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Past Exhibitions

  • Sep
    10:00am - 4:00pm

    Exhibition: Map It Out Providence

    Nightingale-Brown House

    Map It Out – Providence (September 26 – November 14) is an exhibition of hand-drawn maps created by Providence and Rhode Island community members in collaboration with the Toronto-based artists Gwen MacGregor and Sandra Rechico. The maps reveal our community’s memories, and propose new ways of understanding the geography of our city and state. Exhibition attendees are welcome to add their own maps to the exhibition.

    Map It Out has previously been exhibited in Berlin and Long Island City. Maps from these two cities as well as those created in Cardiff, Wales will be exhibited along with the maps made in Rhode Island. This project is part of an ongoing collaborative art practice that uses creative processes to challenge mapping conventions. The exhibition and all associated programs are free and open to the public.

    Gallery Hours
    Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Closed holidays

    Opening Reception
    Thursday, September 26, 5 – 7 p.m.

    Providence Gallery Night Reception
    Thursday, October 17, 5 – 9 p.m.

    Gallery Talks
    Friday, October 18, 2 - 3 p.m.
    Thursday, November 14, 2 – 3 p.m.

    This project has been made possible, in part, by the Brown Arts Initiative.

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  • Oct
    10:00am - 4:00pm

    EXHIBITION: Defiant Spirits: Fernando Brito’s Sinaloa

    Nightingale-Brown House

    Defiant Spirits is an exhibition of the Mexican documentary photographer Fernando Brito’s moving images of life in Sinaloa, a province that has been wrecked by the struggle between one of the most powerful drug cartels in the world and the Mexican government. The exhibition includes five photographs from Brito’s award-winning series, Tus Pasos Se Perdieron con el Paisaje/Your Steps Were Lost in the Landscape (begun in 2010), of corpses found dead in the Mexican landscape, most of them victims of the drug wars. In them, Brito juxtaposes the brutality of the bloodied, lifeless bodies with the impossible beauty of the surrounding landscape, lending these photographs the epic feel of 19th-century paintings of war. Twenty photographs in the exhibition are from Brito’s more recent series, which shows Sinaloans’ resilience in the face of this violence. These images show Sinaloans’ religious rites, festivals, and other celebrations of local history, underscoring the centrality of performance in building community.

    Defiant Spirits was curated by Didier Aubert, Director of American Studies at Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris, and was shown previously at Fordham University and at Yale University in 2019. 

    Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm (closed on weekends and holidays)

    Closing Reception: Wednesday, November 3, 5:30-7pm.

    This exhibition is co-sponsored by a grant from the Brown Arts Initiative.

    Masks are required inside the Gallery at all times (regardless of the vaccination status).

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  • Nov
    9:00am - 9:00pm

    Exhibition: Climates of Inequality: Stories of Environmental Justice

    URI Feinstein Providence Campus, 80 Washington Street, Providence,

    The Center for Public Humanities at Brown University, the URI Providence Campus, and the Tomaquag Museum present Climates of Inequality: Stories of Environmental Justice, an International Traveling Exhibition and Story Exchange Project Exploring the History and Future of Climate and Environmental Justice.

    Climates of Inequality: Stories of Environmental Justice is a participatory public memory project sponsored by the Humanities Action Lab and created by university students, educators, and community leaders in more than twenty cities across the United States and around the world. 

    Brown University students partnered with a Rutgers University-Newark-led coalition of 500 university students, scholars, and frontline communities from 22 cities to create the traveling exhibition, which launched in Newark, NJ, on October 3, 2019. Providence has joined these communities from across the hemisphere to explore the deep historical roots of climate inequality and environmental injustice in their localities, share personal experiences, and develop strategies for change. Through virtual reality, moving audio testimony, and historical imagery from each community, the exhibition explores how the climate crisis and environmental injustice is intensifying inequality—and how the experiences of the hardest-hit communities hold the key to confronting these issues and finding ways to move forward.

    Brown University’s contribution to the exhibition includes a section titled, “Amplifying Narragansett Voices on Land and Survivance.” Created through a partnership with the Tomaquag Museum, this student-curated installation explores Indigenous survivance in the face of colonial ecological exploitation and violence and shares the story of the Narragansett Nation and its role within a larger struggle to address historical and ongoing injustices. “Amplifying Narragansett Voices” bears witness to Indigenous self-determination and healing, documenting how the Narragansett Nation continues to fight for access to land and resources, ensuring environmental health, and preserving lifeways.

    Climates of Inequality includes a complementary exhibition curated by Miranda Worl (MA’22), titled, “Local & Indigenous Artists on Climates of Inequality.” 

    Climates of Inequality is a project of the Humanities Action Lab, a collaboration between Brown University and 21 others, led by Rutgers University-Newark, working with community organizations and public spaces to foster new public dialogue on contested social issues, through public humanities projects that explore the diverse local histories and current realities of shared global concerns. Partner communities are: Amherst, MA; Bogota, Colombia; Chicago, IL; Durham, NC; Greensboro, NC; Indianapolis, IN; Mayaguez, PR; Mexico City, Mexico; Miami, FL; Milwaukee, WI; New Brunswick, NJ; New Orleans, LA; New York, NY; Newark, NJ; Northridge, CA; Philadelphia, PA; Providence, RI; Riverside, CA; Saratoga Springs, NY; Tempe, AZ; Twin Cities, MN; Nassau, The Bahamas.

    This project was made possible in part by Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Rutgers University-Newark School of Arts and Sciences, the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, and the Tomaquag Museum.

    Special thanks to URI Providence for hosting this exhibition at their campus.

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