David Winton Bell Gallery

Currently On View

November 2, 2018 - December 19, 2018

Danny Lyon once described the writer James Agee as, “a romantic who adored reality,” an epithet equally apt to describe him. Lyon made a name for himself in the 1960s with an embedded style of reportage, capturing a compelling beauty in the people and places he befriended across the country, from student leaders of the civil rights movement to convicts in Texas prisons. Drawn primarily from the Bell Gallery collection, The Only Thing I Saw Worth Leaving presents photographs from some of Lyon’s most significant series along with films and other work, organized around five principles that he refers to time and again: empathy, freedom, history, destruction, and narrative.

Curated by Allison Pappas
Image: Danny Lyon, Arrest of Eddie Brown, Albany, Georgia, 1962. Copyright Danny Lyon/Magmun Photos

Location Bell Gallery
November 2, 2018 - December 19, 2018

An affiliated program of the Warren and Allison Kanders Lecture Series 

Co-organized by the David Winton Bell Gallery and the Brown Arts Initiative

New No’s is a simple yet direct poem of defiance designed by Paul Chan and Badlands Unlimited. Published as a poster in the wake of the 2016 presidential election, the poem stands as a manifesto of resistance and a protest for solidarity against political and social shifts the artists observed in the United States and beyond.

This installation is part of For Freedoms’ 50 State Initiative, a non-partisan, nationwide campaign to use art as a means of inspiring civic participation in advance of the 2018 midterm elections. 

Curated by: Ian Alden Russell
Image: Paul Chan with Badlands Unlimited, New No's, 2016. Courtesy the artists.

Location List Art Building Lobby
October 1, 2018 - December 15, 2018

An affiliated program of the Warren and Allison Kanders Lecture Series 

Co-organized by the David Winton Bell Gallery and the Brown Arts Initiative

On Protest, Art and Activism explores differing ways artists engage the political and social issues of their time. Part 1—on view October 1–28— features works by Ja’Tovia Gary, Theaster Gates, Josephine Meckseper and Dread Scott. Part 2—on view November 2–December 19— features works by Hermine Freed, Guerrilla Girls, Suzanne Lacy, Howardena Pindell and Martha Rosler. Concurrent with Part 2, a site-specific installation of New No’s by Paul Chan and Badlands Unlimited is on view in the lobby of List Art Building. 

This exhibition is and part of For Freedoms’ 50 State Initiative, a non-partisan, nationwide campaign to use art as a means of inspiring civic participation in advance of the 2018 midterm elections. 

Curated by: Ian Alden Russell
Image: Howardena Pindell, Free, White and 21, 1980. Courtesy the artist and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York.

Location Cohen Gallery, Granoff Center