David Winton Bell Gallery

Past Exhibitions

July 5, 2016 - August 14, 2016

For those of us who are working this summer, and others who pass through our doors, a selection of photographs depicting the leisures of summer: summer days spent in open air and sunshine, and in proximity to water—oceans, lakes, streams, and waterfalls. Many of the images were taken in New England. While teaching at RISD, Harry Callahan often vacationed on Cape Cod, photographing landscapes of dunes and waves, and sunbathers. Exploring Walden Pond during the summers of 2010 and 2011, Sam Walker documents the use of Walden long after Thoreau’s stay. No longer isolated and wild, the pond has become a site of urban refuge. Boater and swimmer, and their refuse—ubiquitous plastic bags—occupy the sanctuary. Justin Kimball’s series Where We Find Ourselves, could stand as a model for the exhibition. Kimball traveled to national parks and recreation center throughout the US, capturing our everyday attempts to relax. In Point Judith, RI an elderly couple is engulfed in a plumb of smoke from their barbecue, while in Indiana Dune, IN, a mother and daughter lie on a dune within view of a nuclear power plant. Other artists represented in the exhibition are Lucas Foglia, Melissa Pinney, and Larry Sultan.  All works are from the Bell Gallery collection.

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