cubic service





Who are the people of Gorham? What were their lives like? What difference did it all make? 



A peek onto the factory floor. A glimpse of the hands that made all of this silver.



Take your seat at a table set with silver. There's going to be a dinner party.



Exploring the land where Gorham's factory once sat. Past, present and future.



How did Gorham shape our memories? An old Gorham advertisement, an honorary cup, and a trip to a statue they left behind hold clues.

Alex Hanesworth (Brown BA 2020, Independent Concentrator, Sound Documentary) produced this audio piece.

The Reverberations team consisted of 

Jada Akoto (RISD BFA 2021, Graphic Design), designer

Mariani Lefas-Tetenes, assistant director, School and Teacher Programs

Alexandra Poterack, associate educator, Public and Academic Programs

Jeremy Radtke, assistant director, Digital Initiatives

Ruby Thiagarajan (Brown MA 2019, Public Humanities), research assistant

Liza Yeager, voice actor

Collection Object (pictured above)

RISDM 1991.126.488. Gorham Manufacturing Company, Cubic Coffee Service, 1927. The Gorham Collection. Gift of Textron Inc.

Thanks to those who contributed to the creation of Reverberations

Matthew Bird, senior critic, Industrial Design, RISD

Al Campbell, Sam Hough, & William Kennedy, interviewed for the Mashapaug Pond and Reservoir Triangle Collection of oral histories in Brown University’s Digital Repository

Maya Chavez-Akin, educator, Alvarez High School

Becci Davis, artist and 2018 RISD Museum artist fellow

Marc DeMarchena, associate professor, Johnson and Wales

Peter DiCristofaro director and curator, Providence Jewelry Museum

Freeman Freeman conservation volunteer, RISD Museum

Clarissa Guzman, Gorham site neighbor and student, Blackstone Academy Charter School

Jeff Herman, silversmith and former Gorham employee

Sherenté Mishitashin Harris, member of the Narragansett Tribe and RISD/Brown dual-degree student

Ingrid Neuman, conservator, RISD Museum

Christopher Roberts, 2019–2020 SEI Research Fellow, RISD, and former postdoctoral research associate, Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, Brown University

Robin Tagliaferri, visual artist, non-profit administrator, and granddaughter of Paolo Tagliaferri, hoisting engineer in the Gorham foundry

Robert A. Tagliaferri, son of Paolo Tagliaferri, hoisting engineer in the Gorham foundry

Additional thanks to those whose conversations and reflections shaped the development of this project


Barbara Barnes, historian

Kristina Brown, artist educator and policy analyst, HousingWorks RI

Gerald Carbone, historian

Erik Carlson, composer, media artist, and architect

Joost During, silversmith, educator, and former Gorham employee

Holly Ewald, artist, UPP Arts

Erik Gould, photographer and RIsd Museum employee

Fosca Maddaloni, doctoral candidate, History of Art and Architecture, Brown University

Laura Maxwell, Gorham site neighbor and educator, Hope High School

Rebecca Noon, actor-creator, former artistic associate for community at Trinity Repertory Company, current director of community engagement at Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis)

Amelia Rose, environmental-justice organizer and executive director, Groundwork RI

Keith Stokes, 1696 Heritage Group