David Winton Bell Gallery

Past Exhibitions

Obsessive Patterns: Tayo Heuser, Jane Masters, Dean Snyder, Neal Walsh
June 7, 2003 - July 6, 2003

The title Obsessive Patterns refers to a formal quality shared by the exhibited works—meticulously drawn or painted marks, showing obsessive attention to detail—a quality here expressed as abstract and semi-abstract patterns on paper (Tayo Heuser and Jane Masters), on rawhide (Dean Snyder), or on wood and canvas (Neal Walsh). While Heuser's and Masters's works are quiet and meditative, Snyder's and Walsh's pieces are vibrant and energetic; the former are precise and repetitive, and the latter are sketchy and unpredictable.

Curated by Vesela Sretenovic
image: Jane Masters, “Untitled” from Zoomorphic Series #1, 1997 

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Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives
May 21, 2003 - May 26, 2003

Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives, an interactive exhibit based on the oral histories of slaves collected by the Works Projects Administration in the 1930s, was presented in the lobby of the Salomon Center for Teaching. The exhibit, which complements the HBO film of the same title, was organized by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center of Cincinnati. It was brought to Brown in conjunction with the May 24 Commencement Forum by alumnus Spencer Crew, executive director of the Center.

image: Still from film "Unchained Memories," directed by Ed Bell and Thomas Lennon, 2003

Location Lobby of the Salomon Center for Teaching
Walter Feldman: The Work of Five Decades
April 12, 2003 - May 26, 2003

The David Winton Bell Gallery will celebrate the artistic and educational accomplishments of one of Brown’s most senior faculty members  in its new exhibition, Walter Feldman: The Work of Five Decades. The exhibition spans Feldman’s career, beginning with a macabre  image of a skeleton-faced soldier—done in 1946 shortly after he returned from his service in World War II—and continuing through his most recent artist’s book, The Ballad of Rodger Young, completed in 2003. Between the two, Feldman has created works in a wide range of materials: paintings in egg tempera, gouache, oil and acrylic; pen and ink drawings; mosaics and stained glass; silk screens, woodcuts, etchings and engravings; and mixed media sculpture, collage and hand-set letterpress books.

Curated by Jo-Ann Conklin
image: Untitled (soldier), 1946

Location Gallery and Lobby
Student Exhibition 2003
March 15, 2003 - March 30, 2003

The 23nd annual Student Exhibition is presented by the Bell Gallery and the Department of Visual Art. The jurors for this year's show are Jane Masters and Raphael Lyon. Both artists live in Providence. Artists included in the exhibition are Jenny Asarnow, Claire Baker, Bennett Barbakow, Solon Barocas, Rebecca Noelle Bates, Ryan Barger, Leah Beeferman, Nicholas Beem, Estelle Bossy, Rebecca Brown, Jessie Cohan, Ilana Cohen, Louise Despont, Breanne Duffy, Annie Frazier, Deborah Grossberg, Eva Happel, Michelle Higa, Arthur Hur, Iris Jaffe, Mairin Jerome, Jamie Kaufmann, Sarah Kessler, Annie Kirby, Anna Knoell, Amy Komarnicki, Max Kuller, Kevin Kunstadt, Yew Leong Lee, Katherine Mann, Colleen McHugh, David Morehouse, Lisa Morrow, Amanda Norman, Lauren Oakes, Manu Sawker, Ellen Schneiderman, Tal Schori, Jessica Schwartzberg, Will Shapiro, Chris Smith, Chutrudee Joy Somberg, John Jasper Speicher, Daniella Spinat, Beath Stepien-Liv, Eva Struble, Arthi Sundaresh, Janine Szczepanski, Vivian Tang, Leksi Weldon-Linne, Joseph Winter, Helena Wurzel.

image: installation view with, from left back: Eva Struble, Untitled; Iris Jaffe, Self-portrait on Purim; and Estelle Bossy, Max Huller, and Louise Despont, Edible Environment.

