David Winton Bell Gallery

Past Exhibitions

in and around us: Olivia Bernard, Peter Crump, Jehanne-Marie Gavarini, Jamey Morrill, Allison Paschke, Jessica Deane Rosner
June 11, 2005 - July 10, 2005

in and around us features the works of Olivia Bernard, Peter Crump, Jehanne-Marie Gavarini, Jamey Morrill, Allison Paschke, and Jessica Deane Rosner—six artists who live and work in the New England area. The exhibition title refers to the phenomenal world around us—its visible appearances, shapes, and colors—and the psychic world inside of us—our mental or psychological constitution. All of the exhibited works engage both of those worlds, 'in' and 'around' us; some depict the perceptual and recognizable elements of actual reality, whereas others address private and emotional states of inner-self.

Curated by Vesela Sretenovic
image: installation view with the work of Jehanne-Marie Gavarini

Location Gallery
Works from the Cave II
April 30, 2005 - May 8, 2005

The David Winton Bell Gallery, meme@Brown, and the Program in Literary Arts, Brown University, presented the exhibition Works from the Cave II, in Brown University's virtual reality "Cave," located in the Center for Computation and Visualization, 180 George St. Powered by a high-performance parallel computer, the Cave is an eight-foot cube with high-resolution stereo graphics projected onto three walls and the floor to create immersive virtual reality. Viewers wander through real or imagined three dimensional spaces, experience a new type of reading where text no longer needs to appear on a surface, and see new types of performance. Works in the 2005 exhibition were created by graduate and undergraduate students from Brown and RISD.

image: Joseph Grimm, Nicholas Musurca and Patrizia Pilosi, Cave Music, 2005

Location Center for Computation and Visualization
The Omega Suites: Lucinda Devlin
April 16, 2005 - May 29, 2005

Between 1991 and 1998 Lucinda Devlin photographed in penitentiaries in twenty states, with the permission and cooperation of the local authorities. She called the resulting series The Omega Suites, alluding to the final letter of the Greek alphabet as a metaphor for the finality of execution. The series includes thirty chilling color photographs of execution chambers and associated spaces, such as holding cells and viewing rooms. With over 3000 inmates on death row and 70 percent of US citizens supporting the death penalty, The Omega Suites brings focus to one of the great ethical questions facing contemporary Americans, about which public opinion continues to be passionate.

Curated by Jo-Ann Conklin
image: Executioner's Room, Greenhaven Correctional Facility, 1991

Location Lobby
One Big Self: Prisoners of Louisiana. Deborah Luster and C.D. Wright
April 16, 2005 - May 29, 2005

In 1998 Deborah Luster began photographing inmates, who volunteered to participate, in three Louisiana prisons—the Transylvania Prison Farm, a minimum-security facility housing drug offenders and parole violator; the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women, a 1,000-bed minimum- to maximum-security facility; and the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, a maximum-security facility housing more than 5,000 men. She soon invited poet C.D. Wright to collaborate on the project. Luster and Wright have worked together on a number of projects--sometimes initiated by the photographer, sometimes by the writer. "I was skeptical that my art could turn itself toward that environment," says Wright. "I agreed to come to Louisiana to see what I could see, to see what she was seeing. It was a summons." Over the next three years, Luster and Wright visited often, taken photographs, conversing with inmates, and corresponding with them when they were away. The result is a powerful and haunting body of work, which the artists describe as an attempt to produce "an authentic document of Louisiana's prison population through word and text, a document to ward off forgetting, an opportunity for the inmates to present themselves as they would be seen, bringing what they own or borrow or use; work tools, objects of their making, messages of their choosing, their bodies, themselves."

Curated by Jo-Ann Conklin
image: Hustleman, 1999

Location Gallery
Student Exhibition 2005
March 19, 2005 - April 3, 2005

Brown University's David Winton Bell Gallery and Department of Visual Art present the 25th annual Student Exhibition. The jurors for this year's exhibition are Camille Rendal and Jeffrey Silverthorne. Rendal. Both are visiting assistant professors in visual arts at Roger Williams University. Artists included in the exhibition are Claire Baker, Madeleine Bailey, Amy Beecher, Becky Brown, Jessie Chaney, Zoë Chao, Ellen Chu, Sophie Cook, Katelin Crook, Gracie DeVito , Breanne Duffy, Paul Dumaine, James Dunber, Valery Estabrook, Lucas Foglia, Caroline Gray, Mathieu Greenfield, Jonathan Herman, Jacquelyn Mahendra, Katherine Mann, Anne McClain, Nicholas Monu, Stephen Neidich, Emily Nemens, Audrey Sato, Ellen Schneiderman, Ken Seligson, Jessica Simmons, Corey Solinger, Arthi Sundaresh, Komal Talati, Quyen Truong, Laura Wagner, Leslie Wei, Tatyana Yanishevsky, Scott Yi, Michael Zaitzeff, and Ali Zarrabi.

