David Winton Bell Gallery

Past Exhibitions

Another View of Joseph Beuys: Multiples from New England Collections
January 28, 2006 - March 6, 2006

In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the artist's death, the David Winton Bell Gallery will present an exhibition and symposium that re-examines Joseph Beuys's oeuvre in the context of contemporary art and culture. Another View of Joseph Beuys: Multiples from New England Collections includes editioned works—prints, sculptural objects, posters, and postcards—from a major Rhode Island private collection, supplemented by loans from the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums; Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College; Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art; and the David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University.

Curated by Vesela Sretenovic
Image: installation view at Bell Gallery

Location Gallery
Labyrinths: Jan Mancuska, Domenic McGill, Alyson Shotz
November 12, 2005 - December 22, 2005

In the exhibition Labyrinths, three artists-Jan Mancuska, Dominic McGill, and Alyson Shotz-engage the manifold aspects of labyrinth in their own respective way. While McGill focuses on the construction of a social and political chronicle, Shotz focuses on structuring the perceptual environments, and Mancuska on the notion of duration and temporal experience. Despite their different approaches and aesthetic, all three artists incorporate in their works the labyrinthine structure. The winding, unfolding shape of a labyrinth not only illuminates the feeling of puzzlement, but also the means of escape by searching for new meanings and experiences.

Curated by Vesela Sretenovic
image: installation view with detail of Alyson Shotz, The Shape of Space

Location Gallery
Joe Diebes: Song of Transformation
September 10, 2005 - October 30, 2005

Song of Transformation includes two sculptural sound installations by composer and artist Joe Diebes. Conceived as companion pieces, Sound Field (2003), and Aviary (2004), speak to a confluence of nature and technology, which the artist views as neither progressive nor pernicious. "I'm imagining a division of reality into the fabricated world in which we live and some kind of natural environment that precedes it," says Diebes.

Curated by Jo-Ann Conklin
image: installation view of Joe Diebes, Sound Field

Location Gallery
Kerry Stuart Coppin: Materia Oscura/Dark Matter
September 10, 2005 - October 30, 2005

The extended series of photographs that Kerry Stuart Coppin has brought together under the title Materia Oscura/Dark Matter, dating from 1990 to 2005, portrays Africans and African descendents, and their environments—the architecture of their homes, the streets they inhabit, and the landscape that surrounds them. Through these images, Coppin asks us to consider the formation of a trans-Atlantic Black African identity, encompassing the Americas, the Carribean, and West Africa.

Curated by Jo-Ann Conklin
image: Black Men Leaning to Fly

Location Gallery
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