David Winton Bell Gallery

Past Exhibitions

June 11, 2011 - July 10, 2011

Among the Breakage features recent paintings by ten Providence artists. As this sampling suggests, Providence’s creative communities are more akin to an archipelago than a single island of “regional style.” Work in this exhibition ranges from hard-edged abstraction to hybrid figurative landscapes and techniques that stretch the very definition of painting. Participating artists are Sam Duket, Shawn Gilheeney, Ernest Jolicoeur, Maria Napolitano, Lisa Perez, Ara Peterson, Masha Ryskin, Monica Shinn, Dan Talbot, and Jason Travers. The exhibition was curated by Maya Allison and Neal Walsh.

Curated by Maya Allison and Neal Walsh
image: Ara Peterson, detail from Arcade, 2007

Location Gallery
March 26, 2011 - May 29, 2011

Tradition, Trauma, Transformation: Representations of Women features the work of three leading contemporary artists: Nalini Malani, Nilima Sheikh and Chitra Ganesh. Indian and Indian-American, their works are influenced by political, religious, and cultural situations, as well as personal relationships, involving sexuality and the position of women.

Curated by Mallica Kumbera Landrus and Jo-Ann Conklin
image: Chitra Ganesh, Melancolia: The Think of Time, 2011

Location Gallery and Lobby
Student Exhibition 2011
February 26, 2011 - March 13, 2011

The David Winton Bell Gallery and the Department of Visual Art present the work of 38 young artists for the 31st annual Student Exhibition. This year the guest jurors were Lucky Leone and Olive Ahyens. Artists selected for the exhibition are Gabriela Baiter, Arlando Battle, Genevieve Busby, Nicholas Carter, Alexander Currimjee, Leilani Diaz, Christina Fleischer, Diana Friedman, Anna Gaissert, Robert  Gordon-Fogelson, Sarah Grimm, Aviva  Grossman, John Haenle, David Hernandez, Ryan Hoskins, Erika Jung, Lauren Kent, Olivia Kirby, Amanda Lee, Jung Min Lee, Alejandra Lindstrom Peralta, Maria Macrina, Isabel Mattia, Anne Oram, Brice Peterson, Michael Price, Harry Reis, Nina Ruelle, Emily Sanford, Bridget Sauer, Jill Silverberg, Todd Stong, Alex Toyoshima, Randall Trang, Lamia Veerasamy, Kelly Winter, June Yoon, and Scotty Zane Carroll.

image: Robert Gordon-Fogelson, Providence, 2010

Location Gallery and Lobby
December 4, 2010 - February 13, 2011

The David Winton Bell Gallery presents Faculty Triennial 2010 featuring work by 24 faculty artists from five departments. Prior to this year, the faculty exhibition featured work from only two departments—Visual Art and Modern Culture and Media. This years exhibition reflects the cross-disciplinary practice that is an integral part of the arts at Brown.

Curated by Maya Allison
image: Artist Todd Winkler in Glint, his immersive installation

Location Gallery and Lobby
August 28, 2010 - November 16, 2010

Pictures from the Hay celebrates the Hay centennial through a selection of visual materials—paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, artifacts and documents. The exhibition is organized around subject areas. Some, such as the Sciences, the Military, and Book Arts, reflect the strengths of the collection, while others, notably Rites and Ceremonies, and Entertainments and the Arts—which depict social activities—are drawn from many sub-collections. The exhibition provides, of necessity, a limited glimpse of the many important works of visual art and culture found within the five million books, monographs, manuscripts, broadsides, photographs, prints, postage stamps, and sheets of music held by the John Hay Library.

Curated by Jo-Ann Conklin with Maya Allison, Jennifer Betts, Raymond Butti, Dominque Coulombe, Rosemary Cullen, Ann Morgan Dodge, Patricia Figueroa, Peter Harrington, Gayle Lynch, William Monroe, Richard Noble, Holly Snyder, and Ian Straughn
image: details from Jacques-Fabien Gautier-Dagoty, Myologie complete en couleur et grandeur naturelle, 1746; Maria Sibylla Merian, Dissertatio de generatione et metamorphosibus insectorym Surinamensium, 1719; Theodor de Bry, Americae tertia pars memorabile provinciae Brasiliae historiam, 1592.

