Issue 14 — Digital Preview
Anita N. Bateman
ARTIST ON ART
Butterfly Hymnals That Won't
Disturb the Pleasant:
Complacency, and Other Lullabies
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Anita N. Bateman
Rashayla Marie Brown
Melanee C. Harvey
Kelly Taylor Mitchell
Oluremi C. Onabanjo
Issue 14 — Shadows
The RISD Museum’s fourteenth issue of Manual shines a light on the shadow, centering the black body as a site of possibility, liberatory self-awareness, radical non-conformity, and joyful defiance. This issue serves as a companion to the exhibition Defying the Shadow.
Manual 14: Shadows opens with an excerpt on the shadow from W. E. B. Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk, followed by an introduction by Dr. Anita N. Bateman, who elucidates: “Operating in the shadow comes with a legacy of resistance, both in spiritual and ideological forms.”
From the Files
Dominic Molon ponders the meaning of waiting for Nick Cave’s Soundsuit to arrive.
Artists on Art
Akwaeke Emezi eats the sun, removing the shadow by removing the light.
Shuriya Davis sings from Butterfly Hymnals That Won’t Disturb the Pleasant: Complacency, and Other Lullabies.
Kelly Taylor Mitchell reminds you that Black people don’t owe you shit.
Rashayla Marie Brown and Matthew Shenoda celebrate the love in Ming Smith’s Romare Bearden, New York, NY, 1977
Leslie Wilson and Emanuel Admassu consider sideways glances and multiple meanings in Aïda Muluneh’s Age of Anxiety
Andrea Achi and Gina Borromeo grapple with racial types, missing handles, and the long lost history of an ancient bust of an African child
Kevin Quashie and Sade LaNay take a peep at Black privacy, gender, and sensuality in Toyin Ojih Odutola’s Last Portrait of the 18th Marquess
Radiant works and glorious shadows from across the RISD Museum’s collection
Makeda Best highlights Calvin Burnett’s 1964 portrait of Sojourner Truth, and the photos Truth herself commissioned.
Melanee C. Harvey studies the preliminary works for and final version of Aaron Douglas’s Building More Stately Mansions.
Tayana Fincher casts new light on a 19th-century Nubian sandal, its largely obfuscated earlier history, and its purpose in a museum collection.
Kate Irvin lays out how Harmonia Rosales and Fe Noel collaborated to Design the Black Imaginary to Counter Hegemony (B.I.T.C.H.).
Oluremi C. Onabanjo illuminates how Carrie Mae Weems haunts history.
RISD Museum Director: John W. Smith
Manual Editor-in-Chief: Sarah Ganz Blythe
Editor: Amy Pickworth
Art Director: Brendan Campbell
Graphic Designers: Jada Akoto, Everett Epstein, & Hilary Dupont
Photographer: Erik Gould (unless otherwise noted)
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