|View of Auvers-sur-Oise, Vincent Van Gogh (1890)|
After a morning of relaxation, I went to the RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) art museum in downtown Providence. The museum was amazing! Founded in the 19th century, the museum features a series of rooms each with its own designated time period and theme. My personal favorite was the room filled with a series of landscape paintings by distinguished 19th century artists (including the one directly to the left). I will admit, there were a couple pieces that I wasn’t able to fully appreciate due to a lack of understanding on my part (i.e. a rock with hair glued to it).
(Before I realized the bench was art)
Unfortunately, we were only able to stay for an hour so I didn't get to see as much of the museum as I would have liked. Hopefully, I’ll have a chance to go back later this week! Shortly following the art museum, I (and the rest of the ladies in my cohort) went to the Waterfire Festival. The festival surrounds a sculpture by Barnaby Evans; the sculpture is a chain of bonfires floating over the span of the 3 rivers that run through downtown Providence. Luckily, tonight was a full lighting, which means that all eighty fires were lit! It was a beautiful sight and the ambiance was absolutely incredible (there was a variety of local artists and musicians in attendance). All in all, it was a great way to end my first week at Brown University!