To mark the donation of New Yorker writer Calvin Tomkins' art book archive, the Redwood Library and Athenaeum in Newport, RI will partner with the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) to present a day-long symposium on art criticism “since 1960,” the year Tomkins began writing for the New Yorker. The symposium will address the relationship of Tomkins’ signature mode of writing – the profile– to other types of contemporary art writing.
In July 1726, fresh off an eighteen-month stint in London, and six months shy of his twenty-first birthday, Benjamin Franklin set sail for Philadelphia. It was the longest (83 days) and most important voyage of his life, according to Harvard historian and Franklin biographer, Joyce Chaplin. In this lecture, Dr. Chaplin will tell the story of his voyage, focusing on the journal Franklin kept while onboard. In its unassuming pages, she hopes to show us the seeds that would in time produce the first great American scientist.
The 2018 Fall Life of the Mind Salon Series begins on Wednesday, October 3 when Dana Yoerger, senior scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, explores the realm known as the ocean's “twilight zone.” At 200 to 1000 meters below the surface, sunlight is barely a glimmer, yet flashes of bioluminescence give us a clue that these waters teem with life. Microbes, plankton, jellies, and fish—everything living in the twilight zone has amazing adaptations for life such an extreme environment.
In this curator talk, Leora Maltz Leca will discuss Tayou's site-specific memorial for the Redwood, contextualizing his monument to global slavery in light of the larger memorial turn in contemporary art. What does this installation propose? How does it picture history? And what does it ask of us?
The 2018 Fall Life of the Mind Salon Series continues on Thursday, October 18 when psychologist Dr. Alicia Clark discusses her new book, Hack Your Anxiety: How to Make Anxiety Work for You in Life, Love, and All That You Do. In this revolutionary new book, Dr. Clark recognizes anxiety as an unsung hero in the path to success and well-being.