The Rhode Island School of Design Museum (RISD) is reopening to the general public on June 13 after over a year of pandemic-induced closure. Waiting for viewers are five exhibits as different from each other as they are compelling. Text, Paratext, and Images will be on view through July 17, showcasing historical texts from the world over. The exhibit explores how each text conveys education, social class and other cultural hierarchies, along with the relationship between the written words and the images that accompany them. Black Flyyy, on view through September 26, showcases six short films centered around the Black experience. Each one explores the word "fly" from the perspective of African diaspora, often referencing the return to homelands or human flight. This creates a set of thoughtful stories engaging with themes of movement, spirituality and the supernatural. It Comes in Many Forms and Defying the Shadow are each on view through December 18, though that is where their similarities end. It Comes in Many Forms is a collection of 30 objects of Islamic art from across history, some of which have never been displayed before. Defying the Shadow presents art by Black artists and of Black figures that resist easy categorization and challenge the traditional white gaze, focusing on shadows both literal and metaphorical. On the Surface, on view through June 30, 2023, is an exploration of contemporary ceramics of all kinds from the mid-1900s on. Seven different decorating techniques are displayed in these pieces, and each artist takes a unique approach to all. All five exhibits at RISD are feasts for both the eyes and the mind, featuring art that's equally as beautiful as it is thought-provoking. RISD is located at 20 North Main Street in Providence, Rhode Island and will be open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m.5:00 p.m. and Thursday and Friday 12:007:00 p.m. For more information, visit risdmuseum.org/exhibitions.