David Winton Bell Gallery

Past Exhibitions

Amy Cutler
November 4, 2006 - December 22, 2006

Over the past decade Amy Cutler has created a fantasy world that is whimsical and childlike, occasionally ominous, and often perplexing. Inspired by stories and images encountered in current events, art history, folktales, and personal experiences, Amy Cutler creates exquisitely detailed, enigmatic paintings of women, animals, and hybrid-beings engaged in fantastic, dreamlike activities. Her work has drawn associations with fables and fairy tales, dreams and surrealism, and folk art. This traveling exhibition was organized by the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Curated by Lisa Freiman
image: Amy Cutler, Dinner Party, 2002

Location Gallery
In Transit: From Object to Site
September 9, 2006 - October 22, 2006

A joint project of the Bell Gallery and the Department of Visual Art, in TRANSIT: from OBJECT to SITE features ten installations by established and emerging artists. The Bell Gallery prepared a four-part exhibition, presenting an installations by renowned American artist Fred Wilson, French artist Xavier Veilhan, New York artist Sharon Louden, and Chilean artist Magaly Ponce. The Department of Visual Art invited Peggy Diggs, Laura Evans, and subRosa, a feminist performance group.

Curated by Vesela Sretenovic
image: installation view of work by Fred Wilson

Location Gallery, Lobby, List Second Floor, List Entrance and North Lawn, List North Stairwell, and List Terrace
Friedrich St. Florian: A Retrospective
May 26, 2006 - July 2, 2006

Friedrich St.Florian: A Retrospective includes more than eighty architectural drawings, sketches, designs, and models, and spans the architect's career from the early 1960s to the present, exploring his "imaginary architecture," residential and commercial projects, competition entries, and design for the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. The exhibition celebrates St.Florian at the time of his retirement from teaching at the Rhode Island School of Design and on the occasion of his award of a Doctorate of Fine Arts honoris causa from Brown University at its 238th commencement.

Curated by Dietrich Neumann and Jo-Ann Conklin
image: Friedrich St. Florian, New York Birdcage—Imaginary Architecture, 1968

Location Gallery
7 Documentarians: Berenice Abbott, Walker Evans, Danny Lyon, Garry Winogrand, Larry Clark, Jim Dow, Jay Wolke
April 13, 2006 - May 9, 2006

7 Documentarians is drawn from the permanent collection of the David Winton Bell Gallery and includes both works seminal to the history of documentary photography and lesser-known series by renowned American photographers Berenice Abbott, Walker Evans, Garry Winogrand, Larry Clark, Danny Lyon, Jim Dow, and Jay Wolke. Subjects range from New York City and the rural south in the 1930s; to life in Texas prisons, days on the streets of New York, and the drug culture in the 1960s; to the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago and baseball stadiums in the U.S. and Canada in the 1980s. The exhibition does not attempt to provide a comprehensive history of twentieth-century documentary photography, rather it illuminates important social and technical changes that have affected the genre throughout the century.

Curated by Jo-Ann Conklin
image: Walker Evans, Untitled, from Many are Called (Subway Series), late 1930s

Location Gallery and Lobby
Student Exhibition 2006
March 18, 2006 - April 2, 2006

Brown University's David Winton Bell Gallery and Department of Visual Art will present the 26th annual Student Exhibition. The jurors are Maureen O'Brien, Curator of Painting and Sculpture, at the RISD Museum, and Ron L. Hutt, Assistant Professor of Art, Department of Art and Art History, University of Rhode Island.The exhibition includes work by Madeleine Bailey, Sophie Barbasch, Amy Boyle, Galen Broderick, Zachary Clark, Andrew Dewitt, Noel Needison Fetting-Smith, Jay Gidwitz, Lauren Gidwitz, Shanay Jhaveri, Lauren Khoo, Julie Kumar, Brian James Lee, Nicholas Monu, Laini Nemett, Rafeal Man Hin Ng, Sean P. Tiner, Rebecca Sauer, Janelle Sing, David Watson Sobel, Elizabeth Stamp, Robin Steele, Hana van der Steur, John Szymunski, and Komal Talati.

image: Janelle Sing, Self-portrait

Location Gallery and Lobby
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