David Winton Bell Gallery

Past Exhibitions

June 10, 2017 - July 9, 2017

Thread on plywood, smoke and foliage, cast pigment on drywall, nail polish on slip-cast porcelain, and electroplated grapevines. Kim Faler’s art is an alchemy of everyday things, cultivating empathy for our ability to apprehend and appreciate beauty in the fleeting moments of life. Through sculpture, installation, photography, and drawing, she makes the mundane mysterious and the common uncanny.

Curated by Ian Alden Russell
Image: Kim Faler, Detail of Sonder, 2016. Electroplated grapevines (copper, chrome, gold), latex paint, epoxy and steel. Originally commissioned and produced by Artpace, San Antonio.


Location Bell Gallery
June 10, 2017 - July 9, 2017

While Still Before Us After All places Kai Franz’s art in conversation with the architecture of List Art Building, designed by iconic American modernist Philip Johnson. New sculptures included here were conceived in response to the grids of concrete, stone, and wood in the List Art lobby. The sculptures are reminiscent of the texture and tone of Brutalist concrete architecture, yet the variability and dynamics of their forms appear organic and expressive.

Curated by Ian Alden Russell 
Image: Kai Franz, Reset, 2017. CNC-code, CAM-software, plopper (dual-axis precision deposition system), polyurethane, sand.

Location List Art Lobby
March 18, 2017 - May 28, 2017

Pierre Huyghe is renowned for making art that challenges the conventions of the exhibition, exploring the possibilities of its dynamic experience. In the artist’s words, he constructs “time-based situations as a set of circumstances and conditions in which emergence, rhythm and variable are indeterminate and exist beyond our presence.” This exhibition is the New England premiere of his recent film Untitled (Human Mask) (2014). Set in the landscape of manmade devastation that surrounds Fukushima, Japan, the film confronts us with an eerie reflection of the tenuous divisions between human and animal.

Curated by Ian Alden Russell
Image: Pierre HuygheUntitled (Human Mask), (Film Still), 2014. Film, color, stereo, sound, 2:66. Running time: 19'07". Courtesy of the artist, Hauser & Wirth, London, and Anna Lena Films, Paris. © Pierre Huyghe

Location Bell Gallery
March 18, 2017 - May 28, 2017

A series of x-rays. Bright white spots record exposure of the film to pieces of trinitite by Gabriel Martinez. Named after “Trinity” — the site of the first atomic weapon detonation in 1945 near Alamogordo, New Mexico — trinitite is created when an atomic bomb explodes over gypsum sands, fusing the granules into a radioactive glass. Gabriel Martinez’s grandmother collected the trinitite after the blast.

Curated by Ian Alden Russell
Image: Gabriel Martinez, Jar of Trinitite (Taster's Choice/Proving Ground), 2015. Digital print. Courtesy of the artist. Originally commissioned and produced by Artpace, San Antonio.

Location List Art Center Lobby
February 25, 2017 - March 24, 2017

For more than a decade Chris Jordan has focused his and our attention on the consequences of mass consumerism—photographing mountains of discarded electronics in landfills and, more recently, the decomposing carcasses of Laysan albatross that have died from ingesting plastic. The latter images, included here, are difficult and important. Translating unimaginable statistics — 299 million tons of plastics produced a year; 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean; a million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals killed annually from plastic in our oceans — into intimate images of life and death, Jordan confronts us with the consequences of our lifestyle and calls on us to take action toward change.

Curated by Jo-Ann Conklin
Image:  Chris Jordan, Untitled from Midway

Location Cohen Gallery, Granoff Center for the Creative Arts
February 18, 2017 - March 5, 2017

The David Winton Bell Gallery and the Department of Visual Art present the work of student artists in Brown’s 37th annual Student Exhibition.

Location Bell Gallery and List Art Center Lobby
November 19, 2016 - February 5, 2017

Born in Iskenderun, on the Turkish-Syrian border, Fatma Bucak makes videos, performances, photographs, and installations that grapple with the poetics and pragmatics of borders—their structure, implications, and human consequences. Previous works from the Turkish-Armenian border, the Mexican-U.S. border, the Dakhla refugee camp in Western Sahara, and the Tuz Gölü in central Anatolia are presented alongside a series of new works addressing media censorship, state violence, and mass migration. This exhibition is Bucak’s East Coast premiere.

