Arts & Culture

Folk-pop artist Okay Kaya explores personal trauma in her second studio album, “Watch This Liquid Pour Itself.”


Okay Kaya bends genre to explore melancholic humor

February 13, 2020 0 comments

Okay Kaya’s second studio-length album is a cathartic recollection and release of intimate memory. “Watch This Liquid Pour Itself,” released Jan. 24, pushes Kaya’s genre-bending sound further than past experiments; here, she oscillates between moments of wistful, folkish R&B and bullish disco.

Opening up about her struggles with body image, sexual assault, career pressures and feminist views, Swift finally gets the chance to tell her side of the story through a medium beyond music in “Miss Americana.”


‘Miss Americana’ sparks empathy for Taylor Swift

February 11, 2020 0 comments

On Jan. 23, the release of Taylor Swift’s intimate documentary “Miss Americana” took Netflix by storm. Directed by Emmy-Award winner Lana Wilson, the documentary follows Swift on her search for “happiness without anyone else’s input,” highlighting her struggles against criticisms, loneliness and constant visibility.

“Hair Love,” which played at the Avon alongside other Academy Award nominated animated shorts last week, won the Oscar Sunday night.


Oscar-nominated animated shorts examine diverse personal relationships

February 11, 2020 0 comments

Last week, the Avon Cinema screened the 92nd Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film nominees in anticipation of the awards show. Out of the 92 short films that qualified for Oscar consideration, “Hair Love,” “Kitbull,” “Daughter,” “Sister” and “Memorable” were selected to compete in this category.

Surrounded by Cubist textiles, Claire Liu ’23, co-founder of The Muse Initiative, took to the piano to play Erik Satie’s “3 Gymnopédies.”

‘Muse: Satie Reimagined’ reunites music, visual art

February 11, 2020 0 comments

Overcast light filtered into the Rhode Island School of Design Museum’s Grand Gallery on Saturday afternoon to illuminate an interdisciplinary and contemplative performance by the Muse Initiative.

Poet and short story writer Jenny Zhang read excerpts from her debut collection of short stories and forthcoming poetry collection last Thursday.

Author Jenny Zhang discusses experience in Writers on Writing series

February 10, 2020 0 comments

On Feb. 6, the Literary Arts department welcomed poet and short story author Jenny Zhang to read her work as part of its  Writers on Writing series. Almost 100 people filled the seats in the McCormack Family Theater as the lights dimmed.

After the screening, Sara Darehshori ’89, who served as a co-prosecutor in the groundbreaking 1997 Rwandan war crimes trial at just 27 years old, fielded questions from the audience.

CHRHS screens ‘The Uncondemned’ at Watson Institute

February 7, 2020 0 comments

Before international lawyers, activists and Rwandan women worked to win justice at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, rape had never before been prosecuted as a war crime.

Each shadow box along the gallery wall in Rhode Island Hall contains miniatures collected, curated or created by students in the course.

‘tiny’ exhibition meditates on might of the miniature

February 6, 2020 0 comments

From Lego figurines to silver spoons of varying sizes, “tiny,” open until April 13, showcases works that reveal the emotional, cultural and historical capacities of smallness.

Students watched an advanced screening of USA Network’s “Briarpatch” Tuesday, ahead of the show’s premiere today.

BMP screens alum’s new show ‘Briarpatch’

February 6, 2020 0 comments

Brown Motion Pictures hosted an advance screening Tuesday night of “Briarpatch,” a new television series created by “The Watch” podcast host and screenwriter Andy Greenwald  ’99.  The show, which premieres on USA Network tonight, is an adaptation of the book by the same title.

Uncut Gems grips audiences with groundbreaking, tension-filled storyline


Uncut Gems grips audiences with groundbreaking, tension-filled storyline

February 5, 2020 0 comments

“Uncut Gems,” an American crime thriller directed by Josh and Benny Safdie, is an action-packed cinematic masterpiece. Adam Sandler plays the movie’s main character, Howard Ratner, a gambler and businessman who runs a jewelry store in New York’s diamond district.

The theme for this year’s Experimental and Foundation Studies exhibition was “duration and emergence.” The exhibition was curated by the course’s faculty members, who sought to highlight different media styles.

RISD exhibition showcases first-year students’ talent

February 4, 2020 0 comments

Spread across four large rooms on the first floor of the Woods-Gerry Gallery, pieces composed of a multitude of materials, from paper and wood to textile and glass, are displayed as part of the Rhode Island School of Design’s Triennial Experimental and Foundation Studies exhibition.