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Manual, a journal about art and its making. Repair. "Can we find in the detail, in the stitch and the weave, an ecology of care, a model for activating new forms of life, ones that might reject or reimagine an economic and cultural order based on novelty, disposability, and the monadic self? Can they help us learn to live together in a broken world?"
—Brian Goldberg and Kate Irvin, from the preface to Issue 11

This volume complemented the exhibition Repair and Design Futures, on view at the RISD Museum October 5, 2018 through June 30, 2019. Softcover, 96 pages. Published 2018 by the RISD Museum. Manual 11 (Repair) contributors include Markus Berger, Gina Borromeo, Linda Catano, Thomas Denenberg, Daniel Eatock, Brian Goldberg, Ramiro Gomez, Kate Irvin, Anna Rose Keefe, Olivia Laing, Steven Lubar, Roberto Lugo, Lisa Z. Morgan, Maureen C. O’Brien, Barry Schwabsky, Sharma Shields, Jessica Urick, and Liliane Wong.

Publication Date

Fall 2018

Document Type



Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design


Providence, Rhode Island


RISD Museum; Manual; art journal


Art and Design


In this issue:

Introduction: Bary Schwabsky on painting and repair.
From the Files: Linda Catano on the conservation of a 700-year-old Gwaneum painting; Anna Rose Keefe on loss, grief, and a hairwork collar.
Double Takes: Thomas Denenberg and Markus Berger describe nostalgia and reuse in a spinning-wheel chair; Lisa Z. Morgan and Liliane Wong parse damage and darns to Kate Kittredge’s stockings; Steven Lubar and Sharma Shields consider the life of a stapled ceramic platter.
Artists on Art: Visible Vehicle Repairs by Daniel Eatock; Ramiro Gomez’s On Tenth Avenue; Olivia Laing on Larry Krone’s Then and Now.
Portfolio: A gathering of patches, mends, & darns.
Object Lessons: Kate Irvin explores repair in an unworn travel coat; Maureen C. O’Brien presents a cautionary tale about reviving Andromache; Brian Goldberg offers four portraits in two boots; Gina Borromeo documents the restoration—and de-restoration—of Hermes; Roberto Lugo offers a note on mattering.
How To: Decide whether to repair a repair, with Jessica Urickv.

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