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Manual, a journal about art and its making. Circus. The third issue centers on the theme of "Circus." Includes analyses of various pieces in the museum's archive, a fold-out poster by Jim Drain, and a selection of artworks owned by the museum that loosely address said theme.

Softcover, 62 pages. Published 2014 by the RISD Museum. Manual 3 (Circus) contributors include Gina Borromeo, Alison W. Chang, Michelle Clayton, Jim Drain, Daniel Heyman, Andrew Martinez, Ellen McBreen, Thangam Ravindranathan, Rebecca Schneider, Susan Smulyan, and Gwen Strahle.

Publication Date

Fall 2014

Document Type



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: RISD archivist Andrew Martinez discusses costumed balls at RISD, and being anything that you are not. Double Takes: Curator Gina Borromeo and theater professor Rebecca Schneider marvel over an ancient Roman gaming piece. French studies professor Thangam Ravindranathan and artist Gwen Strahle train their gazes on Edy-Legrand’s Crowd at the Circus. Printmaker Daniel Heyman and historian Susan Smulyan present for your enjoyment an early circus poster (oversized foldout). Object Lessons: Mellon fellow Alison W. Chang puts “otherness” on display in Max Beckmann’s Annual Fair. Comparative literature scholar Michelle Clayton draws out possible hidden meanings in Tissot’s portrayal of glamorous Parisian charioteers. Portfolio: Remarkable pairings to delight and edify. Artist on Art: Jim Drain’s elephant.
How To: Art historian Ellen McBreen goes behind the scenes, explaining the story behind Matisse’s elephant.

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