I Will Not Bend an Inch
February 17 – August 4, 2024
Nancy Elizabeth Prophet: I Will Not Bend an Inch celebrates the work and legacy of this underrecognized 20th-century sculptor who is best known for her contributions to expatriate culture in Paris during the interwar period. Prophet (1890-1960) was one of the first known women of color to graduate from RISD and her work reflects skills developed through academic training with a distinctly Modernist sensibility. The first museum survey will feature three-dimensional sculptures of marble and wood, painted wood friezes, and watercolors as well as photographic presentations of archival documents and lost or destroyed sculptures.
Nancy Elizabeth Prophet: I Will Not Bend an Inch is made possible with funding from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the RISD Museum Associates with additional publication support from the Wyeth Foundation for American Art and Furthermore: a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund. Research for this exhibition was supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art.