Detail of 'Cloudy Mountains' Attributed to Mi Youren







Issue 9

Out of Line



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Fida Adely
Reginald Dwayne Betts
Stefano Bloch
Mimi Campbell
Namita Vijay Dharia
Douglas W. Doe
Jared A. Goldstein
Lucinda Hitchcock
Jan Howard
Kate Irvin
Douglas Kearney
Amber Lopez
Jeffrey Moser
Sheida Soleimani
Craig Taylor


Issue 9—Out of Line


This issue of Manual—themed Out of Line—is a collection about the way that lines disrupt, point outward. In poetry, the attention to detail one takes in crafting a line is all about making the line disappear, making something it holds to take front stage. . . . The space between the lines creating the image . . . the space around that argues for the importance of all that the lines hold. Out of line—or you got me fucked up, as someone might have said in my youth. A way to say, the thing you think you know, ain’t right. The thing said, done, imagined: a crossed line. These lines we draw are all about history.

—Reginald Dwayne Betts, from the introduction to Issue 9: Out of Line


From the Files

Art historian Amber Lopez ponders the bill of sale for an enslaved person named Sam; archivist Douglas W. Doe digs up outrage about Private Parts


Double Takes

Stefano Bloch and Namita Vijay Dharia map the meanings of Your House is Mine (All City); Jared A. Goldstein and Mimi Cabell survey the legal and emotional boundaries of Carey Young’s Declared Void; Fida Adely and Lucinda Hitchcock champion Blue Bra Lady as political protest; Sheida Soleimani and Kate Irvin sing the praise of an Iranian dervish cap


Artists on Art

Posters by Douglas Kearney and Craig Taylor



Loose links & clear couplings


Object Lessons

Jeffrey Moser draws on mist as method in Cloudy Mountains, attributed to Mi Youren; Jan Howard considers drawing and disruption in the work of Shahzia Sikander


How To

Make your own Sol Lewitt Wall Drawing 328



Issue 9: Out of Line is supported in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional generous support is provided by the RISD Museum Associates and Sotheby’s.
Out of Line complements Lines of Thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to Now, presented in collaboration with the British Museum. Lead sponsorship for the exhibition is provided by a grant from the Robert Lehman Foundation and an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Programming support is provided by the Museum Associates, National Grid, Site Specific, and Radical Media with additional support from Sotheby's and MOO. Lines of Thought was developed and toured the UK with the support of the Bridget Riley Art Foundation.


RISD Museum Director: John W. Smith
Manual Editor-in-Chief: Sarah Ganz Blythe
Editor: Amy Pickworth
Art Director: Derek Schusterbauer
Graphic Designer: Tatiana Gomez Gaggero
Photographer: Erik Gould
Printer: GHP


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Cover image:

Attributed to Mi Youren

Cloudy Mountains (detail), 1600s

Gift of Manton B. Metcalf