image: Lucas Foglia, Somerset Community Garden, 2004

Location Gallery and Lobby
Problemarket.com: A project by Davide Grassi and Igor Stromajer
February 10, 2005

Problemarket.com EDU + is a project created specially for Brown University by Davide Grassi and Igor Stromajer, multimedia artists based in Ljubljana, Slovenia, who produce documentary films, performances, installation art, and net projects. Initiated in 2001 as an ongoing art project, Problemarket.com functions on two levels: as a net project and as a series of live performances. Educational problems in the US are the focus of Problemarket.com EDU+.

Curated by Vesela Sretenovic

Location List Art Center Auditorium
Charles Long: More Like a Dream Than a Scheme
January 29, 2005 - March 6, 2005

More Like a Dream Than a Scheme is comprised of free-standing assemblage and lamp-like objects hung from the ceiling and walls, creating a magical play of light and shadows throughout the space. Densely installed, the exhibition elicits the feeling of a magical underworld. The title itself—More Like a Dream Than a Scheme—further underlines a dreamy and poetic quality of the works.

Curated by Vesela Sretenovic
image: Charles Long, Planet Street, 2005

Location Gallery
Recent Acquisitions: Photography
January 1, 2005

Recent Acquisitions: Photography showcases recent additions to the Bell Gallery collections in the medium of photography. The show contains work by Robert Cumming, Jan Groover, Jerome Leibling, John Pfahl, and August Sanders.

Curated by Jo-Ann Conklin

Location Lobby
Regeneration: Contemporary Chinese Art from China and the US
November 6, 2004 - December 23, 2004

Regeneration focuses on recent works by twenty-six artists who currently live in China or who received their training and started their careers in China but currently reside in the US. While the work in this survey is diverse and wide-ranging, the artists share numerous thematic and stylistic concerns. Some employ or appropriate traditional Chinese art forms in new ways. Others investigate the significant recent social and cultural transformations occurring in China. All represent the vital and rapid regeneration of contemporary life and culture in China. Regeneration was organized by the Samak Art Gallery, Bucknell University.

Curated by Dan Mills and Xiaoze Xie
image: Zhou Xiaohu, still from Beautiful Cloud, 2001

Location Gallery
InVisible Silence: Yael Bartana, Sandra Cinto, Regi Muller, Fred Sandback, Kate Shepherd, Yoshihiro Suda, Su-Mei Tse
September 11, 2004 - October 24, 2004

A multimedia exhibition that includes video projections, sculptural installations, painting and wall drawing, InVisible Silence was inspired by the late writings of French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty, especially his unfinished manuscript The Visible and the Invisible. The exhibition explores his notion of silence, not as muteness, lack of content, or absence of meaning, but rather as a background of language, operating non-verbally via implicit, sensible meanings. The aim of the exhibition is to present works, which although diverse in their concepts, approaches and media, embody this notion of silence and evoke a feeling of speechless, sensuous knowing. Artists included are: Yael Bartana of Israel, Sandra Cinto of Brazil, Regi Müller of Switzerland, Yoshihiro Suda of Japan, Su-Mei Tse of Luxembourg, and Fred Sandback and Kate Shepherd of the United States.

Curated by Vesela Sretenovic
image: Su-Mei Tse, Echo, 2003

Location Gallery
The Fabric of Light
June 20, 2004 - July 11, 2004

The Fabric of Light features work by local artists Nina Cinelli, Cristin Searles, Esther Solondz and Cynthia Treen. Each of the artists uses fabric and light as sculptural materials to dramatize their interrelationship.

Curated by Vesela Sretenovic
image: installation view with work by Cynthia Treen in foreground and Cristin Searles on wall

Location Gallery and Lobby
Unbuilt Providence: Architectural Visions, 1856-2000
April 20, 2004 - May 31, 2004

Hidden beneath Providence's rich architectural heritage lies another story—that of its unbuilt architecture: of urban visions before their time, ambitious designs that were not needed, and detailed projects that were abolished at the last minute. Unbuilt Providence tell that story in drawings and models of buildings and urban designs for the city that were considered during the last 150 years but never executed. These rarely seen works—often of considerable artistic merit—document great ambitions, personal flights of fancy and sweeping urban visions.

Curated by Dietrich Neumann and Jo-Ann Conklin
image: I.M. Pei, proposal for Brown University Geo Math Building, 1969

Location Gallery