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Issue 16 

Intimacy

 

 

 

 

Issue 16 — Digital Preview

 

INTRODUCTION

 

Where It Hurts

Carl Phillips

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OBJECT LESSON

 

To You

Stephen Truax

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DOUBLE TAKE

 

Lydia

Angela Dufresne and Diane Seuss

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OBJECT LESSON

 

“Our cradleboards are living beings”
A Conversation with Vanessa Paukeigope Jennings and Carl Jennings

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Contributors

Ahmari Benton
Gina Borromeo
Marisa Angell Brown
Wai Yee Chiong
Angela Dufresne
Matt Garza
Christopher K. Ho
Carl Jennings
Vanessa Jennings
MariNaomi
Dominic Molon
Carl Phillips
Troy Richards
Laurie Simmons
Judith Tannenbaum
Stephen Truax
Jessica Urick
Nafis White

 

Issue 16—Intimacy

 

Intimacy reveals something deeply human in us. We need each other on a practical level, which means having to trust strangers. It’s analogous to what I understand prayer requires and what writing poems requires: an openness to the unknown, coupled with trust, a belief that we won’t be hurt. It’s at once akin to and the same as devotion.

—Carl Phillips

 

The RISD Museum’s sixteenth issue of Manual touches on the bonds of intimacy and its many expressions. This issue complements the exhibition Any distance between us, co-curated by Stephen Truax and Dominic Molon, on view at the RISD Museum through March 13, 2022.

 

From the Files

Gina Borromeo probes love and death in an ancient Greek alabastron

Judith Tannenbaum reencounters a series of photographs of two women dancing

 

Artists on Art

Christopher K. Ho and Troy Richards open up the Book of Ours

Matt Garza meditates on an untitled portrait of a same-sex couple

 

Double Takes

MariNaomi and Wai Yee Chiong get cozy with Kunisada’s Bed of Awakening: Nocturnal Pillow Talk

Diane Seuss and Angela Dufresne bond with Lydia (1776)

Laurie Simmons and Marisa Angell Brown embrace the complications of Eleanor, Chicago, 1949

Nafis White and Ahmari Benton join forces over Hair Necklace 4 (Chain)

 

Portfolio

Familiar connections and passionate flings from across the museum’s collection

 

Object Lessons

Stephen Truax lovingly documents the lineage of recent queer figurative painting in Any distance between us

Vanessa and Carl Jennings sing a little lullaby to a Kiowa cradleboard

Dominic Molon spends time with Annika von Hausswolff’s Where everything begins and ends #2

 

How To

Jessica Urick navigates conservation’s one-way intimacy

 

 

 

RISD Museum Interim Director
and Manual Editor-in-Chief:
Sarah Ganz Blythe
Editor: Amy Pickworth
Art Director: Derek Schusterbauer
Graphic Designer: Brendan Campbell
Rights Manager: Sionan Guenther
Photographer: Erik Gould
Printer: GHP


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Cover image:
American
Untitled, August 1944
Gelatin silver print
6.3 × 8.9 cm. (2 ½ × 3 ½ in.)
Gift of Peter J. Cohen in honor of Luke Cohen,  
RISD BFA 1971, BArch 1972, Architecture 2015.91.19