Cohen Gallery

Spring 2016 

Brown/RISD Annual Dual Degree Exhibition

January 12 - February 12
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Nicole Carroll Thesis Exhibition

February 17 - March 2
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March 5 - March 25
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First Folio
April 4 - May 1
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Fall 2015

Interstice: Memory, Mind, and Alzheimer's Disease
July 16 - September 9
Babette Allina, Cybelle Collins, Will Reeves, Dianne Reilly, Peter Snyder 

One in 9 people in the United States, over the age of 65, suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. AD is characterized by the slow loss of brain cells and their connections in critically important parts of the brain, leading to devastating effects on memory, thinking ability, and daily functioning. As research advances our understanding of neurological function and dysfunction, the human body as landscape (Reilly) becomes understood as a network of parts. These elements of function, emotional and physical, are represented by the bifurcation of the gallery space into discrete but interconnected reflections on the impact of AD.  Reeves’ structural obstruction is composed of incomplete and scattered personal accounts from the life of a patient, on a draping of mirrored aluminum. It serves “…as a memorial to lost wisdom and knowledge of those affected by the disease…”. Sense of self is understood through systems of the body – representations of our 
inner landscapes – from analoid plaques disguised as cherry blossoms (Allina) to “systems that are comprised of connections that are fractal in nature and continuously shifting…” (Reilly) – to the representation of being human from the neurological building blocks of the brain (Snyder) -- to layers of cellular structures (Collins).

The five artists contributing work to this exhibition and Snyder derived inspiration from the images, voices, retinal scans and brain scans of more than 60 persons from Rhode Island who are all caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease, and who are all concerned about succumbing to the disease themselves. The selflessness and caring of these individuals – our neighbors, parents, friends, and colleagues – have motivated our work.

Uncanny Parables
September 21 - October 26 
Jerry Mischak, Kathleen O’Hara, Ben Sloat

Uncanny Parables explores the connotations of the word “uncanny” as used by Sigmund Freud in his 1919 treatise, “The Uncanny”. Freud’s definition of the word derives from the negation of the German heimlich, which means belonging to the house, familiar, tame, intimate, homey. The inherent dialectic here is revealed at the moment when the familiar becomes uncomfortable, even frightening. Freud identifies the pivotal point in this phenomenon as the instant when our certainty of ourselves, and the safety of our hearth and home, come into question.  

We experience the Freudian uncanny in our everyday lives: television programs, films, and books bombard us with zombies, vampires, myths, fairy tales, and horror-evoking creatures and situations of all stripes. Common to all these narratives is the moment just before the scary part when the ordinary no longer feels safe. Uncanny Parables presents the work of three artists who investigate this tipping point, where one's everyday sense of security becomes threatened by the unfamiliar, or to Freud, “The Uncanny.”

Take Karaoke: A Proposition for Performance Art
November 4 - December 16
Reception November 4, 6:00

Wickerham & Lomax invite you to perform yourself and karaoke if you please at the opening of their new video installation. The first in a three-part project entitled "The Baltimore Trilogy," the exhibition uses the materiality of bars, performance spaces, and nightlife venues to stage, engage, and rewire tropes of performance art. Organized around forms of social exchange in a Baltimore gay bar called The Drinkery, "Take Karaoke" is a voluptuous bionic striptease; a riot of frivolous adaptation; a performative jump-off; a platform (literally!) for activism, pick-up lines, and stand-up comedy. 

Spring 2015 

Of(f) Course 
Brown RISD Dual Degree Annual Exhibition
January 22 - February 11
RECEPTION: January 22 
Students in the five-year Brown | RISD Dual Degree Program forge their education from the fire of two schools. Consequently, Dual Degree students navigate various expectations for their time, routine, and studies. This year's show explores the consequences of deviating from these expectations; of course, to veer off course. You are invited to attend Of[f] Course: The 7th Annual Brown | RISD Dual Degree Exhibition, which runs from January 22 to February 11.
Established in 2008, the Brown | RISD Dual Degree Program allows students to pursue a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design. Each year, students organize an exhibition featuring their work. Work from previous exhibitions can be viewed at:

February 23 - March 3
Closing Reception and Final TRaNsMOGRiFiCATiON: March 3, 7pm

The TRaNsMOGRiFiER will be installed in the Cohen Gallery from February 23rd until March 3rd, 2015! Bring things in need of transmogrification and we will do our best to turn all of them into thingsTR. The gallery will be open every day from 8:30am until sundown when we will power up the TRaNsMOGRiFiER (it works better at night). This will be the longest transmogrification attempted, so we’ll be in uncharted territory.


