David Winton Bell Gallery

Past Exhibitions

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
A gathering of trees
August 29, 2009 - December 21, 2009

A stylistically eclectic selection of works from the permanent collection, ranging from Rembrandt to Kirchner, Morisot, Callahan, Terry Winters, and Barbara Bosworth.

Curated by Jo-Ann Conklin
image: Camille Corot, Environs Near Rome, 1866

Location Lobby
April 11, 2009 - May 29, 2009

Inappropriate Covers includes multi-media works by eleven established and emerging artists, chosen for the aesthetic tensions they generate through acts of appropriation, reconfiguration, and erasure. Works in the exhibition range from the refined to the outrageous. Jim Campbell's elegant sculptures muse on memory and loss: the artist's own heatbeat and breath set the frequency of layers of fog that appears on a glass, covering and uncovering photographs of his parents. At the other end of the specturm is Kelly Heaton's Live Pelt. Heaton refers to the cloak, which is made from sixty-four used Tickle Me Elmo dolls purchased on E-bay, as her "substitute lover." In addition to Campbell and Heaton, artists participating in the exhibition are Brian Dettmer, Kenneth Goldsmith, Christian Marclay, L. Amelia Raley, Ted Riederer, Brian Kim Stefans, Stephanie Syjuco, John Oswald, and Mark Wallinger.

Curated by Braxton Soderman and Justin Katko
image: Kelly Heaton, Live Pelt–Portrait of the Fashionista, 2003

Location Gallery
April 11, 2009 - August 1, 2009

Scavengers explores the unique approaches of seven artists to the essentially material and tactile nature of sculpture. In order to highlight the materiality of their medium, and to reframe conventional understandings of it, each of these sculptors has brought the raw substance of their work, quite literally, to the surface. By drawing on found objects and scavenged, everyday materials, they have attempted to focus the viewer's experience on the substantive composition of their work as much as, and sometimes more than, its form. In their incorporation of both non-traditional sculptural elements and commonplace industrial elements, these works go beyond mere techniques of abstraction and challenge the autonomy of form as the conveyor of meaning. Scavengers is the drawn from the permanent collection and includes work by Lee Bontecou, Joseph Cornell, Georg Herold, Dieter Roth, Creighton Michael, Italo Scanga, and Hannah Wilke.

Curated by Jo-Ann Conklin
image: installation view with George Herold, Promise, in foreground, and works by Hannah Wilke, Italo Scanga, and Lee Bontecou

Student Exhibition 2009
March 14, 2009 - March 29, 2009

The David Winton Bell Gallery and the Department of Visual Art present the 29th annual Student Exhibition, juried by Berin Golonu, an independent curator from New York, and Providence artist Amy Lovera. Artists included in this year’s exhibition are Sarah Abarbanel, Olutade Abidoye, Megan Billman, Anne Blazejack, Galen Broderick, Brittaney Check & Andrew Seiden, Jessica Chermayeff, Jesse Cohn, Alexandra Corrigan, Sara D’Apolito-Dworkin, Danielle DesBordes, Bart Dessaint, Bret Ecker, Quinn Fenlon, Emily Garfield, Shane Farrell, Hilary Fischer-Groban, Drew Foster, Pik-Shuen Fung, Brooke Hair, David Hernandez, Gillian Lang, Jungmin Lee, Geddes Levenson, Emily Martin, Alexa Morita, Anne Oram, Erica Palmiter, Phillippa Pitts, Talia Rozensher, Claire Russo, Peter N. Scheidt, Hannah Singer, Tyrell Skeet, Zachary A. Smith, Lydia Stein, John Szymanski, Christina Wang, Aaron Weinstein, and Sabine Zimmer. 

image: Aaron Weinstein, Abstraction of Beetle Horn 1, 2009

Location Gallery