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On Tuesday April 6th the Office of Annual Giving hosted an event for all RISD seniors at the Visual Resources Center, giving students the opportunity to visit the newly-launched Materials Library.

It was a lovely event, with over 200 students visiting the VRC, and generous donations to the Senior Gift, which this year has been designated to support the Materials Library project.

If you want to know more about the kinds of materials we hold, have a look at the video “Materials Girl”, filmed by Tyler DiBiasio [FAV 2011], with sound track by Kid Chocolate.

RISD Materials Lab from Tyler DiBiasio on Vimeo.

Our thanks to Institutional Engagement for organizing this event, particularly to Ken, Courtney, Pat and all the catering staff, who were absolutely brilliant.


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Chapman Family Collection (Detail)

Chapman Family Collection (Detail)

As part of their exhibition Classified: Contemporary Art at Tate Britain, the Tate Gallery has created the ‘Classified’ Flickr group, where group members can contribute up to 5 images of the objects they collect. The results are quite fascinating, from swing tags to old doll’s heads, coins, photographs found in antique shops, Vimobots, found handwritten notes, lottery tickets, and many more. To see them, have a look at our Flickr photostream on the sidebar.

“Classified” exhibits works from the Tate’s contemporary art collection, and explores the role of the gallery in collecting, classifying and displaying objects. It includes works such as Mark Dion’s Tate Thames Dig, Damien Hirst’s Pharmacy and Jake and Dinos Chapman’s The Chapman Family Collection, and it is an interesting exploration of the act of collecting. You can see the exhibition at Tate Britain in London until August 23. MB

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Day Trip: New York City

A Few Shows to See on a Summer Day in the City

1. Black Acid Co-op: Justin Lowe and Jonah Freeman: at Deitch Projects (18 Wooster Street) in Soho. See art gallery rooms with holes in the walls leading to meth labs and melted mobile homes.


2. Sexy and the City at Yossi Milo Gallery: (525 West 25th Street) Part of the city wide NEW YOKR PHOTOGRAPHS, and includes photographers Diane Arbus, Bruce Davidson, Mitch Epstein,  Nan Goldin, André Kertész,  Joel Meyerowitz, Duane Michals, Tod Papageorge, Weegee, and Garry Winogrand- to name a few.


3. Dirk Skreber at Friedrich Petzel Gallery: (537 West 22nd Street) See smashed cars and a few paintings.


4. Colby Katz: Beauty Pageants & Sarah Wilson: Blind Prom: At Foley Gallery (547 W 27th Street, 5th floor). Photographs of a school for the blind’s prom and also photographs of very young beauty queens.


5. Heartbreak Hotel at Freight and Volume: (542 West 24th Street) Featuring paintings by Kim Dorland, Fanny Allie, Jim Lee, Eric White, and more.

6. Shane Hope-Your Mom Is Open Source: At Winkleman Gallery (637 West 27th Street). Kid handwriting and collage-like paintings.




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Hi everyone!
Have you seen ‘GOOD‘?   I just found it myself, but I think it’s worth recommending a look.  In their words: “GOOD is a collaboration of individuals, businesses, and nonprofits pushing the world forward. Since 2006 we’ve been making a magazine, videos, and events for people who give a damn.”
Check it out!

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Many RISD faculty and students want to know about the new videos and DVDs that are arriving in the Library. For brief updates on new acquisitions, follow us on Twitter.

Also, this is a list of all the video/DVD titles at the RISD Library

Your comments and suggestions for new titles are very welcome!

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Welcome to the RISD Visual Resources blog. We are the team working in the Visual Resources Center at the Fleet Library, Rhode Island School of Design. We will be keeping you informed about everything new happening at the VR Center, including  the clippings folders added to the Picture Collection,  DVD titles added to the library catalog, and digital images in the RISD Digital Image Database, RDID.

If you want brief updates, you can also follow us at Twitter

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