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Sunday, June 13, 2021


Exhibition Public - USA & Canada

Text, Paratext, and Images

RISD Museum
20 N Main St.,
Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Sep 01, 2020 To Jul 17, 2021


Detail: As a form of communication, text conveys information and meaning. It also presents an opportunity for interpretation and artistic engagement. Paratext—literally “beside text”—includes the more subtle associations a text carries, including reference notes, inscriptions, and the style of lettering chosen. When artists combine image, text, and paratext, new layers of interpretation are introduced, and new spaces of discourse are created. Featuring examples from Qur’an manuscripts to historical Japanese prints to contemporary works, this exhibition explores the relationships between text, paratext, and image, examining how choice of material influences texts; how different manipulations of texts and images signal social class, education, and other cultural hierarchies and norms; and how intercultural exchange can take place through circulation and interpretation.

Phone No.: +1 401-454-6500
Site URL: https://risdmuseum.org/exhibitions-events/exhibitions/text-paratext-and-images

Utagawa Kunisada, <em>Hotoke Gozen, Mirror of Virtuous and Wise Women</em>
Utagawa Kunisada, Hotoke Gozen, Mirror of Virtuous and Wise Women
1830s

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