Any distance between us explores the power and significance of intimate relationships in works of contemporary art, particularly those made by artists identified as Queer and of color. The exhibition features more than 30 objects—including several new acquisitions from the RISD Museum’s permanent collection—by artists such as Louis Fratino, Aaron Gilbert, Doron Langberg, Deana Lawson, Catherine Opie, Jack Pierson, Elle Pérez, and Salman Toor. Manual, the RISD Museum’s biannual journal, also focuses its Fall/Winter 2021 issue on intimacy, with texts by the curators and images of the exhibition. Any distance between us is curated by artist-writer Stephen Truax (RISD BFA 2007, Painting) in collaboration with Dominic Molon, the Richard Brown Baker Curator of Contemporary Art at RISD Museum.
Artists on view are: Patrick Angus, Alvin Baltrop, Tom Burr, Katherine Bradford, Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., Paul Cadmus, Patrick Carroll, Kennedi Carter, Jonathan Lyndon Chase, TM Davy, Angela Dufresne, Jess T. Dugan, Nicole Eisenman (RISD BFA 1987, Painting), Louis Fratino, Aaron Gilbert (RISD BFA 2005, Painting), Nan Goldin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Christopher K. Ho, David Hockney, Sholem Krishtalka, Doron Langberg, Deana Lawson (RISD MFA 2004, Photography), Robert Mapplethorpe, Maesie Mattia, Catherine Opie, Elle Pérez, Jack Pierson, Sage Sohier, Hugh Steers, Wolfgang Tillmans, Tom of Finland, Salman Toor, Keith Vaughan, Andy Warhol, and David Wojnarowicz.
RISD Museum is supported by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and with the generous partnership of the Rhode Island School of Design, its Board of Trustees, and Museum Governors.
Risd Museum, Providence, USA
July 17, 2021 - March 13, 2022