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Being and Believing in the Natural World
On view through May 7, 2023
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
Providence, Rhode Island

“Being and Believing in the Natural World: Perspectives from the Ancient Mediterranean, Asia, and Indigenous North America” highlights different perspectives across cultures and time. These works consider complex and evolving relationships with and beliefs about nature.

In more than 100 objects drawn from the RISD Museum’s Asian, Native American, and ancient Mediterranean collections, makers from 2000 BCE to the present day explore human relationships with the natural world. Their responses span a wide range of media and processes to express awe and reverence for nature’s abundance, beauty, and powers of destruction; to intercede with the divine, and to document the willful extraction of resources.

[Image: Diné (Navajo), artist unknown. Necklace ca. 1930s]