RISD Museum

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There’s something new at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, opening Wednesday June 22. Visitors to the RISD Museum have been unable to use its Benefit St. entrance since mid-April, but that entrance now has been re-opened, as RISD unveils what it’s been working on these past few months: its first café, called Café Pearl, after one of the museum’s most dedicated and long-serving docents, Pearl Nathan. RIPR's Chuck Hinman talked to the 102-year-old Nathan at her home in East Providence, about her long association with the RISD Museum.

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Another week of turmoil in Rhode Island over government grants to non-profit groups. 

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The RISD museum has received a $2.5 million gift from the Rockefeller family.  The money will go to support the museum’s decorative arts department.

The decorative arts refer to objects which have practical uses as well as artistic value; such as furniture, silverware, and vases.   In addition to the monetary gift, David Rockefeller, is donating about 43 objects from his personal collection. Museum director John Smith said the most important items include some eighteenth century English furniture.

Novelist Charles Pinning will  be reading and signing his new book tomorrow (Thursday, Dec.12)  at 5:30 at the Brown University book store. Pinning’s new work, entitled `Irreplaceable’ is set in Rhode Island and is about an art theft at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum that is reminiscent of the great, unsolved heist of precious art from the Isabella  Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

The Brown bookstore is at 244 Thayer Street on Providence’s East Side. The store has a café.

Lists Take the Spotlight at RISD Museum

Mar 25, 2013

The humble list is the focus of a new exhibit at the Rhode Island School of Design Art Museum.  The lists provide added insight into the artists who kept them.

The RISD Museum has on display a collection of 80 lists, most of them written by artists.  The collection is on loan from the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art.  The most prominent artist featured is Pablo Picasso. A yellowed four-by six-inch piece of paper contains his recommendations of artists for a 1913 exhibition.