Exhibits + Performances

The BreakBeat Poets: Performance + Book Signing

George Houston Bass Performing Arts Space, Churchill House

Just as blues influenced the Harlem Renaissance and Jazz influenced the Black Arts Movement, Hip-Hop's musical and cultural force has shaped the aesthetics and given rise to a new generation of American poets.

Join us as we welcome contributors to the new poetry anthology The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop-- a multi-generational examination of life and poetry in the age of hip hop. The book features 78 poets, born between 1961-1999, who are employing traditional and wildstyle poetics to narrate a new country and city landscape.

Katrina After Ten Keynote + Poetry Performance

George Houston Bass Performing Arts Space, Churchill House

This CSREA event and October 2 symposium mark the occasion of the tenth anniversary of Katrina in New Orleans. 

5:00 p.m. Performance by New Orleans poet and activist Sunni Patterson

6:00 p.m. Keynote Lecture: Professor George Lipsitz, UC Santa Barbara, "Walking With New Orleans: Where Do We Go From Here"

Native Re-Appropriations: Contemporary Indigenous Artists [VIDEO]

Image of Greg Deal's Indigenous Beauty

CSREA, Third Floor, 80 Brown Street, Providence, RI 02912

September 2015 - May 2016

The prevailing images that we see of Native Americans are often antiquated stereotypes and do not reflect the diversity, vibrancy, or modernity of Native peoples. "Native inspired" trends and images are everywhere: in popular culture, fashion, hollywood, and music, and conversations about cultural appropriation have become more mainstream. Yet Native voices are largely absent.

Artist Talk with Photographer Dana Gluckstein

Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, 111 Thayer Street

Photographer Dana Gluckstein will discuss her exhibition, DIGNITY: Tribes in Transition. The exhibition will be on display at the Watson Institute from September 10 to November 6, 2015.

DIGNITY: Tribes In Transition consists of 60 black-and-white portraits taken over three decades. According to the artist, the photographs aim to "capture the fleeting period of world history where traditional and contemporary cultures collide. The black and white portraits of Indigenous Peoples pay homage to these imperiled cultures, signaling our collective interdependence and fragility."

Racial Microaggressions + Microaffirmations

CSREA, Third Floor of Hillel, 80 Brown Street, Providence, RI 02912

October 2014 - May 2015

Photographs of Brown community members sharing their experiences with racial microaggressions and microaffirmations. This exhibit is part of a broader movement to help make visible the reality and negative impact of racial microaggressions on building a just community.

Lyrics From Lockdown

Friday, March 14, 2014 7:00 pm to Saturday, March 15, 2014 9:00 pm

George Houston Bass Performing Arts Space, Churchill House, 155 Angell Street

Friday, March 14, 2014: 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 15, 2014:  2:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.

One man. One mic. 40 characters. Two unbelieveable true stories of wrongful imprisonment. Told through hip hop, theater, spoken word, blues, comedy, calypso and classical music.

Written and performed by Bryonn Bain.

Presented by the Center for the Study of Race + Ethnicity in America (CSREA), in collaboration with Rites and Reason Theatre, the Swearer Center for Public Service, and the Creative Arts Council. 

At Work in the Archive

Shawn Michelle Smith artwork
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 5:30 pm to Friday, May 23, 2014 5:00 pm

CSREA, Floor 3R, 80 Brown Street, Providence, RI 02912

March 2014 - May 2014

Shawn Michelle Smith studies photographic archives of race, calling attention to their blind spots and absences as well as their spectacles. Working with historical photographs from the nineteenth through the twenty-first centuries, she manipulates and transforms them in order to explore how we see and understand race in the United States.


Shawn Michelle Smith: The Scene of the Crime: Taryn Simon's The Innocents

The Innocents

Winnick Chapel, Brown RISD Hillel , 80 Brown Street

Shawn Michelle Smith will discuss Taryn Simon's The Innocents, a project that documents 45 legal cases of mistaken identification, in which individuals were misrecognized as the perpetrators of violent crimes on the basis of mug shots and other visual aids.

Favianna Rodriguez, "Migration is Beautiful" [VIDEO]

Meeting Room (2nd Floor), Brown RISD Hillel, 80 Brown Street.

Favianna Rodriguez will talk about her art practice creating powerful and unapologetic art pieces and will share snippets of Migration is Beautiful, the recent documentary highlighting her creative projects. Rodriguez is the Artistic Director of CultureStr/ke, a national network of professional and emerging artists, social change experts, and creative producers who seek to support the national and global arts movement around immigration.