David Winton Bell Gallery

Past Exhibitions

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

Location Gallery
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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Malangatana: A Forty-Year Survey of a Contemporary Mozambican Artist
April 13, 2002 - May 27, 2002

Best known for his dramatic paintings, Malangatana is an internationally recognized artist who has produced a broad range of work in diverse mediums—from drawings, murals, ceramics and sculpture, to poetry and music. His exhibition at the Bell Gallery features 15 paintings and 25 drawings, spanning the past 40 years of his career—and, for the first time, introducing his larger creative opus to the North American public. Malangatana's works are frequently commentaries on the historical and political events in his country, including Portuguese colonialism and Mozambique's anti-colonial struggle, civil war and independence. His works explore broad universal themes of violence and resistance to violence, capturing both the hardship of human life and its heroic aspects.

Curated by Vesela Sretenovic
image: Juizo Final (Final Judgement), 1961

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Student Exhibition 2002
March 16, 2002 - March 31, 2002

The 22nd annual Student Exhibition provides the public with an opportunity to explore the formal and conceptual concerns that engage the student artists at Brown. This year's jurors are Laurie Riccadonna and Julian LaVerdiere. The show includes works by: Megumi Aihara, Jonathan Allmaier, Thomas Beresford, Sarah Bernard, Amy Bilderbeck, Kern Bruce, Zachary David Culbreth, Caryn Davidson, Mark Domino, Alissa Faden, Lucas Foglia, Edrex Fontanilla, Brandon Gross, Christopher Gudas, Gudrun Gunther, Nicole Herschenhous, Loren Holland, Sibel Horada, Clare Johnson, Darren Jorgensen, A-mi Kim, Max Kuller, Joanne Leavy, Matt Lewkowicz, Polina Malikin, Philip Maysles, Sarah O'Dea, Andrea Parada, Nathaniel Pollard, Ann Rundquist, John J. Speicher, Vivian Tang, Jenna Wainwright, Maria Walker, and John Wiener.

image: Loren Holland, Peep-hole, 2001

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Mark Dion: New England Digs
January 26, 2002 - March 10, 2002

Over the course of five weeks in the spring of 2001, Mark Dion, along with photographer Bob Braine and nearly 90 volunteers, took to the shores, vacant lots, and farmland of New England. The result of these surveys is New England Digs, a multi-process exhibition that involved finding sites in Brockton, Providence, and New Bedford, collecting materials, cleaning them, and re-contextualizing the objects into a final exhibition.

Curated by Lasse Antonsen, Jo-Ann Conklin and Denise Markonish
image: Drawer of swizzle sticks and other materials excavated for New England Digs

Location Galley