Objects for TRAaNsMOGRiFiCATiON may be brought to the gallery M-F between 8:30a - 5p, Saturday and Sunday between 12p-5p.  At 5pm, the Gallery will close, but the TRAaNsMOGRiFiCATiON process will be visible into the evening through the Cohen Gallery windows.

From Line to Constellation
March 12 - April 10
In Eugen Gomringer’s 1954 essay, From Line to Constellation, he discusses poetry that “can be perceived visually as a whole as well as in its parts” and for this reason it “is memorable and imprints itself upon the mind as a picture” and “becomes an object to be both seen and used.”  Considering the poem as picture, we are reminded that text is image as well; built from formal components, considered with aesthetics, comprised of shapes and symbols. The written languages that we know and use today are not only letters that form words that form sentences, but are also a series of content driven visual decisions manifested through mark making. With this logic, we have collected a group of works from the contexts of both poetry and visual art that utilize language as either a medium or a layer within the visual landscape. We have combined these works as a suggestion that in both art forms there exists movement towards similar objectives, seeking to employ in one medium what is taken for granted in the other. We extend Gomringer’s suggestion of a line of text further, to a line that is not only written but drawn, printed, painted, tufted, filmed. Perhaps, when joined together, these efforts establish a context of their own, where what might commonly be recognized as ‘visual art’ or ‘poetry’ becomes integrated into a singular practice. Existing notions of image and text as two distinct devices for communication become partially erased: what is drawn can be read, what is written can be seen and experienced. “In the constellation something is brought into the world. It is a reality in itself and not a poem about something or other. The constellation is an invitation.”

Richard Fishman | Recent Work
April 30 - June 18

The Cohen Gallery is pleased to present Richard Fishman | Recent Work, an exhibition
featuring the work of Professor Richard Fishman as he celebrates 50 years at Brown 
University, and the end of his decade-plus tenure as Director of the Creative Arts 
Council and the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts.  Fishman’s work is 
based on The Elm Tree Project, a long-term project which aimed to find ways to use a 
felled Elm tree for the creation of artworks and projects resulting from use of the physical 
materials of the tree, as well as other works 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 proposal for The Elm Tree Project, 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 both the symbolic and 
pragmatic issues surrounding trees and their growth. 

Fall 2014 

Audible Spaces: Tristin Perich
September 5 - October 12
RECEPTION: September 5

Audibles Spaces features three installations spread across Brown University's campus that explore the dynamic relationship between sound and space. For the first installment of this exhibition, Tristan Perich's Microtonal Wall (2011) will be on display at the Granoff Center's Cohen Gallery. Drone like from a distance, the 25ft long 1-bit sound field dissolves into 1500 unique tonal variations up close, exposing the architecture of electronic sound itself, and the importance of positionality when listening.

Additional works in the Audible Spaces exhibition can be seen at the David Winton Bell Gallery.

SHE (Mother)
October 24 - December 3
RECEPTION: October 24 at the David Winton Bell Gallery, 64 College Street 
Spanning a period of twenty-four year​s - from 1989 to 2013 - the paintings, sculptures, and videos in SHE present a broad-ranging survey of contemporary images of women. Drawn from a private collection, the exhibition includes work by artists, such as Jenny Saville and Cindy Sherman, for whom the position of women in society is a primary concern, alone with others who depict women more incidentally. Candice Brietz focuses on the portrayal of women in films, while the sometimes-controversial Lisa Yuskavage and John Currin reproduce images from popular magazines and soft-porn. The comic imagery of R. Crumb is channeled in Rebecca Warren’s crudely rendered female figures. Reworking historic painting styles, Glenn Brown and George Condo create outrageous and gloriously painted women. The idiosyncratic work of Yayoi Kusama is represented by an unusual painted self-portrait, while Chris Ofili's Orgena depicts an iconic African beauty [The title is a reversal of “a negro.”]. Finally, for artists Urs Fischer and Jeff Koons images of women are purely incidental—part and parcel of their Pop renderings. The works in SHE combine to present a select overview of art and its approaches to women at the turn of the century.

