David Winton Bell Gallery

Past Exhibitions

February 15, 2014 - March 30, 2014

Established in March 1764, Brown University will celebrate its 250th anniversary from March 2014 thru May 2015.  To mark the semiquincentenary, the David Winton Bell Gallery and the Department of Visual Art have come together to celebrate the significant and distinct contributions that alumni from Brown University have made within the visual arts.  Six alumni artists have been invited to present their work in solo exhibitions presented throughout the spring semester, 2014.

Curated by Jo-Ann Conklin, Wendy Edwards, Alexis Lowry Murray, Ian Alden Russell
Image: Paul Ramirez Jonas, The Commons, 2011

Location Gallery and Lobby
January 21, 2014 - February 2, 2014

The David Winton Bell Gallery and the Department of Visual Art present the work of talented student artists in Brown's 34th annual Student Exhibition.  Exhibition jurors are Providence artist Kelli Rae Adams and painter Susan Lichtman, Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Brandeis University and a Brown alum. 

Location Gallery and Lobby
December 14, 2013 - January 12, 2014

Sculptors on Paper presents prints and drawings by ten post minimal and pop artists known primarily for working in three dimensions. Part of a series highlighting objects from the David Winton Bell Gallery’s permanent collection, this exhibition sheds light on the parallel, often under-recognized practices of these artists, and provides an intimate lens into their working methods.

Curated by Alexis Lowry Murray and Jo-Ann Conklin
Image: Lee Bontecou, Untitled, 1967

Location List Art Center Lobby
October 19, 2013 - December 8, 2013

An accomplished hyper-realistic draftsman in many mediums, San Antonio-based artist Vincent Valdez composes portraits and scenes that appear to promise historical representation, factual narrative, and, perhaps, truth.  His works are, however, fantasies whose misleadingly realistic depiction belie committed and sincere critiques of masculinity, gender roles, and social and political orders. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design in 2000, Valdez has exhibited extensively in Texas, the Midwest, the Southwest, and Los Angeles. This exhibition marks his solo debut on the East Coast.

Curated by Ian Alden Russell
Image: Vincent Valdez, Untitled from The Strangest Fruit, 2013

Location Gallery and Lobby
September 9, 2013 - October 6, 2013

This selection of American paintings created between 1967 and 1976 and drawn from the collection of the David Winton Bell Gallery is organized around Salute, a new acquisition by Australian American artist Denise Green. 

Curated by Jo-Ann Conklin
Image: Denise Green, Salute, 1976

Location List Art Lobby
June 10, 2013 - July 19, 2013

An installation of several thousand handmade ceramic objects and several hundred jars of local produce canned by the artist, Breaking Even expands upon Kelli Rae Adams's ongoing investigations of materiality, process, labor, and value. In this project for the Bell Gallery and her first solo exhibition, Adams addresses the current economic moment, particularly as it relates to creative endeavors, offering a participatory inquiry into the nature of value and the mechanisms through which we receive and quantify the work and energies of others. 

Curated by Ian Alden Russell
Image: Kelli Rae Adams, Mizaru, Kikazaru, Iwazaru [Detail], 2010

Location Cohen Gallery, Granoff Center
April 3, 2013 - May 26, 2013

The Ashes Series marks a shift of the platform of Iraqi-American artist Wafaa Bilal. Known for provocative, performative, and innovative artwork often using technology and new media, Bilal has cultivated an aesthetic of conflict, tension, and direct confrontation with the social, political, and ethical dynamics of the modern world. In contrast, the photographs in The Ashes Series are still - almost serene. The series consists of ten photographs of models constructed by the artist based on mass-syndicated images of the destruction of Iraq in the aftermath of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In all the photographs, he has removed the human figures that were present in the original images, replacing them with 21 grams of human ashes distributed throughout the ten models. Referencing the mythical weight of the human soul, these 21 grams insert a human aura into the photographs, troubling the serenity of the scenes - the afterimage of conflict. The proverbial dust, captured suspended in mid-air by the camera, will never settle.

Curated by Ian Alden Russell
Image: Wafaa Bilal, Chair, 2003-2012

Location Gallery
April 3, 2013 - May 26, 2013

Beginning in 2006, Daniel Heyman traveled to Jordan and Turkey with American lawyers to meet with former detainees of Abu Ghraib Prison in Iraq. As he listened to their testimony, Heyman drew their portraits surrounded by his transcription of their words. Later, he recorded the testimony of Iraqi victims and survivors of the Blackwater/Nisour Square shootings of September 2007. Heyman’s painted portraits function equally well as powerful documentary statements and within the tradition of artists’ responses to war (from Callot, Goya, Kollwitz, and Picasso, to others).

The exhibition also includes Heyman's personal response to the war in Iraq: a monumental etching on plywood entitled When Photographers are Blinded, Eagles' Wings are Clipped (2010). The work unites a number of expressionistic and symbolic elements which coalesce into a warning about censorship and the potential decline of American democracy. 

Curated by Jo-Ann Conklin
image: Daniel Heyman, From the Time of Morning Prayers, 2008

Location LOBBY
March 2, 2013 - March 17, 2013

The David Winton Bell Gallery and the Department of Visual Art present the work of thirty-two talented student artists in Brown’s 33rd annual Student Exhibition. The juried exhibition is open to all Brown students. The jurors for this year's exhibition are Robert P. Stack and Vanphouthon Souvannasane of Yellow Peril Gallery. 

image: Anna Muselmann, Yellow Finch, 2012

Location Gallery and Lobby
November 17, 2012 - February 17, 2013

Simen Johan has crafted a series of uncanny photographs of animals that delight and perplex. Striving to “confuse the boundaries between opposing forces, such as the familiar and the otherworldly, the natural and the artificial, the amusing and the eerie,” Johan mixes sweet images appropriate for children’s literature with dark and mysterious scenes that might illustrate our primordial beginnings or apocalyptic ends. Smiling owls and weeping foxes mimic human emotions. Flamingos perform ballet. Reindeer lay frozen in ice, and moose battle each other amidst a flock of parakeets. 

Curated by Jo-Ann Conklin
image:  Simen Johan, Untitled, 2006

Location Gallery
October 13, 2012 - November 11, 2012

Linda and Louis Tanner '55 met at an opening at the Museum of Modern Art in the fall