David Winton Bell Gallery

Upcoming Exhibitions

November 2, 2018 - December 19, 2018

Danny Lyon once described the writer James Agee as, “a romantic who adored reality,” an epithet equally apt to describe him. Lyon made a name for himself in the 1960s with an embedded style of reportage, capturing a compelling beauty in the people and places he befriended across the country, from student leaders of the civil rights movement to convicts in Texas prisons. Drawn primarily from the Bell Gallery collection, The Only Thing I Saw Worth Leaving presents photographs from some of Lyon’s most significant series along with films and other work, organized around five principles that he refers to time and again: empathy, freedom, history, destruction, and narrative.

Curated by Allison Pappas
Image: Danny Lyon, Arrest of Eddie Brown, Albany, Georgia, 1962. Copyright Danny Lyon/Magmun Photos

Location Bell Gallery
November 2, 2018 - December 19, 2018

An affiliated program of the Warren and Allison Kanders Lecture Series 

Co-organized by the David Winton Bell Gallery and the Brown Arts Initiative

New No’s is a simple yet direct poem of defiance designed by Paul Chan and Badlands Unlimited. Published as a poster in the wake of the 2016 presidential election, the poem stands as a manifesto of resistance and a protest for solidarity against political and social shifts the artists observed in the United States and beyond.

This installation is part of For Freedoms’ 50 State Initiative, a non-partisan, nationwide campaign to use art as a means of inspiring civic participation in advance of the 2018 midterm elections. 

Curated by: Ian Alden Russell
Image: Paul Chan with Badlands Unlimited, New No's, 2016. Courtesy the artists.

Location List Art Building Lobby
Tania Bruguera
January 19, 2019 - March 3, 2019

Tania Bruguera works with people to expose, critique and change the institutional structures and political dynamics that impact the lives of the most vulnerable individuals and groups in our societies. One of the most recognized socially engaged artists practicing today, Bruguera joins the Brown University community after the the opening of 10,142,926, her Hyundai Commission at the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern in London. For her exhibition at the David Winton Bell Gallery, Bruguera will further explore themes and techniques arising from her work and research at the Tate Modern.

Curated by: Ian Alden Russell
Image: Tania Burguera, Portraits, 2004

Location Bell Gallery
Snæbjörnsdóttir/Wilson: The Only Show in Town
April 6, 2019 - May 26, 2019

Snæbjörnsdóttir/Wilson’s socially-engaged projects explore contemporary relationships between human and non-human animals in the contexts of history, culture and the environment. Based on their work alongside bird researchers at Jacob’s Point, RI, The Only Show in Town will comprise artworks made in response to the plight of the saltmarsh sparrow, resident in the world only along a narrow and depleting margin of the east coast of North America and marked for extinction by the year 2050.

Curated by: Jo-Ann Conklin
Image: Snæbjörnsdóttir/Wilson 

Location Bell Gallery