-up treats, and an outdoor concert by Joe Fletcher & The Wrong Reasons keeps the festivities going after sunset.
"Design the Night celebrates the incredible wealth of artists and designers that make Providence a dynamic city," Smith says. "These events offer enjoyable and inexpensive ways to spend summer evenings downtown, and we hope they will energize visitors ---- giving them opportunities to socialize with friends, enjoy a night out, and connect with art and artists."
A second celebration marks the final days of Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion on August 15, 5-9 pm, with a Design the Night: Last Chance opportunity to see this sumptuous show and experience the "Summer of the Dandy" (Boston Globe). Photographer Corey Grayhorse, local gourmet food trucks, a dandy film, and activities for all ages are on tap, enticing visitors to dine, drink, and dip into creative endings ---- and possibly new beginnings. Self-proclaimed "Black country soul rocksteady music group" Boo City wraps up the night with a special concert on the Chace Center Plaza.
Artist/Rebel/Dandy is on view in the Chace Center Galleries through August 18.

Also on view this summer is Historias: Latin American Works on Paper, August 9, 2013 through January 5, 2014. Artists such as Diego Rivera, Wifredo Lam, Sebastião Salgado, Liliana Porter, and Enrique Chagoya engage with a form of history ---- personal, cultural, art historical, and political ---- as a vehicle through which to develop a distinctly Latin American identity. The artwork on view pays tribute to the pre-Columbian origins of the continent, comment on recent political upheavals, and enter into a conversation with art of the European traditions.

Providence Tourism Council




Support for Summer at the Museum is provided by the Providence Tourism Council and the City of Providence, Angel Taveras, Mayor. 


Locally Made is supported by Dr. Joseph A. Chazan and Robert and Judy Mann. 


Artist/Rebel/Dandy is supported by the Coby Foundation, Dr. Joseph A. Chazan, Jake Kaplan's Jaguar, Brooks Brothers, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Granoff, Ms. Karen Hammond and Mr. Michael Quattromani, Ms. Carol Nulman, Mr. Mark Pollack, the RISD Museum Associates, Dr. and Mrs. Andrew Green, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Metcalf, Ms. Helene Miller and Mr. James Kase, Ms. Melanie Mitchell and Mr. Stephen Key, Mr. and Mrs. Alan Nathan, Dr. and Mrs. William Tsiaras, Ms. Sherri Donghia and Mr. Roger Eulau, and Ms. Sally Lapides and Mr. Art Solomon.




About the RISD Museum


Southeastern New England's only comprehensive art museum, the Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design ---- also known as the RISD Museum ---- was established in 1877. Its permanent collection of more than 87,000 objects includes paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, costume, furniture, and other works of art from every part of the world ---- with objects from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome, and art of all periods from Asia, Europe, and the Americas, up to the latest in contemporary art.


The RISD Museum, with entrances at 224 Benefit Street and 20 North Main Street in Providence, RI, is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am-5 pm, and 10 am-9 pm every Thursday. Closed Mondays, January 1, July 4, Thanksgiving Day, and December 25. Admission: $12 adults; $10 senior citizens (age 62+); $5 college students (with valid ID); $3 youths (ages 5-18); always free for Museum members and children under 5, as well as students, staff, and faculty of member institutions. Free admission every Sunday, 10 am-5 pm, and the third Thursday evening of each month, 5-9 pm. For more information, call  401 454 6500 or visit risdmuseum.orgFollow the RISD Museum at Facebook.com/RISDMuseum.

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