Phantom of Liberty at RISD Museum

Raul Gonzalez III (who is MMA’s 2018 Spirit Award Honoree, 9/23/18 – click here for more information on our event) has been including in an amazing exhibition at the RISD Museum, “The Phantom of Liberty,’ which opened on May 4 and running through December 2018. It is RISD’s largest exhibition of postwar art and design to date.

The Phantom of Liberty: Contemporary Works in the RISD Museum Collection

The Phantom of Liberty presents works by more than 40 artists, designers, and collectives in the RISD Museum collection… These works—representing a range of media, including painting, sculpture, decorative arts, prints, drawings, and photographs—reflect various notions of “freedom” as being elusive or even imaginary ideals in contemporary life. Intersecting and overlapping themes include spirituality and religion, family and domestic spaces, and the ways power and authority shape geography and place. The exhibition also demonstrates the dynamic convergences within the visual arts and different design-based practices, revealing how disciplines have become more interdependent in recent years.

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.”


Watchalo, Papa, Watchalo
Raul Gonzalez III
American, b. 1976
Watchalo, Papa, Watchalo, 2016
Mixed media on paper
35.6 x 27.9 cm (14 x 11 inches)
Helen M. Danforth Acquisition Fund 2017.12

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