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A Better Biennial
Students and faculty mingle with the local community at the opening reception for the 2011 RISD Faculty Biennial.
It happens in Venice. New York has one too. And in 2011, Providence
gets its turn. From now until March 20, RISD’s Faculty Biennial,
which the Providence Phoenix called “an inspiring visual buffet,” is on display
at the RISD Museum.
At the opening reception, students mingled with faculty and
the public, eager to see what their professors create when not teaching. From
abstract works to cutting social and political commentaries, the pieces on
display cross borders and boundaries between disciplines, juxtaposing media and
materials in new and inventive ways.
According to Director of Exhibitions Mark Moscone 88 PR, this year’s biennial
is “the most comprehensive showing of faculty work to date,” with two floors of
the museum showing work by more than 200 faculty members, many of which were made
specifically for the exhibition.
Walking through the galleries, it is easy to be impressed by
the sheer breadth of ideas on display. From glass to textiles, illustration to
architectural models, the show brings together many distinct ideas and
practices, yet hangs together as a whole through a common thread that sums up the diversity at
Rhode Island School of Design.
See the exhibition before it closes on March 20
or risk missing out for another two years.
Providence Phoenix review of the show
, RISD Museum