David Winton Bell Gallery

Upcoming Exhibitions

Melvin Edwards | Festivals, Funerals, and New Life
November 11, 2017 - February 11, 2018

New and recent works by renowned African-American sculptor Melvin Edwards, reflecting the artist's engagement with histories of race, labor, violence, and African Diaspora. 

Curated by Ian Alden Russell
Image: Melvin Edwards, Steel Life (After Winter), 2017. Welded steel. © 2017 Melvin Edwards/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy Alexander Gray Associates, New York.

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November 11, 2017 - December 22, 2017

Considered to be one of the artist’s most important bodies of work, Carrie Mae Weems’ Kitchen Table Series interweaves themes of race, class, gender, friendship, love, loss, power, and motherhood. The intimate and often political content of these images finds common ground around the kitchen table, transcending the separation of domestic and civic space. First exhibited in 1990, the Kitchen Table Series set the stage for future contemporary artists to explore issues of identity.

Curated by Jo-Ann Conklin with Rica Maestas
Image: Carrie Mae Weems, Untitled from the Kitchen Table Series, 1990. Gelatin silver print.

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Llevando la Cultura: Conflicting Narratives in Mexican Art
January 10, 2018 - February 11, 2018

The struggle to define what it means to be Mexican in an era of rapid change and instability profoundly affected Mexican art in the twentieth century. Drawn from the Bell Gallery collection—and including works by Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Graciela Iturbide, Salvador Lutteroth, Alfredo Ramos Martinez, Leopoldo Méndez, Diego Rivera, David Siqueiros, Mariana Yampolsky, and Francisco Zúñiga—the exhibition raises questions about who is allowed, capable, or obligated to create culture. Who has the right to speak for Mexico?

Curated by Rica Maestas
Image: Graciela Iturbide, Mujer Ángel (Angel Woman), 1979. Gelatin silver print.

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Student Exhibition 2018
February 24, 2018 - March 11, 2018

The David Winton Bell Gallery and the Department of Visual Art present the work of student artists in Brown University's 38th annual Student Exhibition.

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33º | Jacob Kirkegaard
March 31, 2018 - May 27, 2018

Danish artist and composer Jacob Kirkegaard presents listening as a means of experiencing the world. His forty-minute soundspace Isfald (Icefall) was recorded in Greenland in June 2013. Ultra deep booms from calving glaciers — recorded twenty meters below the surface — combine with high pitch sounds of melting, cracking ice in an immersive installation. Isfald was commissioned and lent by the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk.

Curated by Jo-Ann Conklin
Image: installation view of Isfald at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk 


Location Bell Gallery
33º | Camille Seaman
March 31, 2018 - May 27, 2018

For more than a decade Camille Seaman has documented the rapidly changing landscapes of Earth's polar regions. As an expedition photographer aboard small ships in the Arctic,  Antarctic, and Greenland, she has chronicled the accelerating effects of global warming on the jagged face of nearly fifty thousand icebergs. Seaman's unique perspective of the landscape is entwined with her Native American upbringing: she sees no two icebergs as alike; each responds to its environment uniquely, almost as if they were living beings.

Curated by Jo-Ann Conklin
image: Breaching Iceberg, Greenland, August 8, 2008

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33º | Olaf Otto Becker
March 31, 2018 - May 27, 2018

Curated by Jo-Ann Conklin
Image: River 2, 07/2008, Position 1 69°47’37’’N, 49°33’17’’W, Altitude 931m

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