Location Gallery and Lobby
Katarzyna Kozyra: Bathhouses
January 25, 2003 - February 9, 2003

This exhibition includes two of Kozyra's video installations, "Bathhouse" and "Men's Bathhouse," both filmed at the bathhouse of the Hotel Gellert in Budapest. The installations raise questions about gender, voyeurism, and narcissism, as well as concepts of beauty and aging. Kozyra is part of a generation of young female artists who revolutionized the Polish art scene in the 1990s. These women have discarded the traditional subject matter of locality and ethnicity, instead engaging issues of feminist discourse—including identity, the body, female physicality, the contemporary concept of beauty and the other, thus moving Polish art into the realm of internationalism.

Curated by Jo-Ann Conklin
image: still from Bathhouse, 1997

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David Nash
January 25, 2003 - February 25, 2003

David Nash is best known for his sculptures in wood and his environmental works situated in nature. He uses fallen tree trunks that he cuts, carves, burns, blasts, and sands into monolithic and totem-like forms. Made variously from oak, elm, redwood, and lime wood, all found in Wales, Nash’s sculptures fluctuate between organic and geometric shapes and range in height from two to eight feet. The wood is often charred, which gives the surface a rich texture that is both rough and elegant. The process of charring, or burning, transforms wood into carbon (a mineral), thus altering not only the surface texture, but also the basic nature of the material. Box Cross and the three-part sculpture Cube, Sphere, Pyramid (2000), on view in this lobby, were created using this charring technique. The drawings that accompany Cube, Sphere, Pyramid were made with the charcoal residue left over after burning the sculptures.

Curated by Vesela Sretenovic
image: installation view

Location Looby and List Art Center lawn
Toward uncertainty: Alighiero e Boetti, Michelangelo Pistoletto, and Elisabetta Di Maggio, Lara Favaretto, Ottonella Mocellin, Adrian Paci, and Sabrina Torelli, artists of the Querini-FURLA Prize
November 9, 2002 - December 29, 2002

Toward uncertainty features two masters of modern Italian art, Alighiero e Boetti and Michelangelo Pistoletto, along with five younger Italian artists—Elisabetta Di Maggio, Lara Favaretto, Ottonella Mocellin, Adrian Paci and Sabrina Torelli, all finalists for the Querini-FURLA prize.

Curated by Chiara Bertola and Vesela Sretenovic
image: Lara Favaretto, Il mondo alla rovescia (The topsy-turvy world), 2001

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Early Prints from the Bell Gallery Collection
October 16, 2002 - November 17, 2002

Curated by Evelyn Lincoln
image: Pietro Testa, The Three Marys at the Tomb of Jesus, 1611 

Location Anne Mary Brown Memorial
Commitment to the Struggle: The Art of Sue Coe
September 7, 2002 - October 27, 2002

Commitment to the Struggle: The Art of Sue Coe includes drawings and prints on such varied topics as the Ku Klux Klan, apartheid, Malcolm X, and skinheads; AIDS; labor and sweatshop conditions; war and the economic interests of the petrochemical industry; and vivisection, animal rights, and the American meat industry. Coe powerful illustrations have appeared in The New Yorker, Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, National Lampoon, and Artforum, among other publications.

Curated by Jo-Ann Conklin
image: Cross your heart and hope to die, 1997

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Recent Works: Yizhak Elyashiv, David Newton, Judyth van Amringe
June 8, 2002 - July 7, 2002

New works by Yizhak Elyashiv, David Newton, and Judyth van Amringe, all of whom reside in Providence, will be on view at the David Winton Bell Gallery. The relationship between these  Exhibition curator Jo-Ann Conklin notes a quiet tone that the objects possess, despite obvious differences in medium (Elyashiv works in drypoint and monotype; Newton in wood; van Amringe in porcelain and stoneware). "The artists share a maturity of vision, and a skilled use of materials."

Curated by Jo-Ann Conklin
image: Yitzak Elyashiv, Untitled, 2002

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