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For those of us who are interested in how the food we eat got to our tables, this is a thoughtful film, which asks some very uncomfortable questions about issues such as the politics of food production and distribution, genetically modified foods, famines, water shortages, and food aid programs. Directed by Yves Billy and Richard Prost, the film travels throughout Africa, China, Latin America and the U.S., tracing the origins of the global food crisis.

Now available at the RISD Library

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Design – Nature

The file that we call “Design – Nature” is a popular one among Picture Collection users.  Here is where we collect images that highlight patterns and abstract form in natural objects, plants and landscapes.  Here is a selection of small croppings from some of the images.  For hundreds more samples, you’ll have to visit the Picture Collection.

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Our recent additions to RDID include the following:

To see these slideshows, remember to login to RDID with your RISD username and password, and then click on the links above.

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Talking Turkey

Here are some vintage Thanksgiving illustrations and postcards from the Picture Collection.  The first image is a Collier’s Weekly cover by F.X. Leyendecker, 1919.  The next one is an Edward Penfield illustration, ca. 1920.  The rest are from the vintage postcard collection.

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Art and Culture in Providence

Art at RISD:

Recent retired RISD Professor of Photography, Joel Deal has a new exhibition, Joe Deal: New Work up at the RISD Museum till January 3, 2010.

Art at Brown:

Zugunruhe is a large scale installation show by RISD Professor of Glass, Rachel Berwick up at the David Winton Bell Gallery at the List Art Center on Brown University. The show will be up until February 11,2010.


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Sometimes the Library’s loss is the Picture Collection’s gain.  A withdrawn/damaged book of work by Odd Nerdrum came to the Picture Collection to be clipped, and we were able to add many new samples of this Norwegian figurative painter’s work to our files.

Also added recently is a large collection of postcards of London Transport posters.  See Advertising – Posters – London Transport.

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Welcome RISD Students and Faculty

We want to extend a warm welcome to all our new and returning RISD students and faculty members. This coming academic year promises to be full of exciting courses and projects at RISD, and we at the Visual Resources Center will be keeping you informed of everything related to digital images and visual culture.

For information about how to find the images and resources you need for your projects at RISD, take a few minutes to navigate through our blog. Here you will find Our Links, a section devoted to links from the RISD Library and the world of Visual Resources. You will also see interesting, and constantly updated, image groups from Flickr, and links to our Vodpod videos that could be of interest to you. We also have a section showing the last three sites added to our RISD VR Delicious bookmarks page. If you click on our Delicious link, you will be directed to a veritable treasure trove of links to art-related websites. We also hope to keep you informed of trends and developments in the world of digital images and art, through our RSS feeds from the ARTstor blog, the Art Newspaper, the Visual Arts Data Service, and others we will be adding. We hope you find us useful, and if you have suggestions to improve our blog, please send us your comments.

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