The RISD Museum collects and exhibits works of art and design representing diverse cultures across time, holding 100,000 objects, from ancient art to work by contemporary artists and designers from across the globe.
In addition to more than 25,000 works on paper, holdings include Antiquities, Asian art -- spanning 5,000 years -- and Decorative Arts, including European and American furniture, silver, metalwork, wallpaper, ceramics, glass, from the medieval period to the present.
The Painting and Sculpture collection includes works of European and American art from the 12th- through the mid-20th century. Many renowned artists are represented, including Tiepolo, Memmi, Goltzius, and Ruysdael; Poussin, Angelica Kauffmann, and Joshua Reynolds; Manet, Monet, Degas, Cézanne, Rodin, Picasso, Braque, Matisse, Léger, and Kokoschka. American artists include Copley, Stuart, Cole, Homer, Chase, Heade, Cassatt, and Sargent, Bellows, Henri, Parrish, O’Keeffe.
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Works augmented with related programming by faculty members currently teaching at RISD
Illuminates the golden era of the company's designs in silver and mixed-metal ware
14 objects reveal how perspectives on the natural world have shifted over time
Explores how modern and contemporary metal is designed, formed, and decorated
Images of small towns that lost the industries that made them prosperous
Science fiction, fantasy, and Afrocentric references combine into empowered, otherworldly narrative
Pre-1917 textiles and garments alongside new works show Mayan resonance in contemporary activism and art
Paintings, sculptures, and objects explore how race and class can define American life
Altered images express the longing for and the destruction of the natural environment
Works by 40+ artists, designers, and collectives offer a broad experience of postwar art and design
Multidisciplinary exhibition investigates mending as material intervention, metaphor, and as a call to action