Location Gallery
Alison Owen: divisibility
August 28, 2010 - October 31, 2010

Alison Owen’s works embellish and punctuate the subtle details in a space.  She gathers dust and debris from the exhibition venue for use in sprawling wallpaper installations. For her installation in the Bell Gallery lobby, she takes as her starting point the distinctive grid-filled architecture of the List Art Center (designed by Phillip Johnson). She also draws on the details of the rare manuscripts on view in the Hay Library Centennial exhibition (in the adjacent gallery), which resonate with her ornate, hand-made aesthetic.

Curated by Maya Allison

Location Lobby
Voice Over: Jon Lausten, Amy Podmore, Charles Jones
June 12, 2010 - June 20, 2010

VoiceOver explores the narrative tradition in sculpture through the work of three New England artists. The title points to the importance of material choices in the deliverance of sculptural narrative; these choices act as a voice-over leading the viewer through the work.

Curated by Dean Snyder
image: Amy Podmore, Measures Rest, 2009

Location Gallery
Beloved Daughters: Photographs by Fazal Sheikh
March 27, 2010 - May 30, 2010

Fazal Sheikh photographs displaced people in Africa, South Asia, and the Americas. In books and installations, he combines photographs with the personal testimony of his subjects, producing sustained portraits of communities that address their beliefs and traditions, as well as their political and economic problems. The current exhibition includes work from his latest series—Moksha (Heaven) and Ladli (Beloved Daughters)—which reflect on the position of women in rural India. The exhibition is presented in conjunction with Brown University's Year of India. Beloved Daughters: Photographs by Fazal Sheikh and associated publications have been made possible by Jane P. Watkins. The exhibition was organized by the Princeton University Art Museum.

image: Jamuna Sarkar, from Moksha

Location Gallery
Student Exhibition 2010
February 20, 2010 - March 13, 2010

The David Winton Bell Gallery and the Department of Visual Art present the 30th annual Student Exhibition, juried by Randi Hopkins, associate curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. Artists included in this year's exhibition are Genevieve Busby, Kevin Cervantes, Jesse Cohn, Alice Costas, Jessica Daniels, Sara D'Apolito-Dworkin, Leilani Diaz, Shane Farrell, Quinn Fenlon, Noel Madison Fetting-Smith, Susannah Ford, John Haenle, Ana Fox-Hodess, Sarah Grimm, Aviva Grossman, Brook Hair, Melissa Henry, Daisy Johnson, You Bin Kang, Adria Katz, Emma LeBlanc, Nancy Chenxi Li, Alejandra Lindstrom, Mary MacGill, Lydia Magyar, Lissa Mazanec, Crow Jonah Norlander, Anne Oram, Kate Owen, Pook Panyarachun, Michael Price, Erina Shibata, Jill Silverberg, Alex Toyoshima, Randall Trang, Jessie Wang, Kelly Winter, Christopher Yamane, and Aaron Zick.

image: Michael Price, Merse, 2010

Location Gallery and Lobby
M. F. Husain
February 5, 2010 - March 26, 2010

M. F. Husain is mounted in conjunction with the Year of India at Brown University. One of the most recognized figures in Indian art, Husain's career spans the rise of modernism in India and the introduction of contemporary Indian art onto the international art stage. Focusing on Husain's early works, the collection provides a view into the artist's first manifestations of favorite subjects: life on the streets, women and horses (together and apart), and mythological and religious personages.

Curated by Jo-Ann Conklin and Mallica Kumbera Landrus
image: Amusement in the Street, 1957

Location Gallery
November 14, 2009 - February 14, 2010

Created for the current exhibition, Rachel Berwick's new installation entitled Zugunruhe is her second memorial to the passenger pigeon. Once numbering in the billions, the species inspired awe in nineteenth-century naturalists and experienced a rapid decline that brought it to the edge of extinction by 1900. The last passenger pigeon, Martha died in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoological Garden on September 1, 1914.

Curated by Jo-Ann Conklin
image: detail of Zugunruhe

Location Gallery
Kristen Hassenfeld
August 29, 2009 - November 1, 2009

Kirsten Hassenfeld's elaborate paper sculptures draw on the artist's love of ornamentation and find power through her painstaking craftsmanship. The product of hundreds of hours of cutting, folding, rolling and coiling, her works have taken the form of jewels and luxury goods, ornaments and vases, and most recently trees and flowers. The Bell Gallery exhibition includes two bodies of work: Blueware, new works that combine decorative ceramics and nature, and Dans la Lune, a fanciful installation of ornate hanging sculpture that was commissioned in 2007 by the Rice Art Gallery, Houston, TX.

Curated by Jo-Ann Conklin
image: Blueware, 2009

Location Gallery