​SHE is on display in the David Winton Bell Gallery through December 21, with Candice Brietz's Mother in the Cohen Gallery through December 3.​



Spring 2014 

Brown-RISD Dual Degree Annual Exhibit
January 22 - February 12
RECEPTION: January 23, 7-9pm
The show focuses on themes of neighborliness, proximity, and foreign belonging. Students were inspired by manicured and overgrown yards, backyard BBQs and water gun fights, high fives, embracing awkwardness, and bumping into someone and forgetting their name. The Brown|RISD Dual Degree Program is a five-year program in which students are dually enrolled in Brown University and the Rhode Island School of design and may earn a Bachelor of Arts at Brown a Bachelor of Fine Arts at RISD. Since the program began in 2008, the students have continued to host an annual exhibition featuring their work.  Works from the 5th Annual Exhibition can be viewed online at: 

Chaise Three
February 19 - March 21
RECEPTION: March 7, 6-8pm
In 2004, a group of students started a multimedia publication called CHAISE as a way to distribute interdisciplinary artworks that normally aren’t seen in the same context, like music and sculpture, film and interactive apps, photography and furniture.  The DVD magazine was a response to a change in the climate of art-related media production and distribution. The media departments were transitioning from Steenbecks to Final Cut Pro and from 16mm to miniDV. They were among the first students to experience high-speed internet in the dorms, but distribution platforms like Vimeo and YouTube had not yet arrived.  Ten years later, those students are still making weird stuff that shouldn’t all fit together.  Chaise Three features artworks by the founders of CHAISE, still crazy after all these years.  

April 4 - April 30
Reception: Friday, April 4, 5-7pm
Lauren Gidwitz ’06, Laini Nemett ’06 and Ellen Uzane Schneiderman ’05 each build, excavate, and de-construct their own work-sites in a studio space in Long Island City that they built themselves. Through various painterly processes, they create their own imagined landscapes - places that could never exist and only exist in the painting space. 

An Installation by Daniel Clayman
May 16 - June 27

Reception: Thursday, May 22, 5-7pm
Light passing through any transparent material is assigned an Abbe Value, a mathematical number expressing how much light is dispersed upon passing through a material with a particular refractive index. Working with the Abbe Value and the ensuing quality of light, Dispersions becomes three things at once: a lens projecting and bending light, a filter changing the color and pattern and an object that redefines the space through its towering presence. As the light shines through the antique glass a stage set is born.  Dappled light, projected by the object, becomes a device to capture a moment, in particular, summer sun  filtering through trees.

Fall 2013

Ars Necronomica: Mythos and Legacy from the Weird to the Bleak
August 20 - September 13 
Ars Necronomica is a three-part exhibition that will redefine Lovecraft in the visual arts with a body of new work by contemporary fine, commercial and outsider artists in examination of the life and creative output of a literary iconoclast.  Nothing but the expected is off limits.  This series of events is being held in conjunction with NecronomiCon Providence, and exploration of the intersections of the arts and sciences in the creative legacy of author H.P. Lovecraft, being held August 22 - 25, 2013, in his beloved home city of Providence, RI.  

Toluca Editions: 6 Projects
September 26 - October 18
Toluca Editions: 6 projects is the first exhibition (2009) in the United States of the young art publishing house founded in Paris in 2003 by Alexis Fabry and Olivier Andreotti. Each Toluca publication is the result of an intimate collaboration between an artist -using the medium of photography- a writer, and a designer. The artist’s book as we have known it since the early 20th century gives way to a hybrid art object, taking up a novel position in the field. In 2008, the 16 works published by Toluca were exhibited at Mexico City’s Museum of Modern Art in a scenography conceived by Mauricio Rocha one of Mexico’s leading figures in contemporary architecture. Opening: Thursday, September 26 at 5:30pm.

Industrial Evolution: the Art of The Steel Yard's Public Projects
October 28 - November 22
Reception: November 14 @6pm 
This exhibition feature the work of the Steel Yard's Public Projects department. It will display the original concept sketches, models, prototypes and materials used by local artists in the development of community based public art projects throughout Rhode Island. The show will explore these artist’s unique visions while highlighting the work of the many local organizations and municipalities that have funded and commissioned these unique works. The work will span the 10-year history of Steel Yard Public Projects and incorporate the work of over 50 artists, youth interns, students, and community members who contributed to the designs. The opening will be a celebration of local capacity, community efforts and innovation.

Beyond the Box 
December 4 - December 19
Panel Discussion and Reception: December 4th beginning at 6pm
Thomas Banchoff is a mathematician and geometer who has taught at Brown since 1967.  On the occasion of his retirement from teaching, the Cohen Gallery will host a retrospective on Tom's career, featuring images, video, and recreations of some of Banchoff's most recognizable polyhedrons.  In his years at Brown, Banchoff has worked with faculty from various disciplines. Join us for a panel discussion on December 4th at 6pm in the Martinos Auditorium featuring Tom and his collaborators: Richard Fishman (Visual Art), David Laidlaw (Computer Science, Shep Shapiro (Music), Julie Strandberg (Dance), Tom Webb (Geological Sciences), and Arnold Weinstein (Comparative Literature).