Issue 15 — Digital Preview
Uncovering Arsenic in Eighteenth- & Nineteenth-Century Wallpapers
Laura Lamb Brown-Lavoie
Wai Yee Chiong
Pedro da Costa Felgueiras
Nicole M. Merola
Sean Nesselrode Moncada
Taylor Rose Payer
New life is always shown to us through mokingpu, the color green—the light green stems of rabbitbrush, one of the few colors seen in the winter; the tender green shoots of new corn that emerge in the spring against the backdrop of the dry brown earth. Green offers hope. Green represents life.
A welcome splash of color after a long winter, the RISD Museum’s fifteenth issue of Manual is awash in shades of green, celebrating the color's myriad associations with nature and growth, environmentalism and sustainable practices, newness and hope (as well as poison and currency) and delving into the histories of specific pigments and processes. Manual 15 opens with an introductory essay by Hopi grower Susan Sekaquaptewa, who details the soft hues of the flora of Northern Arizona. “You appreciate plants more when you develop a relationship with them,” she explains.
From the Files
Gina Borromeo and Ingrid Neuman examine the rich patina on the surface of an ancient Etruscan bronze stamnos.
Artists on Art
Laura Lamb Brown-Lavoie, a farmer and poet, digs in with Fertility Is Not Green.
Kyle Green offers an exchange with bitcoin in The Times.
Elizabeth James-Perry commemorates an experience in wampum.
Tayana Fincher and Simon Rettig discuss green’s presence in a vibrant Persian tomb cover
Paul Crenshaw and Pedro da Costa Felgueiras peer into the green screen backing a late fifteenth-century portrait of a cleric
Rebecca Bedell and Ananda Martins venture deep into Martin Johnson Heade’s lush Brazilian Forest
Nicole M. Merola and Timmons Roberts marvel at “And ice, mast-high, came floating by/ as green as emerald”
Loose links and clear couplings from across the RISD Museum’s collection
Wai Yee Chiong spotlights the fading beauties of the Green Towers in Suzuki Harunobu’s Ehon seirō bijin awase
Emily Banas uncovers arsenic in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century wallpapers
Sean Nesselrode Moncada documents Enrique Chagoya’s The Pastoral or Arcadian State: Illegal Alien’s Guide to Greater America
Conor Moynihan offers up notes on Gravity’s Dream by Chitra Ganesh
Taylor Rose Payer recounts Ojibwe survivance in a bandolier bag
Kajette Solomon lays out how to tek yuh hand tun fashion as revealed in a scrapbook by Jamaican makers from the late 1800s
RISD Museum Interim Director & Deputy Director,
Exhibitions, Education, & Programs: Sarah Ganz Blythe
Manual Editor-in-Chief: Sarah Ganz Blythe
Editor: Amy Pickworth
Art Director: Derek Schusterbauer
Graphic Designers: Brendan Campbell, Madeline Woods
Photographer: Erik Gould
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American, b. 1967 (RISD BFA 1990, Painting)
Don't Tread on Me (detail), 2011
Gift of Joseph A. Chazan, MD