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Issue 17Spring/Summer 2022

 

Variance

Manual 17 considers representations of the disabled and/or ill body in art and visual culture, foregrounding the ways that body-mind variance can inform technique, style, and form. These works range from moralizing and stereotypical historical images to prideful images made by modern and contemporary disabled and/or ill artists. This issue of Manual is a companion to the exhibition Variance: Making, Unmaking, and Remaking Disability, curated by Conor Moynihan, on view at the RISD Museum now through October 9, 2022.

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Manual: a journal about art and its making, a twice-yearly publication, uses the collections, exhibitions, and collaborations of the RISD Museum as an impetus for essays and interviews, artist interventions, and archive highlights. A fusion of academic arts journal and design magazine, Manual is a resource for engaged conversations about art, design, and the impact of creative making by curators, artists, scholars, and educators.

 

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ISSUE 16 / OBJECT LESSON
"Our cradleboards are living beings"

A Conversation with Vanessa Paukeigope Jennings & Carl Jennings

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ISSUE 15 / OBJECT LESSON
Deceptive Decor: Uncovering Arsenic in Eighteenth-& Nineteenth-Century Wallpapers

Emily Banas

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ISSUE 14 / APPENDIX
Defying the Shadow
Reading List

Anita N. Bateman

 

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ISSUE 16 / OBJECT LESSON
To You

Stephen Truax

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ISSUE 15 / PODCAST
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Manual, a podcast about art & its making

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ISSUE 14 / ARTIST ON ART
Butterfly Hymnals That Won't Disturb the Pleasant

Shuriya Davis

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Cover image:
Ross Bleckner
American, b. 1949
Antibody Diversity (detail), 1999
Color spit-bite aquatint on paper
Mary B. Jackson Fund 2002.66