MLK Weekend — Free Admission At RISD Museum

(1.14) The RISD Museum will be celebrating the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend by providing free admission on Saturday and Sunday. Don’t miss the free printmaking workshop, “Say It Loud,” led by RISD industrial design professor, Jess Brown . . . drop into the workshop any time Sunday between noon and 4pm.

Join artist and RISD design Professor, Jess Brown for a “werkshop” about empowering youth to use their voices to stand up to and call out injustices. From the Freedom Movement of the 1920s to the Civil Rights movements of the 1950s and 60’s, to the present day Black Lives Matter and environmental justice movements, youth have been instrumental in advancing the progress of change.  We will look at examples of these posters, their style and their effectiveness. Werkshop participants will use a Silkscreen Printing method to create their own posters that reflect the moment that we are in now to amplify the issues that mean the most to us.

Seen here is Cafe Pearl found inside the Benefit Street entrance. Hanging above the cafe patrons (I love the guy with just paper and pen) is The Let Out, a collaborative piece commissioned for the space.

Commissioned by the RISD Museum, The Let Out activates contemporary fashion garments donated to the collection by Mark Pollack (RISD BFA 1976, Textiles). With the support of their team, Ryan Cardoso and DJ Chappel used this collection to style more than 40 characters. The resulting 8-foot by 21-foot banner presents a scene taking place at the end of a fashion event.

Cardoso explores portraiture through photography and film and its importance in archiving the elegance, domesticity, and relationships of life. He uses analogue photography as a means to exhibit the Black swagger. DJ Chappel is interested in the relationship between clothing and movement and its influence on character. He envisions himself as a future ancestor creating primary resources for upcoming generations of gay Black men.

Free admission, Saturday, January 13 & Sunday, January 14, RISD Museum, 20 North Main Street, (directions)

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