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Richard Fishman | Recent Work | April 30, 2015 - June 18, 2015  + -

 Please join us on April 30th at 5:30pm for an opening reception for  Richard Fishman | Recent Work, an exhibition featuring the work of Professor Richard Fishman as he celebrates 50 years at Brown University. Fishman is a Professor of Visual Art and Director of the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts.


Fishman’s recent work is based on The Elm Tree Project, a long-term program seeking ways to use a felled elm tree for the creation of artworks and other responses inspired by the tree and its story.


In 2003, Brown's oldest elm tree contracted Dutch elm disease and had to be removed from its place in front of the Watson Institute for International Studies.   After consultation with colleagues in Environmental Studies, Urban Planning, and RISD’s Furniture Department, Fishman developed a program designed to use the elm tree conceptually, physically, and metaphorically as the basis to develop innovative cross-disciplinary courses and programs.  The tree became a means of drawing together a community of interested individuals who would respond in multi-dimensional ways: as an educational tool, as a means of learning about the local environment and its history, and as a vehicle for discussing the tree’s symbolic and pragmatic issues.


Richard Fishman | Recent Work examines an elm tree’s dismantlement, reassembly, and ultimate destruction through fire. Cross sections of the tree hang resurrected or are rejoined into full slabs. The works are ghosts and monuments, moments left lone or rejoined to their wholes, oscillating between death and rebirth.


Richard Fishman is a sculptor whose work is represented in numerous private and public collections including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Jewish Museum in New York, the Rose Art Museum, Brandies University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Over the course of his career he has had 27 one-person exhibitions, more than 50 group exhibitions, and is the recipient of many awards including a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. 


Richard Fishman | Recent Work will be on exhibit in the Granoff Center’s Cohen Gallery from April 30 – June 18, 2015.  The Granoff Center is located at 154 Angell Street, Providence.  Gallery hours are: April 30 – May 24: M-F 8:30a – 10p, Sat 12-6p, Sun 12-8p; May 26 – June 18 M-F 8a-4p.