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Manual, a journal about art and its making. Hand in Hand. The inaugural issue of The Manual, a twice-yearly publication by the RISD Museum. The theme of this first issue is “hand in hand,” a phrase first recorded in the 16th century. Its early usage described the clasping of palm to palm, but the term has since come to encompass more than this literal meaning. To be hand in hand is also to be connected, joined, concurrent, well matched. Thumb through these pages to find rigorous, imaginative musings as artists and academics make solid contact, gesture wildly, and put their fingers on the pulse of new ideas. In your grasp, an open invitation to explore objects and materials, and the meanings and makings of things.

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Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design


Providence, Rhode Island


RISD Museum; Manual; art journal


Art and Design


In this issue:
From the Files: pries open the archive to reveal Gorham Manufacturing Company’s production designs
Double Take: looks at a medieval ivory diptych from the points of view of an illustrator and an art historian
Artist on Art: traipses through the entanglements of the intaglio printing process
Object Lesson: exposes John Singleton Copley’s portraits of Moses Gill and his wives
Portfolio: presents loose linkages and clear couplings on the theme “hand in hand”
How To: explores Bauhaus artist Gunta Stölzl’s proposal for a double-weave textile.

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