The collection of mounted art file prints in the Picture Collection is as old as the library itself.  And the collection is still in heavy use today.  While filing away stacks of mounted prints from the architecture section at the end of the semester, I stumbled across a few gems.  These are just a few of the many wonderful old black and white photographic prints that can be found in this collection.


This image was found in the “Rhode Island-Providence-Historic” folder in the Picture Collection.  It had separated from a bundle of pages of historic Providence street scenes, and the only caption is HIGH SCHOOL.

I would like to identify the building.  Which high school, and where was it?  If you have any ideas, please let us know.

Sadie Benning is a lesbian videomaker who began making videos when she was 15 years old, using a Fisher Price Pixelvision toy camera. Benning’s early works were made in the privacy of her childhood bedroom, using scrawled and handwritten text from diary entries to record thoughts and images that reveal the longings and complexities of a developing identity… Her more recent work moves beyond the Pixelvision camera and into animation and film.   We have just purchased her Retrospective from The Werner Center for the Arts, Ohio State University, February 2004.  Volumes 1-3 (work from 1989-2204)

Los Cartoneros, Michael McLean, short documentary, 2006
Juanchi, a 21-year-old from a small town outside Buenos Aires, supports himself and his family by digging through trash. Six days a week, he roams the street of the Argentine capital in search of cardboard and other recyclables, hoping to sell his findings to a recycling depository.

Like thousands of Argentines, he is “un cartonero”, a cardboard collection. “Cartoneros” comprise part of the country’s booming informal economy, which swelled drastically following the 2001 economic collapse of the country.

It is not often that we add new mounted prints to the art file in the Picture Collection.  However, sometimes we find items that are just too good to simply laminate.  A recent new batch of mounted prints includes some glossy black and white photographs of the Johnson Wax Building in Racine, Wisconsin, by Frank Lloyd Wright.  There are also some old architectural images of college and university architecture from early 20th century publications.  We have also mounted some beautiful calendar images of Hokusai woodblock prints, as well as a collection of paintings by Odd Nerdrum, a contemporary Norwegian painter.

Johnson Wax 1
Johnson Wax Building, Racine, Wisconsin
Johnson Wax 2

Johnson Wax Building, Racine, Wisconsin

College of the City of New York, Sub-Freshman Building

Hokusai, Mishima Pass in Kai Province, woodblock print, Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji


Princeton University

Princeton University, Alexander Hall

Continuing with our mission to serve the RISD curriculum, this week we have uploaded into RDID a large number of  digital images which are particularly relevant to two departments at RISD: illustration and furniture. This is a sample of what we have uploaded:

To view these slideshows, login to RDID with your RISD username and password, and click on the above links. If you have any suggestions for more related images you would like us to add to our collection, feel free to comment on this post.

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Are you a Goth? Then you’re surely going to love our collection of images of English Gothic buildings, which we have recently added to RDID. The collection was photographed by RISD professor John Hendrix during the summer of 2009, and the images were optimized and cataloged by Visual Resources Center staff and our brilliant student workers. Eventually, the collection will consist of 629 images of Gothic buildings from all over England. At the moment, we have uploaded 114, but you can watch the collection grow during the next few weeks.

To access the John Hendrix English Gothic Collection, login to RDID with your RISD username and password. You can either see a slideshow with selected images of Gothic buildings, or do a search for the keyword Gothic – that will give you access to the entire collection.

The RISD Digital Image Database is proud to host a new collection called “Raid the Icebox I with Andy Warhol”, created by the Archives department in the Library in collaboration with the RISD Museum. The collection consists of twenty-eight images documenting the “Raid the Icebox I with Andy Warhol” exhibition held at the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1970 April 23 – June 30. There are eleven installation images and seventeen images of objects in the Museum’s storage area.

In 1969, the RISD Museum invited Andy Warhol to curate an exhibition featuring works he selected from the museum’s permanent collection. The exhibition was eventually named Raid the Icebox. According to Judith Tannenbaum, curator of contemporary art at the RISD Museum, “Warhol was drawn to an eclectic mix of objects. He liked the cabinets of shoes in storage and displayed all of them exactly as they were stored. He also chose baskets, Navajo blankets, paintings, ceramics and costume accessories. He created an alternative museum. Raid the Icebox I has become a landmark exhibition, the precursor of “artist ’s interventions ” of the 1990s that rethink the nature of traditional collecting museums.”

We want to thank Denise Bastien from the RISD Museum and Andrew Martinez and Douglas Doe from the RISD Archives for digitizing and cataloging these images.

To view “Raid the Icebox I with Andy Warhol”, you will need to login to the RISD Digital Image Database with your RISD username and password.