David Winton Bell Gallery

Past Exhibitions

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
April 3, 2004 - June 12, 2004

In recent decades the pandemic of AIDS has cut a wide swath of devastation across the globe, demonstrating neither cultural preference nor political bias, yet the call to action has been relatively narrow. In conjunction with the multifaceted, international Pandemic: Facing AIDS project, Brown University offered a series of events to illustrate the struggles of people living with HIV/AIDS and how the global community is grappling with this overwhelming adversary. Brown was the first American university to exhibit Pandemic: Imaging AIDS, a 20-year retrospective look at the impact of AIDS through the work of 58 award-winning international photographers and artists from 50 countries.

image: Joao Silva, Hlabisa, South Africa, 2001

Location Watson Institute for International Studies
Student Exhibition 2004
March 20, 2004 - April 4, 2004

The 24th annual Student Exhibition is presented by the David Winton Bell Gallery and the Department of Visual Art.The jurors for this year's show are Elinor Hollinshead, a painter and an associate professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, Matthew Cottam, who teaches at RISD and the Fraunhofer Center for Research, and multimedia artist Susannah Strong. Artists included in the exhibition are Claire Baker, Leah Beeferman, Beth Brandon, Ian Budish. Amanda Cheung, Paul Dumaine, Lucas Foglia, Aleksander Garin, Max Gitlen, Michelle Higa, Iris Jaffe, Clare Johnson, Selena Juneau-Vogel, Jamie Kaufman, Anna Knoell, Kevin Kunstadt, Johnny Lin, Jacquelyn Mahendra, Katherine Mann, Laini Nemett, Amanda Norman, Lauren Oakes, Dania Peterson, Risa Puno, Zeynep Saygin, Ellen Schneiderman, Chris Smith. Corey Solinger. Sheena Sood, Arthi Sundaresh, Andrew Thorpe, Laura Vitale, Leksi Weldon-Linne, Rebecca Wiener, Jennifer Wong, Tatyana Yanishevsky, Ali Zarrabi.

image: installation view with Tatyana Yanishevsky, Passionflower, 2004

Location Gallery and Lobby