Culture Vultures: RISD Museum in Providence Reopens June 13

The venerable arts institution invites the public to return for summer hours and free admission days.
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Installation photography of “Defying the Shadow” at the RISD Museum. On view through December 18.

On June 13, after more than a year without public admissions, the RISD Museum reopens its doors to the greater community. Online reservations are strongly encouraged, and masks are required. The museum will operate through the summer on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., as well as on Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 7 p.m. Chase presents free admission on Thursday and Friday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m. and all day on Sundays.

A number of exhibitions are open this summer for viewing, including “Defying the Shadow,” which presents images, or anti-portraits, by Black artists and of Black figures that “resist the consumptive impulses of looking,” ranging from nineteenth-century photographs to contemporary prints. The exhibition is on view through December 18.

Also on view is “Raid the Icebox Now with Beth Katleman: Games of Chance,” through July 4. This installation highlights the life of collector Charles L. Pendleton (1846-1904) as Beth Katleman utilizes mirrors, architectural ornaments and over-door sculptures to decorate a porcelain room. She includes hints to Pendleton’s life, including a blindfolded Marilyn Monroe and the Roman goddess of luck Fortuna.

Another exhibition to catch is “Raid the Icebox Now with Pablo Helguera: Inventarios/Inventories,” which is on view through August 21. Pablo Helguera explores the personal and domestic contexts of artworks, having collaborated with living Latin American artists and the families, close friends and collaborators of those no longer alive. The project is also a tribute to the exhibition history of the RISD Museum and the legacy of former director Alexander Dorner.

And, new on July 21, the exhibition “Any distance between us” explores the power and significance of intimate relationships in works of contemporary art, especially by artists of color and identifying as LGBTQ+. The exhibition features more than thirty objects by artists including Louis Fratino, Aaron Gilbert, Doron Langberg and Deana Lawson. The RISD Museum’s biannual journal Manual will focus its Fall/Winter 2021 issue on intimacy, including texts by the curators and images of the exhibition.

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