Events Archive


The Social Life of American Crayfish in Asia

John Nicholas Brown Center 357 Benefit Street

Sidney Cheung, professor of anthopology at Chinese University of Hong Kong; Wei Ying Wong, Mellon postdoctoral fellow at Connecticut College

Eating Chinese: Comestibles, Cuisine, Commerce and Culture 


Tofu: An Ethnographical Portrayal

John Nicholas Brown Center 357 Benefit Street

Chee-Beng Tan, professor of anthopology at Chinese University of Hong Kong

Eating Chinese: Comestibles, Cuisine, Commerce and Culture (LECTURE SERIES)


Stih and Schnock

John Nicholas Brown Center 357 Benefit Street

LIFE~BOAT: Collections and Hybridity  (a conceptual workshop for Artists) explores our relationship to and obsession with boats and the sea. The physical aspects of the uncontrolled, often dangerous, bodies of water are ever present as they create the psychological need to overcome nature’s force and to develop survival strategies.


Art Goes Public: Memorials and Interventions

John Nicholas Brown Center 357 Benefit Street

with Renata Stih and Frieder Schnock, conceptual artists


March 31, 2009 to October 28, 2009
Nightingale Brown House 357 Benefit Street

Art+History was an exhibition and community programming series about the processes of interpreting history. The John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage commissioned Carla Herrera-Prats and Jill Slosburg-Ackerman to make new artworks influenced by the physical and historical parameters of the Nightingale-Brown House.


Oral History and Community Programs

March 18, 2009 to June 1, 2009
John Nicholas Brown Center, 357 Benefit Street

Are you interested in starting an oral history project but unsure about where to begin or how to proceed? This workshop helped participants plan an oral history project; learn to conduct, record, and preserve oral interviews; and create innovative programming using your interviews. The session addressed how to define a project, find people to interview, develop interview topics and questions, record and preserve your interviews, create outreach and programming, and understand legal and ethical protocols.


Curating Contemporary Art: Perspectives on Practice

February 8, 2009 to May 10, 2009
RISD Museum Michael P. Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center 20 North Main Street

February 9, 6 p.m.; March 21, 2:30 p.m.; April 20, 6:30 p.m.; April 27, 6:30 p.m.; May 4, 6:30 p.m.; May 11, 6:30 p.m.


Emancipated Memories: Slavery as Subject in Selected Works by Contemporary Black Women Artists

Salomon Center for Teaching, Room 001, Brown University

Cora Marshall, artist, educator, and scholar


Web 2.0 for Nonprofits

John Nicholas Brown Center 357 Benefit Street

John Speck, principle of Real Advertising and New Commons Strategic Partner


Why Aren't You at the Table?: Arts, Humanities, and Cultural Advocacy

John Nicholas Brown Center, 357 Benefit Street

Cultural leaders across the country hear this question as we recoil from yet another round of budget cuts to arts and cultural programs. We wonder why we aren't we better represented at the table of political decision makers.This seminar discussed how supporters of the arts, humanities, and cultural programs can earn a seat at the "table." Participants learned to navigate the political landscape in 2008 and beyond – as non-profit organizations and as citizens.

Beyond the Birds and the Bees: Sexual Education in the 20th Century

April 8, 2008 to September 18, 2008
John Nicholas Brown Center 357 Benefit Street

How have American teenagers learned about sex over the last 100 years? The exhibition Beyond the Birds and the Bees: Sexual Education in the 20th Century reveals the history of sex education. Discover changing American ideas about childhood, sex, and the family by exploring some of the places where people have learned about sex: in the military and schools, from parents and friends, and through popular culture.

Modern Perspectives of a Modern People: New Works from Young Native American Artists

February 7, 2008 to February 27, 2008
John Nicholas Brown Center 357 Benefit Street

Too often, Native Americans are in museums as curious anthropological studies and relics. The goal of this exhibition is to bring examples to Brown of living, modern, vibrant Native perspectives and profiles. Through the exhibit, we hope to show variety – variety of perspectives, variety of medium, variety of talent, variety of age, and variety of Tribal Nation.

From A.A. to Zouave: Collections at Brown

December 10, 2007 to May 29, 2008
Annmary Brown Memorial 21 Brown Street Brown University

From A.A. to Zouave: Collections at Brown is an exhibition honoring the treasures of Brown University’s collections. From the coffee pot that launched a thousand Alcoholics Anonymous meetings to a hand-knit cap from a Civil War Zouave regiment, see what Brown’s libraries, museums, and galleries have to offer.

Pulp Uncovered: How Pulp Fiction Magazines Changed America

March 14, 2007 to May 31, 2007
Carriage House Gallery, 47 Power Street
Cheap pulp fiction magazines of the early 1900s defied social taboos against violence, sex, and bad taste. Condemned by moralists and scorned by the elite, pulp stories flaunted violence, reveled in promiscuous sex, and stereotyped just about everyone. "Pulp Uncovered" is an interdisciplinary arts festival celebrating pulp fiction magazines from the 1920s–40s. The festival includes a museum exhibit at the John Nicholas Brown Center, a film pulp fiction festival, and community events such as walking tours, lectures, panel discussions, and art talks.

From Coachella to Providence: Latina History and the Struggle for Education Equity

April 28, 2005 to September 29, 2005
Carriage House Gallery, 47 Power Street
For rural Mexican families living in the Coachella Valley of inland Southern California, the 1970s is remembered as a difficult time, when a divisive “fight in the fields” between members of the United Farmworkers Union (UFW) and the Teamsters tore at the fabric of the local community. Although painful, these struggles inspired young Mexican Americans – many now identifying as “Chicano” – to question the treatment of Mexican people in all sectors of society, including education.

Intimacy and Isolation in Providence: Oral Histories in a Changing Space

February 27, 2005 to April 14, 2005
Carriage House Gallery, 47 Power Street

"Intimacy and Isolation in Providence" is an oral history exhibit featuring the images and voices of 17 Providence artists and institution builders. The exhibition, curated by Brown students and designed by students from Rhode Island School of Design, was initially developed in the fall of 2004 at Brown in an American civilization course, "Theory and Methods of Oral History", taught by Paul Buhle, senior lecturer.

The exhibition tells the true, powerful, personal stories of Little Compton's people of Native American, African, and mixed-raced descent who were enslaved, forcibly indentured and newly free in the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Each story provides insight into the larger institution of slavery in Rhode Island and throughout New England.

Exhibit Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm

Opening Reception: Friday, April 14, 4-6pm

Gallery Night Providence: Thursdays / April 20 & May 18 / 5-9pm

The Lost Museum (ongoing)

August 21, 1970 to August 22, 1970
Rhode Island Hall

The Jenks Society for Lost Museums has given Brown’s nineteenth-century Museum of Natural History and Anthropology, a second life. Working with artist Mark Dion, the Society has re-collected scattered relics and remnants, transformed words into spaces, and fragments of curatorial description into spectral art. A three-part installation re-imagines the office of the museum’s founder, showcases the remaining fragments of the collection, and conjures the ghosts of artifacts once found in the museum back into existence – as reimagined by over 80 artists.

Interactive Exhibits and Installations (ADLI MiniFest 2013)

Granoff Center for the Creative Arts