99 Problems, But a Bench Ain’t One: A Ranking of the RISD Museum’s benches

The RISD museum is dedicated to curating the best art for scholarly study and inspiration. But let’s be honest, becoming cultured is hard, hard work and sometimes you need a quick break on a bench between the Asian Textile Collection and the Charles Pendleton House. And because Brown students are already absurdly overinvolved, I have done all the work and ranked the most cush for your tush on a scale that considers both aesthetic appeal and heinie happiness comfort.

1. The Black Bench in the Lobby

It’s not hard to be apathetic to the minimalist Black Bench because it is like any other bench: not particularly comfortable or aesthetically pleasing. With no backrest, the potential to touch someone’s sweaty back is just too high and that is never a good start to artistic enlightenment. Aesthetic Score: pallets that hold paper towels at Costco, 2/10.

Jim Drain benches

2. Jim Drain’s Untitled

The aesthetic appeal of a bench that has taken on the color scheme of early 2000’s Nicklelodeon is undeniably 10/10. However, it should come as no surprise that a bench comprised only of handrails is not at all comfortable. Stay just long enough for an Instagram photo. Valencia or Amaro, is recommended.


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