David Winton Bell Gallery

Past Exhibitions

Selections from the Permanent Collection
January 1, 2008

Selections from the Permanent Collection includes landscapes and abstractions by Abbott, Siskind, Motherwell, Muller, La Farge, Callahan, Redon, van Rijn, van Ostade, von Ruisdael, Kandinsky, La Va, Perrott, Brodsky & Utkin, Piranest, and Canaletto.

Curated by Vesela Sretenovic
image: Aaron Siskind, Martha's Vineyard Stone Walls 111A, 1954

Location Lobby
KIDS: Julie Blackmon, Jill Greenberg, Ruud van Empel
November 3, 2007 - December 21, 2007

Julie Blackmon, Jill Greenberg, and Ruud van Empel photograph children, creating fictional images that elicit reactions ranging from amusement to astonishment to shock. While photography of children is as old as the medium itself, the works in this exhibition represent a recent approach aided by digital techniques. Each of these artists uses digital techniques to separate photography from its associations with reality. Blackmon collages elements and Greenberg draws on the images. Van Empel uses the most elaborate techniques, building his images element by element and often compiling more than 100 individual elements in a single image. Extending the late-twentieth-century movement toward “fabricated” imagery, they shift photography further and further away from its association with reality

Curated by Jo-Ann Conklin
image: Julie Blackmon, Gum, 2005

Location Gallery and Lobby
Jukai: an architectural environment by Yumi Kori
September 8, 2007 - October 21, 2007

JUKAI is an architectural environment by Japanese artist Yumi Kori, conceived specifically for the Bell Gallery. Accompanied by a sound installation by Austrian composer and sound artist Bernhard Gal, this site-specific piece tests the limits of sensory experience, spatial and temporal.

Curated by Vesela Sretenovic
image: installation view of JUKAI 

Location Gallery
Natured Anew: Reflections of the natural world by Doug Bosch, Brian Burkhardt, Bruce Chao, Barbara Takenaga, and Neeta Madaha
June 20, 2007 - July 8, 2007

The artists in Natured Anew—Doug Bosch, Brian Burkhardt, Bruce Chao, Barbara Takenaga, and Neeta Madaharproduce works that are inspired by or comment on the natural world. Employing painting, sculpture, photography, and video, their works range from sublimely beautiful depictions of the cosmos to whimsical ballets of dancing seedpods and humorous hybrid creatures that fuse nature and technology. The artists also share an interest in abstraction and emphasis on systems, repetition, and patterning.

Curated by Jo-Ann Conklin
image: Barbara Takenaga, Blue Tremor, 2003

Location Gallery and Lobby
Urban Landscapes . . . emancipation and nostalgia. Sze Tsung Leong, Sabine Hornig, and Catherine Yass
April 18, 2007 - May 27, 2007

Urban Landscapes…emancipation and nostalgia feature works by British artist Catherine Yass, New York artist Sze Tsung Leong, and German artist Sabrine Hornig. The underlying theme of the exhibition is the transformative character of urban landscapes, involving both physical destruction and construction, and a feeling of emancipation and nostalgia.

Curated by Vesela Sretenovic
image: Catherine Yass, still from Lock 2006

Location Gallery and Lobby
Student Exhibition 2007
March 17, 2007 - April 1, 2007

The David Winton Bell Gallery and the Department of Visual Art at Brown University present Student Exhibition 2007, the 27th annual student exhibition. This year’s jurors are Magaly Ponce, a Chilean-born video and installation artist, and Munir D. Mohamed, a painter originally from Kumasi, Ghana. Artists included in the exhibition are: Olutade Abidoye, Nora Blackall, Galen Broderick, Jessie Chaney, Simon Charlow, Jesse Cohn, Tryn Collins, Kriya Gishen, Oliver Daly, Noel Madison Fetting-Smith, Annie Fish, Lauren Fisher, Tihtina Zenebe Gebre, Sarah Goldstein, Lindsay Harrison, Melissa Henry, Sarah Hotchkiss, Shanay Jhaveri, Lily Kerrigan, Julie Kumar, Sarah Labrie, Gillian Lang, Geddes Levenson, David Lloyd, Yifan Luo, Zachary Miller, Rebecca Nelson, Tasha Ong, Pook Panyarachun, Miranda Elliott Rader, Emily Roberts, Talia Rozensher, Claire Russo, Max Schoening, Jessica Simmons, David Watson Sobel, Sung-A Jang, Lydia Stein, John Szymanski, Jessica Taylor, Meris Tombari, Mark Tumiski, Sushant Wagley, K. Adam White, and Sabine Zimmer.

image: Pook Panyarachun, Untitled, 2007

Location Gallery and Lobby
Larry Sultan: Pictures from Home
March 1, 2007 - May 1, 2007

Pictures from Home are stills culled from 8mm family movies. They are familiar images. Specific to Sultan’s life, they also possess the quality of cultural icon. They are pictures of the good life: a child running in the backyard, Mom sunbathing, Dad barbequing. Sultan was also fascinated by off moments: a momentary look of worry passing over someone’s face, caught by the camera but probably unrecognized in the moment. Speaking of the films, Sultan has said, “They were remarkable, more like a record of hopes and fantasies than of actual events. It was as if my parents had projected their dreams onto film emulsion.”

Curated by Jo-Ann Conklin
image: Winking Mom, 1984

Location Lobby
Faculty Exhibition 2007
January 20, 2007 - February 4, 2007

The Faculty Exhibition is a triennial multimedia event showcasing recent works of faculty members and visiting instructors from the departments of Visual Art and Modern Culture and Media. This year’s exhibition will include work by Joan Backes, Leslie Bostrom, Tony Cokes, Kerry Coppin, Susan Doyle, Wendy Edwards, Brad Ewing, Walter Feldman, Richard Fishman, Kirsten Lamb, Marlene Malik, Jane Masters, Joe Milutis, Paul Myoda, Jay Stuckey, Daniel Stupar, Leslie Thornton, Mark Tribe, and Lisa Young.

image: Leslie Bostrom, Study for Bird Disaster #10, 2005

Location Gallery and Lobby
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