September 20-22, 2019
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence

Programming will take place at several locations, including:
the Metcalf Auditorium at the Chace Center (20 N. Main Street);
the Edna W. Lawrence Nature Lab (13 Waterman Street);
the Fleet Library at RISD (15 Westminister Street);
Old Library in College Building (236 Benefit Street);
20 Washington Place Auditorium (20 Washington Place)

Friday, September 20, Saturday, September 21 Sunday, September 22



Chace Center—RISD Museum
Nature Lab
OPEN HOUSE: The Edna Lawrence Nature Lab and Arthur Loeb Design Science Collection

Enjoy walk throughs of both the Arthur Loeb Design Science Teaching Collection and RISD's Edna W. Lawrence Nature Lab.

The Loeb Collection features hundreds of three-dimensional polyhedra and two-dimensional patterns that inspire students and faculty to examine nature’s fundamental responses to design problems.

The Nature Lab, with its collection of more than 80,000 natural history objects, books, visual resources, microscopes and digital workstations, serves as an invaluable research facility for the RISD community.

Chace Center—RISD Museum
Tour of An Upcoming Exhibition: The Art and Design of Spider Silk

Join Laurie Anne Brewer, Associate Curator in the RISD Museum’s Fashion and Textiles department and Adjunct Faculty in the RISD’s Apparel department, as she leads a tour of her new exhibition: The Art and Design of Spider Silk.

This exhibit explores the capabilities of spiders and how they have inspired and enchanted a host of engineers, artists, and designers looking to reimagine the tensile strength, luster, and beauty of spiderwebs. Sustainable design practices and cutting-edge uses of spider silk are surveyed across contemporary projects highlighted by a debut of shawls by the design firm Godley & Peers that were entirely created from silk produced in Madagascar by golden orb spiders (Nephila madagascariensis).

Meet at Chace Center Lobby.

Because of space limitations, sign up is required.
Available to registrants only.

Image Details:
Godley & Peers, Malagasy, designer, established 2003
Simon Peers, British, designer, b. 1958
Nicholas Godley, American, designer, b. 1969
Shawl, 2009
Handwoven golden orb (Nephila inaurata) filaments
On loan from Simon Peers and Nicholas Godley
Chace Center—RISD Museum
Symposium Welcome and Introductory Remarks

Neal Overstrom
Director, Edna W. Lawrence Nature Lab, RISD

Margot Nishimura
Dean of Libraries, RISD
Chace Center—RISD Museum
Keynote Presentation: Andrea Lipps

Watch Livestream Here

Nature: Collaborations in Design and Science

Andrea Lipps is Associate Curator of Contemporary Design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, where she conceives, develops, and organizes major exhibitions and books. Most recently, Andrea has authored and edited publications and curated exhibitions including Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial (2019), The Senses: Design Beyond Vision (2018), Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age (2017), and Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial (2016). Additionally she spearheads the museum’s efforts and acquisitions of born-digital works into its collection. Andrea is a regular visiting critic, lecturer, and thesis advisor, participates on international design juries, and frequently moderates and speaks at events, symposia, and academic conferences on contemporary design and curatorial practice.
Chace Center—RISD Museum
Welcoming Reception