Curated by Ian Alden Russell
Image: Fatma Bucak, Still from Untitled, 2016. HD video, sound. Courtesy of the artist.

Location Bell Gallery and List Art Center Lobby
September 3, 2016 - October 30, 2016

Diana Al-Hadid’s works are distinctive in style and material. Drawing inspiration from classical and Renaissance imagery, Al-Hadid creates towering sculpture, spectral wall pieces, ethereal drawings and experimental bronzes that foreground her unusual use of materials.

The exhibition takes its title from a central work, Phantom Limb, a term referring to the sensations that a missing arm or leg is still present, and able to move. The title captures the character of much of Al-Hadid’s work, which evokes memory and long cultural history through a visceral, materially-focused working technique.

The exhibition was organized in collaboration with the NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery.  

Curated by Jo-Ann Conklin
Image: Diana Al-Hadid, detail of Phantom Limb, 2014. Courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York. Copyright Diana Al-Hadid. Photo Oliver Ottenschleager

Location Bell Gallery and List Art Center Lobby
July 5, 2016 - August 14, 2016

A selection of photographs depicting the leisures of summer, from fishing and baseball to restorative relaxation. Works by Harry Callahan, Lucas Foglia, Justin Kimball, Melissa Pinney, Larry Sultan, and Sam Walker are drawn from the Bell Gallery collection.

Curated by Jo-Ann Conklin
Image: Justin Kimball, Miracles Hot Springs, California, 2010

Location List Art Lobby
May 7, 2016 - June 12, 2016

A native of Providence, Rhode Island, John C Gonzalez makes art with other people. Broadly concerned with processes of collaboration, his project-based artworks often involve painting, sculpture, and performance and emerge from the daily routines of the institutions and organizations in which he is invited to work. Presenting a new project conceived for Brown University alongside a survey of past projects, this is Gonzalez’s first major solo exhibition in Providence.

Curated by Ian Alden Russell
Image: John C GonzalezHome Depot House (process photograph), 2013

Location Bell Gallery and List Art Lobby
April 13, 2016 - April 24, 2016

The David Winton Bell Gallery and the Department of Visual Art present the work of thirty student artists in Brown’s 36th annual Student Exhibition, on view at the Bell Gallery from Wednesday, April 13 to Sunday, April 24, 2016. A reception will be held Friday, April 22, from 7:00pm until 9:00pm. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. 

Location List Art Lobby and Bell Gallery
January 23, 2016 - March 27, 2016

At a time when natural history museums are moving away from taxidermy, a resurgence of interest has been manifest in the popular culture—in internet blogs and image collections,  in fashion and commercial advertising—and in the visual arts. Dead Animals surveys current artistic usage of taxidermy through the work of eighteen artists: Maurizio Cattelan, Kate Clark, Mark Dion, Nicholas Galanin, Thomas Grünfeld, Damien Hirst, Karen Knorr, Annette Messager, Polly Morgan, Deborah Sengl, Angela Singer, Bryndis Snæbjörnsdóttir/Mark Wilson, Richard Barnes, Jules Greenberg, Sarah Cusimano Miles, Richard Ross, and Hiroshi Sugimoto.

The exhibition and accompanying symposium will examine the cultural history of taxidermy, social factors that have contributed to artists’ interests in the “idea of the animal,” and the ways in which these interests are manifest in artists’ works. It will question how taxidermy, with its inherent association with death, differs from the use of live animals or animal substitutes such as stuffed animals, and why taxidermy may be particularly relevant to the exploration of the human-animal question. Finally, it will examine ethical issues surrounding the incorporation of animals in art.

Curated by Jo-Ann Conklin
Image: Thomas Grünfeld, Misfits (penguin/peacock), 2005. Copyright 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Location List Art Lobby and Bell Gallery