Designer Todd Oldham with some of his recent gifts to the RISD Museum's costume and textiles collection.
Tyra Banks in Harlequin Ensemble, spring 1993. Cindy Crawford in Persian Tile Dress, spring 1996. Todd Oldham runway shows. Photography by Dan Lecca. Courtesy of Todd Oldham Studio.
Todd Oldham Fashion
April 8 - September 11, 2016
Designer Todd Oldham burst onto the New York fashion landscape in 1989 and blazed a spirited trail throughout the next decade with his scrupulously constructed garments, featuring extravagant embellishments and raucous color combinations. All of Everything is the first major exhibition to focus on the exuberant style and playful aesthetic of Oldham's runway opus of the 1990s.
Drawn from the Todd Oldham Studio archives, a substantial portion of which Oldham gave to the RISD Museum, All of Everything features more than 60 full ensembles---- from Oldham's Swarovski crystal-encrusted feats of craftsmanship to his Pantone non-repeating print designs. Oldham's intensive design process is revealed through his original artwork, while projections of recently discovered runway video footage activate the gallery space and illustrate the full creative endeavor of his fashion shows---- which were among the first to feature African-American and ingénue talents such as Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, and Tyra Banks, among many others.
Support for All of Everything: Todd Oldham Fashion provided in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional generous support is provided by Carol Nulman.
Jesse Burke, Look Unto the East, 2012; from the series Wild & Precious, 2011. Gift from Joseph A. Chazan, MD.
Wild & Precious
January 22 - September 25, 2016
Encompassing landscape, portraiture and still-life photography, Wild & Precious presents photographs Jesse Burke made over the past five years while traveling across the United States and around his native New England with his daughter, Clover. Through images depicting Clover's encounters with diverse landscapes and wildlife, Burke provides a tender meditation on nature, childhood, and parental love.
The exhibition celebrates the release of Burke's book, also titled Wild & Precious, and a gift of artwork from the series to the RISD Museum.
Larry Day, No.1: The Foundations, ca. 1967, from the series The Venus Society: An Entertainment in Eight Episodes. Gift of Ruth Fine in honor of Lora Urbanelli.
January 22 - September 25, 2016
Visual art can transmit meaning and tell stories. Exploring the multi-valence of narrative in contemporary art, this exhibition showcases works on paper by artists such as Larry Day, Marcel Dzama, Faith Ringgold, and Kara Walker---- and includes several new acquisitions to the RISD Museum's collection of prints, drawings, and photographs.
Gianfranco Ferre for Dior, Dress (detail), Fall/Winter 1994/95. Helen M. Danforth Acquisition Fund.
Swagged and Poufed
The Upholstered Body in the
Late 19th Century and Today
January 22 - July 3, 2016
In 1890, designer William Morris quipped that women were "upholstered like arm chairs." Buried under folds, ruching, tassels, and fringe, they were on the verge of becoming fixtures in their own drawing rooms.
The confections on view in Swagged and Poufed illustrate the luxury of material and eccentricities of form typical of the late 19th century and reveal their continued influence in contemporary designs by Kenzo Takada, Gianfranco Ferré for Dior, and Maison Martin Margiela.
Emily Wardill, When You Fall into a Trance, 2013, video still, 72 mins. © Courtesy of the artist and carlier | gebauer.
Film and Video
The RISD Museum's semiannual Projections series screens feature-length and short-form films and videos by established and emerging contemporary artists working between the gallery space and the cinema, in which they develop meaningful narratives, make pointed political statements, and document and investigate the fabric of the changing world in which we live.
Emily Wardill: When You Fall into a Trance
March 10, 2016 | 6:30 pm
When You Fall into a Trance traces the psychological and metaphysical relationships between a neuroscientist, her patient, an aid worker, and a synchronized swimmer. (2013, 72 min.)
Chto Delat: Border Musical
April 28, 2016 | 6:30 pm
Russian collective Chto Delat (translation: "What is to be done?") makes deftly critical and humorous projects that merge political theory, art, and activism. Border Musical tells the story of a Russian woman who abandons everything to live with her son and her new husband in Norway. (2013, 49 min.)
Agnieszka Polska: Future Days
May 12, 2016 | 6:30 pm
Future Days follows a group of dead artists, former members of the 20th-century neo-avant-garde, as they ceaselessly roam the afterlife. (2013, 29 min.)
Projections is co-sponsored by the RISD Museum, the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Film, Animation + Video department, and Brown University's department of Modern Culture and Media.
Julien Prévieux, Patterns of Life, 2015. Single-channel video, color, sound. The artist and Galerie Jousse Entreprise.
What Shall We Do Next and Patterns of Life
May 27 - November 13, 2016
By juxtaposing conceptually engaging ideas with an intriguing range of formats and strategies, French artist Julien Prévieux offers fresh ways of considering both the past and the future. Prévieux's interests span the history and current state of politics, economics, technology, and the culture of the workplace, and he incorporates their established spoken and physical languages and ways of operating to provide witty, prescient critiques.
The RISD Museum--- southeastern New England's only comprehensive art museum--- was established in Providence in 1877, alongside the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). The Museum's collection of nearly 100,000 objects includes paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, costume, furniture, and other works of art and design from all over the world, from ancient times to the latest in contemporary art.
Information: 401 454 6500 or risdmuseum.org. Follow the RISD Museum on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Artsy (@RISDMuseum).
Support for the RISD Museum provided in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly and grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.