David Winton Bell Gallery

Past Exhibitions

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
Bill Seaman: Exchange Fields
January 24, 2004 - March 10, 2004

The interactive installation Exchange Fields brings together video projections, sound, dance, poetic text, and sculptural objects, thereby producing a multi-sensory environment and, in the words of the artist, "enabling fields of meaning to emerge." The work was created in collaboration with Dutch dancer and chore-ographer Regina van Berkel, and was commissioned by vision ruhr exhibition, Dortmund, Germany, in 2000.

Curated by Vesela Sretenovic
image: Bill Seaman, detail from Exchange Fields

Location Gallery
The Visionary Architecture of Brodsky and Utkin
January 1, 2004

Aleksandr Brodsky and Ilya Utkin first achieved international recognition in the mid-1970s as members of a loosely organized group called “paper architects.” Graduating from Moscow’s prestigious Institute of Architecture in1978, the pair found themselves at odds with Breshnev’s doctrine of architectural utilitarianism. They found an outlet for their interests, which tended toward an eclectic assortment of styles and period, in international design competitions organized by architectural magazines in Japan, England, the United States, and other countries. The competitions stressed theory over functions, addressing programs like “A Glass Monument to the Year 2001” and “The Intelligent Market.”
The exhibition is drawn from the portfolio Projects 1981–1990, a gift of the Friends of List Art Center in memory of Patricia M. Morrissey.

image: Diomede II, 1989-90

Location Lobby
Do-Ho Suh
November 8, 2003 - December 21, 2003

The exhibition features three of Suh's architectural installations, all relating to his New York apartment: the cumbersomely titled 348 West 22nd St., Apt A, New York, NY 10011 and 348 West 22nd St., Apt A, New York, NY 10011 (corridor), from 2000 and 2001, respectively, and Staircase, 2003. Staircase was created specifically for the List Art Center Lobby; other versions of the piece were created for the Istanbul Biennale and a group exhibition at the Artsonje Center, Seoul.

Curated by Jo-Ann Conklin
image: Staircase, 2003

Location Gallery and Lobby
Faculty Exhibition 2003
September 6, 2003 - October 26, 2003

Faculty from the departments of Visual Art and Modern Culture and Media will show recent work in the Faculty Triennial. Artists featured are Leslie Bostrom, Tony Cokes, Susan Doyle, Wendy Edwards, Walter Feldman, Richard Fishman, Kenneth Horii, Nina Katchadourian, Sarah Malakoff, Marlene Malik, Roger Mayer, Fraser Stables, Rachel Stevens, Daniel Stupar, Leslie Thornton, and Judyth van Amringe.

Location Gallery and Lobby
Obsessive Patterns: Tayo Heuser, Jane Masters, Dean Snyder, Neal Walsh
June 7, 2003 - July 6, 2003

The title Obsessive Patterns refers to a formal quality shared by the exhibited works—meticulously drawn or painted marks, showing obsessive attention to detail—a quality here expressed as abstract and semi-abstract patterns on paper (Tayo Heuser and Jane Masters), on rawhide (Dean Snyder), or on wood and canvas (Neal Walsh). While Heuser's and Masters's works are quiet and meditative, Snyder's and Walsh's pieces are vibrant and energetic; the former are precise and repetitive, and the latter are sketchy and unpredictable.

Curated by Vesela Sretenovic
image: Jane Masters, “Untitled” from Zoomorphic Series #1, 1997 

Location Gallery
Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives
May 21, 2003 - May 26, 2003

Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives, an interactive exhibit based on the oral histories of slaves collected by the Works Projects Administration in the 1930s, was presented in the lobby of the Salomon Center for Teaching. The exhibit, which complements the HBO film of the same title, was organized by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center of Cincinnati. It was brought to Brown in conjunction with the May 24 Commencement Forum by alumnus Spencer Crew, executive director of the Center.

image: Still from film "Unchained Memories," directed by Ed Bell and Thomas Lennon, 2003

Location Lobby of the Salomon Center for Teaching